Plenary Speakers

Julie Evans, Manager, Actuarial Services, WorkSafe Victoria

Julie heads the Actuarial Division at WorkSafe Victoria, having joined the organisation in 2008. Prior to joining WorkSafe she spent fifteen years working as an actuarial consultant, including numerous stints abroad. Having always been fascinated by the dynamics of accident compensation schemes, Julie's current role provides ample opportunity to work closely with the business to help develop practical responses to operational challenges.



Matthew Kayrooz, CTP Manager, NSW, Suncorp

Matthew has worked in the Insurance Industry for over 30 years, with senior management experience across product and claims management, customer service and dispute resolution. Matthew has worked for several Insurance companies and has been with Suncorp for more than 6 years.  Matthew has over 15 years experience working in various roles in Compensation Insurance Scheme, in particular Compulsory Third Party (CTP).

Matthew is also currently a Board member of TAD NSW, and a member of the Sydney Leadership Team for Youngcare.




David Nathan, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Avant Insurance

David Nathan started his legal career in Melbourne in 1983 defending motor vehicle personal injury claims before acting for professional indemnity insurers and then developing a mixed practice in product liability litigation for pharmaceutical companies and commercial dispute work.

David moved to Sydney in 2000 to become National Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie.   In 2006 David joined the medical indemnity industry as CEO of United Medical Protection that merged in 2007 with the Medical Defence Association of Victoria to become Avant.

David is a graduate in Law and Science (Pharmacology) from Monash University.


Liz Cairns, Manager, National Serious Injury Service

Liz Cairns is the Manager of the National Serious Injury Service, a business unit within the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) dedicated to working with people who have a disability following an accident.

Liz has a social work background and 22 years’ experience in the health and disability sector.  She started working for ACC in 1992 in a variety of roles dealing with rehabilitation and injury management.  She had a three-year stint as Manager of the MidCentral District Health Board Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination agency before returning to ACC in 2004.  Liz was appointed Manager of the National Serious Injury Service in July 2007, and the service was established nationally in March 2008.  In 2010 she visited the world’s leading injury rehabilitation facilities in Scandinavia and the United States courtesy of the Personal Injury Education Foundation’s study tour prize for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual in the Injury Management Sector.

John Della Bosca
, National Campaign Director, NDIS, NDS 

John Della Bosca is the National Campaign Director for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

John joined the Australian Labor Party in 1973 and held numerous executive roles including, 15 years on Labor’s National Executive and 11 years as NSW General Secretary.  During 11 years in The Legislative Council as Deputy Leader and Leader of the Government, John held all major human services and statutory insurance portfolios, as well as the Finance and Commerce ministries.  John initiated a number of important reforms including the Stronger Together initiative in Disability Services. 

He resigned from Parliamentary Service in August 2010 and joined the NDIS campaign.

John believes that Australia's approach to disability services is crisis-driven and welfare-based. A National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will change this.  An NDIS will provide funding for essential care, support, therapy, aids, equipment, home modifications and access to the community, education and training.

An NDIS would be funded by all taxpayers through general revenue or an extension of the Medicare insurance levy. An insurance-based approach to disability services stems from the view that disability is a "risk" that can strike anyone in our society, with potentially catastrophic consequences if proper support services are not in place, but may not affect everyone.





Richard Madden, Professor of Health Statistics, University of Sydney

Richard has been at the University since January 2006. Prior to that, he was Director of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for 10 years. From 1992 to 1995, he was Deputy Australian Statistician. He has had wide experience across the Australian health and community services sectors, including as Deputy Secretary of the NSW Health Department and as head of the Disability Programs Division in the then Commonwealth Department of Health and Community Services. He was also Head of the Treasuries of the Northern Territory (1983-86) and the Australian Capital Territory (1989-92).

Richard is Chair of the House with No Steps, a major non-government provider of disability services in NSW and Queensland, and is a Board member of the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney. He has had a continuing interest in injury compensation reform since working for the Woodhouse Committee in 1973-74.

In 2002, he was Australian Actuary of the Year, and has been awarded the Public Service Medal in 2003 and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Sydney in 2005.

Neil Singleton, Insurance Commissioner, Motor Accident Insurance Commission

Neil is the Insurance Commissioner of the Motor Accident Insurance Commission.
Responsible for regulation and strategic leadership of the Queensland Compulsory Third Party scheme in accordance with the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994.

As Insurance Commissioner, he is also responsible for management of the Queensland Government Insurance Fund and general advice to Government on all insurance matters.

Neil comes to Treasury with over 30 years insurance experience across a broad range of management and executive roles with particular emphasis on personal injury insurance.


Ian Cameron, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Sydney

Ian Cameron is a Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine who has particular interests in musculoskeletal injury, and research and education in the area of injury related disability. Ian is Head of the Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney and has the Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is conducting a number of studies investigating recovery after motor vehicle crashes.

David Bowen, Chief Executive Officer, Lifetime Care and Support Authority of NSW

David is the Executive Director of the NSW Lifetime Care and Support Authority which he established in 2006. He was the General Manager of the Motor Accidents Authority from 1998 until 2009. David is qualified as a barrister with expertise in administrative law, insurance law and compensation systems. He has most recently been heavily involved in the development of the national disability Insurance proposals serving on the Independent Panel established to provide advice to the Productivity Commission and the Commonwealth Government on the proposal to establish a national disability care and support scheme. David is also a member of the Boards of CareFlight, the Asbestos Injury Compensation Fund, and the Sargood Centre.

David Butler, Director, Neuro Orthopaedic Institute

David is a physiotherapist, an international freelance educator and a senior lecturer at the University of South Australia. He is also a director of the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute. His professional interests focus around the integration of brain sciences into clinical decision making and public and professional education in pain, stress and performance management.

He is the author of numerous book chapters and articles and the texts “Mobilisation of the Nervous System” (1991), ”The Sensitive Nervous System” (2000) and a co-author of “Explain Pain” (2003).




Lorraine Mackin, Executive Director, Ernst & Young

Lorraine Mackin is an Executive Director in Ernst and Young's Performance Improvement Practice and brings over 20 years experience of helping clients to improve productivity, reduce costs and deliver better services to clients. In 1993 Lorraine was closely involved in establishing the Disability Living Allowance and Carers Service for the UK Government where she was brought in to streamline and improve claims management. She has maintained that focus on health, disability and human services ever since, helping a range of clients improve their service delivery models and models of care.  She moved to Australia in 2010 and has since helped Lifetime Care and Support Authority to review models of care for people with Spinal Cord and Acquired Brain Injury with a focus on improving early intervention and the continuum of care, reducing lifetime care costs and improving outcomes for participants.      

Lorraine is currently providing pro bono support to Spinal Cord Injury Australia to develop a spinal cord injury strategy.

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