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Dr Tony Lowy, Occcupational Physician


Dr Anthony Lowy,
MBBS, FRACGP, FRACP (OM), CIME
Occupational Physician

What is an Occupational Physician?
The specialty encompasses prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. It deals with health issues of the individual worker, populations of workers and their interaction with their environment and the “health” of the employing organisation. Occupational Physicians consider medical issues within the wider context of their psycho-social, industrial and motivational frameworks, and have a key role in communicating with employers, business and government.

In summary, Occupational Physicians focus on the health effects of the relationship between workers and their work lives, at both an individual and an organisational level.

An Occupational Physician may work for the government, the military or a large organisation. Work in private practice is common, providing a range of services including patient treatment, workplace assessments, health surveillance and supervision of vocational rehabilitation. Occupational Physicians also provide independent medical opinions on issues such as the worker’s fitness to perform certain work duties; the work-relatedness of a worker’s condition. They may also perform impairment assessments, or provide advice to companies on issues such as illness or injury prevention strategies, or the management of sickness absence.

Qualifications
MBBS  Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
FRACGP  Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
FRACP(OEM)  Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Occupational and Environmental Medicine)
CIME  Certified Independent Medical Examiner (American Board of Independent Medical Examiners)
Accreditation:  MAA, COMCARE, WORKER Trained
Consultation Locations:  Sydney, Wollongong, Gosford & Parramatta – Site & Home visits on Demand

Appointments
Dr Anthony Lowy is a highly trained consultant physician with over 30 years experience as and Independent Medical Examiner (IME) American Certified in 2002 (CIME) and provides a wide range of services relating to the health of workers and employers.

Waterloo NSW GP 1968 to 1980 with FRACGP in 1976, comprising 10 years as a clinical supervisor of trainee general medical practitioners.

In 1986 he obtained fellowship of the Australian Faculty of Occupational Medicine and thereafter worked full time in that discipline whilst being a Member of the Australian Pain Society.[ APS].

From 1986 to 2006 Dr Lowy was a senior partner in Occupational and Rehabilitation medical practice with Allied Health Professionals [AHPs] in Redfern NSW.

Was Rehabilitation Service Provider [RSP] for NSW Workcover and Comcare for some years from 1998. .

From 1986 as a specialist in occupational medicine, until 2006 he provided medical services to dozens of Employers and conducted hundreds of worksite visits across NSW including coalmines. During those years Dr Lowy supervised doctors in the practice of occupational medicine and rehabilitation with emphasis on Return To Work factors.

Also from 1987 trained doctors on theory and practice of whole person impairment [WPI] rating PLUS best practice for conducting independent medical examinations [IMEs].

Special Medical Interests
Dr Lowy has a special interest and experience in assessing people experiencing catastrophic injuries.

To properly assess bed-bound people, he travels regularly to the homes and /or rehab centres to physically assess and comprehensively report on the medical status, prognosis, life expectancy, current and predicted whole person needs of these people with written recommendations to facilitate rehabilitation.

What makes an Occupational Physician distinctive?
A unique combination of knowledge, training and skills distinguishes Occupational Physicians from other medical practitioners and general practitioners.

These include:
• Broad education to deal with the range of the patients’ medical problems as they relate to their employment and their work environment
• Exposure to a wide range of worksites and work-practices, and training to assess these in terms of their potential effects on an individual worker.
• Thorough, logical and scientific approaches to providing expert diagnoses
• Ability to advise on the best management strategy for the injured worker
• Specialisation in the management of work-related disability
• Ability to care for patients within their work and social environment, not just within the medical model
• Skill in clinical decision-making and cost effective management of injured workers and sickness absence

Dr Anthony Lowy consults in Sydney CBD, Wollongong, Gosford and Parramatta as well private homes, businesses, hospitals, prisons and other facilities, by prior arrangement.

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