News and events


2022 Healthy Working Lives Seminar Series

March – August | Virtual
Free to attend, open to all

We know that good health is good for work, and good work is good for health. We design, deliver and translate collaborative research to improve the health of working age people in Australia and globally.

The 2022 HWL Seminar Series will feature numerous events that disseminate key findings from the COMPARE project, Driving Health project and the Transition study. The 2022 HWL Seminar Series will feature three streams of events, RECOVERY (COMPARE) and PREVENTION (Driving Health) and SYSTEMS (Transition Study).

Register for free and see the full agenda here

2022 ARPA National Conference (Virtual)

Date: Wednesday 20 July 2022
Time: 10:00am – 6pm AEST

Professor Alex Collie will be presenting at the event – 'Return to work: what works and why'.


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

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.

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.

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.