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5.2.5 If None of the Tables in the Guide Apply - AMA Guides


If the impairment under investigation is of a kind that cannot be assessed in accordance with the provisions of the Approved Guide, the Introduction to the Approved Guide authorises reference to the provisions of the current American Medical Association's Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (the AMA Guides) in making the assessment. Note, however, that the AMA Guides are to be used only in very rare cases (including, in some cases, for assessment of fingers or toes in place of Tables 9.4 or 9.5) in consultation with an approved medical provider.

Further discussion of the AMA Guides is contained later in this chapter.

  • Canute v Comcare (2006) HCA 47 : discrete injuries to be assessed separately
  • Comcare v Bozicevic (1997) 74 FCR 260; 144 ALR 132; 25 AAR 98
  • Commonwealth Employees' Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Act 1992 (No 264/1992) : Loss of sense of taste or smell added to excepted impairments
  • Whittaker v Comcare (1998) 28 AAR 55 (FFC 98/1099, 7/9/98) : Choice of most favourable Table