Professor Michael Sullivan

Professor Michael Sullivan

Keynote speaker, Day 1

Michael Sullivan PhD is a clinical psychologist who is currently Director of Recover Injury Research Centre and Professor at The University of Queensland. Professor Sullivan previously held a Canada
Research Chair in Behavioural Health at McGill University in Canada. Professor Sullivan has held appointments in departments of psychology, medicine, physical and occupational therapy and neurology.

Over the past 25 years, he has worked as an educator, consultant, clinician, and department chair. He has served as a consultant to numerous health and safety organisations, insurance groups as well as social policy and research institutes.

In 2011, Professor Sullivan received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession by Canadian Psychological Association.

He is best known for his research on psychosocial risk factors for pain-related disability, and for the development of risk-targeted interventions designed to foster occupational re-engagement following injury. One such intervention, the Progressive
Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) was included in the 18th edition of the Official Disability Guidelines (Work Loss Data Institute, 2013) as an evidenced-based approach to the management of work disability. Professor Sullivan developed the Pain Catastrophizing
Scale (PCS) and the Injustice Experiences Questionnaire (IEQ). The PCS has been used in more than 1000 scientific studies. The PCS has been translated into 25 languages and is currently the most widely used measure of catastrophic thinking related
to pain.  Professor Sullivan has published more than 180 peer reviewed scientific papers, 4 books and 23 chapters.

Dr Graeme Innes AM

Dr Graeme Innes AM

Special guest speaker, Day 1

Graeme Innes AM is a lawyer, mediator and company director. He has been a human rights practitioner for more than thirty years, and is an informative and entertaining conference presenter and facilitator.

Graeme was a Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission for almost nine years, responsible for issues relating to disability, race and human rights. In this role he led work on-

  • The ratification by Australia of a UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities;
  • The Same Sex Same Entitlements inquiry;
  • Regulations in the areas of accessible buildings and transport;
  • Work with industry on TV and movie captions and accessible banking standards; and
  • Three inspections of Australia’s immigration detention centres.

Graeme led the merger of four blindness agencies to form Vision Australia, and chaired the board of that agency. He is currently the chair of the Attitude Australia Foundation, a start-up aimed at using media to change attitudes towards Australians
with disabilities. He is also a board member of Life Without Barriers, a 00 million dollar turn-over NFP providing support to people with disabilities, Aboriginal people, asylum seekers and children in out-of-home care; and Livable Housing Australia,
an initiative of the disability sector and the property industry to ensure that new houses in Australia are designed and built to meet the needs of all Australians.

Graeme was awarded an AM for his work on the development of the Disability Discrimination Act, and was a finalist for Australian of the Year. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Canberra in recognition of his work as a human rights

Nas Campanella

Ms Nas Campanella

Welcome Dinner Speaker

Nas is a journalist and newsreader with the ABC and triple J. The 27-year-old lost her sight when she was six months old. She also suffers from a sensitivity condition which means she can’t read Braille.

Nas has completed a Communications degree at the University of Technology Sydney, majoring in journalism. She started with the ABC as a cadet in 2011, reporting on sport, crime and courts. Nas spent a year working as a regional reporter in the ABC’s Bega office on the New South Wales far south coast covering topics such as fishing, forestry and farming. In 2013 she returned to Sydney for a news reading position at triple J. Nas is the first blind newsreader in the world to read and operate the studio for herself live to air.

Nas travels the world to speak at events, helping to inspire and motivate students, teachers, parents and industry on issues ranging from inclusive education, adaptive technology and supporting women to climb the corporate ladder. She also works as a mentor to people with disabilities and mental illness. Her strong interest in travel has seen her publish articles with Lonely Planet and the Sydney Morning Herald. She’s also given advice on accessible travel to members of the tourism industry.

Professor Judith Smith

Professor Judith Smith

Keynote speaker, Day 2

Judith is a widely published health services researcher and policy analyst. She took up post as Director of the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Birmingham on 1 June 2015. This followed six years spent as Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust, an independent charitable research foundation in London.

Judith is a widely published health services researcher and policy analyst. She took up post as Director of the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Birmingham on 1 June 2015. This followed six years spent as Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust, an independent charitable research foundation in London.

Earlier in her career, Judith spent 12 years at HSMC, holding the positions of Senior Lecturer, Director of Research, and Academic Director of the NHS Management Training Scheme. From 2007 to 2009, Judith was based in New Zealand as a Visiting Senior
Research Fellow at the Victoria University of Wellington and working as an advisor to the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

Judith is a Non-Executive Director of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Judith’s other roles have included being an expert advisor on NHS
organisation and commissioning, and policy assessor to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, and a member of the board of the UK Health Services Research Network and the European Health Management Association.

Mr Steve Tighe

Mr Steve Tighe

Guest speaker: The Future of Health, Day 2

Steve is a leading advisor to business on the future, strategy and innovation.

He is the former Foresight Manager at Foster’s, has a Masters in Strategic Foresight from Swinburne University, and has completed the Oxford Scenarios Programme at Oxford University.

Steve has worked with some of Australia’s leading organisations, looking at the future of their industry and the strategic and innovation options for their business.

Mr Mark Stipic

Mr Mark Stipic

Master of Ceremonies

Mark is founder and host of Australia’s number one podcast about Return To Work — ‘RTW Nation’.

With a career in workers’ compensation spanning self­-insurance, claims agents and employer-­based roles, today Mark provides consulting services to employers and mentoring to rehabilitation professionals.

Mark is a previous winner at WorkSafe Victoria’s Injury Support & Service Awards for his achievements with a large aged care provider. In 2012 he completed a Post­graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Studies at La Trobe University.

Mark’s mission is to use his passion for Return To Work to inspire and motivate others in the field of workplace rehabilitation.

Current conference

The 5th Australasian Compensation Health Research Forum

August 1, 2016,