icare Workers Insurance Forum - Parramatta

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Bankwest Stadium

11-13 O'Connell St

Parramatta, NSW 2150


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icare would like to invite you to attend our Workers Insurance Forum in Parramatta on Thursday 27 February 2020.

Join us to hear from our experts and meet with key contacts.

The purpose of this event is to:

  • Hear about effective Return to Work stakeholder communication, promotion of early intervention and the benefits of maintaining social connection
  • Provide information on Healthcare Practitioner engagement as well as how you can more effectively communicate with GP's
  • Give practical advice on influencing culture at work to improve safety performance & injury prevention
  • Hear from Special Guest Speaker Dean Widders – Indigenous Australian and former professional rugby league player around his exposure to mental health challenges, the promotion of resilience, and the positive impact of social connections.

Light refreshments & Lunch will be provided.

We have a limited number of free parking spots allocated in a VIP carpark directly outside the venue - when registering please let us know if you would like to apply for a spot. Allocation will be on a first in, first served basis.

Alternative parking is available nearby at a small charge if VIP parking allocation is exhausted

Any questions please email:

Agenda on the day will include:

Maximising Return to Work Outcomes

Targeted at employers with Basic/Intermediate Return to Work (RTW) knowledge. During this interactive session, you’ll hear about effective RTW stakeholder communication, promotion of early intervention and the benefits of maintaining social connection.

Presented by Adam O'Leary & David Huxley – icare Mobile Engagement Team

Adam O'Leary has over 28 years experience in the workers compensation industry. He has worked as a case manager and held senior management roles at large insurance companies and rehabilitation providers.

Adam is passionate about supporting businesses to promote safe and healthy workplaces, including harnessing the health benefits of good work for their employees returning from injury.

Adam joined icare in 2018 as a Regional Relationship Manager. Working across Sydney and the south of NSW, Adam connects businesses with the information they need, and delivers education on topics our customers have identified for their regions.

David Huxley joined icare in 2018 and works across northern NSW connecting businesses with information and education on topics customers have identified for their regions.

He is passionate about assisting employers with their workers’ insurance obligations and supporting businesses to promote safe and healthy workplaces, with a focus on reducing insurance premiums through sustainable return to work

Effective Communication with GP’s to improve Return to Work Outcomes

In this practical session you will hear from the Health Engagement team about how you can more effectively communicate with GPs. GPs play a crucial role in certifying fitness for work and setting the expectations around recovery.

Communication between employer and doctor is also crucial to ensure the best return to work outcomes occur.

Presented by Clayton Waters & Matthew Gordon – icare Healthcare Engagement Team

Clayton Waters has over nine years experience as an allied health professional. He is an exercise physiologist and has worked extensively with clients who sustained a workplace injury.

Clayton has also worked for a large healthcare company providing onsite services for businesses including health and wellness programs, employee health check-ups as well as occupational drug testing. He also conducting job task analyses for several companies including high risk industries such as mining.

Clayton joined icare in 2018 icare as Health Engagement Implementation Manager working with healthcare to improve awareness and education of the NSW workers compensation system.

Matthew Gordon holds qualifications in exercise and health science and spent five years working with a leading insurance company in injury management and case management.

In his role as Health Engagement Specialist, Matthew focuses on awareness and education on the NSW workers compensation system with the healthcare industry including General Practitioners and allied health professionals.

Matthew joined icare in 2017 as a Relationship Manager working with large clients before joining the Healthcare Engagement Team in late 2018.

Influencing culture at work to improve performance

Every business has a safety culture, whether you are aware of it or not. Understanding your unique culture and working with it to improve health and safety is a key aspect of preventing injuries at work.

This practical session will get you thinking about your own culture and injury prevention plan.

Presented by Karen Glover & Andrew Davies – icare Injury Prevention Team

Karen Glover joined icare’s Injury Prevention team in 2019 after more than 17 years as a risk, safety and workers compensation manager in public and private sectors.

She has worked across Australia and New Zealand with many industries and different risk types; including construction, engineering, government, healthcare and community services, labour hire, manufacturing, and warehousing and logistics. As an experienced people leader, Karen is passionate about partnering with businesses to develop and implement practical solutions that improve safety performance and prevent injuries.

Andrew Davies has 17 years’ experience across a variety of roles within Workers Insurance. Working within and alongside claims management, customer account management and risk management, he has an in depth understanding of the importance of safety across organisations at all levels.

Prior to his current role at icare, Andrew owned his own gardening business. Working outdoors and experiencing the physical and mental aspects of running a business has provided Andrew with a deep insight and appreciation for business owners and their daily operational demands.

Special Guest Speaker – Dean Widders

Dean will share some interesting stories on his journey, his exposure to some mental health challenges, the promotion of resilience, and the positive impact of social connections.

Presented by Dean Widders - Former professional rugby league player

Dean Richard Widders is an Anaiwan Indigenous Australian from Armidale, NSW, and is currently working with the National Rugby League as Indigenous Pathways manager.

A skillful forward as a player Widders has always been passionate about Rugby league and what difference it can make in the community particularly for people from remote and rural areas and Indigenous Australians. He has been a great advocate for Women playing rugby league and coached the Indigenous Women's All stars in their win over the Jillaroos in 2017. He delivers workshops to youth on leadership, decision making and goal setting and is involved in numerous programs in schools. He recently played and coached the Redfern All Blacks to a record equaling 3 grand final wins in a row plus 2 Koori Knockouts in a row from 2015-2017. He proudly won three koori knockouts with his hometown Narwan Eels in the 2000s.

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