A panel assessment involves the independent assessment of a worker by an Occupational Physician and a Psychiatrist.
Due to our unique position at the interface of work and health, we have become acutely aware of the growing impact of mental health conditions on the ability of workers to perform their roles.
Our Occupational Physicians and Psychiatrists understand the delineation between their roles and also the overlap required for those complex cases which are becoming more prevalent in Australia.
By providing you with two separate opinions, along with a combined consensus means employers can be assured that the full extent of an individual’s bio-psycho-social influences have been addressed.
A panel assessment provides employers with:
- The determination of work-relatedness of injury and illness
- Advice on management of these conditions moving forward
- In a concise, expert report
How do I know to request a panel assessment?
The types of cases that typically benefit from a panel assessment are those which are:
- Involve the development of secondary psychological conditions following physical injury
- Feature long-standing absenteeism
The sorts of questions a panel assessment may seek to answer include:
- What is a worker’s current psychological status?
- Determination of a new condition or exacerbation of a pre-existing condition