Information on the current eligibility criteria for a medical practitioner to be designated as an approved medical specialist (AMS), how to apply and AMS application process can be found below.

Important note:

WorkCover WA recognises satisfactory completion of equivalent core training in the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA 5) conducted by the workers’ compensation jurisdictions in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure any AMA 5 training meets specific requirements.

Please contact WorkCover WA prior to undertaking training to confirm it meets the required standard. 

Eligibility criteria
The following criteria are applied by WorkCover WA when deciding whether a medical practitioner is suitable for designation as an approved medical specialist.

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
  4. (i) 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
    (ii) have current accreditation as a “Certified Independent Medical Examiner” with the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME); or
    (iii) have undertaken other training in impairment assessment approved by WorkCover WA; and
  5. (i) have qualifications as a specialist; or
    (ii) be able to demonstrate competency levels acceptable to WorkCover WA.

Non-specialist medical practitioners

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.

How to apply
Only registered medical practitioners can apply to become an approved medical specialist (AMS) with WorkCover WA and must satisfy WorkCover WA’s eligibility criteria.

Different criteria apply depending on whether you are a specialist or non-specialist medical practitioner.

The AMS application form and further information regarding the AMS application process is available in the Approved Medical Specialist Application packs below.