An employer or insurer may request an injured worker to undergo an IMR to provide them with an independent opinion about the worker’s injury or illness, work capacity and treatment.
The IMR 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 IMR and consistency with information provided to workers:
- Guideline: Independent Medical Reviews (PDF, 347.2 KB) will assist medical practitioners conducting IMRs understand their role and responsibilities in the Tasmanian workers compensation scheme.
- Information sheet IS-155: Independent Medical Reviews (PDF, 216.5 KB) 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 IMR, and encourage them to use it
- the information sheet to workers who have been asked to attend an IMR.