An injury management consultant is a registered medical practitioner (doctor), approved by SIRA Workers Compensation, and experienced in occupational injury and workplace based rehabilitation.
Injury management consultants are facilitators who assist insurers, employers, workers and nominated treating doctors in overcoming barriers to complex return to work and injury management situations.
Injury management consultants are not involved in the treatment of a worker, nor do they provide any opinion on the current treatment regime to the referrer. They assess the nature of the problem and attempt to mediate a solution through discussions with the nominated treating doctor.
An insurer or employer can refer to an injury management consultant when there is a specific return to work or injury management problem such as:
- confused goals
- complexity of injury or workplace environment
- poor communication between insurer, employer and/or nominated treating doctor
- perceived conflict between the nominated treating doctor’s recommendations and the workplace requirements
- unexplained changes in work capacity
- disagreement regarding the suitability of duties offered to a worker
- worker is not upgrading at work
The role of the injury management consultant is distinctly different from that of the independent medical examiner. An injury management consultant assesses the situation, examines the worker (if necessary) and discusses possible solutions with all parties (particularly the nominated treating doctor).
An injury management consultant does not comment on the appropriateness of treatment or diagnostic procedures, or liability for a workers compensation claim.