Good doctors

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

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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

Neurosurgeons

Pain specialists

Psychiatrists

  • 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

Psychologists

Cardiologists

Vascular surgeons

Plastic surgeons

  • Mr Steven Salino – Moonee Ponds and Hoppers Crossing

 

updated28 October 2014

 

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Tapped Out
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Oops forgot to say I am in QLD, Q-Super is wher my income protection sits, BUPA is my private health cover.

workcovervictim3
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@tappedOut – You could try and get an early release of (some) superannuation from your major super fund. Ring them and ask for an application form.
Or apply for Centrelink benefits with supporting documents of your financial situation, outstanding rent/bills due notices and such like. You could maybe also apply for rental support from i.e.the Slavation Army housing scheme…

Tapped Out
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I’m not injured but have been off work in hospital and sick since November. Still being assessed for income protection. Due for surgery on Wed, which I may have to cancel due to my private health fund telling me I need to repay my annual excess. No income to cover me, debt sinking me faster than the Titanic. I am being forced back into working although I will most assuredly not be able to manage it without becoming ill again. Is there anyone or any where I can go to get support?

Marcie
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Hi, does anyone know a psychiatrist in the Melbourne metro area that will take on workcover patients? My GP tried to refer me to a number of psychiatrists but none of them would take on Workcover patients, they all refused!! GP said some were openly hostile and rude when they knocked back the referral. I don’t get what the attitude is for. GP has all but given up trying to find a psychiatrist to refer me to, if anyone knows of any or has any to recommend I would be greatful. Ta.

workcovervictim3
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@Macy – although based in Essendon (20 min from CBD), we can highly recommend Dr Sunil Datta – Melbourne (Essendon West), Victoria. He takes on workcover patients and is very “familiar” with the adversarial system. A really lovely, empathic and good shrink.

Another excellent one is Assoc Prof Mark Walterfang (consultant Psychiatrist and Neuro psychiatrist) – the Melbourne Clinic Consulting Rooms, Suite 15, 140 Church street, Richmond (Vic)
Web: http://www.melbourneneuropsychiatry.com.au
We do know that he has a long waiting list though… But he is a wonderful, empathic shrink, who also understands PAIN!

tony
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Marcie,what about your gp sending you to a physcolist sorry my spelling a mental health care plan funded bt medicare I think you get 10to 12 visits.

Tired
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Marcie have you tried http://www.ratemds.com ? The reason that some are so hostile is that WorkCover is a dirty word. There are many good doctors who are refusing to take on any more WorkCover patients because they are so sick of get stuffed around by the system that delays or refuses payments, case managers who threaten and lie, constant interference to treatment and basically are exposed to the same mistreatment as injured workers. You cannot blame them for refusing to continue to have any association. You could try psychiatrist Dr Piperoglou in Hawthorn – he has many good reviews on… Read more »
End the corruption!
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Marcie, another reason many psychiatrists will not have anything to do with WorkCover, other than not wanting or having time to deal with case managers, or chasing their unpaid fees, is how unfair the whole system is with regard to fees. The WorkSafe Vic scheduled fee for IME psychiatrists’ first assessment/report, which could be a whole 20 to 30 minutes, is currently $907.45. And there is a list of other fees payable like supplementary reports ($295.41), plus loadings such as for urgent examinations/report writing ($102.68), travel allowance ($473.47/hour), audiovisual viewing ($230.75), non-attendance by worker ($307.73), and worksite visits ($889.79). The… Read more »
Not defeated
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Currently on WC Qld since April 2013 , have back injury … Tada ! Pre existing with nerve irritation .. Have had 2 nerve root epidurals , last one in hospital under General .. Didn’t work .. Now developed plantar facia in same left sciatic side from modified mobility gait ..have attempted working suitable duties in my disability job but caused great distress as am on .. Opioid pain patch , panadeine forte , lyrica and Celebrex .. Whilst required to medicate and drive clients and be responsible for their safety .. Employer has not given suitable duties since December… Read more »
Wendy J W
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Pain specialists want us to believe that our pain is from a faulty nerve or area of the brain that can be modified.. I have injury to my knees, and I kept going as much as I could, but sought help when the intermittent pain wouldn’t stop. I then had a MVA (workcover) and am in constant pain. I still work as many hours as I can, but now feel that I have done the wrong thing as I am treated like I am at fault, I planned it. What I would give to have my old life back… even… Read more »
Mr Peter Rickard
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I was absolutely disgusted with [Dr M] hogg. Absolutely the rudest and most arrogant so called specialist I have ever met. Suffering from crippling pain and not being able to sit, stand or lay still for any period of time without causing great distress I waited two years to see [Dr M]hogg just to be told to get over it and get back to work. It is insulting to see him held on a pedestal. Conclusion, [this doctor] is [in my own opinion] a [censored by admin–>danger for defamation lawsuit served on aworkcovervictimsdiary!]

Iamdone
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Psychiatrist Dr Gregory White from Fairfield Vic. I had my IME today. I was very anxious. The entire appointment only lasted for 30minutes. He told me that most people say that IME is rude because they interrupt during explanations etc. He was not rude at all. he came accros as polite, but I’m not sure if that was just a way to get me to let my gaurd down. I did not get to explain all the things that have been going on. At the end of it he told me that his report will actually have no bearing on… Read more »
andrew
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orthopedic surgeon Dr Sam Scoffield , camberwell ,vic he was great he is a retired surgeon from epworth private most radiologists take lumber scans lying down which does not show the full extent of the injury, dr scoffield takes hes own xrays in a standing position and bending forward and backward which to my surprise shows where the discs are actually touching which triggers the pain as it is a picture taking in a load bearing position, I also believe there is now an upright MIR scan in vic which also shows the discs in these more accurate position ,as… Read more »
deluded
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can any recommend a good orthopaedic surgeon lower limb knee and ankle in the SA area….

johnny
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@ kawasaki, can’t recommend a GP but can tell you were NOT to go. Stay away from OSH Medical Group in Wembley , they work for QBE Insurance.

Duncan Mclean
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neurosurgeon Professor Richard Bittar brillant
pain specialist Dr Richard Sullivan
Professor Teddy
fantastic

andrew
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is that professor bittar in cotham rd Kew if it is i would highly reccomend him he is a gentleman , he was running a few minutes late for my appointment and came out to appoligise and ask if i was comfortable , you wont get that courtesy from the ime,s

kawasaki
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Can anyone recomend a great GP in Perth?

tony
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Can anyone tell me please what they thought of the pain specialist that’s on the good list,not saying which one as I don’t like to say their name.I went but was a bit iffy about him.

Helping Hand
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@Tony, the one you are probably talking about has been described by several injured workers as “ice cold”, and “small man syndrome” type. He is however one of the very best in the field, but I guess he prefers real nasty and interesting cases… Quite a few injured workers don’t get on with him, at least not in the beginning.
Remember you can change docs, and one I can highly recommend is Peter C.
….

el
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I saw him for 12 months, he’s not Ice-cold. He just makes his mind up about you quickly. If you go to see him, try your best to be calm, specific with your questions and explanations, open to try new things and you’ll get along. He’s big into you accepting a certain level of pain, and working with that-which is probably a good and realistic attitude. He can be very warm and caring. He had me pegged wrong, which was unfortunate for me, but even though I see somebody else now-who relieved my pain immediately-I still remember and use bits… Read more »
Lmoao
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Ok so there has to be 1 gp 1 spinal surg An 1 physio Somewhere in NSW ??? Preferably in or around Sydney area… But will travel to Timbuktu , if it means I could be given a decent consultation.
kim
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I see someone here recommends Dr. McGrath of Canberra. I too have seen him as an IME for my insurer (QBE), for a nsw work injury. I found him to be professional and helpful in the appointment, more cluey than most doctors I have seen. He picked up that I had possibly had torn a ligament in my neck, and put me on to the Feldenkrais method which I have since pursued at my own expense, and has helped me much more with my pain than anything else (and I’ve tried lots of things). However, he also said to me… Read more »
backpsych101
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Would greatly appreciate any recommendations in VICTORIA for a good PSYCHIATRIST and a GP to look after a bullying/sexual harassment claim

Protect Yourself
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Hi Backpsych101

GO TO http://www.ratemds.com

Sort under psychiatrists, Victoria. Some have many good reviews and those who are Hired Guns for WorkSafe agents are identified.

Make sure whoever you choose does not work as a listed WorkSafe IME. Not saying they are all corrupt but why risk it.