Dr Steve’s procedures and reports utilise the system and guidelines set by the Medical Council of New Zealand. To see a copy of the guidelines, please click here.
These guidelines state how a report should be written, how sources of information used must be clearly stated, and that a copy of report is to be given to the employee by the Third Party – i.e. the company which asks me to perform the assessment.
Dr Steve is also obliged to follow the general rules of the Health and Disabilities Commissioner relating to informed consent – this includes treating the patient with dignity and respect, and explaining the procedure to her. He is also required to follow the guidelines set by the Health Information and Privacy Act on the receiving of information, its storage, and how to send it back to relevant parties.
Note that Dr Steve cannot provide any treatment directly to the person I assess, although he can make suggestions that their own medical care persons may or may not choose to adopt.
If the person under assessment withdraws consent at any time during the process, she is entitled to do so. Even if the employment contract requires the employee to consent, this cannot be used to force consent.
In order to meet all of these requirements, Dr Steve is also familiar with the relevant statutes that cover assessment – the Health and Safety Employment Act, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Act, ACC Act and the Holidays Act, as well as The Medical Council guidelines for medical certification, and the Medical Council guidelines for dealing with other health professionals.
In writing his report, Dr Steve also takes into consideration implications for employment issues, aware that his findings may impinge on a person’s ability to be employed.