Independent medical examinations (IMEs)
An employer or insurer may request an injured worker to undergo an IME to provide them with an independent opinion about the worker’s injury or illness, work capacity and treatment.
The IME report will help an employer or insurer make decisions about the worker’s rehabilitation, treatment and recovery at/return to work.
The independent medical examiner does not provide the injured worker with treatment.
These two documents have been developed with the aim to ensure best practice around the conduct of an IME and consistency with information provided to workers:
- Guideline: Independent Medical Examinations will assist medical practitioners conducting IMEs understand their role and responsibilities in the Tasmanian workers compensation scheme.
- Information sheet IS-155: Independent Medical Examinations will help workers understand the reasons why an independent medical examination may be required by an employer or their insurer, and the obligations of everyone involved in the process.
Insurers are required to provide:
- the guidelines to independent medical practitioners who have been asked to conduct an IME, and encourage them to use it
- the information sheet to workers who have been asked to attend an IME.
To assist treating medical practitioners requesting treatment, insurers may wish to encourage medical practitioners to use the Workers Compensation: Request for Treatment form.