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AMA Victoria delivers courses in Impairment Assessment using the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 4th Edition and other prescribed methods, as applied to relevant Victorian legislation. Successful completion of a course enables medical practitioners to assess impairments for TAC, WorkCover and for the purposes of Part VBA of the Wrongs Act 1958 (personal injury).

Courses provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the AMA Guides 4th Edition as a methodology for determining impairment of an individual with a permanent medical condition, a thorough knowledge of terminology and principles of impairment assessment evaluation as specified in the Guides and the ability to achieve consistency in interpretation and application of the guides.

The training involves completing a core module and at least one elective. The core module covers the legal aspects of impairment assessment and the requirements of the different legislation. Electives are chosen on the basis of the individual’s specialties and the types of impairment assessment required. Modules in Stream 1 are for medical practitioners who have not previously completed modules.

Update modules (Stream 2) are available for medical practitioners who have previously been accredited to update their knowledge of the legislation and changes to interpretation of the guides.

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AMA Victoria presents this Ministerially approved training program in the application of the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (4th Edition), (AMA 4 Guides), for the Department of Treasury and Finance in accordance with Section 91(1)(b) of the Accident Compensation Act 1985, Section 46A(2)(b) of the Transport Accident Act 1986 and for the purposes of Part VBA of the Wrongs Act 1958 (personal injury)