RTWN008: Complex case management with Occupational Physician Dr Peter Sharman

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Dr Peter Sharman is an Occupational Physician who has 30 years experience in occupational medicine. In 2015 he was awarded the AMA Tasmania President’s award in recognition of the work on behalf of the AMA on workers compensation reform.

Peter and I discuss:

  • What makes a case complex?
  • The hazards of workers compensation systems
  • Complex cases need time, flexibility and knowledge
  • Employers should not make assumptions of an injured worker’s motives
  • When management respects the workforce, the workforce respects management
  • Independent Medical Examinations: necessary but not ideal
  • Proposed changes to Tasmania’s Workplace Rehabilitation Provider accreditation requirements
  • Adverse Event Reporting
  • Change must be driven by evidence
  • The stigma that goes along with workers compensation

We also discuss Dr Nieke Elbers’ ISCRR presentation from 2015 “Where is the fair go in compensation systems?”.

I summarise my 3 takeaways from talking with Dr Sharman:

  1. We could all use more time
  2. The importance of workplace culture around injuries, workers comp and safety
  3. What are any of us doing to affect change?

You can read Peter’s blog on his website Insult and Injury. You can follow Peter on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.

  • 15 March 2016