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 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.

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

IPAR’s Cogent Thinking showcased on Allianz Workspace

IPAR’s employer-direct division, Cogent Thinking, has been showcased in the latest edition of Allianz Workspace. The article highlights Cogent Thinking’s successful implementation of a worker care program for national motor vehicle parts supplier ACM Parts, which includes the provision of injury prevention, incident response and injury management services nationwide.

As introduced by Allianz: ACM Parts recently partnered with Cogent Thinking to create a tailored solution to address the complexities of Injury and Claims Management. Their proactive approach to addressing their claims and injury management goals with the assistance of Cogent Thinking is a success story to be shared.

Read the full article here, and for further information regarding Cogent Thinking go to www.cogentthinking.com.au or email info@cogentthinking.com.au.

5 Star result for IPAR South Australia

IPAR-5-Star-SA-Rating-MOO15071The South Australian Star Rating results have been announced by ReturnToWork SA. IPAR has been awarded the highest possible 5 Star Rating for pre-injury return to work services (one of only two providers to achieve this result). This measure takes into account RTW results (measured as liability reduction), case cost and case duration and has been shown to be very robust.

This is a significant achievement for our South Australian team, particularly as a relative new-comer to the market. Since the establishment of our Adelaide office in late 2013, we have applied our renowned focus on achieving positive outcomes for our customers, and this independently measured 5 Star result is a reflection of this commitment.

IPAR Managing Director, David Sagar states, “this is a great achievement and now places us as one of the two highest performing providers for same employer services in both SA and Victoria – the only two states where this performance is independently measured.”

If you are looking for a 5 Star return to work service, please contact Kate Johnson, Regional Manager on (08) 8100 5100, or to make a referral please go to the online referral page of this website or email details to rehab@ipar.com.au