News and events

UPCOMING EVENT

National Industry Wellbeing Forum

DATE & TIME: Thursday 13 October 2022, 7am – 10:30am AEDT
LOCATION: National Museum of Australia, Acton ACT 2601
TICKETS: General admission (individual) – $59.11

Driving Health lead researcher Associate Professor Ross Iles will be speaking at the OzHelp National Industry Wellbeing Forum which brings together business leaders, WHS and Workplace Wellbeing professionals to improve the mental health and wellbeing of high risk hard to reach male dominated workers.

REGISTER HERE

PAST EVENTS

2022 Healthy Working Lives Seminar Series

March – August 2022 | Virtual event

The 2022 HWL Seminar Series featured numerous events that disseminated key findings from the COMPARE project, Driving Health project and the Transition study.

WATCH: All seminar streams are now available to watch on demand on our YouTube channel: RECOVERY (COMPARE Project), PREVENTION (Driving Health) and SYSTEMS (Transition Study).

33rd International Congress on Occupational Health (ICOH)

6-10 February 2022 | Virtual event hosted in Melbourne and Rome

The ICOH Congress is recognised as the most relevant Congress in the world for occupational health professionals, policy makers, academics and researchers across a multitude of disciplines. The 2022 theme was 'Sharing solutions in occupational health through and beyond the pandemic'. Professor Alex Collie from the Healthy Working Lives Research Group presented "The relationship between work disability and subsequent suicide or self-harm: a scoping review".

2021 Injury & Disability Schemes Virtual Seminar

18–19 October 2021

  • Framework to help guide the development and efficacy of outcome measures from a client, stakeholder, and scheme health perspective – A/Prof Ross Iles and Andrew Fronsko
  • Suicide and self-harm following work injury and disability: A global evidence review – Prof Alex Collie and Dr Shannon Gray
  • N-of-1 Trials: Custom-built for patient-centred care – Chair: A/Prof Ross Iles
  • Collaborative Partnership to Improve Work Participation – Where to from here? Part 1 – A/Prof Ross Iles
  • Read recap here

Return to Work Matters webinar

26 July 2021

WATCH: Prevalence and patterns of health service use in compensated Australian workers with low back pain (Return to Work Matters website login required) – presented by Dr Michael Di Donato

2020 International Population Data Linkage Network Conference

1–13 November 2020

VIDEO: Development and initial validation of a harmonised multi jurisdiction work injury compensation database – presented by Dr Michael Di Donato

Driving Health research prompts the launch of a Nutrition Pilot Program for truckies

September 2022

Research from Driving Health Report #8 (Determinants impacting health and performance of truck drivers) of our Driving Health study showed that 70% of truck drivers in Australia do not meet health and balanced diet guidelines.

In response to this research, Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds, has released new features in the Healthy Heads App, offering support on hand for truck drivers and others working on the ground in the broader road transport, warehousing and logistics industries.

HHTS has worked closely with bp and Nutrition Australia to develop a custom menu comprised of healthy meal choices.

Users of the Healthy Heads App will receive an instant $5 discount when purchasing from this menu at 29 participating bp sites for a limited time.

So wonderful to see these changes in the industry!

Read more at healthyheads.org.au/news-events/nutrition-pilot

Personal Injury Education Course

July 2022

Our first ever Principles of Personal Injury Scheme Design nine-week short course wrapped up at the end of July.

We partnered with Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF) to deliver a unique postgraduate educational offering for people working in the workers’ compensation and motor accident compensation industries in Australia, New Zealand and globally. The course leads into a postgraduate pathway, which will provide scheme professionals with the opportunity to enrich and enhance their personal injury management knowledge and skills.

During this course, our students gained a solid understanding of the policy rationale and parameters governing personal injury scheme design.

Congratulations to all of our students both on-campus and virtual!

COMPARE Project Team wins 2021 Dean's Award

October 2021

The 2021 Dean's Award for Economic and Social Impact (Team) was awarded to our COMPARE Project Team: Professor Alex Collie, Dr Shannon Gray, Dr Tyler Lane, Mr Luke Sheehan, Dr Michael Di Donato, Associate Professor Ross Iles, and Dr Caryn van Vreden.

New Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Compensable Injury Recovery

September 2021

NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence: Better health outcomes after compensable injury. NHMRC’s largest scheme, provides funding over five years for the highest performing researchers. Led by the University of Queensland, Prof Alex Collie is a Chief Investigator of the CRE, which will start in 2022.

DECRA for Dr Shannon Gray

August 2021

Dr Shannon GrayOne of our team members, Dr Shannon Gray was awarded with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) to investigate the movement of Australians injured in road traffic accidents through the established benefits systems.

With the ultimate goal of reducing the road traffic crash burden in Australia, on individuals, their families, and on the nation's social support systems, the project will determine the impact of pre-claim social factors on compensation system outcomes including claim duration, benefits and costs, and the impact of compensation system design on claim and social outcomes of road traffic crash survivors. Addressing an unmet need, this project will determine the impact of macro-level compensation system design on social and claim outcomes and allows identification of groups at higher risk for poor post-crash outcomes, in whom earlier identification and intervention can improve these, and potentially save the Australian economy $300m annually.

UPCOMING EVENT

National Industry Wellbeing Forum

DATE & TIME: Thursday 13 October 2022, 7am – 10:30am AEDT
LOCATION: National Museum of Australia, Acton ACT 2601
TICKETS: General admission (individual) – $59.11

Driving Health lead researcher Associate Professor Ross Iles will be speaking at the OzHelp National Industry Wellbeing Forum which brings together business leaders, WHS and Workplace Wellbeing professionals to improve the mental health and wellbeing of high risk hard to reach male dominated workers.

REGISTER HERE

PAST EVENTS

2022 Healthy Working Lives Seminar Series

March – August 2022 | Virtual event

The 2022 HWL Seminar Series featured numerous events that disseminated key findings from the COMPARE project, Driving Health project and the Transition study.

WATCH: All seminar streams are now available to watch on demand on our YouTube channel: RECOVERY (COMPARE Project), PREVENTION (Driving Health) and SYSTEMS (Transition Study).

33rd International Congress on Occupational Health (ICOH)

6-10 February 2022 | Virtual event hosted in Melbourne and Rome

The ICOH Congress is recognised as the most relevant Congress in the world for occupational health professionals, policy makers, academics and researchers across a multitude of disciplines. The 2022 theme was 'Sharing solutions in occupational health through and beyond the pandemic'. Professor Alex Collie from the Healthy Working Lives Research Group presented "The relationship between work disability and subsequent suicide or self-harm: a scoping review".

2021 Injury & Disability Schemes Virtual Seminar

18–19 October 2021

  • Framework to help guide the development and efficacy of outcome measures from a client, stakeholder, and scheme health perspective – A/Prof Ross Iles and Andrew Fronsko
  • Suicide and self-harm following work injury and disability: A global evidence review – Prof Alex Collie and Dr Shannon Gray
  • N-of-1 Trials: Custom-built for patient-centred care – Chair: A/Prof Ross Iles
  • Collaborative Partnership to Improve Work Participation – Where to from here? Part 1 – A/Prof Ross Iles
  • Read recap here

Return to Work Matters webinar

26 July 2021

WATCH: Prevalence and patterns of health service use in compensated Australian workers with low back pain (Return to Work Matters website login required) – presented by Dr Michael Di Donato

2020 International Population Data Linkage Network Conference

1–13 November 2020

VIDEO: Development and initial validation of a harmonised multi jurisdiction work injury compensation database – presented by Dr Michael Di Donato