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CSG May 2014 Presenter: Dr Alex Collie, Research Leader and Acting Chief Executive Officer, ISCRR

Australia’s failure to improve Return-to-Work Rates

Presentation by: Associate Professor Alex Collie, Research Leader and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, Monash University

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Current obstacles to successfully bringing injured people back to work and the need for new approaches was discussed by Associate Professor Alex Collie from Monash University in his lunchtime talk to Central Safety Group on 13 May, 2014.
Alex Collie has done substantial research on this and related issues. He said that surveys had shown that Australia has failed to improve return to rates for the past 15 years, describing this as a major public health and economic challenge.
There is abundant international research showing that a worker's recovery can be shaped by their interactions with employers, healthcare providers and the workers' compensation system. But it takes new thinking, careful planning and sustained effort on behalf of those involved in the process.
Alex presented some of his latest research findings, explored some of the key issues and made recommendations on what we should be doing to improve return to work outcomes.

The presenter:

Associate Professor Alex Collie, Acting Chief Executive Officer of ISCRR (Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research) at Monash University, is an applied public health and social policy researcher, with a specific focus on work disability benefit and compensation systems and their impact on the work, social and health outcomes of injured and ill people. Alex has advised multiple state and commonwealth government departments and in private sector organisations in matters relating to workplace health, insurance and injury compensation. He has held numerous board positions on non-profit health sector organisations. He has a PhD in psychology. He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and technical reports, and is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences.


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City Limits

CSG August 2024 event - Phil Dwyer & Carly Chambers, OHS Officers, South West Institute of TAFE, Safety beyond city limits

Safety beyond city limits

Presented by: Phil Dwyer & Carly Chambers, OHS Officers, South West Institute of TAFE
Topic: Safety beyond city limits

How: Online via Zoom only

Date: Tuesday 13 August 2024, noon
Non-Members welcome to attend

Safety beyond city limits
How do you keep in contact with safety colleagues and issues out in the country? Phil Dwyer, from regional Warrnambool in Victoria, will give us an insight into this on 13 August when he talks about regional safety networks and his own job as OHS Officer - Audit, Risk and Compliance, at multi-campus South West Institute of TAFE.
Phil is a keen member of safety networking groups: Warrnambool Area of Safety and Health Group (WASH Group) and the TAFE Safety Network Group that covers Victoria. He is also a member of Central Safety Group.
Phil and his colleague, OHS Officer Carly Chambers, will talk about how they operate, spending a great deal of time on the road keeping safety tabs on a network of diverse regional TAFE sites.
Carly and Phil are looking forward to telling their story, followed by questions and discussions from the CSG Zoom audience.

About the Speakers:

Phil Dwyer has been an OHS officer for over 10 years. He had a long career in his family’s construction firm in Warrnambool before becoming a building compliance officer at South West TAFE in 2008. He is now a Health and Safety Officer at Warrnambool TAFE.
Carly Chambers became South West TAFE OHS Officer in 2023. Prior to that, her career included being owner/operator of a local freight business and mentor/trainer at a number of hospitality establishments in Warrnambool and interstate. She has a Bachelor of Health Science and a Diploma in Management.

Date: Tuesday 13 August 2024
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
How: Online via Zoom -the link will be sent out on the afternoon of Monday 12 August
N.B. A video recording of the session will be available on the website exclusively for financial members.
Cost: Financial members* free. Others $15
RSVP: COB Monday 12 August 2024. Online using our RSVP form
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The Zoom event link will be emailed on the afternoon of Monday 12 August 2024.

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