Plenary Program

Facilitator: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Keynote: Dr Dinesh Paliapana


Plenary 1: Investment and innovation: Building a better system

This plenary will dive into the innovation emerging from within our industry, and showcase examples of where investment in prevention, recovery and service delivery is leading to improved outcomes for people with injuries and disabilities.

  • David Bacon – General Manager People Risk Claims (CTP & WC), QBE
  • Niki Ellis - Health Consultant, Research Management, Non Executive Director
  • Sarah Johnson - Scheme Actuary, National Disability Insurance Agency
  • Paul Gimblett – Head of Levies, Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) 

Plenary 2: Managing psychological injury claims – seeking a gold standard

An in-depth-discussion on how our compensation systems are responding to the rise in psychological injury claims – our expert panel canvasses issues like efficiency, effectiveness, innovation, workplace challenges and global standards.

  • Nick Glozier - Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Natalie Bekis - General Manager Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, Comcare
  • Dr Petrina Casey – Executive Director, SIRA
  • Jono Nicholas – Founder, Wellbeing Outfit

Plenary 3: The front line

An expert panel explores the front line of injury and disability schemes - the evolution of case management, trends in service delivery and future directions.  Seeking holistic solutions, the session examines these issues through the eyes of case managers, claimants and scheme designers.

  • Aidan Brophy – Director of Claims, WorkSafe Victoria
  • Laura Richards – Strategic RTW Specialist, Workers’ Compensation, Allianz
  • Purnima Kant - Healthcare Manager – NSW CTP, People Risk Claims, Australia Pacific, QBE
  • Matthew Vickers – General Manager, Workers Insurance NSW, EML

Plenary 4: Future-changing technologies

What are the technologies and innovations that will not just change the health sector but present opportunities and alter the risk landscape for the world as we know it? This session looks at the places where innovation is really taking hold - everything from bionics to automated vehicles to the technologies that are changing where and how you work.

  • Marcus Burke – Executive Leader, Future Technologies, National Transport Commission
  • Miranda Blogg – Director (Connected and automated vehicles), Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Robyn Stokes – Chief Executive Officer, Bionics Queensland

Keynote and Plenary Speakers