Second Opinion Medicine (SOM)- for South Australian Workplace Injuries
OccmedSolutions is pleased to announce our involvement in an initiative to assist with the treatment of Work related injuries. This initiative is a Clinical Support Services for Doctors (General Practitioners or Specialists) and our goal is to provide answers to any questions that the treating doctor may have regarding the treatment of their patient. A simple SOM referral from the treating Doctor is required to start this process.
It has traditionally taken months, even years in some cases before an injured worker has been able to see a Specialist about their work related injury.
This programme enables a Doctor to refer workers to selected Specialists early in the injury treatment cycle for assistance in the management / treatment of their patient. Patients who may have concerns about their injury should talk to their Case Manager about this service.
It is the aim of OccmedSolutions to offer an appointment with one of our Adelaide based specialists within ten days of receiving a request.
The prompt diagnosis and treatment of a work related injury by the treating doctor and their team, along with the assistance of an experienced Physician where needed, may help to prevent a worker’s injuries from becoming chronic and possibly delaying or preventing a return to pre-injury levels of fitness. An early appointment for a worker may assist in reducing the impact of an injury, allowing for an early and safe return to work.
Our Second Opinion Medicine programme will ensure that patients are seen by physicians who have comprehensive experience and understanding in the treatment and management of work place injuries.
Our Physicians have seen first-hand what it takes to safely perform a wide range of jobs and how to minimise the risk of further injury when an injured worker returns to work. Some of our Physicians have worked “on site” in a number of industries as diverse as Automotive, Manufacturing, the Meat Industry, Mining, Construction, Engineering, Hospitals as well as Health and Administration.
We believe in working closely with the treating Doctor and on completion of the consultation, will provide them with a written summary of the consultation addressing any questions or concerns they may have about the injury or outlining treatment recommendations on the workers injury. We are happy to follow up with a phone call to the Doctor as well to discuss the summary. Our physicians are all based in Adelaide and are happy to provide their services for South Australian Workers.
Under the Second Opinion Medicine Scheme the coordination, acceptance or introduction of any treatment recommendations made by our specialists will remain with the primary treating doctor, who will be in charge of all treatment requests. We feel this will contribute significantly to the rehabilitation process.
We understand the importance of timely service and that prompt intervention and effective management is the key to a successful return to work. As a result, OccmedSolutions aims to provide an appointment for you within ten business days of receiving the referral/request.
We have the facilities to conduct Video conferences to allow demonstrations of treatment methods if this is requested.
Our Physicians have travelled to rural areas such as Mount Gambier, Port Lincoln, Victor Harbor and Berri. We Also have the ability to use consulting rooms located in several locations across Adelaide. We are more than happy to see SOM patients at a medical practice in these areas and meet with the referrring GP on completion of the consultation. Please check with our rooms if this is required as some conditions do apply.
A brief GP SOM referral is avialable on the RTWSA website.
Dr Gavin Shepherd
Dr Vasilios (Bill) Panayiaris
Dr Zen Yap
Dr Brett Opperman
Dr Santosh Poonnoose
Dr David Schultz
Dr Mike Smith
Dr Nicholas Chabrel
Dr John Van Essen
Dr John Tomich
Dr Arthur Loukas
Dr Gary Champion
Dr Elizabeth Clisby