Information on the current criteria for a person to be designated as an approved medical specialist and how to apply are outlined below.

To be designated as an approved medical specialist, under section 146F(1) of the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, a person must:

  1. be registered as a medical practitioner with no current notations, conditions or reprimands for disciplinary purposes recorded against their registration for medical practice; and
  2. provide evidence of current clinical practice and/or expertise in assessment; and
  3. have undertaken training in the WorkCover WA Education Module, which includes training in the WorkCover WA Guides; and
    1. have undertaken training in the use of the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment upon which the current WorkCover WA Guides are based; or
    2. have current accreditation as a “Certified Independent Medical Examiner” with the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME); or
    3. have undertaken other training in impairment assessment approved by WorkCover WA; and
  4. have qualifications as a specialist; or be able to demonstrate competency levels acceptable to WorkCover WA.
Other (non-specialist) medical practitioners should note that in order to demonstrate the competency required, WorkCover WA will take into consideration an applicant’s relevant skills, experience and qualifications. As a guide, WorkCover WA will review the extent to which a medical practitioner has:

  • significant work in a medical practice with consistent management and assessment of injured workers;
  • experience in undertaking medical assessments of injured workers;
  • relevant qualifications, for example, ABIME exam certification or other similar qualifications related to medico-legal assessments or disability assessments.

Applications in this category will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The application form and further information is available in the Approved Medical Specialist Application Packs below.

Specialist – Medical Practitioners: Application Pack (PDF – 690kb)

Non-Specialist – Medical Practitioners: Application Pack (PDF – 698kb)