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Posted 22 October 2004 - 08:46 AM

The interesting question is why certain of them appear to be disproportionately used as assessors and 'independent' specialist by ACC, while others almost never are. (... and Wilfred Edward Dampney TURNER - really!!!)

ALCHIN, John Stephen, Christchurch
ANDERSON, Michael Harding, Dunedin
BLACK, David Russell, Auckland
BURLEY, Michael David, Auckland
CALLAGHAN, Kathleen Suzanne Noelle, Auckland
CHEW, Chong Kee Tony, Auckland
CHRISTIAN, Ronald Blair, Wellington
DODWELL, Peter, Wellington
DREWRY, Alison, Auckland
DRYSON, Evan William, Auckland
EMRYS, Geraint Owen, Waikato
FIRTH, Hilda Marie, Dunedin
GAVAGHAN, Siobhan, Auckland
GLASS, William Ivan, Christchurch
GOLLOP, Bruce Raymond, Whangarei
GORMAN, Desmond Francis, North Shore
GRIFFITHS, Robin Frank, Wellington
HANCOCK, Gordon Charles, Invercargill
HEYDON, John Lucian, Dunedin
JUDD, Lissa Elaine, Wellington
KENNY, Charles Thomas Courtenay, North Shore
MCBRIDE, David Iain, Dunedin
MONASH, John Martin, North Shore
MONIGATTI, John Rex, North Shore
NICHOLSON, Rhoderick Gordon, Auckland
NIVEN, Bruce Ian, Wellington
PETERSON, Martin Georg, Auckland
POWELL, David Melville Cameron, Auckland
ROBB, Martin Chester, Christchurch
SMIDT, Ngaire Adrienne, Manawatu
SNYMAN, Jurie Fritz Christoffel, Wellington
SPROTT, Timothy William, Auckland
STRACK, Christopher Noel, Christchurch
TURNER, Wilfred Edward Dampney, Christchurch
WALLS, Christopher Bernard, Auckland
WOODFINE, James David, North Shore
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Posted 22 October 2004 - 11:05 AM

Has Ruttenburg been officially taken off this list? It is now well known he is unqualified but he has been used heaps.
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Posted 22 October 2004 - 12:21 PM

I don't think he's ever been on it. He is a GP with no occupational medicine qualifications. The medical register reveals:

Name: RUTTENBERG, David
District: Auckland
Scope of Practice: General
Qualifications: MB ChB 1986 Cape Town; MSc (Med) 1993 Cape Town
Probationary Registration Date:
General Registration Date: 17 March 1994
Vocational Branches:
Practising Certificate: Yes
Restrictions on Practice: No


If he has been holding himself out to be an occupational medicine specialist, a complaint backed up by evidence of this may well result in the last entry being changed to "Yes".
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Posted 22 October 2004 - 01:26 PM

Where does one make a complaint about him? I had an awful experience with him, and I have just been made aware from my Med report that things he dictated into his dictaphone while examining me have been left out: eg, "only suited to 2 hours work per day". that is not in here, and he has also twisted things that I said. I want to complain on his conduct/privacy/my rights .
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Posted 22 October 2004 - 02:21 PM

Yes, where to complain to is a real problem. Check out the postings Accountability of Assessors.

I think the H&D Commissioner is wrong on this - surely you can't have to get ACC to treat the complaint seriously before the H&D Commissioner will do anything about it.

In the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 the section 2 definition of "Health consumer" includes any person on or in respect of whom any health care procedure is carried out.

A "Health care procedure'' means any health treatment, health examination, health teaching, or health research administered to or carried out on or in respect of any person by any health care provider; and includes any provision of health services to any person by any health care provider.

Section 6 of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Act 2001 defines "treatment" as "an examination for the provision of providing a certificate including the provision of the certificate". So surely, if you are referred by ACC to a doctor for an assessment, that assessment is a health care procedure, you are a health care consumer of the assessor for the purposes of the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 and the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

Anyway, expect to be in it for the long haul if you want to try to make them accountable.
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Posted 22 October 2004 - 02:56 PM

ACC doctors are covered by the Code of Claimant Rights - a pretty useless document, really, but you can take them to review after ACC's complaints office issues its usual whitewash report.
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Posted 22 October 2004 - 04:27 PM

No wonder he calls himself Bill...... LOL
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Posted 22 October 2004 - 07:12 PM

the ACC complaints don't take deliberately inserted information that is incorrect seriously so taking one of there toadies seriously would be egnored.

I believe the Medical Council and H & D at the same time
then if both say its the others responcability review there decision letting them to fight it out.
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Posted 23 October 2004 - 08:56 PM

Australasian Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Summary of Annual Membership Meeting - Monday 17th May 2004

President's Report


The President, Dr Evan Dryson, welcomed Members and reported the following:
The Faculty’s submission has been completed and has been forwarded to the College for inclusion in its submissions to the AMC.

Congratulations and thanks go to the Faculty organisers for the planning of the ASM and training course which is going well.

Agreement has now been reached with the UK based journal “Occupational Medicine” to provide the journal at a reduced subscription rate to interested Fellows, and to incorporate a focus of interest for Fellows of the Faculty. A Memorandum of Understanding is currently being drawn up between the Faculty and the editorial panel of the journal.

The Internal Medicine Journal has agreed to appoint an editor in occupational medicine, and congratulations go to Professor Des Gorman. Professor Gorman has proposed a regular publication of abstracts of the Ramazzini presentations by trainees.

The Faculty database, for use of Fellows, has now reached the trialing stage and will shortly be available for Fellows to access and update their individual data.
The College has produced a comprehensive education strategy document. The main thrust of the document is to position the College as an education provider.
It has been proposed that a Fellow be nominated to act as AFOM representative on both COSHAP and NOHSC and this is considered by Council.

Many tasks currently undertaken by President could be delegated as there is enormous pressure on President’s time representing Faculty internally and externally.

Many thanks to incoming President David Fish, Councillors and the Faculty staff.
(Full report available, see President's Report - May 2003)

Censors’ Report

Main points presented by Professor Des Gorman were:
Expression of thanks to previous incumbent Michael Shanahan for all his dedication and hard work.

Meetings follow new format whereby specific issues dealt with early and broader issues debated later. Previously too much time lost on minutiae.
There is an urgent need for Supervisor Training.

The pass rate of the exit exam is currently around 50% and needs to improve: thanks to Dr Drewry for bringing exam process in line with AMC requirements.
A common Part 1 exam with RACP is being considered but some reform of RACP processes is required.

Maximum extent of training Program has been agreed at 10 years.
Ramazzini presentations to be included in IMJ.
Training Meeting has to be coordinated centrally to minimise inappropriate material.

Fellowship Report

The Faculty is financially sound and still operating in credit but more members are needed. The Training Meetings and Fellow subscriptions are the main revenue raisers; shrinking subs payments are an ongoing concern. The cost of the AMC inspection to the Faculty is still unquantified.

Board Of Continuing Education

Dr David Fish reported as follows:
In line with RACP processes, this Board will be renamed “The Board of Continuing Professional Development”.

The roles of both the committee and the Members need to be more strongly defined.

The ASM needs to be controlled centrally by this committee.

The 2005 ASM will be in Wellington on 9-11 May. A joint day with ACOH on 11 May has been planned.

There is an opportunity to meet international experts at the EPICOH meeting on Oct 13-16 at Monash.

IMJ is not free to all Fellows and this issue will be taken up with the RACP.
The AMC process and Educational Strategy are major issues which will occupy office-bearers’ time over the next year.

An electronic MOPS return form is being developed.

The demographic survey will be presented at the close of the ASM.

MOPS Report

Dr Ian Gardner reported the following:

The MOPS Program continues to perform well with a participation rate of 60%. (Last year’s higher figure was artificially boosted by the amnesty). Participation is becoming increasingly necessary for Medical Registration / Insurance.
10% of Fellows were selected for audit in 2003. The audit process for 2004 is still continuing. All 2003 auditees had been able to justify points claimed, often via ISO 9000. QA still needs clarifying and more work will be done on compiling lists of practical QA activities.

All Fellows must have QA activities in the MOPS year ending March 2005.
All 5-year cycle certificates have been sent out and the one or two “special cases” have been satisfactorily resolved.

Thanks to the MOPS committee and faculty staff.

Dual MOPS requirements poses some difficulty and a Fellow with dual Fellowship would be helpful on the MOPS committee.

Committee Report

Regional reports are available on the AFOM Website.

Other Business

Affiliation versus Fellowship – the category ”Affiliate” has been discontinued but there are some issues with perceived professional status.

Suggestions were that a Specialist Register would resolve the problem of defining an Occupational Physician; Fellowship status could be published to the Industrial Commission.

As the Legal Profession had not recognised AFOM Fellows as being in the best position to do Impairment Assessments it was decided that strong promotion of the role of Occupational Medicine and an OM Physician was necessary.

Council Elections

Congratulations to new President Dr David Fish, Vice President Dr Tim Stewart, Dr Chris Walls (new Technical Policy Coordinator), Dr David Cullum as new SA / NT Councillor, Dr David Black as new NZ Councillor and Dr Alan Home who continues in his role as WA Councillor . Many thanks to Dr Ki Douglas for all her previous support and commitment in the role of technical Policy Coordinator and to Dr Chris Walls and Dr Richie Gun for their terms as regional Councillors.

Close of Meeting

There was a formal handover from Dr Evan Dryson, Immediate Past President, to new President Dr David Fish . Dr Fish gave a special thanks to Dr Dryson on behalf of all Faculty Members for his contributions to AFOM during his term in office.
Dr Fish then addressed members stating that his mission for his term in office consisted of three major priorities:

I.Building a strong relationship with the RACP

II. Meeting Fellow and Trainee needs through revising and developing the educational processes

III. Commitment to financial and membership growth.

http://www.racp.edu....mm_sumMay04.htm
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Posted 23 October 2004 - 10:46 PM

Whoops - the Invercargill ACC Branch Medical Adviser is the only occupational medicine specialist in Southland, so presumably does some of the local IMA and VIAP assessments and acts as an ’independent’ assessor on work-related gradual process claims as well. He also does independence allowance and lump sum assessments, according to his CV.


Dr Gordon Hancock - Curriculum Vitae

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QUALIFICATIONS
1970 BSc. Physiology (Hons) - Leeds University
1973 MB ChB. (Hons) - Leeds University
1976 Master of Community Health - Liverpool University
1979 Diploma of Industrial Health - Dundee University
1982 Member of Faculty of Occupational Medicine - RCP. London
1985 Specialist Accreditation – Occupational Medicine
UK Joint Committee on Higher Medical Training
Specialist Registration in Occupational with Medical Council of New Zealand.

PRIZES

Pierce Prize in Neurophysiology – Leeds 1969
Best Student – Dundee DIH Course 1979

EXPERIENCE
1973 - House Surgeon - Kent and Canterbury Hospital
1974 - House Physician - Nottingham City Hospital
1975 - Resident in Internal Medicine - Curtis Hospital International Grenfell Association, St Anthony, Newfoundland, Canada
1976 - Senior House Officer - Geriatric Medicine - Sherwood Hospital, Nottingham
1977-’78 - Registrar in Community Medicine - Mersey Regional Health Authority, Liverpool
1978 – ’83 - Medical Officer - Occupational Health Service - The Boots Co PLC, Nottingham
1983-’86 - Senior Medical Officer - Reed International PLC - Aylesford, Maidstone, Kent
1986 – ’89 - Specialist in Occupational Medicine - Auckland Hospital Board / Area Health Board & Part-time Senior Lecturer in Occupational Health, Auckland School of Medicine.
1989 – ’95 Manager – Occupational Health and Safety - New Zealand Aluminium Smelters - Tiwai Point, Invercargill
1995 onwards – Consultant in Occupational Health and Safety.

Companies and Organisations I have been associated with

Firth Stresscrete
Bond Contracts
Southfert
Southland District Health Board
Quality Bakers
A1 Auto Parts
Fulton Hogan
JDR Fishing
Delta Utilities
WINZ
PPCS
Southland Leather
NZ Meat Workers Union
NZ Dairy Workers Union
NZ Engineers Union
Marconi
Bright Wood Timber
Shell New Zealand
NZMP Edendale
Mainland Stevedoring
Niagara Sawmilling

Also

OSH Departmental Medical Practitioner – Southland Branch
ACC Branch Medical Advisor - Invercargill Branch
ACC Accredited Impairment Assessor


http://www.southcare.co.nz/gchcv.html
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Posted 23 October 2004 - 11:24 PM

What does this mean?????????
The pass rate of the exit exam is currently around 50% and needs to improve: thanks to Dr Drewry for bringing exam process in line with AMC requirements.
A common Part 1 exam with RACP is being considered but some reform of RACP processes is required.
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Posted 24 October 2004 - 08:39 AM

Gordon Hancock is a very fair man. If you are a genuine claimant you have nothing to fear from seeing this guy in my opinion. I have seen many reports he has written and they are HONEST and ACCURATE. Yes he is BMA but I believe he is one of the genuine ones. Wouldn't it be nice if we could say the same about the others?????????
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Posted 24 October 2004 - 09:12 AM

Being from the North of the North Island, I have seldom had the opportnity to read Gordon Hancocks reports, so I will take your word for it, fairgo.

Okay, Gordon Hancock may be fair, but the point I am trying to make is to question the acceptability of BMAs also being ’independent’ assessors.

It is not just whether there is actual bias - it is whether there is the perception of bias.

And for some of them, the temptation is obviously too much.

Anyone know how to set up a poll on the occupational specialist where people can record their experiences of each of them? - you know, the good, the bad and the ugly sort of thing.
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Posted 25 October 2004 - 04:07 PM

1. If Ruttenberg is not on that list (and I am told he has never been), then why is he so repeatedly used as a preferred assessor, and why have claimants:
(a) been threatened with exit if they do not see him.
(b) been exited if they question his qualifications
© been sent to him at all when it is now common knowledge that he is not only not on their list but is also not qualified to be on it.
(d) Why has Ruttenburg been used to do file reviews in Auckland - with Case Manager demanding meetings with claimant and ruttenburg to finalise an EXIT because of an opinion of a remark made in only 1 report that ruttenburg focussed on as an reason to exit a claimant. Ruttenburg had never ever seen the claimant at all.


2. Why do ACC staff tell claimants that assessors who ARE on this list:
(a) that the assessor is retired and no longer practising (when this is not true)
(b) that the assessor is NOT on their preferred list (when this is not true)
© that the claimant cannot be seen by the assessor (when the only reason for this is the case manager's refusal to arrange it)
(d) Why do staff refuse to allow claimants to go to an assessor ON this list when the claimant offers the person ON this list as the assessor of their choice.
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Posted 25 October 2004 - 04:52 PM

this nice note from a review decision:

" ACC have relied on the opinion on Dr Monigatti who was clearly of the view that XXX's ongoing condition/incapacity is related to medical and degenerative disorders that had become more prominent with time, such as to be the more likely cause(s) of his present incapacity"


" While I note Dr. Monigatti had XXX whole file he did not in fact examine Mr XX. I do not find Dr Monigatti's opinion to be compelling, and in fact I find it at odds with the previous medical comment on the file."


The district court decision 341/2000 which also contains opinions from Dr Monigatti might be of interest.
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Posted 25 October 2004 - 06:54 PM

"I will be sending you to Dr Marshall. He will find you fit for work and your ERC will be stopped!" An angry Glen Bradley on the phone to me a while ago.
Did anyone watch channel one on Sunday morning/noon? There was a good documentary describing how we were sold out to the multinationals.
Gary Wilson has stolen five billion dollars and invested it with them.
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Posted 25 October 2004 - 08:23 PM

Re Dr Monigatti in 341/2000 (should we have a Monigatti slot like we are developing for others like Alchin)...

Young v ACC (341/2000) now posted at http://www.accforum....=ST&f=82&t=1399.

There are a number of causes of spondylolisthesis - some are degenerative, but isthmic spondylolisthesis is generally accepted as being caused by a childhood or teenage stress fracture - not by a degenerative process.

There is a very informative article by Peter Robertson, one of NZs top spinal surgeons, in the NZ Medical Journal a few years ago. His opinion is that many categories of isthmic spondylolisthesis do not cause any greater occurence of back pain than in the general population.

Isthmic spondylolisthesis should not be confused with other types of spondylolisthesis, which can be degenerative, nor with spondylosis, which is a degenerative conditon.

Spondylolisthesis is a general term for a particular condition with a variety of manifestations and causes. As a generic term, it does not attribute specific causation, and isthmic spondylolistheis is neither degenerative, nor, in most cases, a predisposing condition for lower back pain.

Dr Monigatti needs to get some advice from the spinal specialists before giving the sort of blanket opinion he did in Young.

The paper by spinal surgeon Peter Robertson is in the NZMJ - sorry do not have the reference at the moment, and it is before they started publishing it on the net - but I will try to track it down when I get the chance, to publish here.
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Posted 26 October 2004 - 11:36 PM

There is another two cases down here where Monigattis opinion has been overuled. Yes put him under scrutiny too for sure!! Thanks very much for all your input Ernie! Cheers Jocko
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Posted 11 March 2010 - 03:59 PM

View Posternie, on Oct 22 2004, 10:46 AM, said:

The interesting question is why certain of them appear to be disproportionately used as assessors and 'independent' specialist by ACC, while others almost never are. (... and Wilfred Edward Dampney TURNER - really!!!)

ALCHIN, John Stephen, Christchurch
ANDERSON, Michael Harding, Dunedin
BLACK, David Russell, Auckland
BURLEY, Michael David, Auckland
CALLAGHAN, Kathleen Suzanne Noelle, Auckland
CHEW, Chong Kee Tony, Auckland
CHRISTIAN, Ronald Blair, Wellington
DODWELL, Peter, Wellington
DREWRY, Alison, Auckland
DRYSON, Evan William, Auckland
EMRYS, Geraint Owen, Waikato
FIRTH, Hilda Marie, Dunedin
GAVAGHAN, Siobhan, Auckland
GLASS, William Ivan, Christchurch
GOLLOP, Bruce Raymond, Whangarei
GORMAN, Desmond Francis, North Shore
GRIFFITHS, Robin Frank, Wellington
HANCOCK, Gordon Charles, Invercargill
HEYDON, John Lucian, Dunedin
JUDD, Lissa Elaine, Wellington
KENNY, Charles Thomas Courtenay, North Shore
MCBRIDE, David Iain, Dunedin
MONASH, John Martin, North Shore
MONIGATTI, John Rex, North Shore
NICHOLSON, Rhoderick Gordon, Auckland
NIVEN, Bruce Ian, Wellington
PETERSON, Martin Georg, Auckland
POWELL, David Melville Cameron, Auckland
ROBB, Martin Chester, Christchurch
SMIDT, Ngaire Adrienne, Manawatu
SNYMAN, Jurie Fritz Christoffel, Wellington
SPROTT, Timothy William, Auckland STRACK, Christopher Noel, Christchurch
TURNER, Wilfred Edward Dampney, Christchurch
WALLS, Christopher Bernard, Auckland
WOODFINE, James David, North Shore



Is this the same Dr Tim SPROTT that has been in the news lately about the Air New Zealand Pilot who has drink driving convictions?

http://www.tvnz.co.nz/national-news/fyfe-d...problem-3391412

and http://www.throng.co.nz/close-up March 3 2010?

And then the flip side to the coin on the non government (i.e not taxpayer funded tv station)

http://www.3news.co.nz/Air-NZ-accused-of-d...10/Default.aspx

Is this Dr Tim SPROTT, if it is the one & same person, still on contract to do ACC Occupational Assesments?

Now media start doing some real digging & see how much of our Taxpayer funded levies he has been paid to do contract work with the various Crown Entities he does work for.

How long are his contracts for?

Is the methodology that is being used balanced?

The remark that was made that Airline Pilots haven't returned positive Alcohol results is more than likely to be because they are not tested prior to take-off from NZ as we would hope they should be, like truck drivers for instance & others where safety is paramount.
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yes he does look very familiar B)
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