Victorian injury insurance schemes to benefit from new research plan

ISCRR, in partnership with industry leaders the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and WorkSafe, will announce research initiatives that focus on faster recovery, regaining independence and returning to work after an injury or illness related to a work or transport accident.

Professor Niki Ellis CEO of ISCRR said, “Our partners TAC and WorkSafe ensure that people don’t have to manage the impacts of illness or injury alone. Returning to work depends on the collaboration of employers, government, injury insurance schemes, health practitioners and individuals.”

ISCRR was established to develop a new way of working in partnerships so that research is conducted that can ultimately benefit community members.

“Victorian injury insurance schemes have set the benchmark in Australia for forward thinking and constantly improving management, but they recognised the need to strengthen the role of research to drive further improvements,” said Professor Ellis. 

“While a large volume of research is conducted, it is not always used to best effect.  ISCRR’s job is to do the right research which can help improve different aspects of Victoria’s injury insurance systems.

“ISCRR’s research has already found significant gaps related to the care and support of people with disabilities once they leave the health system and are back with their families in the community.

“Other studies have found there are negative mental health impacts from involvement with injury insurance schemes, despite their intention to support and protect people and we need to change that,” said Professor Ellis.   

Led by a team of researchers from Monash University, ISCRR research will determine how to improve health and care service delivery, reduce the anxiety and depression which can accompany recovery, prevent incidents more effectively and improve the experience of injury insurance scheme clients so they can get back to their daily activities and return to work.

ISCRR’s research will examine different models of health and care service delivery so that those who are seriously injured and permanently disabled can regain their independence as much as possible.

The new ISCRR research program will be launched by the Victorian Assistant Treasurer, the Hon. Gordon Rich-Phillips at 10am, 11 August 2011 at the Stamford Plaza, Little Collins Street, Melbourne.

The launch will highlight a snapshot of research already underway including:

  • –  A study about dermatitis which affects many people who are exposed to “wet work”, such as hairdressers and those in the hospitality industry, many of whom are in casual, part time and precarious employment.
  • – A project which is investigating how to reduce the occurrence of persistent pain and also how to better manage it to improve quality of life and reduce depression related to persistent pain.

“ISCRR developed its plan for research through conversations with WorkSafe and TAC program managers, research experts, employer and union groups, and health and care service providers.  We plan to continue that conversation as we do the research so that everyone can benefit from the new knowledge that emerges and Victoria can continue to be a leader in this field,” said Professor Ellis.

For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Ali Webb, Monash Media & Communications, 03 9903 4841 / 0439 013 951 / [email protected]