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