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Assessment for the Degree of Permanent Impairment

For workers injured from 15 October 2013, their injuries will be assessed using the new Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (GEPI).

For psychiatric injuries, DPI assessment must be conducted by the Medical Assessment Tribunal (MAT). 

For physical injuries, if the worker disagrees with the original assessment by a doctor, they can request referral to the MAT or ask the insurer to consider a medical review by a different doctor. The medical review process is a new step in the assessment process. 

Each new DPI assessment will be issued to the worker in the form of a Notice of Assessment (NOA). The new DPI assessment replaces any previous assessment.

The worker must respond to the NOA within 20 business days if they do not agree with the DPI assessment.  If the NOA is not returned within 20 business days, it is taken that the worker has agreed with the DPI assessment.

Outlined below is our protocol for arranging assessments of DPI and responding to requests for a new assessment.

What is sent to the doctor and/or MAT

WorkCover will send appropriate material from the worker's claim file  to the doctor and/or MAT to enable assessment of the DPI.  The claim file will include:

  • Initial application form or computer generated form if the application was made over the phone
  • All medical and rehabilitation reports and records relevant to the injury
  • The first medical certificate, latest medical certificate and any other medical certificates where the diagnosis or capacity has changed

Choosing a GEPI trained doctor

If a worker disagrees with the initial assessment of DPI, they have the option to nominate a GEPI trained doctor to conduct a fresh assessment of DPI  View the list of GEPI trained doctors (XLSX, 150.21 KB).

WorkCover will only agree to refer a worker for an assessment of DPI if the doctor:

  1. is GEPI trained and
  2. is from the relevant specialty based on the worker's injuries and
  3. has availability to conduct the assessment and provide their report within 2 months of the worker making the request and
  4. agrees to provide their assessment and report in accordance with GEPI and for the fees provided in the Table of Costs.

Process for responding to DPI for Physical Injuries

DPI-flowchart

Last updated
10 April 2017

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