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  • September 19, 2019No liability to pay for “Ted” (aka psychiatric assistance dog)

    Brideson by guardian Lynette Brideson and Australian Capital Territory [2019] AATA 2314 (31 July 2019).   Key Points: Mr Brideson sought compensation for the training and upkeep of a psychiatric assistance dog. The Tribunal found that the dog did not fit the definitions of medical treatment or an aid or appliance and, therefore, compensation was […]

  • September 19, 2019New Guidelines for Rehabilitation Authorities

    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Guidelines for Rehabilitation Authorities) Instrument 2019.   Key Points The new Guidelines for Rehabilitation Authorities came into effect on 15 August 2019. The differences between the previous guidelines and the new guidelines are briefly discussed below. If you would like a more in-depth explanation of the changes, please get in touch. […]

  • August 15, 2019No diagnosis? No worries: Tribunal accepts claim for symptoms

    Stefaniak and Comcare [2019] AATA 1866 (12 July 2019).   Key Points: Mr Stefaniak submitted a claim for workers’ compensation in respect of lower abdomen and groin pain. Despite no concrete diagnosis of his condition, the Tribunal found in favour of the employee.   Background: Mr Stefaniak was a professional sprinter who trained with the […]

  • August 15, 2019Can a meeting to discuss carer’s leave be administrative action?

    Comcare v Stewart [2019] FCA 365.   Key Points: The Federal Court was asked to consider the meaning of the phrase “administrative action”. The Federal Court found in favour of the employee and decided that he was entitled to compensation in respect to his adjustment disorder with anxious mood.   Background: Mr Stewart was the […]

  • March 29, 2019Recent changes to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth)

    In the last few weeks, there have been some amendments to the SRC Act discussed briefly below. If you would like a more in-depth explanation of any of the amendments, please get in touch.   Minimum interval between section 57 appointments The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Specification of Medical Examination Interval) Instrument 2019 (available here) […]

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