Expansion underway in WA

We are excited to announce our first expansion into regional Western Australia, with the imminent opening of our Albany office.

Responding to the needs of our customers, the Albany office will supply much needed local injury prevention and workplace rehabilitation services. We are especially delighted that Katika Adams, Senior Consultant from our Perth office, will be leading our expansion into the area after taking up the position of Branch Manager.

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist, who has previously worked in Albany and already has a solid local knowledge, Katika is experienced in physical and psychological return to work services and has achieved great results working on Comcare files, Workcover WA files and life insurance cases.

Services provided from Albany will include:

  • Return to Work services
    same employer and different employer, physical and psychological
  • Injury prevention services
    including our Strong4Life™ workforce training programs for manual handling,
    office ergonomics and psychological health
  • Ergonomic assessments and functional capacity evaluations
  • Pre-employment assessments and Jobfit exercise programs

To find out more about IPAR Albany, please contact Katika Adams at kadams@ipar.com.au

Secondment Opportunities at IPAR

One of the biggest advantages of IPAR’s national footprint is the career opportunities that it provides to our team members. Danny Lucas, from our Melbourne New Employer Services team, has taken up such an opportunity, seconding to our Darwin office for a 6 month stint, which has now extended to 12 months.

“As soon as the recruitment team posted the secondment I thought ‘that’s for me’ and started day dreaming about the top end. I’d never been to Darwin before and had heard so much about it, I had to experience it for myself. Here was the perfect opportunity.”

Danny made a smooth transition from the large Melbourne team to the smaller Darwin one, where he is a new employer consultant in the branch.

“I’ve enjoyed being more hands-on across the board – developing my skills in NT legislation, sourcing host employment opportunities for my clients, and building the IPAR brand through business development with our customers.”

Danny selected his temporary apartment based on the views and facilities. Conveniently, the IPAR office relocated into the very same building shortly after, so it’s now a less-than-1-minute commute to work.

Other highlights for Danny have been experiencing Kakadu and Arnhem Land for the first time by air and then by river cruise, seeing the Darwin markets and the variety on offer, and learning more about Aboriginal awareness, culture and history.

“Seeing the top end is something everyone should do, it really takes your breath away how vast Australia is. I would recommend a secondment to everyone, the experiences and skills give a new perspective and such a boost on every level, both work wise and personally. And with the ability to return home on a regular basis it means I don’t get too home sick. Really you just need a supportive partner, a good phone plan, and get used to spending a bit of time in airports.”

IPAR DES – 5 Star Rating again

IPAR has been awarded a 5 Star Rating (the highest possible) for Disability Employment Services across both of our sites in the North Brisbane ESA for the March 2016 ratings, released publicly on Friday 13th May. Click here to review the results.

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. Impressively, IPAR’s 5 Star Ratings have been maintained since our first 5 star result in January, which was achieved just prior to the first anniversary of our entrance into the disability employment sector. It is a result of the dedication and hard work of our DES team, and their commitment to our ‘5 Star Focus from Day One’ approach. Most importantly it means we have made a difference to many people’s lives by helping them to benefit from employment.

IPAR Geelong Breakfast Forum

Employers and agents in the Geelong area joined IPAR staff for an informative breakfast forum on Tuesday 19th April.

Over a hearty breakfast, our guests listened to a presentation from Dorothy Frost – Manager, Research and Innovation, IPAR. The topic, ‘the impact of compensation schemes on health and returning to work’, provided a critical look at the difference in behaviour, function, recovery and RTW timeframes of compensable vs non-compensable injuries.

For a copy of the presentation, or to register your interest for our next forum, please email kresnik@ipar.com.au.

5 Star Rating for IPAR DES

IPAR has been awarded a 5 Star Rating (the highest possible) for Disability Employment Services for its contract in North Brisbane in the December 2015 ratings, released Friday 19th February.

The Star Ratings system measures the relative success of providers in achieving outcomes for job seekers, and is released every quarter. Impressively, IPAR’s 5 Star Rating has been achieved just prior to the first anniversary of our entrance into the disability employment sector. It is a result of the dedication and hard work of our DES team, and their commitment to our ‘5 Star Focus from Day One’ approach. Most importantly it means we have made a difference to many people’s lives by helping them to benefit from employment.

IPAR’s 5 Star Rating result follows a perfect score from an audit performed against the National Standards for Disability Services for DES, conducted in late January. The audit was performed against six standards, with a total of 40 sub standards falling within these. Our perfect score represents the highest conformity rating against all the reviewed standards.

Most pleasing was the positive feedback received from the auditors, including:

“Job seeker perceptions were very positive. Job seekers provided feedback on opportunities for individual choices in pre-employment and employment decisions. They also gave feedback on appropriateness and flexibility of opportunities for inputs into decision making processes.” 

“Observations of interactions between staff and clients revealed a strong organisational commitment to dignity and respect toward the people it support.”

“There is clear evidence that IPAR provides services on basis of need and capacity. This can be clearly demonstrated with excellent calibre of Staff employed. Core values stated in client literature identify a commitment to inclusion.”

Congratulations to our dedicated DES team on these outstanding results. We look forward to more great outcomes, especially with the recent opening of another IPAR DES office in the Brisbane suburb of Chermside.

For further information regarding IPAR DES, please email DES@ipar.com.au

New Year, New Career Opportunities

Thinking of a new career opportunity in 2016? Think IPAR!

Due to our ongoing growth, we have a number of exiting career opportunities right across the country, from Shepparton to Darwin, Central Coast to Canberra, Penrith to Brisbane. The roles are also just as varied. We’re looking for Vocational Specialists, Job Placement Specialists, Team Leaders, and Psychologists (just to name a few!)

Check out all our current vacancies and if you would like to talk about your next career move, drop a line to our friendly recruitment team at careers@ipar.com.au. You can also read up about the fantastic employee benefits that the team at IPAR enjoys.

 

IPAR on show at NABility Day

On 3rd December, IPAR held a stall at NAB’s international day of disability in Melbourne. Titled ‘Nability’, the aim of the day was to celebrate employee engagement and to raise awareness of the support units available at NAB. It was also an opportunity for service providers such as IPAR to showcase the work undertaken with NAB employees to improve accessibility and empowerment for people of all abilities.

We presented our skills and experience in ergonomic assessments and training, reasonable adjustment assessments, and the work we are undertaking in the area of psychological awareness training.

There was a lot of interest shown by staff on the day. We look forward to partnering with our customers on innovative initiatives such as these in the future.

Suncorp Panel Appointment

IPAR has been successfully appointed to Suncorp’s national panel for the provision of rehabilitation services to their workers compensation, CTP and Life Insurance divisions.

This formal appointment follows our interim position on the panel over the last 12 months, and is a testament to our team’s ability to deliver results which best meet Suncorp’s business requirements.

The appointment provides a significant growth opportunity for IPAR and is an exciting milestone for our New South Wales offices in particular, where we are now on all five agent panels.

“I am proud of the team’s work over the past 12 months and know that their commitment will only strengthen with our formal appointment,” said Ben O’Neill, General Manager. “We look forward to a successful partnership with Suncorp and the growth opportunities that it will provide for our organisation and team members.”

Winner! ARPA Exceptional Leadership Award

IPAR’s Managing Director, David Sagar, took home the Exceptional Leadership Award at the Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association (ARPA) Victoria Awards held on August 7th.

Won for ‘demonstrated leadership in the provision of workplace rehabilitation or return to work services’, the award acknowledges the exceptional leadership that David has shown both within our organisation and the wider occupational rehabilitation industry.

When David became Managing Director in 2003, IPAR had 14 employees across two states. Under his leadership, IPAR has grown rapidly with nearly 300 team members and office locations in every state and territory. David works tirelessly to foster a culture of collaboration and connection across our teams, promoting professionalism yet fun, and lives true to our organisational values.  He has committed significant time and resources to ensure training and support is industry leading, and he genuinely cares and is interested in every consultant.  David’s leadership has shaped IPAR’s distinctive culture, driving our high retention rates and creating our culture of high performance.

IPAR had an additional 4 nominees on the night, including:

Best New Starter Award

Original Employer – Emma McMahon
New Employer – Selena Wawrzyniak

Outstanding Return to Work Achievement Award

Psychological claim – Melanie Weightman

Outstanding Consultant Award

Original Employer – David Rees

Congratulations to all our nominees for their outstanding performance and ‘flying the flag’ for IPAR.

Psychological Awareness Training at the ATO

IPAR has been selected as the provider of national Psychological Awareness Training for several thousand employees of the ATO. The face-to-face training program, from IPAR’s ‘Healthy Mind’ package, has been underway in May and June 2015 across 18 sites around Australia.

So far, our experts have presented to more than 1,500 ATO employees and managers, covering topics such as:

  • The concept of stress and the relevant risk factors
  • How to recognise the personal signs and symptoms of stress in ourselves and others
  • How to have an effective conversation on stress management with others in the workplace
  • Applying stress reduction principles to help cope with the normal stresses of daily life
  • How to maintain a healthy work life balance

The training has received positive reviews from participants; the practical/engaging nature of the course content has been complemented by the knowledgeable and professional IPAR presenters. Having IPAR presenters located around the country has enabled delivery of sessions across all ATO sites.

For further information on IPAR’s Healthy Mind psychological training and how it can make a positive impact in your workplace, please contact Alana Levin at alevin@ipar.com.au