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Section 3.2 Clinical experience

Relates to clause 8.18(a) of the Motor Accident Guidelines

Five years’ experience is a commonly used benchmark in similar jurisdictions across Australia and internationally. SIRA confirmed that a criterion of five years’ relevant clinical experience would allow practitioners time to develop their skills and experience in their area of expertise.

As expert witnesses, authorised health practitioners may be required to comment on the opinions of their peers, so must be able to demonstrate that they have experience for their opinion to be given appropriate weight.