The 2016 Comcare National Conference was held on 13-14 September this year and Injury Treatment was fortunate enough to be a key sponsor and to have the opportunity to present in front of hundreds of delegates. Over 700 representatives of Federal Government Agencies, National Employers, Suppliers, and others convened in the National Convention Centre in Canberra to enjoy two days of learning, networking and sharing ideas.
The Conference attracted many thought provoking speakers, with a key theme being the critical importance of understanding the psychological and social circumstances of an injured employee as being the key determinant in recovery, irrespective of the medical factors at play.
An interesting fact - according to Professor Mansel Aylward, being off work for six months is as toxic to your health as smoking 100 cigarettes a day.
As the keynote sponsor, Injury Treatment’s CEO; Fred Cicchini, took great pride in introducing the inspirational and unstoppable, Paralympian Michael Milton who shared his compelling story. Michael lost his leg to bone cancer at age nine, competed in his first Paralympic Games at age 14 and won Australia’s first ever winter gold medal at just 19.
Michael was then diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer in July 2007 where he was faced with the biggest battle of his life. Through radical surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Michael recovered and was selected to compete at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games where he finished in the top ten in two events. Michael Milton’s amazing achievements were recognised internationally when he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Michael’s moving story captivated the audience and demonstrated how resilience and sheer determination could overcome adversity.
Following on from such an incredible journey of Michael's life, Injury Treatment’s very own National Account Manager; Erin Rowlatt, presented a psychological injury case study and explained how assessment and categorisation of the key case risks assists us to develop and implement targeted interventions to mitigate the risks and achieve a successful RTW outcome.
Erin outlined how a multi-tiered intervention strategy utilising mediation, vocational coaching, case management and workplace engagement assisted the client to modify her false beliefs of injustice and discrimination in the workplace and to develop improved coping mechanisms to allow her to return to her pre-injury work environment in a full time capacity.
If you would like more information on strategies to more effectively manage psychological injury claims, please contact Erin on 02 8746 3306.