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19th Annual National Workers’ Compensation Summit

Australia’s leading platform for legislative updates and business case studies in the realm of workers’ compensation.

20-21 February 2018 | InterContinental Sydney

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Industry rate available for Insurance & Service Providers - See pricing below


The National Workers’ Compensation Summit returns for its 19th instalment in 2018, once again serving as Australia’s premier platform for legislative updates and business case studies in the realm of workers’ compensation.

With perspectives from Federal and State Government, the Summit will analyse key topics such as:

  • Reviewing and foreseeing the impact of regulatory and legislative changes
  • Implementing successful RTW and Injury Management frameworks
  • Utilising the benefits of technology
  • Best practice methods for injury prevention and creating safer working environments
  • Creating a fairer and more efficient system

The Summit will unite executives and practitioners from a range of backgrounds including insurance carriers, government, health and medical services, finance, manufacturers, construction, transport, academia and business services.

Workshops | 19 February 2018

WORKSHOP A | 9:00AM – 12:00PM


With the rising incidence of stress related claims in the workplace it is becoming increasingly important that organisations develop a proactive stance to minimise stress and its impact on mental health. Ad hoc approaches to managing mental health in the workplace are no longer appropriate. The steps in developing a risk management and strategic approach to workforce mental health is the focus of this presentation.

Key Points

  • Identifying risks
  • What does a mentally healthy organisation look like
  • Management’s role in developing a mentally healthy workplace culture
  • Incorporating mental health and mental fitness into an organisation’s strategic planning

Louise Rabbone, Managing Director & Principal Psychologist, The People Catalyst



WORKSHOP B | 1:00PM – 4:00PM


Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson, founder of Craig’s Table and Robert Aurbach, international compensation scheme designer, author and speaker come together to present a new view of what can be done when a claimant fails to recover as hoped.

The experience of most compensation systems deprives the claimant of their sense of personal control over their recovery, leading to focus on disability and sometimes hostile or confronting behaviour. You will learn, through the lens of the latest information from neuropsychology and Rosemary’s personal experience, how this occurs and why some claimants can become “difficult”. Rosemary will gently lead you through the story of Craig’s Table and demonstrate how it achieves success in re-engaging workers in their recovery. The SCARF™ model of response to the “Fight or Flight” response will be presented to provide you with additional tools to help calm heightened responses.

Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson, Founder, Craig’s Table
Robert Aurbach, President and Principle Consultant Uncommon Approach Consulting, Board Member, Craig’s Table


Peta Miller

Safe Work Australia

Carmel Donnelly

Chief Executive, SIRA

Christina Carras

Chief Customer Officer, WorkCover Queensland

Mark Pittman

General manager Government Services, Allianz

Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson

Founder, Craig’s Table

Margo Lydon

CEO, SuperFriend

David Brentnall

Specialist Muscoskeletal Physiotherapist & Managing Partner, Axis Rehabilitation at Work

Laura Fildes

Manager NSW, PeopleSense by Altius

Jim Kelly

Director – Health & Return to Work, SafeWork NSW

Catherine Day

Director – Claimant Outcomes, SIRA

Peter Diaz

CEO, Workplace Mental Health Institute

Rob Lynch

General Manager Service Delivery, Queensland Urban Utilities

Matthew Forner

Onsite Services Manager, Axis Rehabilitation

Hayden Fricke

Director - Psychologist, PeopleScape

Terrie Brown

Return to Work Advisor – People and Safety, Barwon Water

John McNamara

Managing Director, Gallagher Bassett

Clare Amies

CE, WorkSafe Victoria

Jennifer Taylor

CEO, Comcare

Liv Hewitt

Group Rehabilitation Manager, Virgin Australia

Daniel Lavender

Actuary, am actuaries

Kim Garling

Workers' Compensation Independent Review Officer, Workers' Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO)

Alasdair Grant

General Manager – Client Relations, Recovery Partners

Ruth Fisk

Global Insurance Director, Hyland

Clare Pemberton

Chief Risk and Safety Officer, NSW Ambulance

Ben Sheat

National Manager Self Insurance, Gallagher Bassett

Louise Rabbone

Managing Director & Principal Psychologist, The People Catalyst

Darrin Wright

Executive Director - Personal Injury, Gallagher Bassett

when & where

20 - 21 Feb 2018

InterContinental Sydney
117 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9253 9000

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Jamie Birch
Conference Producer
+61 (02) 9080 4360

Andrew Sinkovich
Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
+61 2 9080 4008

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