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Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:02 AM

View PostCompassion, on 02 April 2013 - 03:22 PM, said:


Online support group friend of mine with a head injury is being sent for her second neuropsych assessment.

She's been given to choose from Monarch psychology (James Cunningham), Webb Psychology (James Webb) & Base Psychology Keith Woods and one other from ? Abco conucssion clinic.

Honest? Accurate? etc. Any others in the waikato or auckland area that aren't here, recommendations welcome.

View Postso ovr sensitiveclaimsunit, on 02 April 2013 - 04:02 PM, said:

I suggest an emphatic no to these two persons: Monarch psychology (James Cunningham), Webb Psychology (James Webb). This is in my honest opinion only, based on sound comments and feedback from others.Equally, others may have a different and positive experience. Will be good to hear from others.

Sorry I can't comment on the other person.

I think there is a wealth of information around on Forum about these two other Assessors.

View Postnomess, on 02 April 2013 - 04:57 PM, said:

Alas not waikato or Auckland but in wellington Kay Cunningham has been recommended.

View PostSparrow, on 02 April 2013 - 05:17 PM, said:

Gil Newburn Rororua is the best but ACC hate him. You will get an honest report that they dont like!

Ive moved this threads data to the Head Injury Section so it dosent get lost in the General Lounge and be easy to find again.

Updates to the thread be found here at link below

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:43 PM

View PostCompassion, on 03 April 2013 - 10:31 PM, said:

currently covered.

We start with section 55 in that ACC may require claimant to make a statory declaration to obtain and continue to receive entitlements at any time.

First step is to supply a written statement.

the statement needs to inform the reader (in this case the assessor) the list of covered injuries (more than one claim then claim numbers also), the symptoms for those injuries, and the incapacities for those injuries (same symptoms reported to the treating profesionals treating the claimant.

If the claimant is working then describe the work under taken and the hours worked. If there is any entitlements explain why the claimant is receiving those entitlements ( want entitlements explain you need that entitlements and why the entitlements are not supplied.)

one has to use section 117 (1) and in all cases should place this section in the written letter.


Powers of Corporation
117 Corporation may suspend, cancel, or decline entitlements
(1) The Corporation may suspend or cancel an entitlement if it is not satisfied, on the basis of the information in its possession, that a claimant is entitled to continue to receive the entitlement.

as the section says if the ACC has the information in there possession and not necessarly on the claim file ACC must continue to supply the entitlements.

to do this one must supply the information necessary to have entitlements supplied.

First article I would suggest is the New Zealand own documentation

Incidence of traumatic brain injury in New Zealand: a population-based study by Valery L Feigin, Alice Theadom, Suzanne Barker-Collo, Nicola J Starkey, Kathryn McPherson, Michael Kahan, Anthony Dowell, Paul Brown,Varsha Parag, Robert Kydd, Kelly Jones, Amy Jones, Shanthi Ameratunga, for the BIONIC Study Group

Review of the Structured Inventory of Reported Symptoms-2 (SIRS-2) Steve Rubenzer, Houston, TX. Email: [email protected]



The myth of malingering: Is it the truth or a lie? DOROTHY CLAY SIMS

The lived experience of patients with uncertain medical diagnosis following a serious injury: a qualitative study by MARY P. BUTLER, SARAH DERRETT & SARAH COLHOUN
Injury Prevention Research Unit, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

The Medical Symptom Validity Test in the evaluation of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom soldiers: A preliminary study by Kriscinda A. Whitneya,b,,,, Polly H. Shepard'':", Amanda L. Williamsd, Jeremy J. Davis", Kenneth M. Adams!

Traumatic brain injury in the United States: A public health perspective. J Head Trauma Rehabil, 1999; 14(6):602-15 (I SSN: 0885-9701)

Neuroendocrine consequences of traumatic brain injury. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2008; 21(7):611-9 (ISS N: 0334-018X)

Anterior hypopituitarism: a consequence of head injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1985; 66(1):44-6 ( I 5 5 N: 0003 -9993)

Neuroendocrine disorders after traumatic brain injury. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2008; 79(7):753-9 (ISSN: 1468-33QX)

Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury, edi ted by Walter M. High, Jr., Ph.D., Angelle M. Sander, Ph.D., Margaret A. Struchen, Ph.D., and Karen A. Hart, Ph.D. New York, Oxford University Press, 2005, 384 pp. $69.50. (this is a book that any Psycholgists should have.)

Occupational Categories and Return to Work After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Multicenter Study By ┬ź PreviousNext ┬╗Archives of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationVolume 87, Issue 12 , Pages 1576-1582, December 2006Just a few sites that give reference to TBI and injuries.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

Studying Employment Following Traumatic Brain Injury by Therese M. O'Neil-Pirozzi, Sc.D., CCC-SLP, Spaulding/Partners Traumatic Brain Injury Model System at Harvard Medical School & Northeastern University; John D. Corrigan, Ph.D., Ohio Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; and Flora Hammond, M.D., Carolinas Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Research System Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation, Charlotte, North Carolina

now for the most important part and the questions the ACC has to ask under legislation.

one of the synptoms for most brain injury is the lack of memory and constration.

You have been advised of one symptom is the loss of short term memory and long term constration. Can you advise that this has been diagnosed by (the preson who diagnosed the condition) in the document of the treatment profile's.

Go down all of the symptoms that have been listed with the same simple questions.

This question is inportant.

Have you found any of the information supplied to you by ACC or the claimant showing the ACC or you are being mislead. this is the medical documentation from the treating profesionals and not the ACC asessors.

there is the question about the need for treatment from a Psycholist. the question should be asked and is the need for the treatment due to the ACC claims management not allowong the claimant to be independent of the community as much as possible and reliant on ACC. (Know the answer to that as we all do )

Asking for any suggestions in how to deal with ACC case management of the injury which is likely to be permanent would be help full. as suggestion is for the ACC to accept the injury is permanent and the incapacities will last for a life time. this means ACC needs to accept it is pointless to carry out assessments which increases the cost of the injury long term.

this is getting smarter at how we get ACC to correct there mistakes.

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