Who can refer matters to Medical Panels?
Referrals pursuant to Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (WIRC Act) can be referred to Medical Panels by authorised WorkSafe Agents, Accident Compensation Conciliation Services (ACCS), the Magistrates' and County Courts, VCAT and self-insured employers.
If there is a dispute about aspects of an injury or medical condition, a Medical Panel can be convened to provide a legally conclusive and binding opinion on the medical issue/s in dispute.
A Medical Panel must form its Opinion within the legislative timeframes. This is 60 days after the Convenor provides the question/s and accompanying documents to the Medical Panel (this normally occurs at the same time the worker/claimant receives details of their scheduled appointment), plus up to seven days to provide the Opinion to the referring party.
This timeframe may be extended if the Panel needs additional information to form an Opinion, or if additional information is provided by any parties involved in the claim. In this case, an extension of time to form an Opinion will be requested from the referrer.