Complain about an IME

Independent medical examiners Victoria complaint process

 

Download WorkSafe VIC’s complaint form

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View the VWA original document ” Independent Medical Examiners complaint process” (pdf)

Of interest is that the VWA states on its website that IME (Applicants) must have at least five years of clinical experience in their area of speciality and be currently working at least eight hours of clinical practice each week. Experience in working with compensable clients is an advantage. We doubt that all IMEs are still working in clinical practice, particularly referring to those above the age of 70 years and, yes, even 80!

IME Declaration

An Independent Medical Examiner must also be approved under section 112 of the Accident Compensation Act 1985 and will be required to sign the Independent Medical Examiners declaration. The declaration applies terms, conditions and standards including participating in peer reviews for quality assurance purposes.

The declaration:

Independence

Alert1. I understand that I am, and must appear to be, independent of WorkSafe, WorkSafe’s authorised agents under the legislation, self-insurers under the legislation and the legal representatives of the preceding entities. I agree to take all reasonable measures to ensure I maintain my independence.

2. I will notify the WorkSafe immediately if I believe there has been an attempt by anyone to inappropriately influence a report arising from my independent medical examination.

Service standards

3. I will adhere to the IME Service Standards published on the WorkSafe website and updated from time to time.
4. I will make all reasonable efforts to attend relevant forums and seminars organised by WorkSafe at my own cost

Fees

5. I will provide the services and charge the fees for those services in accordance with the WorkSafe Schedule of Medico Legal Fees as indexed or revised from time to time and contained in the WorkSafe Schedule of Medico Legal Fees or as otherwise published, unless otherwise agreed with WorkSafe. I understand that the payment of invoices will normally be made by the report requestor within 30 days of receipt of the IME report.

No bias or prejudice

Alert6. I agree to act without bias or prejudice and I will seek to ensure that workers are not treated in any manner which disadvantages them because of their origins, background, sex, physical, mental or intellectual impairment or in any manner that contravenes the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) or other anti-discrimination legislation.

Quality assurance program

7. I will cooperate with WorkSafe in the peer review of my IME reports in accordance with the quality assurance process outlined on the WorkSafe website and agree to abide by the outcomes of any quality assurance reviews. I acknowledge that a failure to meet the required quality assurance standards may result in the discontinuation of referrals to undertake independent medical examinations.

Complaints made to WorkSafe

8. I will cooperate with WorkSafe in the processing of any complaint arising in my role as an IME. Where requested by WorkSafe, I will respond to complaints in writing.

Secrecy provisions

9. I acknowledge that the secrecy provisions in the legislation apply to me as an IME

Privacy

10. I agree to be bound by and to comply with the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic) (IPA) and the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) (HRA) with respect to any act done or practice engaged in by me as an IME in the same way and to the same extent as WorkSafe would have been bound by them in respect of that act or practice had it been directly done or engaged in by WorkSafe.

11. In particular I agree that I will not collect, use, disclose, store, transfer or otherwise handle ‘personal information’ or ‘health information’ as defined in the IPA and HRA respectively that I collect in connection with my role as an IME except to the extent that such collection, use or disclosure is reasonably necessary for the performance of the functions and obligations of an IME and only then in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the IPA and the HRA.

12. I will comply with such reasonable policies, directions, requests or enquiries relating to the collection, use, disclosure, storage, transfer or handling of personal information or health information as are notified by WorkSafe from time to time.

13. I will promptly notify WorkSafe of any suspected breach of privacy including an inadvertent breach.

Confidentiality

14. For the purposes of this declaration, ‘confidential information’ means all information (whether or not in a material form) that is treated by WorkSafe as confidential; and disclosed by WorkSafe, WorkSafe Agent or self-insurer to the IME or which the IME becomes aware of while providing services to WorkSafe as an IME.

15. I will only use confidential information for the direct purpose of providing services to WorkSafe as an IME in accordance with this declaration and WorkSafe’s service standards.

16. I will not disclose confidential information to any person except if I am required to do so by law or as required to my employees, advisors and insurers who have a need to know for the purposes of me fulfilling my obligations as an IME and who, before disclosure, have been directed to keep confidential information confidential

17. I agree to notify WorkSafe immediately on receiving correspondence of any kind about confidential information or requiring the disclosure of confidential information.

18. Subject to any other legal obligation, I will deliver up to WorkSafe immediately on request, or at WorkSafe’s direction, destroy, all confidential information, including any copies of confidential information stored in any medium, which is in my possession or control.

Advertising

19. I will not use my role as an IME or my association with WorkSafe for any commercial or advertising purposes.

Indemnity

20. In addition to any other right, power or remedy provided by law to WorkSafe to be indemnified by me, I agree to indemnify (= To compensate for loss or damage!!! Read between the lines guys!!!) WorkSafe from and against any:

a) liability incurred by WorkSafe;
b) loss of and damage to property of WorkSafe; and
c) loss or reasonable expense incurred by WorkSafe in dealing with any claim against it including legal costs and expenses on a party and party basis and the cost of time spent, resources used or disbursements paid by the WorkSafe arising from any fraud, illegal or criminal act or omission (eg a criminal assault) or gross
misconduct or any act or omission not covered by my professional indemnity or public liability cover or insurance whilst acting in my role as an IME. This indemnity will be reduced to the extent that any act or omission of WorkSafe causes or contributes to the relevant liability, loss, damage or expenses.

For the purposes of this declaration, ‘gross misconduct’ means any act or behaviour of an IME that in the opinion of WorkSafe is considered to be:
a) a risk to the health or safety of any person or to the reputation, viability or profitability of any organisation or business; or
b) reprehensible or unprofessional behaviour including intoxication, use of illegal drugs and the use of foul or offensive language

Amendments

21. I understand that the IME Service Standards and WorkSafe Schedule of Medico Legal Fees may be added to, amended or altered by WorkSafe from time to time and that WorkSafe will inform me of any changes as soon as is reasonably possible.

Referrals

22. I understand that there is no guarantee that I will receive any referrals to conduct independent medical examinations.

23. I understand that I am at liberty to accept or decline any particular request by WorkSafe, WorkSafe’s authorised agents under the legislation, self-insurers under the legislation and the legal representatives of the preceding entities to undertake an independent medical examination.

24. I understand that I may request at any time that WorkSafe cease referring its workers to me for independent medical examinations.

Discontinuation of relationship

25. I understand that WorkSafe may discontinue its relationship with me as an IME at any time if:

a) I do not comply with this declaration; or
b) I do not comply with WorkSafe’s service standards; or
c) I no longer meet the selection criteria to be an IME; or
d) my conduct is, in the reasonable opinion of WorkSafe, likely to harm the reputation of WorkSafe; or
e) WorkSafe determines that my professional conduct renders me unsuitable to carry out independent medical examinations

26. I acknowledge that feedback gathered from time to time by WorkSafe from its workers about their experiences at independent medical examinations conducted by me may be taken into account in considering whether my professional conduct renders me unsuitable to carry out independent medical examinations for the purposes of this clause.

Dispute Resolution

27. If a dispute arises in relation to my provision of services as an IME, I or WorkSafe may request that the following dispute resolution process be utilised:

a) In the first instance the dispute will be discussed between myself and the WorkSafe’s Manager, IME Services;
b) If the dispute remains unresolved the matter will be referred to the WorkSafe’s Chief Executive (or his or her nominee) and myself or my nominated re presentative;
c) If the dispute remains unresolved, it will be submitted to a mediator. The cost of mediation will be shared equally;
d) Where the parties to the dispute cannot agree on a mediator, the Chief Executive of the Law Institute of Victoria (or his/her nominee) will be asked to appoint a mediator;
e) The above process will be carried out within 30 days.

Awareness of clinical framework

28. If applicable to my area of practice, I will maintain an awareness and knowledge of the ‘Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Allied Health Services’ (as amended from time to time) and how it applies to the provision of services to workers by allied healthcare professionals.

Period of arrangement

29. My role as an IME will end on 31 March 2015 unless it is reviewed or ended before then in accordance with this declaration.
Signature:
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Download the Independent Medical Examiner Declaration (VIC)

Independent Medical Examiner Service Standards

1. General

1.1 The relationship between an independent medical examiner (IME) and a person undergoing an independent medical examination differs from that in a usual practitioner/patient relationship. Notwithstanding this difference, it is expected that recognised professional standards and the applicable law will be adhered to at all times.

2. Appointments

2.1 Appointments must be available as soon as practicable after receiving a request for an appointment.

2.2 The person to be examined must not be kept waiting for the examination for an unreasonable time. IMEs should aim to see people within 30 minutes of the appointment time.

2.3 IMEs should notify the referring case manager of any appointments that they need to cancel as soon as is practical after they become aware of the need for the cancellation.

Alert2.4 IMEs should not accept referrals, or undertake an examination, if they are not qualified and experienced in the specialty for which the examination has been arranged. IMEs should notify the referring party as soon as is practical after they become aware of an inappropriate referral.

3. Examinations

3.1 Referrals:

IMEs should read all the documents (eg medical reports, x-rays and investigation reports) sent with the referral and, if necessary, request the referring case manager to send additional material the IME considers necessary to ensure that the findings, opinions and recommendations from the independent medical examination are sound and complete.
The reasons why the additional material is required must be articulated.

3.2 Accessibility:

It is expected that all IME rooms are accessible to people with mobility issues (eg. wheel chairs). If there are any access limitations, IMEs must notify the referring case manager as soon as possible.

3.3 If a person is unable to attend an IME’s rooms, either due to access limitations or the person’s medical condition, an IME may be asked to conduct an examination at another suitable location. This is subject to the IME’s consent and subject to reaching agreement with either the referring case manager about the suitable location and travel arrangements.

3.4 Interpreters:

The referring case manager will arrange for a qualified interpreter to attend at the examination if this is required. It is preferred that family (including children under the age of 18 years) and friends do not act as interpreters. If difficulties arise with the interpreting arrangements during an examination, IMEs should immediately notify the referring case manager. Examiners are requested to be sensitive to the presence of an interpreter if the person to be examined is to be undressed and to ask the person being examined about the appropriateness of the interpreter
being in the room during this time.

3.5 Third party attendance:

AlertIf a person insists on the presence of a family member or friend for moral support during the examination, this may be acceptable provided that the IME considers this appropriate in the circumstance. The third person should not be allowed to disrupt the examination. There should be no objection to the third person assisting in clarifying aspects of a person’s medical and injury history but they should not be permitted to interfere with the normal interchange between the IME and the person.

The person being examined or the IME may consider that it would be appropriate for a third party to be an observer to the examination, or to provide assistance during the examination.

TAC clients/injured workers attending a psychiatric examination will normally be seen without family members or friends because of the personal and private nature of the questions asked.

3.6 Length of appointment:

IMEs must allocate sufficient time to allow for a fair and comprehensive examination to be carried out. Extra time may be required if an interpreter is being used.

3.7 Conduct during examination:

AlertIt is expected that an IME will treat people undergoing independent medical examinations with the same professional standards of care, consideration and courtesy that a private patient would expect.
A gown or other covering should always be offered if a person is asked to undress and an IME should excuse themselves or move out of the person’s line of sight while the person is undressing.

3.8 Expectation setting

At the commencement of the examination, IMEs should explain:

(a) the purpose of the examination;
(b) their role as an IME;
(c) that their findings, opinions and recommendations will be contained in a report which will be sent to the referring case manager;
Alert(d) that they are impartial, and reassure the person that the IME report will record their objective clinical diagnosis and that it is not the IME’s task to decide the claims issue;
(e) the specialty in which they practise and its relevance to the examination.

IMEs should not make value judgements or personal comments, advise the person of the findings, opinions or recommendations to be made in the report, or recommend treatment.

IMEs should clearly answer a person’s questions about the purpose or relevance of any questions, procedures or other aspects of the examination.

IMEs should forewarn people if an examination, test or procedure is required which may be considered or interpreted as intrusive, or cause some discomfort or pain. IMEs should explain why the examination, test or procedure is necessary and reassure the person that it will not worsen their condition.

3.9 Tests

Non-invasive tests and imaging may be undertaken with the TAC client’s / injured worker’s permission when required to answer a question being asked of the IME by the referring case manager.

IMEs should not carry out tests of an invasive nature other than imaging. If IMEs consider tests of this kind are required, this should be included as a recommendation in the examination report. As a general rule tests of this kind will only be permitted where the findings of the independent medical examination would otherwise be unreliable.

3.10 Personal attendance

IMEs must personally conduct any independent medical examination and write IME reports.

4. Conflicts of interest

4.1 IMEs must not accept a referral or undertake an examination if a conflict of interest might arise, or be perceived to arise unless the IME has notified the referring case manager and agreed, in writing, on a process to manage the conflict. It is not possible to give an exhaustive list of situations where a conflict of interest might arise, but some examples are:
(a) if the IME has provided treatment or services to the person previously (other than in their role as an IME); and
(b) the IME has a financial relationship or other involvement with the person’s employer.

4.2 The TAC and WorkSafe consider it is a conflict of interest for an IME to provide treatment or services to a person after they have had an independent medical examination by that IME.

5. Contact with treating healthcare practitioners

5.1 An IME should not contact a person’s treating healthcare practitioner without the person’s written consent. Written consent is not needed if the IME has an overarching legal, ethical or professional obligation.
IMEs are encouraged to obtain consent and to contact treating healthcare practitioners if it will assist the IME to provide a sound, evidence-based opinion.

5.2 If IMEs contact treating healthcare practitioners, the discussion should be documented in detail in the IME report.

6. Reports

6.1 Templates

IME report templates are available on the TAC and WorkSafe websites. IMEs should conform, as far as possible, to the template.

6.2 Content and structure

IMEs should consider the potential readership when preparing reports.
Reports are mainly used by TAC and WorkSafe Agent claims staff, but reports may also be provided to the person who was the subject of the examination, lawyers and treating healthcare professionals. Reports
may also be subject to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

IMEs must comprehensively address all the points raised or questions asked in the letter of referral. It is recommended that the questions and answers are included in the report so that the report can be read as a stand-alone document.

The report should:

a) be limited to matters of professional opinion and not contain comments about what decision the IME considers the TAC or WorkSafe Agent should make unless there is a specific question;
b) be in plain English and avoid the use of jargon or language that is too technical. Where technical language is the only option, a brief explanation of what any technical terms or phrases mean must be provided;
c) provide an accurate diagnosis based on references to a detailed and accurate history and an appropriate and thorough clinical examination;
d) contain clear and unambiguous professional opinions and, where required, recommendations based in science and with reference to best practice medicine or best clinical practice;
e) present an evidence-based approach to evaluating symptoms and clinical findings, as far as practicable;
f) note if there is insufficient clinical information to make a diagnosis;
g) contain reasons for all opinions expressed;
h) be consistent in that opinions should accord with examination findings;
Alerti) be independent and impartial, and not contain any value judgements or personal comments;
j) contain only relevant information and not disclose personal information to the extent it is relevant to the findings, opinions or recommendations;
k) not contain descriptions of a person’s appearance or demeanour during the examination or as otherwise observed except to the extent that it is relevant to the findings, opinions or recommendations made (eg as part of a mental state examination) and only where the relevance is articulated;
Alertl) be free of advocacy and/or bias for any party.

6.3 Time for completion

a) 90% of reports are to be completed and sent to the referring case manager within 10 working days of the examination unless otherwise agreed.
b) 100% of reports are to be sent to the referring case manager within 15 working days of the examination unless otherwise agreed.

7. Fees

7.1. The TAC and WorkSafe Agents can pay the reasonable costs of independent medical examination services in line with the relevant policies and the TAC/WorkSafe Schedule of Medico Legal Fees, unless otherwise agreed with the TAC or WorkSafe in writing.

7.2. In the event, that an IME has concerns about unpaid or returned invoices, it is recommended that the IME contact the TAC Customer Service Centre or the referring WorkSafe Agent. If there is a significant concern or trend in the payment of invoices, then this should be raised with the Manager IMEs.

8. Court and Tribunal attendance

8.1. IMEs must be available to attend and give evidence in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and in court proceedings. Some proceedings may be held in regional areas. This obligation continues beyond an IME’s term as an IME.

8.2. IMEs must be familiar with their obligations as expert witnesses.

Below is the Expert Witness Code of Conduct ( also see the PDF format here)

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9. Notification and registration

9.1. IMEs must notify the TAC/WorkSafe immediately of any formal complaint made about them in a professional capacity, about any hearing or other proceeding in relation to the formal complaint and the outcome including the
details of any disciplinary action taken in relation to them including (but not limited to):

a) under the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth)
b) by a hospital regarding clinical competence or professional conduct
c) by a professional body (eg a college)
d) by the Medical Board of Australia
e) by the Health Services Commissioner
f) by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

9.2. IMEs must notify the TAC/WorkSafe in writing within 14 days of any changes affecting their service delivery as an IME or eligibility to be an IME including (but not limited to):

a) the professional discipline in which they practise
b) the services which they offer
c) their practising location
d) anything which affects their ability to continuously meet the selection criteria to be an IME, including any change to weekly hours of practice.

9.3. IMEs must notify the TAC/ WorkSafe immediately of:

a) any conditions, limitations or restrictions on their registration; or
b) the suspension or cancellation of their registration

Download the IME Service Standards>>

 Preview Complaint form here

The IME Manual – and more resources

The links below outline the contents of VWA’s IME manual.

Visit the VWA’s section on IMEs on their website

Independent medical examiners NSW

Independent medical examiner

Independent medical examiners are registered medical practitioners who provide impartial medical assessments.

The worker, worker’s legal representative or the insurer can request an independent medical examination.

A referral for an independent medical examination occurs when medical information is:

  • inadequate
  • unavailable
  • inconsistent
  • or where the referrer has been unable to resolve the issues related to the problem directly with the parties involved.

The role of the independent medical examiner

Independent medical examiners don’t provide advice to workers about their condition, treatment or workers compensation claim.

The independent medical examiner’s report may include advice on accepting a claim, the insurer’s ongoing liability and the worker’s level of capacity for employment and ongoing treatment. If they consider some other type of treatment might assist the worker, they will mention it in their report and may contact the worker’s treating doctor to discuss treatment options.

The independent medical examiner report is forwarded to the person who requested it.

Injured worker obligations when attending an independent medical examiner

A worker will receive a letter outlining the reason for the examination, the appointment details and travel costs arrangements at least ten working days before the appointment.

Some medical examiners may choose to video or audio record the examination. However, the worker must be informed of this and where it is the medical examiner’s routine practice, the worker must be in agreement prior to the examination being scheduled. The recording of the examination is only to proceed if the worker consents.

If a worker fails to attend an independent medical examination, their weekly payments of compensation may be suspended.

Complaints

AlertShould a worker have a complaint about an independent medical examiner they should contact the referrer in the first instance and attempt to resolve the complaint.

If not satisfactorily resolved, the worker may make a complaint to the Health Care Complaints Commission or the NSW Medical Board.

At any time the worker can contact our Customer Service Centre on 13 10 50, their union or legal representative. The worker might also like to contact the WorkCover Independent Review Office.

Visit the WorkCover NSW section on IMEs on their website

 

7 Responses to “Complain about an IME”

  1. Hi Just came across this article from the Australian Medical Board website
    http://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/Newsletters/June-2014.aspx

    Medico-legal assessments – a common source of notifications

    The Board regularly receives notifications about medical practitioners who perform medico-legal or third party assessments. We are publishing this article to provide feedback to the medical profession. By raising awareness about some of the potential pitfalls for medical practitioners who conduct medico-legal assessments, the Board aims to encourage practitioners who work in this area and who have had notifications made about them to reflect on their style of practice and communication.

    Notifications to the Board about medico-legal assessments are generally made when the person who is being assessed:

    disagrees with the content of a report provided by the medico-legal examiner to a third party, or
    is not satisfied with the examiner’s manner, method of enquiry and/or how they have performed physical examinations.
    The Board understands that there is often a subtle adversarial nature to medico-legal assessments. Also, the examinee may not understand that the role of the assessor is different to the role of their treating practitioner. All this can set up an environment that contributes to dissatisfaction and therefore notifications being made to the Board.

    As in all areas of medicine, medical practitioners who perform medico-legal assessments should remember the importance of explaining and communicating their role and what they are doing, both at the outset and during the course of an examination.

    The usual standards of Good medical practice apply. Examinees are entitled to the same level of courtesy, patience, explanation and consideration as any other person attending a medical practitioner. The frequency with which some medico-legal practitioners are subject to complaints, especially about their manner, raises concern that these practitioners may not have remembered these simple and time-honoured attributes of good practice.

    Provided the Board is satisfied that the clinical method and reasoning used in a report is sound, it is unlikely that notifications about the content of a medico-legal report will lead to further action by the Board.

    The Board will not take further action when a single notification does not appear to amount to unprofessional conduct or unsatisfactory professional performance. However, the Board may decide to take action in relation to practitioners who have been the subject of multiple notifications. Practitioners may be investigated further and a performance assessment may be required.

    The Board can take a range of actions after an investigation and/or assessment. These include referral to a panel or tribunal or the Board can caution the practitioner, accept undertakings or impose conditions. These might include a requirement for further training or remediation, regular supervision of work, or a restriction on the way that they practise.

    Practitioners who conduct medico-legal examinations regularly and who have been the subject of previous notifications should carefully reflect on their style of practice and consider whether they would benefit from review by peers or from additional training in communication.

    After reading this I got the distinct impression that these professional assessors are above the law and protected unless numerous complaints are made against them….ARE WE FIGHTING A LOSING BATTLE against those IME’s that breach all the rules and codes of ethics?

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    • @Deluded – thank you so much for sourcing and sharing this little ‘gem’. Although the news letter is arguably worded ‘softly’, I would not underestimate it. The fact that it is worthy of a newsletter says a lot and I would be very encouraged by the following excerpt:
      However, the Board may decide to take action in relation to practitioners who have been the subject of multiple notifications. Practitioners may be investigated further and a performance assessment may be required.”
      What is means is that all injured workers who have had a ‘non professional’ IME assessment MUST put in a formal complaint to the Board. The more the better, as it clearly implies that if numerous complaints are made about a certain IME, action may be taken. This in itself is great news, because many of those ‘notorious’ egoistic IMEs would not like their assessments and professionalism ‘assessed’ by the Board, it would humiliate them ad certainly scare them. So, in fact we are starting to win a battle.
      Again, in order to make a real difference, all injured workers who have been the subject of an unprofessional IME MUST COMPLAIN.

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      • I see your valid point WCV3….I guess my point I made was due to me complaining to AHPRA RE the dodgy IME I complained about I was manhandled by this jerk….I had evidence recorded where you can clearly hear him apologising when he hurt me…..my complaint did manage to get infront of the medical board but was dismissed on the grounds he said she said basis….I can forward all letters if you want I dont mind peeps seeing and reading what the process is but I will have to censor it…so if you are interested can I please Have email address to forwrd my letters to you

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  2. Dr Gavin K. Ballenden

    Dr Ballenden is an occupational physician and IME doctor who consults for WorkCover Queensland. He also consults for hospitals and resides in Brisbane.

    Dr Ballenden is an arrogant institutionalised physician who writes what WorkCover wants to hear. He typically supports the statements of other IME doctors, maintaining IME group loyalties. He is known to submit one page statements favouring previous WorkCover findings, without any attempt to actually identify and evaluate a patient’s pathology records.

    He strongly opposes specialist reports written outside of Australia, especially if they challenge WorkCover’s position or local health policies. He recommends that international reports should be ignored no matter how professional and compelling they are. He will not recognise the credentials of experts outside of Australia.

    His biochemistry knowledge is limited, demonstrated by his attitude to some blood tests which are recognised and subsidised by Medicare. He regards some blood tests as quackery. He claims to be an expert in occupational and environmental medicine, but his attitude towards biochemistry is so cynical that he could not possibly maintain his claimed credentials.

    Dr Ballenden is keen to fabricate psychosomatic pre-existing conditions from medical records, from casual and sketchy clinical notes, despite a clear lacking of any confirmed diagnosis. He is not afraid to allege neurosis conditions against claimants. He serves WorkCover very well.

    He has an arrogant loathing for alternative medical sciences such as Sports science, Homoeopathy, and Herbal pharmacology. He prefers to stay within the boundaries of institutionalised medicine and accepted medical board policies.

    Dr Ballenden does not take his own initiative to ensure that the records he receives from WorkCover are complete. If he finds medical records have gaps, he does not cross check the pathology labs. He prefers not to challenge WorkCover, but goes with the flow. Missing records are a convenient way for him to avoid evaluating a patient’s evidence.

    He is a dirty WorkCover thug who has made for himself a niche in the medical industry. This liar probably enjoys the comforts of a very nice house, while the victims he assesses struggle to live. He has demonstrated himself to be an expert fraud and hypocrite.

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    • I have been seeing IME for 16 Years
      1. Tape every session do not ask their permission as they say no.
      There is a pen on the market which you put in you rpocket and it tapes and videos everything
      90 % of IME I have seen will side with what the Inssurers want you dont bite the hand that feeding you.
      2. Ask the insurerer to send you the copy of the letterr and questions to the IME before you go and check that it is exactly the same as what the IME is looking at most times it is completeley different implying sentences that you are a fraud .
      3. If you see that you have a different cover letter and question tho the IME tell him there is a problem and ring the case manager straight away and Worksafe do not continue with the session. But do not walk out either as the INSURER WILL TERMINATE YOUR ENTITLMENTS .
      Let the IME cancel the session make the biggest scene ever.
      If you are being treated disrepectfuly or deeming in the session contact VWA and forward a complaint in an email and contact your solicitor an put a letter of complaint to AMA. Medical Practitioners Board.The more we complain about these IME’s will have to answer to the lucrative dollars they receive for these reports.

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      Martin Lindley May 7, 2016 at 1:10 pm
read-before-u-commentThis is a statement pointing you to our seriously injured but esteemed and honourable Social Networking Sites Warning and our comment policy. A must read in the context of a very adversarial workcover system! Remember to mention in which state you reside if you seek advice.

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