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Is It Workers Compensation? Or Is Stroke, Head Injury Or Behavioural Issues Just Part Of Life? Recently Mr Martin Jackson, Neuropsychologist, conducted a lunchtime presentation for mlcoa Tasmania on behavioural issues in the workplace.
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Understanding The Psychiatric Implications Of Conflict mlcoa SA recently held an educational event on ‘Understanding The Psychiatric Implications Of Conflict’.
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How To Manage Non Work Related Chronic Diseases In The Workplace mlcoa VIC recently discussed the challenging topic "How To Manage Non Work Related Chronic Diseases In The Workplace"
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Managing the Fitness Assessment Process On Wednesday 23rd March, mlcoa QLD hosted an educational event called “Managing the Fitness Assessment Process”.
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Musculoskeletal Series: Part 2 - The Spine Dr Mark Floyd, Occupational Physician, presented "Musculoskeletal Series: Part 2 - The Spine" on 9th March in Adelaide.
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The Lumbar Spine - We've Got Your Back A very talented duo of mlcoa’s finest, Dr Simone Ryan, Occupational Physician and Dr Iain Kelman, Orthopedic Surgeon discussed Back Pain.
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Whole Person Impairment: How Does It Work? On Tuesday, 21st February 2017, mlcoa NSW hosted an educational event entitled "Whole Person Impairment: How Does It Work?"
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Understanding The Role Of The IME And The Law

mlcoa NSW recently hosted an educational event entitled "Understanding The Role Of The IME And The Law".

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Musculoskeletal Series: Part 1 - Upper Limbs Dr Mark Floyd, Occupational Physician, discussed upper limbs in the first of a three part Musculoskeletal series at mlcoa Adelaide.
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Personality Traits And The Workplace: Practical Strategies For Shifting Behaviours’ Guest speaker Ms Laura Yazbeck, Psychologist, explored the spectrum of personality in relation to personality traits and the workplace.
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Obesity And The Workplace: What Are The Implications? More than half of Australian adults have a body weight that puts their health at risk, creating an obesity “epidemic”.
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mlcoa QLD's 20 Minute Christmas Pearls On Tuesday, the 6th of December, a group of four doctors presented at mlcoa’s final education event for 2016.
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Rheumatology Gems Dr Loretta Reiter, Rheumatologist, engagingly discussed Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
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Understanding Fitness for Duty for Non-Work Related Medical Conditions On Tuesday, 22nd November, mlcoa VIC hosted "Understanding Fitness For Duty For Non-Work Related Medical Conditions".
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The Examinee Experience Educational Event On Tuesday, 15th November, mlcoa SA hosted "The Examinee Experience" which was presented by Dr Mark Floyd and Michelle Carse.
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Psychiatry And Disability Impairment Recenly Dr Bradley Ng, Psychiatrist, presented  “Psychiatry And Disability Impairment” to a variety of mlcoa QLD clients.
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Maxillofacial Trauma – More Than Just Dentistry Professor Andrew Smith, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, presented on "Maxillofacial Trauma – More Than Just Dentistry"
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Mental Health Event 4 - Managing Drug & Alcohol Issues In The Workplace Mr Martin Jackson, Neuropsychologist, explored how the use of alcohol and other drugs can have an impact on individual in the workplace.
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Personality Traits In The Workplace Dr Frank Chow, Psychiatrist presented on the topic of ‘Personality Traits and the Workplace’ on Wednesday, 19the October in Adelaide
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Somatisation Throughout the session Dr Gray covered the following topics inlcuding Illness Behaviour vs the Sick Role; Dependency as well as many others.
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Mental Health Event 3 – Managing Personality Disorders In The Workplace

Individuals with Personality Disorders, are often difficult to recognise and can from time to time cause disruption in the workplace.

 
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Mental Health Event 2 - Ruminative Embitterment "Ruminative Embitterment" presented by Dr Peter Farnbach was our second Mental Health Event for October 2016’s Mental Health Month.
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2016 ALUCA National Conference mlcoa is proud to annouce that as a Platinum Education Sponsor with ALUCA, we will be exhibiting at the 2016 ALUCA National Conference
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Mental Health Event 1 - Anxiety & Depression "Understanding Anxiety and Depression" was the first of four weekly Mental Health Events mlcoa VIC have organised Mental Health Month.
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Learning And Behaviour Problems In Children Associate Professor Jeff Prebble, Paediatrician, presented "Learning and Behaviour Problems in Children".
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Medical Terminology and an Introduction to Anatomy mlcoa VIC presented on “Medical Terminology and an Introduction to Anatomy”, a sequel to “The Examinee Experience”.
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The Examinee Experience Educational Event mlcoa Victoria presented on a very popular topic, The Examinee Experience on Friday, 9th September.
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WPI & GEPIC Assessments: Challenges Observed Dr Mary Obele, Occupational Physician, Dr Shiva Gunapu, Psychiatrist and Ms Bronwyn Hall, Quality Manager, presented on Impairment Assessments
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2016 Comcare National Conference

2016 Comcare National Conference—Shaping the future through partnerships and participation.

 

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Is Pain A Barrier? Practical Strategies for HR Managers & Case Managers

On Wednesday the 24th of August mlcoa Victoria presented an interactive session to a full house of Case Managers and HR Managers.

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Shoulders And Knees: What's Old And What's New?

“Shoulders and Knees – What’s old …What’s New” was the title of the presentation given by Doctor Michael Lucas on 23 August 2016

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Is Pain A Barrier? Practical Strategies for HR Managers & Case Managers

Prof David Cherry, Pain Physician and Mr John Vieceli, Physiotherapist, presented on the topic of Pain on Thursday, 25 August. 

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Chronic Pain From A Psychiatric Perspective On Wednesday, August 24th, Dr Derek Lovell, Psychiatrist presented to a group of clients ‘Chronic Pain from a Psychiatric Perspective’.
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HR Advice on ‘Fitness for Duty’ (FFD) Assessments As part of the Victorian Small Business Festival mlcoa VIC presented at The Capital in Bendigo on ‘Fitness for Duty’ (FFD) Assessments.
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Upper Limbs: An Orthopaedic Overview mlcoa VIC presented with Dr Jennifer Flynn on "Upper Limb Injuries: An Orthopaedic Overview", focusing in particular on shoulders.
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Back Injury and Litigation

On Thursday July 21st 2016, Dr Simon Journeaux, Orthopaedic Surgeon, presented on the topic of ‘Back Injury and Litigation’

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The Examinee Experience Educational Event Dr Tim Hwang, Occupational Physician and Paula Mathews, provided an overview of "The Examinee Experience".
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Conversion Disorder with Dr du Plessis On Wednesday, 29th June 2016, mlcoa QLD hosted an educational event on “Conversion Disorder”.
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Maximising Your IME On Monday, 6th June 2016, mlcoa NSW hosted an educational event "Maximising Your IME".
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A Psychiatric Diagnosis presented by Dr Howe Synnott, Psychiatrist A Psychiatric Diagnosis – Does It Mean There Is An Incapacity For Work & Understanding Psychiatric Conditions
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Communicating with General Practitioners Dr Simone Ryan, Consultant Occupational Physician, presented on "Communicating with General Practitioners".
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Obesity And The Workplace: What Follows On Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, Dr Marcus Navin, Occupational Physician presented on the topic of ‘Obesity and the Workplace: What Follows’.
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Conversion Disorder Dr Vic Du Plessis, Neurologist & Rehabilitation Physician, presented on Conversion Disorder.
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NSW Examinee Experience Event

On Tuesday 3rd May 2016, mlcoa NSW hosted an “Examinee Experience” in their offices presented by Dr Dwight Dowda & Vicky Petropoulos.

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The Ageing Workforce For our first tool box talk of 2016, NSW customers were provided with the opportunity to share in an extremely informative session with Dr Ryan...
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Ruminative Embitterment Syndrome at Work

“Ruminative Embitterment Syndrome at Work” (RES) was the title of a presentation given by Doctor Peter Farnbach on 18 February at Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart on Thursday, 18th February 2016. 

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Neuropsychological Assessment in the Medico-Legal Context Wrap Up

On Friday the 5th February 2016, mlcoa SA hosted an educational event titled “Neuropsychological Assessment in the Medico-Legal Context” which was presented by Consultant Neuropsychologist, Dr Sara Lucas.

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Permanent Impairment Assessments – An Occupational Physician’s Insight Following client feedback from previous sessions, mlcoa Perth were pleased to host Permanent Impairment Assessments presented by Dr Phillip Meyerkort, Occupational Physician.
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Understanding & Managing Pain mlcoa Victoria were delighted to be able to commence your 2016 educational event program with this Toolbox Talk by Associate Professor David Cherry, Pain Medicine Physician.
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Returning To Work

Dr Simone Ryan conducted a presentation on “Returning to Work”, at the Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart on Tuesday, 19th January 2016.

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Musculoskeletal Pain – Pathology vs Symptoms and the Distinction

The mlcoa Hobart team hosted an informative presentation by Dr Tschirn, “Musculoskeletal Pain – Pathology vs Symptoms and the Distinction”.

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Psychiatrists: Your Questions Answered Tuesday the 27th of October saw mlcoa in South Australia host its ninth educational event of 2015 titled “Psychiatrists: Your Questions Answered”.
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Mental Health Month at mlcoa Victoria

Following the extremely pleasing response in South Australia to mlcoa Consultant Psychiatrist -  Dr Hundertmark’s presentation: “Personality Disorders...

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Personality Disorders In the Workplace: Performance vs Psychiatric Tuesday the 29th September saw mlcoa host its eighth educational event of 2015 titled "Personality Disorders in the Workplace: Performance vs Psychiatric".
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The Examinee Experience: Physical and Psychiatric Perspectives

Following client feedback from previous sessions this year, mlcoa Victoria were pleased to expand September’s presentation of The Examinee Experience to also provide insight from a Psychiatric perspective.

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Expert advice for conducting client assessments

The extract from an insightful Q&A session with medical experts, which is featured below, describes client assessment strategies and provides advice for conducting Multi-Specialty Assessments (MSAs).

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Fit for Duty: SA Educational Event

The value of having medically-fit employees was highlighted at mlcoa’s presentation titled “Fitness for Duties Assessments (FFDAs); What You Need to Know”, on Tuesday 18th August in Adelaide.

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Advice for referring Personality Disorders

Personality disorder is a pressing mental issue which shows no discrimination; affecting Australians from all walks of life. The issue of mental health and personality disorders is an especially important topic in the wake of various National Rugby League (NRL) player suicides attributed to personality disorders and Andrew Fifita’s (current NRL player) suicide attempt revealed on The Footy Show last week. 

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Demystifying Fitness for Duty Assessment

The number of Fitness for Duty Assessments (FFDAs) conducted by mlcoa offices in Victoria is on the rise. An FFDA is an independent, specialist medical assessment used to determine whether an employee has a medical condition.

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Maximising the Effectiveness of IMEs

mlcoa held its latest educational event titled ‘Maximising the Effectiveness of Independent Medical Examinations’, to assist clients in gaining the best possible Independent Medical Examination report each and every time an assessment is undertaken.

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Treating Complex Cases A Multi-Specialty Assessment (MSA) is an independent medical opinion involving more than one specialist from different fields.
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PTSD and Malingering

mlcoa Canberra recognises that PTSD is an important issue which spans many different industries. The second psychiatric informal breakfast this year, titled ‘Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder’, was held on Wednesday 22nd July, and was attended by professionals from the insurance, law and government fields.

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Managing drug and alcohol abuse cases

Drugs and alcohol abuse within the workplace is a common issue treated by mental health professionals, particularly in Australia. Alcohol consumption is a daily part of many Australians’ lives

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Common Shoulder Problems

On Monday 27th July, mlcoa Western Australia held its second breakfast seminar which focused on ‘Soft Tissue Shoulder Problems’.

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Neurosurgery Questions Answered

mlcoa is committed to providing informative and insightful educational events to our clients. As such, on Friday 17th July, we welcomed Dr Ash Jonathan to present ‘Neurosurgery – Your Questions Answered’ to an eager group of 30 plus attendees in Hobart.

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Psychiatric vs physical: educational event

mlcoa’s Queensland state office held the educational event ‘What is normal: Psychiatric vs Physical’, on Tuesday 21st July, informing case managers on how to improve their awareness of their claimants’ diseases and what is considered to be ‘normal’.

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Clearing The Confusion: Permanent Impairment Assessments

mlcoa hosted its latest monthly educational event in South Australia, titled “Permanent Impairment Assessments: A Clinical Perspective”, on Friday 17th July to take some of the complexity out of the process for professionals in the field.

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Chronic Fatigue: What You Need To Know Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a confusing condition: few people understand it; there is no definitive diagnosis; and there is no cure.
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Q&A Session: Pain Medicine

mlcoa Northern Territory recently held a Q&A event exploring the complex topic of pain, answering case-study questions from a lively audience. 

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Multi-Specialty Assessments: An Integrated Solution for Complex Cases With a range of specialists involved, multi-specialty assessments can be confusing. mlcoa SA recently held an event to clearly explain the process.
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The Examinee Experience

mlcoa Victoria recently held an informative event seeking to demystify the Independent Medical Examination (IME) assessment process.

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Occupational Physicians – Your Questions Answered

Following the overwhelmingly positive Occupational Physicians event in NSW earlier this year, we decided to hold the same interactive event in SA.

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The Role of Occupational Physicians in Medico-Legal Assessments

Ever wondered exactly what Occupational Physicians do?

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Drugs & Alcohol: Identification & Management

mlcoa's Victoria office held an eductional event about managing drug and alcohol abuse, and invited three specialists to talk about the issue. 

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Understanding Medications

On Thursday, April 23, mlcoa SA hosted an important educational event: “Understanding Medications used for Pain & Mental Illness.”

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PTSD & Stress-Related Disorders mlcoa’s Queensland office held an event to discuss stress disorders to try and shed light on the unfamiliar condition.
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On The Couch: Your Questions Answered

Following successful events with Occupational Physicians, mlcoa received several requests to run similar events with Psychiatrists.

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Returning to Work after Cancer

mlcoa’s Victorian office kicked off their autumn events schedule with an intimate learning event, ‘Returning to Work after Cancer’.

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Maximising the effectiveness of Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs)

On Friday, March 20, mlcoa was delighted to host Dr Mary Wyatt in Perth.

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Let’s Talk About Pain

In March our NSW mcloa office explored the life-saving and sometimes life-damaging topic of ‘pain.’

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Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment for Clinicians: presentation by Dr Gregor Schutz

SA participated in the 2015 autumn events program by holding an educational event into the workings of GEPIC. 

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Occupational Physicians: Your Questions Answered NSW kicked off 2015 with a range of new initiatives and held its first Toolbox Talk event.
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Autumn Events This autumn mlcoa continues to provide educational opportunities on relevant and have a number of events planned across all of our state offices.
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February Events

To kick off 2015, we have a number of educational events in the month of February across all our state offices.

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Neuropsychological Assessment in a Medico-legal Context NSW patrons were given the opportunity to attend an extremely interesting and instructive session with Neuropsychologist Dr Sara Lucas
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Panel Assessments for Complex Cases

Queensland has seen one of mlcoa’s most successful educational events to date

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Toolbox Talk: Neuropsychological Assessment in the Medico-Legal Context Participants in Victoria were treated to a valuable presentation on neuropsychological assessments.
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IMEs Under the Microscope Dr Matthew Paul (Occupational Physician), presented to a number of mlcoa’s QLD clients upon Independent Medical Examinations.
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Toolbox Talk: Chronic Disease and Impact on Work Performance

Dr Ki Douglas presented a valuable Toolbox Talk in Canberra this month on Chronic Disease and the Impact on Work Performance.

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Shoulder Conditions Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr David Macintosh delivered an informative and interactive session on the topic of Shoulder Conditions in Melbourne
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Back and Shoulder Injuries An informative educational session was presented by consultant Orthopedic Surgeon Dr Jim Khursandi on Wednesday 3rd September in Brisbane.
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21st Century Emergency Medicine

An informative session in Sydney introduced participants to the world of 21st Century Emergency Medicine, from Clinical Associate Professor Paul Middleton (Emergency Physician).

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2014 Comcare National Conference

Participate + Prevent + Support = Good Health, Good Business

mlcoa is excited to announce it will be attending the 2014 Comcare National Conference from 9th to 11th September at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

This year’s theme is Participate + Prevent + Support = Good Health, Good Business which will explore how workplaces are becoming more and more centre stage when it comes to influencing, educating and supporting health and wellbeing of employees.

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Hernias: Causes, Treatment and Return to Work Impacts

An in-depth presentation on hernias was delivered by general surgeon Dr Ted Heffernan at the recent mlcoa educational event held in Melbourne on 23rd July.

In this session, focus was placed on how hernias are diagnosed, treated and the prognosis for recovery and return to work following operative treatment.  The session was tailored to assist claims operators with useful information relating to hernias as the causative factors can be difficult to identify and separate in some circumstances.

 

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2014 ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting mlcoa is pleased to announced its sponsorship of the upcoming 2014 ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting at the impressive Adelaide Oval, from 24-27 August 2014.
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Couch Time with the Psychs

mlcoa’s second 'Couch Time with the Psychs' ‘on balance’ event was held in Perth, WA on 19 June in response to the positive feedback received from last year’s event. 

 

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Independent Medical Examinations - Overseas

As part of the ExamWorks Group of companies, mlcoa now has international connections to facilitate Independent Medical Examinations across the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and New Zealand.

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