IPAR Wins Contract to Assist ADF Personnel with Career Transition

adftrainingIPAR has been successful in securing a contract with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to deliver two day training and coaching courses under the Job Search and Preparation Program.

ADF members who are electing to leave the military and have served up to 18 years, can attend the courses and receive appropriate upskilling and coaching to assist with this transition.  The courses are being facilitated by experienced IPAR trainers and offered across 20 locations in all states and territories.

Over two days, members receive education and upskilling opportunities in resume development, application letters, preparation and performance for interviews, and job search strategies and advice.  The course also addresses some of the key differences between military and civilian employment to assist ADF members with their career transitions.

ADF seminar participantsThe courses commenced across Australia in October and already the feedback has been positive. Members have commented on the high quality of the trainers, the high applicability and relevance of the content, and have found the overall experience to be valuable and motivating.

Following the course, an additional two hours of one-to-one coaching can also be requested by ADF members. This extra coaching provides more individually specific job seeking assistance for the member and consolidates the learnings from the course.

The two day training courses are in addition to the Curriculum Vitae Coaching (CVC) and the Career Transition and Management Coaching (CTMC) services which IPAR are also providing to ADF members.

To learn more, please contact Alison McIlveen, National Account Manager, on 07 3253 5000 or amcilveen@ipar.com.au

Experience something different – take some time in the Top End!

Danny Lucas from IPAR’s Melbourne office has enjoyed a secondment to our Darwin office over the past year. As his time in the north comes to a close, we are offering another adventurous individual the chance to enjoy some time in the great NT via a 12 month secondment, or for those more daring, a permanent move. The role itself is Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant. But, as Danny himself tells us, there is so much more on offer.

“From the moment I arrived in Darwin, the team took me in and we’ve shared many memorable moments both professionally and personally.”

“Over the past year we have increased referrals from our customers and built the IPAR brand in Darwin. Much of this is due to the strong relationships that we have with customers, companies and community groups. And the word of mouth really pays off up here – I’m proud to say that we are becoming the provider of choice.”

“From my own professional standpoint, it’s been such a positive experience. I’ve been working autonomously in new employer services, developing my canvassing and marketing skills and sourcing employment for my clients whether in host or paid employment. It’s resulted in some excellent, durable outcomes for my clients, and another major highlight, which was winning the ‘best outcome award’ at IPAR’s Star Awards for the WA/SA/NT region.”

“From a lifestyle perspective, a major benefit has been my choice of accommodation. The complex where I’m living is located in the same building as the office, so my commute is a snappy 1 minute. It’s set up like a resort, with a fantastic swimming pool, gymnasium and barbeque area. I’ve been hitting the gym over the past year and have learnt to cook with the amazing range of ingredients on offer from the Darwin outdoor markets.”

“The secondment has easily put years on me and has given me a new energy in my life both physically and psychologically.”

For those considering a move, we bring you Danny’s low-down on how to live the high life in the top end with Danny’s Making the Move 101:

1. Don’t think, just do! “If you’ve always wanted to travel, but never find the time, then here’s your chance. Just do it!”

2. Time flies when you’re having fun. “Sure, at first 12 months seems like a long time, but it goes by in a flash.”

3. Home town support. “Yes, it’s hard to leave family and friends, but it’s not forever. A good phone plan and Skype are great for keeping in touch and getting the support you need from home.”

4. When in Darwin, do as the Darwinians do! “Immerse yourself in the local culture. I’m a regular at the Darwin night markets, I’ve learnt to cook with local ingredients and I’ve taken the opportunity to travel within the NT. I’ll be leaving Darwin with many wonderful, new experiences.”

If you are interested in some time in the top end, please contact Katie McMaster via kmcmaster@ipar.com.au. A relocation assistance package is available to assist your move.

Successful Panel Appointment – Occupational Rehabilitation and Associated Medical Services (ORAMS)

IPAR is delighted to announce that we have been appointed to the Occupational Rehabilitation and Associated Medical Services (ORAMS) panel which commenced on 1 November 2016.

The appointment will see IPAR delivering early intervention and rehabilitation services across 24 regions to a number of government agencies, including:

• The Australian Taxation Office
• Commonwealth Department of Human Services
• Department of Defence
• Department of Border Control and Immigration
• Directorate of Public Prosecutions
• Department of Social Services
• Department of Environment and Energy
• Department of Veterans Affairs

Key to our successful appointment was our strong complement of Comcare accredited staff, our significant experience in partnering with government agencies for consistent services and superior return to work outcomes, and our extensive and complementary geographic footprint.

The appointment will provide even further opportunity to streamline our service offering and boost our Comcare growth plans, and will present new and exciting career development opportunities for our teams.

To find out more, please contact Alana Levin, National Account Manager on 03 8648 0960 or alevin@ipar.com.au.

New addition to IPAR Darwin’s therapy services team

The specialist therapy services provided by IPAR Darwin have been further enhanced with the recent addition of occupational therapist Tarlee Thompson to the growing team.

Tarlee holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Occupational Therapy Practise from Latrobe University Bendigo, Victoria. Since graduating, she has developed a vast range of clinical skills, with a particular focus on hand and upper limb therapy, along with expanding her expertise in service delivery to a diverse population.

Tarlee was offered a scholarship at Drexel University, Philadelphia, to complete a course in Advanced Practise in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation. During this time Tarlee also partook in clinical placement in leading hand therapy clinics throughout America. Tarlee has now returned to Australia and is looking forward to utilising her skills and experience within the IPAR team.

The specialist therapy services provided by IPAR Darwin include:

  • Hand therapy
  • Scar management
  • Oedema management
  • Transitional care
  • Home assessments
  • Equipment prescription
  • Activities of daily living assessments

For further information, please refer to www.ipar.com.au/therapy or to make an appointment with our Darwin office, please email darwinadmin@ipar.com.au or phone 08 8947 8200.

Winner – PIEF Excellence in Personal injury and Disability Management Awards

Dorothy Frost, Group Manager for Research and Innovation, won the prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Individual’ award at the PIEF Excellence in Personal Injury and Disability Management Awards held last night in Sydney.

This award acknowledges the ongoing contribution and influence of an individual within the personal injury and disability management industry.

As well as bringing home the award, Dorothy receives a prize to enable her to undertake a study tour around the world looking at innovation and best practice in our sector.

Dorothy has always shown commitment to the industry and readily shares her knowledge and thought leadership with our people and our stakeholders. She continually strives to improve how things are done, and at the heart of this is her belief that the industry exists to assist people to enhance their lives – particularly through realising the health benefits of working.

Congratulations Dorothy!

Dorothy Frost finalist in two categories at the PIEF Awards 2016

Congratulations to Dorothy Frost, Manager, Research and Innovation, for her selection as a finalist in two award categories at the upcoming Excellence in Personal Injury and Disability Management Awards.

Dorothy has been selected as a finalist in the Innovation in Injury & Disability Management category, as well as for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.

The purpose of these awards is “to celebrate and showcase the personal injury and disability management industry’s many outstanding achievements and to acknowledge its importance in the broader community.”

Dorothy’s finalist selection in the Innovation category is an acknowledgement of her work in the development of IPAR’s electronic biopsychosocial assessment and health coaching program, ‘Positivum’.

The impetus for Positivum was that for many of IPAR’s clients, making a full recovery and resuming work is a significant challenge. While the focus is often to secure work which accommodates the injury or health condition, literature indicates that beyond 3-6 months post injury, it is other factors which become more significant barriers to employment.

The Positivum assessment combines existing validated assessments with questions covering an individual’s beliefs and perceptions about recovery and work. It allows biopsychosocial factors and beliefs and perceptions to be identified early, and the subsequent health coaching program provides an effective means to address these barriers.

The presentation dinner for the awards will be held during the Personal Injury and Disability Management Conference in Sydney on Wednesday 12 October 2016. For further award details, please go to www.pief.com.au/2016awards/2016-award-finalists

ARPA Award Winner – Exceptional Leadership

Congratulations to Elke Gjergja of IPAR who was an incredibly deserving winner of the Exceptional Leadership award at the 2016 ARPA Victoria, in conjunction with TAC, Exellence in Rehabilitation Awards.

Elke makes a difference every day, introducing and leading innovations that drive both outcomes for our customers and satisfaction for our staff.

Congratulations also to our impressive finalists – Aaron Bowes, Annalise Avitabile, Ben Lingard and Emily Richards.

2015/6 SwissRe & ALUCA Excellence & Innovation in Return to Work Award

Georgina Lamb (IPAR National Life Insurance Manager) and Stephanie Vujacic (IPAR Life Account Executive) proudly cheered on Christopher Wallace from ClearView as he took home the highly commended gong in the 2015/6 SwissRe & ALUCA Excellence & Innovation in Return to Work Award, announced at ALUCA Rehabilitation sub-group PD Day on 6 September 2016.

The IPAR life team worked in close partnership with ClearView in the development and implementation of the Optimising Rehabilitation within Life Claims Management program described in ClearView’s highly commended paper. In a short period of time, the program has demonstrated a positive influence on the lives of ClearView customers through the health benefits of good work, on Claims Assessors through increased self-efficacy, confidence, job satisfaction and capability, and for ClearView shareholders, with a current return on investment and anticipated future return on investment that will far exceed that of other rehabilitation models in the life market.

For further information, please contact Georgina Lamb on 03 8648 0900 or glamb@ipar.com.au.

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.

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!