Ratings for Dr. Mary Power-Connon
I have now seen Dr Power-Connon for two WorkCover Independent Medical Examinations. I have been on WorkCover for 11 years and met some absolutely HORRIFIC insurance company IME doctors. I have found Dr Power-Connon on two occasions, 2 years and 4 months apart to be consistently kind, sympathetic, non-judgemental, empathetic and she has excellent people skills. I was very relieved when I was (very unusually for a WorkCover insurer) sent to her for a second assessment. I knew who I was getting and I felt very safe after meeting previous WorkCover psychiatrists who were just mean and cruel. Other people may have had different experiences, but I can honestly say that Dr Power-Connon was a real stoke of good luck for me in this 11 year WorkCover nightmare. She was a human being and treated me like one too! If you are given an appointment with Dr Power-Connon, I recommend you relax. You have nothing to worry about. Tell the truth, (always being careful of the insurance company and WorkCover) and just be yourself. If I could say anything against Dr Power-Connon it would be that she is TOO NICE to be a WorkCover Independent Medical Assessment doctor, many of who are far less than human. I give Doctor Mary my full vote of confidence. Sean.
This dr told me diagnosed chronic illness didn’t exist and was all in my head. She basically gaslighted me. She put me in a very dangerous situation and if I was not such a strong person may have hurt myself. I’m so lucky I escaped this therapist with only emotional scars. Do not see her if you are suicidal, I’m afraid she would push someone over the edge. She is aggressive.
I had to see this Dr as part of my IME for Workcover. I found her to be caring and empathic. She put me at ease during a stressful process. Her report to Workcover accurately represented what was happening to me and made very honest judgements about my work capacity and supported my ongoing claim.
Was prescribed medication which I used to attempt suicide, was consequently hospitalised for a week. When I went back to see her, she gave me an almost identical script. Irresponsible to say the least. She exhibited limited empathy toward the situation, was ude, condescending and overbearing at times and our conversations consisted of light chit chat. Sessions often ended early but was charged the full hour. Highly disapponting.
I would never in a million years recommend anyone to this Dr and I am not too sure why this Dr is even working in psychiatry as she is extremely cold, bitter and one of the rudest psychiatrists I've ever come across. This Dr crosses the line in so many ways and preys on the extremely vulnerable, It's extremely disappointing and heart wrenching to witness.
She really seems good for some people and terrible for others. I was 20 at the time and she could be so patronising. Looking at the comments I am not the only one who she has yelled at. A psychiatrist yelling at a patient with PTSD. She yelled at me for crying as if she had hurt me. She pointed at the hospital saying "do you want to go back in there?" over and over. She told me her most harrowing cases asking "Do you want to be like that? Too afraid to leave the house?" while I'm crying in foetal position facing the wall. I wish I was making this up. I was too sick at the time to lodge a formal complaint by by God I wish I had. After a year with her I went somewhere else with no regrets.
Warning! Don't see this doctor if you have a substance abuse or addiction or dependency!!! I haven't actually seen Dr Power-Connon but called her receptionist Sue to find out if she could assist me even though I have a dependency on marijuana, as far as I know Sue was happy to provide information about seeing Dr Power-Connon and she advised she would speak to Dr P-C about it and get back to me. I recieved a cold voicemail advising me Dr P-C isn't taking on any new patients and to take my business elsewhere. If I had simply got a referral and seen her first I am sure as heck I would be giving her a terrible review right now. She seems to not get along with us who suffer from addictions.
I went for an IME and beforehand read all the mixed reviews here about Dr Power-Connor. I was nervous and I have attended MANY WorkCover IME’s over the years. The Psychiatrist I met was a good person. She was kind, compassionate, had empathy, made me feel as ease and understood. I remained cautious and careful throughout the medical, but Dr Power-Connor “for me” was kind and not cruel like so many “independent” medical doctors. Her report accurately reflected my state of health and reaffirmed my existing condition and recommended no change or reduction in existing treatments. Before the medical, I CAREFULLY read the reviews, good & bad, here. The Dr Power-Connor that assessed me was the nicest doctor I have met in 9 years on WorkCover and I HAVE met some very nasty ones.
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