From the President – Dr Barry Gilbert


Welcome to the new Website and Newsletter of the Tasmanian Foundation for Occupational Medicine.

The Foundation has been established specifically to support training and research in occupational and environmental medicine in Tasmania. It is intended to nurture and support those doctors who wish to become occupational and environmental physicians, and then support further research into work related illness and injuries.

The TFOM Board is a team of highly dedicated specialists with many years of experience between them. They wish to champion the new generation of doctors who will contribute to improving the health and safety of Tasmanian workers, and enhance our future knowledge in relation to occupational injury and disease.

TFOM is now seeking donations, or collaboration by Tasmanian organisations, businesses and individuals, to create healthier and safer Tasmania workplaces, whilst attracting and retaining local professional expertise.

Agriculture is but one of the prime industries in Tasmania, but it is also the most dangerous in Australia as judged by morbidity and mortality. It is not only this industry but all workplaces that must improve their performance, and occupational physicians are critical for that improvement.

Without the Foundation Tasmania faces the bleak prospect of having no occupational physicians by 2023.

If you wish to become involved, or wish to donate please get in touch via our website or directly with any member of the Board.

We look forward to you joining us on this new adventure.

Dr Barry Gilbert


President TFOM

Specialist Public Health Physician

Occupational Medicine Consultant


AMA – Review of Guidelines about Disclosure of Medical Records

The AMA guideline Ethical Guidelines for Doctors on Disclosing Medical Records
to Third Parties 2010. Revised 2015[1]
is under review. Contact Helen McArdle at for more details.

Medico-legal Communications Protocol Working Group

The initial meeting rescheduled to February has been postponed again to a date to be advised.

What’s On

There will be some interesting sessions and workshops run at the ANZSOM conference in Launceston in March.

The Audiometry Skills and Presentation Skills workshops might be of interest, as well as the main programme.

The national RACP meeting will be held in Melbourne during May.

Visit or contact for more details

ANZSOM are also hosting ICOH 2021 in Melbourne.

Any items for inclusion in the newsletter should be forwarded to

Peter Sharman – TFOM Newsletter Editor

04 March 2020