Appointed medical advisers
Employers are required to appoint one or more medical practitioners as their appointed medical adviser (AMA).
An AMA who has been appointed by one employer does not have AMA status for other employers. A written contract between each employer and the AMA is required.
Role of the AMA
The AMA's role is to carry out, supervise and report on health assessments and retirement examinations for the employer's coal mine workers.
The NMA will apply the Coal Mine Workers' Health Scheme (CMWHS) Clinical pathways guideline (PDF, 702KB) in referring on, or following up, coal mine workers whose screening examinations show irregularities.
Only the employer's appointed AMA can complete and sign section 4 of the relevant health assessment form for the employer's coal mine workers. However, section 3 of the forms can be completed by an examining medical officer approved by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) working under the supervision of the AMA.
Finding a doctor to appoint as an AMA
From 1 March 2019, employers must only appoint doctors from the DNRME register of supervising doctors as their AMA .
These doctors have been assessed as having met qualification and experience standards for assessing coal mine workers. Doctors on the register are required to participate in an annual training program.
Contracts appointing AMAs
Employers must appoint the AMA in writing.
The written contract must include requirements for the AMA to:
- have a discussion with both the employer and coal mine worker (or the worker's representative) and advise about appropriate duties for the worker in section 4 of the forms (the health assessment report)
- discuss the worker's health assessment with another doctor nominated by the worker, if requested by the coal mine worker
- give a copy of section 4 to the employer
- give a copy and explanation of section 4 to the worker.
The contract must also include:
- term of the AMA's appointment
- commercial details, such as a schedule of fees.
AMAs must notify us of any changes to their contact details. Email or post your notice to the Health Surveillance Unit (details below).
Employers must notify us as soon as practicable after appointing an AMA or when an appointment ends. Check the list below to make sure you've included all the required information, then email or post your notice to:
Health Surveillance Unit
Mine Safety and Health
PO Box 467
GOODNA QLD 4300
What to include in the employer notification
Details of the person giving notice
- Business or trading name
- Business address
- Postal address
Details of the appointment
- For a notice of appointment: start date and term of appointment (if any)
- For a notice of the end of appointment: end date
- Registration number
- Practice address
- Postal address*
- Fax (if applicable)*
*Not required when notifying the end of appointment.