Andrew Palagyi, ISCRR Research Translation Coordinator from Monash University, has been invited to spend six months of 2012 working with the IWH.
“The experience I gain with IWH will be useful to both ISCRR and me personally beyond the completion of this project,” Mr Palagyi said.
“The review is going to be a very important piece of work because it’s going to bring together a large amount of research evidence on Return-to-Work Interventions. It will provide a significant body of knowledge about the best ways to help people return to work after injury or illness.”
In his role at ISCRR, a joint venture between Monash University, WorkSafe Victoria and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Mr Palagyi is contributing to a systematic review of literature regarding actions that support the successful return to work of those who have suffered a workplace-related injury or illness.
ISCRR works closely with workplace safety and transport compensation policy makers, as well as the research community, to conduct and commission research on workplace injury and illness prevention, health and vocational rehabilitation, as well as compensation practice.
ISCRR Chief Research Officer, Dr Alex Collie, said the IWH invitation would allow Mr Palagyi to develop knowledge at one of the world’s best work health organisations.
“The six months in Canada will provide Mr Palagyi with an excellent training opportunity to work with an organisation that is a world leader in the return-to-work field,” Dr Collie said.
It is planned that the partnership between ISCRR and IWH will result in a comprehensive review of the most effective workplace- and system-based interventions to improve return to work possibilities.
“This collaboration will update and extend an earlier systematic review conducted by the IWH in 2004,” Dr Collie said.
“It will also determine whether the Seven Principles of Successful Return-to-Work, a tool that is used throughout the world, needs to be modified based on the updated evidence.”
Victorian stakeholder groups include representatives from WorkSafe, the TAC, insurance agents, rehabilitation service providers, industry groups, trade unions and industry experts.
“The stakeholder advisory groups include those with an interest in how the evidence will be shared as well as potential end-users of the research,” Dr Collie said.