Medical Panels

About Us

Medical Panels provides expert and binding medical opinions in workers' compensation and personal injury cases.

What we do

Medical Panels provide expert panels of specialist doctors who come together to resolve medical questions if there is disagreement or uncertainty under the workers' compensation and personal injury legislation.  

Each Medical Panel is independent and functions as a tribunal that provides final and legally binding answers to referred questions.

Our history

Medical Panels have been part of the dispute resolution process in Victoria since the early 1990s. During this time Medical Panels has served the valuable purpose of providing fair and cost-effective resolution of medical disputes.

Our purpose statement

Providing impartial, evidence-informed medical opinions for all Victorians. Our knowledge, care and expertise help injured workers and claimants get on with their lives.

Panel members

There are 222 Panel Members. From the List, the Convenor and Deputy Convenor/s are also appointed.

The Convenor and Deputy Convenors

The Convenor, Associate Professor Peter Gibbons and Deputy Convenors, Associate Professor David Ernest, Dr Sandra Hacker AO and Dr Judith Hammond, are appointed until 31 December 2022. They are all Panel Members as well.

The Convenor is responsible for:

  • convening an appropriate Medical Panel once a valid referral is received
  • providing the Medical Panel with referral documents
  • recommending appropriate medical practitioners to the Minister for appointment to the list of Panel Members
  • providing advice to the Minister in relation to matters relating to the Medical Panels

Key data 2019/20

Operating budget: $20M (approximately)
Total referrals: 4,072
Appointments: 5,300 (approximately)
Finalised Opinions and Reasons documents: 3,518

Our environment

Medical Panels operates from dedicated premises that include fully equipped medical consulting suites and the administration office.

More information

Convenor: Associate Professor Peter Gibbons

Associate Professor Peter Gibbons, a medical practitioner for over 30 years, was first appointed to Medical Panels in 1999. He is the current Convenor (appointed 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2022) and he has previous appointments as Convenor and Deputy Convenor. Associate Professor Gibbons' field of expertise is in osteopathy and musculoskeletal medicine. In 1983 he completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (UK) and later completed a Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine in 1997. He was awarded the Master of Health Science by Victoria University in 2004. Associate Professor Gibbons has an international academic career with current teaching appointments in the United States of America and Taiwan, as well as at RMIT University. He has published widely in academic literature, resulting in over 70 peer-reviewed and commissioned publications.

Deputy Convenor: Associate Professor David Ernest

Associate Professor David Ernest, a medical practitioner, was first appointed to Medical Panels in December 2004. Initially appointed as Deputy Convenor in 2014, he is the current Deputy Convenor, appointed to 31 December 2022. Associate Professor Ernest is a specialist general medicine physician with postgraduate qualifications in health and medical law. He completed a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1982 and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1989 and Foundation Fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine in 2010. He has previously served as a national board member and education officer for the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine.  With an adjunct clinical professorial appointment with Monash University, Associate Professor Ernest is also actively involved with education and training for medical students and hospital doctors in both clinical medicine and medico-legal topics.

Deputy Convenor: Dr Sandra Hacker AO

Dr Sandra Hacker AO, a medical practitioner, was first appointed to Medical Panels in July 1998.  She is a Specialist Psychiatrist with over forty years of experience in her field of expertise.  Dr Hacker completed the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1969 and the Diploma of Psychological Medicine in 1974.  In 1978 she was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Dr Hacker is currently in private practice with special interest in psychotherapy, primarily in the area of posttraumatic stress disorder, especially relating to adult victims of severe child sexual abuse.  She also currently is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at The Alfred and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Monash University.  She is the current Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee, Department of Health and Human Services, Board Member of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, and Member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Health Professional Panel Victoria.  She has many previous federal and state professional appointments including Chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and Chair of the Mental Health Research Institute.  In 2005 Dr Hacker was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia, and in 2012 she was awarded the Doctor of Medical Science (Honoris Causa), awarded for her significant contributions to the field of Medical Science and to society.

Deputy Convenor: Dr Judith Hammond

Dr Judith Hammond, a medical practitioner, was appointed to Medical Panels in June 2015.  She is a General Practitioner, who has worked in her field of expertise for nearly thirty years.  Dr Hammond completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1984 and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1990.  Dr Hammond has worked in community settings and in private practice since 1989, including a period in the United Kingdom.  Her current engagements include a role as Medical Advisor to the CareComplete Program, which assists in building practice capacity to offer evidence-based chronic condition management services.  She is also a General Practitioner at the Armadale Family Clinic and a Moderator/reviewer for the Australian Doctor Educational Series.  She has a teaching and research profile, which has resulted in over 10 peer-reviewed publications contributing to the medical literature in Australia.

Director, Medical Panels: Robyn Goodwill

Robyn Goodwill is a senior management professional with experience across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has a specialist background in corporate operational leadership and focussed on building strategic, high performing teams, business planning and program development in multi-disciplinary environments. She has a Master of Tertiary Education Management and is a published authority on the topic of knowledge translation. In addition, Robyn has extensive experience on not-for-profit governance boards and is a current Non-Executive Director of the Apprenticeship Employment Network, and a former director of the Pat Cronin Foundation and the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (now known as Phoenix Australia).

Current Panel Members

  • Dr Steven Adlard, Psychiatry
  • Dr Jennifer Alexander, General Practice
  • Dr Alan Andrews, General Practice
  • Associate Prof Carolyn Arnold, Physician (Rehabilitation Medicine)
  • Dr Rani Axtens, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Mr Robert Bartlett, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Mr Malcolm Baxter, Surgery (Otolaryngology)
  • Dr Andrea Bendrups, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Dr Anita Boecksteiner, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Mr John Bourke, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Associate Prof Caroline Brand, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Dr Susan Brann, Psychiatry
  • Prof Robert Briggs, Surgery (Otolaryngology)
  • Prof Anne Buist, Psychiatry
  • Mr Matthew Campbell, Surgery (Otolaryngology)
  • Mr Roynon Carey, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Ian Carlisle, Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
  • Associate Prof George Chalkiadis, Physician (Pain Management)
  • Associate Prof Paul Champion de Crespigny, Physician (Nephrology)
  • Mr Patrick Chan, Surgery (Neurosurgery)
  • Dr Veda Chang, Psychiatry
  • Dr Robert Chazan, Psychiatry (Child Psychiatry)
  • Dr Sabina Ciciriello, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Ms Juliet Clayton, Surgery (Neurosurgery)
  • Dr Tanya Clifton, Psychiatry
  • Dr John Colman, Physician (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)
  • Dr Laura Cooney, Psychiatry
  • Dr Russell Corlett, Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
  • Mr Brian Costello, Surgery (Otolaryngology)
  • Associate Prof Vincent Cousins, Surgery (Otolaryngology)
  • Dr John Crock, Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
  • Dr John Cronin, Psychiatry
  • Associate Prof Gary Crosthwaite, Surgery (General Surgery)
  • Mr Roderick Cunningham, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Mr John Cunningham, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Eli Dabscheck, Physician (Respiratory and Sleep Medicine)
  • Prof Gavin Davis, Surgery (Neurosurgery)
  • Mr David de la Harpe, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Prof Peter Disler, Physician (Rehabilitation Medicine)
  • Mr Peter Dohrmann, Surgery (Neurosurgery)
  • Mr Stephen Doig, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Mr Craig Donohue, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Jennifer Downes-Brydon, General Practice
  • Mr Armin Drnda, Surgery (Neurosurgery)
  • Mr William Edwards, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Charlotte Elder, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Mr Keith Elsner, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Michael Epstein, Psychiatry
  • Associate Prof David Ernest, Physician (General Medicine)
  • Associate Prof Max Esser, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Cecilia Etulain, Psychiatry
  • Dr Mark Faragher, Physician (Neurology)
  • Dr Peter Farnbach, Psychiatry
  • Dr Sandra Farquharson, Physician (Rehabilitation Medicine)
  • Dr Elizabeth Farrell, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Dr Marie Feletar, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Dr Jennifer Flynn, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Judith Frayne, Physician (Neurology)
  • Dr Julian Freidin, Psychiatry
  • Prof Mark Frydenberg, Surgery (Urology)
  • Dr Alan Gallogly, Psychiatry
  • Dr Peter Gard, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Juliette Gentle, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Associate Prof Peter Gibbons, Physician (Musculoskeletal Medicine)
  • Dr Margaret Gibson, Physician (Occupational & Environmental Medicine)
  • Dr Remy Glowinski, Psychiatry
  • Associate Prof Miron Goldwasser, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Christopher Grant, Psychiatry
  • Mr John Griffiths, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Mr Garry Grossbard, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Malvika Gupta, Surgery (Ophthalmology)
  • Dr Emma Guymer, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Dr Peter Habersberger, Physician (Cardiology)
  • Dr Sandra Hacker, Psychiatry
  • Dr Caroline Hall, General Practice
  • Associate Prof Peter Hamblin, Physician (Endocrinology)
  • Dr Judith Hammond, General Practice
  • Dr Dennis Handrinos, Psychiatry
  • Associate Prof Andrew Hardidge, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Associate Prof Laurence Harewood, Surgery (Urology)
  • Dr Jennifer Harmer, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Mr John Harris, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Jonathan Harrison, Physician (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)
  • Dr Michael Hayman, Physician (Neurology - Paediatric)
  • Dr Brendan Hayman, Psychiatry
  • Dr Charis Herman (Schattner), General Practice
  • Dr Alexander Holmes, Psychiatry
  • Dr Susanne Homolka, Physician (Occupational & Environmental Medicine)
  • Dr Jeremy Horton, Physician (Dermatology)
  • Mr Robert Howells, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Ryan Hoy, Physician (Respiratory and Sleep Medicine)
  • Dr Robin Hunter, Physician (Rehabilitation Medicine)
  • Mr David Hunter-Smith, Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
  • Mr Damian Ireland, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Andrew Jakobovits, Physician (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)
  • Dr Peter Jasek, General Practice
  • Dr Samari Jayarajah, Psychiatry
  • Dr Steven Jensen, Physician (Musculoskeletal Medicine)
  • Mr Ian Jones, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Mr Kevin Kane, Surgery (Otolaryngology)
  • Dr Roy Karna, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Associate Prof Abdul Khalid, Psychiatry
  • Associate Prof John King, Psychiatry
  • Dr John King, Psychiatry
  • Associate Prof Paul King, Physician (Respiratory and Sleep Medicine)
  • Dr Dianne Kirby, Psychiatry
  • Mr Geoffrey Klug, Surgery (Neurosurgery)
  • Dr Diana Korevaar, Psychiatry
  • Dr Anna Korin, Physician (Emergency Medicine)
  • Dr Eli Kotler, Psychiatry
  • Dr Christine Kotsios, Psychiatry
  • Dr David Kotzman, Physician (Occupational & Environmental Medicine)
  • Dr Jacqueline Laing, General Practice
  • Dr Robert Lazell, Surgery (Ophthalmology) - inactive
  • Dr Christine Le, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Dr Mary Louise Leach, Physician (Rehabilitation Medicine)
  • Associate Prof Jeffery Lefkovits, Physician (Cardiology)
  • Mr Steven Leitl, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Associate Prof Michael Leung, Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
  • Dr Daniel Lewis, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Ms Elizabeth Lewis, Surgery (Neurosurgery)
  • Prof Geoffrey Littlejohn, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Associate Prof Bruce Love, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr David Love, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Associate Prof Peter Lowthian, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Associate Prof Bernard Lyons, Surgery (Otolaryngology)
  • Dr Robyn MacBeth, Physician (Occupational & Environmental Medicine)
  • Dr Kirstie MacGill, Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
  • Clinical Assoc Prof Heather Mack, Surgery (Ophthalmology)
  • Dr John Malios, General Practice
  • Dr Emmanuel Manolas, Physician (Cardiology)
  • Associate Prof George Matalanis, Surgery (Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)
  • Dr Peter McCombe, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Associate Prof Paul McCrory, Physician (Neurology)
  • Mr Keith McCullough, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Josephine McKeown, Psychiatry (Child Psychiatry)
  • Mr Iain McLean, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Roderick McRae, Physician (General Medicine)
  • Dr Sara Mgaieth, Physician (General Medicine, Gastroenterology & Hepatology)
  • Dr Maree Micallef, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Dr Sallyann Middleton, General Practice
  • Mr Robert Millar, Surgery (General Surgery)
  • Dr Peter Millington, Psychiatry
  • Dr Craig Mills, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Andrew Muir, Physician (Pain Management)
  • Dr Ann Mullins, General Practice
  • Dr Maninder Mundae, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Dr David Murphy, Physician (Rehabilitation Medicine)
  • Associate Prof Michael Murphy, Surgery (Neurosurgery)
  • Dr Diane Neill, Psychiatry
  • Prof Richard O'Brien, Physician (Endocrinology)
  • Associate Prof Justin O'Day, Surgery (Ophthalmology)
  • Mr Stanley O'Loughlin, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Jack Owczarek, General Practice
  • Dr Mark Patrick, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Emeritus Prof Roger Pepperell, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Dr Travis Perera, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Mr Robert Pianta, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Prof Marinis Pirpiris, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Majid Rahgozar, Physician (Occupational & Environmental Medicine)
  • Dr Sharmila Ramessur Chandran, Physician (Nephrology)
  • Dr David Recht, Psychiatry (Child Psychiatry)
  • Dr Aruna Reddy, Psychiatry
  • Prof Michael Richards, Physician (Infectious Diseases)
  • Associate Prof Martin Richardson, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Sophia Richardson, Surgery (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
  • Associate Prof Lynden Roberts, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Dr Susan Robertson, Physician (Dermatology)
  • Dr Joseph Robin, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Mr Myron Rogers, Surgery (Neurosurgery)
  • Associate Prof Evange Romas, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Dr Marie Rostek, Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
  • Clinical Prof Leanne Rowe, General Practice
  • Associate Prof Abraham Rubinfeld, Physician (Respiratory and Sleep Medicine)
  • Dr Deborah Sahhar, Psychiatry
  • Mr John Salmon, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Sudeep Saraf, Psychiatry
  • Prof Max Schwarz, Physician (Medical Oncology)
  • Dr Alan Segal, Physician (Dermatology)
  • Dr Louise Seward, Psychiatry
  • Dr Sumitra Shankar, Psychiatry
  • Ms Susan Shedda, Surgery (General Surgery)
  • Dr Anthony Sheehan, Psychiatry
  • Dr Robert Shields, Psychiatry
  • Prof Malcolm Sim, Physician (Occupational & Environmental Medicine)
  • Dr Carolyn Simms, Psychiatry
  • Mr Keven Siu, Surgery (Neurosurgery)
  • Prof Andrew Sizeland, Surgery (Otolaryngology)
  • Mr John Skelley, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Associate Prof Raymond Snyder, Physician (Medical Oncology)
  • Mr Gary Speck, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Associate Prof Richard Stark, Physician (Neurology)
  • Dr Richard Stawell, Surgery (Ophthalmology)
  • Dr Gregory Taggart, Physician (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)
  • Dr Matthew Tagkalidis, Psychiatry
  • Dr Ashish Takyar, Psychiatry
  • Mr Stephen Tham, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Premini Thanarajah, Physician (Rehabilitation Medicine)
  • Dr Richard Travers, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Dr Jennifer Trinca, Physician (Pain Management)
  • Dr Stephen Trumble, General Practice
  • Dr Leon Turnbull, Psychiatry
  • Associate Prof Valery Usatoff, Surgery (General Surgery)
  • Dr Edmond Van Ammers, Psychiatry
  • Associate Prof Sharon Van Doornum, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Dr Anita Vinton, Physician (Neurology)
  • Dr Laurie Warfe, General Practice
  • Associate Prof David Webb, Surgery (Urology)
  • Dr John Weiner, Physician (Immunology and Allergy)
  • Dr David Weissman, Psychiatry
  • Mr Roger Westh, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Mr Peter Wilde, Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Dr Nicholas Wilsmore, Physician (Respiratory and Sleep Medicine)
  • Dr Jane Wischusen, Physician (General Medicine, Endocrinology)
  • Dr Frances Wise, Physician (Rehabilitation Medicine)
  • Prof Anita Wluka, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Dr Olivia Wong, Psychiatry
  • Dr Melinda Wong, Physician (Rheumatology)
  • Dr Dominic Yong, Physician (Occupational & Environmental Medicine)

Reviewed 19 February 2021

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