Good doctors

The good doctors (who still see workcover patients), including some independent medical doctors



we all know how hard it can be to find a doctor or specialist these days who is still willing to see a patient on workcover, given the endless bureaucracy, harassment, underpayment and associated, ahum, un-pleasantries!

Great doctors who see workcover patients

Orthopedic surgeons

  • Professor Krishnan, SA, he comes highly recommended by several SA injured workers with upper limb injuries
  • Dr Michael J. Sandow Orthopedic Surgeon in SA (does shoulders) comes highly recommended


Pain specialists


  • Dr Sunil Datta – Melbourne (Essendon West), Victoria
  • Ian H. Mackinnon Forensic & Consultant Psychologist – Melbourne, Vic. Ian McKinnon who sees though this set-up and writes report not a violent bone in my body. Highly recommended forensic psychologist Ian McKinnon



Vascular surgeons

Plastic surgeons

  • Mr Steven Salino – Moonee Ponds and Hoppers Crossing


updated28 October 2014


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Ian McKinnon rude abrupt and aggressive don’t waste your time….


If anyone has seen Mr. Proper- what were your thoughts?

Looking for good ortho surgeon in Melbourne (eastern side preferably), Boss has been great no complaints there. – just getting the run around now as I started the process of getting surgery on my elbow before putting in workcover claim. (Was hoping it wouldn’t get to workcover stage so delayed it as long as possible) Still waiting for appointment to see surgeon, but unsure if he will want to deal with workcover. GP hasn’t givin me CoC yet as it will screw up the process with seeing surgeon at public hospital. I only followed instructions from on site OHS company,… Read more »
Pauline Pope

Can’t help with recommendations re surgeons, but wanted to wish you luck with your healing journey. Your commentary highlighted one of the big issues that so many face in the Workover, that of finding Specialists and GP’s who will take on Workcover cases.
I’ve unsuccessfully tried to get a referral to a Psychiatrist several times in the last two years all because so many of the good ones have no available appointments, and/or, will not touch a Workcover case.


Yeh that’s pretty much what the GP told me..
She said there is too much paperwork and actual harassment from the insurance agents to make it worthwhile/bearable for them-ringing them everyday to question every line in their reports- the surgeons have better things to do, eg operating on people.
Thanks for the best wishes and I hope you have better luck getting a referral. If you can afford it best bet is the private road, there’s not much point getting stressed out just trying to get in to see a psychiatrist- kindof a vicious cycle there

Pauline Pope

Not sure if I can afford Private – probably only if they do it for the Medicare rate. Homeless and on disability pension from workplace injury, me. A good and suitable Psychiatrist is hard to find, since it’s like looking for a Specialist in a haystack. You have to find one who has good knowledge about your specific Psychiatric injuries and their treatments, and who “works” for you on a personal/political level. Psychiatrists rarely advertise their Specialities or the healing theories/protocols they adhere to, so making a reasonable choice in the dark is hard.


Hi everyone. What an amazing website!

I would like to know if there are any other recommendations for IME’S in South Australia. I have already seen Dr Potter, Dr Geoffry Graham and both were great. It is to my belief that I can not see them again in regards to conducting a section 43 so any others would be of great value.

Also does anyone know of any other resources besides webmd for ratings or for information on specific doctors and their history of complaints etc .

Any help is appreciated .

Kath Rath
Do I have a choice which IME I am sent to? My OHS Liason Officer told me that is who they use, is this right??  Also when I did attend Xchanging for my ” half hour appointment”, they did not send me to an orthopaedic upper limb specialist.  However,  I was upfront, with nothing to hide and I did tell them I had already been referred to a top Melbourne Orthopaedic Surgeon by my GP, (and let them see the letter from the Ortho Specialist) and my surgery was booked as I could not wait for Xchanging to get back to me, as I had… Read more »
@Kath – You CAN NOT chose the IME they will send you to – and don’t be shocked to find out that they will send you to an “occupational physician” or a “general surgeon” who deals with warts and gall bladders. I my very complex and very serious ortho injury I have never ever been sent to an ortho IME (5 years! and 4 surgeries). I also happened to have my 1st surgery done by myself, got referred by my GP to an top ortho surgeon who booked me in, cos I did NOT know how this workcover thing worked.… Read more »
Complaint maker

Sometimes you are best getting on with your operations and then attempting to get your money back later. After all they may deny your claim anyway and then you have to fight to get it. If you are in NSW you can take it to the WCC but I don’t
know about the other states.

lucy ducy
Dr William Rowston  psychiatrist North Adelaide is a great person (not  IME) but if you need to see one does workcover is really good regarding pain/depression, has a great understanding of why you get depression etc re workcover/employer Dr George Potter spinal assessments, IME East Terrace Adelaide   Fair, very professional makes you feel at ease Also recommend Gary Clothier [note from admin- we have unprivatised your comment assuming you’d like our readers to see this valuable information. When you mark a comment as privare NOBODY can read your comment, save for the admin people and only when they are logged… Read more »

dr ralph poppenbeek is a animal treats you like dirt writes lies in his reports and is clearly in it for the cash writes in favour of the insurance comp that’s why they love him he needs to have a accident

Totally disagree re Dr Hogg, the rudest narcissistic person I have seen. Certainly a case of little man syndrome. Both my Physio and GP were disgusted with his report. He made a completely incorrect conclusion and did not like been challenged that he was incorrect. Threatened me on at least 4 times that he was going to write a workcover report (he charges an enormous amount of money to see him privately x2). His receptionist was exceptionally rude to patients. He was taken aback when informed that I would not see him again. Dr Colin Davison IME examiner was the… Read more »
I saw Dr M Hogg for more than 12 months through the public system. I’m not really sure how I became his patient, I had been admitted to hospital as I was no longer able to control or handle my pain at home. The Nuerosurgery department had done all they thought could be done-and So Dr. Hogg appeared by my bed one day, and I guess he just took me on. It started off promisingly enough. We started a ketomine infusion in hospital, which continued in an inpatient physical rehab clinic once a bed opened up there. The ketamine failed… Read more »

Dr Joanne Griffiths (psychologist) works in Berwick and Mentone (VIC) and is fantastic.  I have been sent to Hillol Das (psychiatrist) for IMEs in the past and he has been relatively fair.


Could you please advise on great (and not so great) IME doctors in Sydney?  Thanks

harry rort

Paula F Piccione Psychologist Will take on WorkCover Patiants Highly Recommended.

Couburg & Moonee Ponds


Psychologist: Ms Evelyn Field in Melbourne (expert in bullying)

Psychiatrist: Dr Albert Kaplan in Melbourne also.


Would love some suggestions for

Psychiatrists Pain specialists and nero in SA from both a IME and as a treating doctor


Hi Jane,

Good pain specialist is Dr Gary Clothier. He’s fair and when my case manager wanted me back at work, he said ‘No, she’s not ready.’

Don’t see Dr Jules Begg the psych. He sucks you in with kindness then spits you back out with venom.

Hope that helps 🙂


Can someone please let us know of the good impartial IME’s in Sydney NSW? Thanks.


Dr David McGrath Occupational Physician Canberra I live in NSW and was sent to the above Dr and found him to be a true gentleman, he did not monopolise the assessment and after 1.25 hours he wrote a true and fair report. Believe me it was worth the trip to Canberra just to see that there are some highly trained Dr’s who are still human and are prepared to treat the patient as a human being also. Thank you so much Dr McGrath.

Tim Anderson
I can confirm two of these people as being very fair and not intimidated by Insurance companies. My ex employer Chubb tried to bully me with a psychologist who pushed and poked me to try and get a violent response, Chubb call in psychologists to counsel any injured workerthat making a workcover claim is adopting a victim mentality. I applied to Fair work austraia and Commissioner Lewin allowed me to choose my own psychologist as Chubb falsely claimed I was aggressive. Ian wrote me a great report saying not a violent bone in my body. he was great and also… Read more »
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