Session 3a – Injury Management
Injury recovery care plans – a compensation sector collaborative
Sponsored by MinterEllison Lawyers
Heather Parkes, A/Executive Director, TRACsa
Michelle Carse, Manager, Health and Rehabilitation Unit, WorkCoverSA
Peter Lugg, CTP Insurance Manager, Motor Accident Commission
assisting recovery in compensation
Heather Parkes, Executive Director TRACsa
Michelle Carse, Manager Health and Rehabilitation WorkCover
Chris Lemmer, Project Director Motor Accident Commission
• Who are we?
• What is the problem?
• What are we doing?
• What are some of the challenges?
• How will we know we have succeeded?
Who are we?
• WorkCoverSA is an employer-funded statutory authority.
South Australia has a no-fault workers rehabilitation and
The Motor Accident Commission
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is South Australia’s
Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurer.
• MAC manages the State Government’s road safety
TRACsa was established to provide advice on best practice
concerning trauma and injury recovery to stakeholders.
What is the problem?
“Although most people who have compensable injuries recover
well, a greater percentage of these people have poorer health
outcomes than do those with similar but non-compensable
injuries. There is sufficient good quality evidence to show this to
be true, and significant agreement among practitioners in all
relevant fields (medical, legal, insurance, government oversight
bodies) to support the evidence and to suggest that a complex
interaction of factors is responsible for this.”
Extracts taken from the Royal Australasian College of
Physicians report Compensable Injuries and Health
What is the problem
• There is a lack of understanding about what constitutes a best practice
model for injury management in a compensation environment
Injury is not the only nor the strongest predictor of health outcomes –
there is lack of data about the extent to whic