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I am a doctor and I have been asked to perform a medicolegal assessment. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, what do I need to consider before agreeing to carry out the assessment?

When determining whether it is appropriate to accept a referral for a medicolegal examination, each matter should be considered on a case-by-case basis. The examiner should also consider the following:

  • the purpose of the assessment
  • the injured person’s unique circumstances
  • advice from the Federal and NSW Government, including what restrictions may be in place at that time
  • the appropriate method, or combination of methods, for the assessment.

More guidance for examiners offering independent medical examinations and reports can be found here.