IPAR and the WorkFocus Group join forces to create the Work Health Group

WorkHealthGroup_2colourAs a result of investment from the Riverside Company, two of Australia’s leading workplace rehabilitation and employment services providers have joined together to become the Work Health Group, offering enhanced innovation and service delivery for customers.

The Work Health Group is the parent company of five brands that operate independently and brings together 750 health, employment and support services professionals across more than 80 locations in Australia. The Group is committed to optimising work and life participation for people with injury, illness, disability and disadvantage.

The brands within the Group are IPAR, WorkFocus Australia, atWork Australia, Cogent Thinking and Kairros. They are supported by a strong corporate services team, sharply focused on investment in our people, technology, infrastructure and innovation.

For more on the Riverside Company’s investment, please see http://www.riversidecompany.com.au/News_and_Media/Press_Releases/IPAR_WorkFocus_News_Release.aspx

For more on the Work Health Group and its brands, please see www.workhealthgroup.com.au.

IPAR DES 5 Stars once again

IPAR’s Disability Employment Services team are celebrating yet another 5 Star Rating (the highest possible) for services across all sites in the North Brisbane ESA for the June 2016 ratings released last week.

This is the third consecutive 5 Star Rating IPAR has received, following the same top result in the December and March quarters.

Amber Procter, IPAR Disability Employment Services Manager, puts the result down to a combination of team work, enthusiasm and persistence.

“I’m so proud to be part of such a great, tight-knit team, which continues to achieve fantastic results for our clients. While there are many reasons for our success, I think the biggest stand out is our team work. We band together, share ideas and work toward the common goal.”

The Star Ratings system measures the relative success of providers in achieving outcomes for job seekers and is released every quarter. To achieve a 5 star result, providers have to be performing at a minimum of 40% above the national average. Click here to review the June 2016 results.

Encouraging the next generation into our industry

YELP

We were delighted to welcome a group of senior school students to our Melbourne office earlier this month as part of the Youth Experiential Learning Pathways (YELP) program, called ExperienceMe.

ExperienceMe has been developed by Simon Davidson of Employers Mutual to give students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, an insight into the employment opportunities and potential career pathways within the personal injury sector. As noted by Simon, many people who work within the Personal Injury sector ‘fell into’ the industry. The ExperienceMe program aims to promote the sector as a promising and interesting career pathway from much earlier on, at the outset of a student’s career path.

Over the course of the day, the students spent time with a group of Melbourne workplace rehabilitation consultants. Learning what a typical day may entail, the students observed assessments and role plays, learnt some of the key principles of injury prevention and were informed about qualifications that are highly sought in the industry.

We look forward to the potential of meeting these students again one day as they become the next generation of IPARians!

 

5 IPAR Finalists at the ARPA Victoria Awards 2016

We are delighted that 5 members of IPAR’s Victorian team have been named as finalists at the 2016 ARPA Victoria, in conjunction with TAC, Excellence in Rehabilitation Awards.

Congratulations to the following, who have been nominated by their peers and selected by the ARPA judging panel as a category finalist:

Ben Lingard – Best New Starter OES

Emily Richards – Best New Starter NES

Aaron Bowes – Outstanding RTW Achievement Award (Physical claim)

Annalise Avitabile – Outstanding RTW Achievement Award (Psychological claim)

Elke Gjergja – Exceptional Leadership

The awards night will be held on September 9th. We wish all our finalists the best of luck!