This year's Australasian Compensation Health Research Forum (ACHRF), the largest in its short history, has set a new standard for the compensation health sector

The 2013 Forum, convened by ISCRR and ACC, with the support of MAA delivered for policy makers, researchers and industry participants the only gathering of its kind that puts compensation health at its centre.

The 2013 ACHRF boasted an impressive list of keynote speakers and prominent participants  including:

Terry Bogyo, former Director of Corporate Strategy, WorkSafe, British Columbia, Canada
Professor Nortin Hadler, Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, USA;
Professor Kathryn McPherson, Professor of Rehabilitation and Director of the Person-Centred Rehabilitation Centre at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand; and
John Walsh AM, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Speaking at the forum, outgoing CEO of ISCRR, Professor Niki Ellis said, "What a wonderful way to bring my time at ISCRR to a close.  This forum is a fabulous example of ISCRR drawing together the best minds from around the country, and the world, to create better outcomes through research for its industry partners and their clients and improve the skills of its research network.

"Partnering with the New Zealand Accident Compensation Commission with the support of the Motor Accident Authority in NSW we've created a captivating program of the highest quality.  This forum is not just about people listening, its about people participating and enriching research to create greater impact in our community."

Chair of the Organising Committee, Dr Alex Collie said of the value of the forum, "The ACHRF is a medium for improving the way we do things, it is a medium for affecting change.

"Research and evidence are vitally important in creating outcomes that create a better future. However, we know that research in its traditional form is unlikely to be used in policy and practice.

"The ACHRF is about getting research used and creating impact – it is through the sharing of research, the opening of dialogue, the coming together of different fields of expertise that we truly create research evidence that is meaningful, practical and has impact", he said. 

Other Program highlights included:

Five Big Ideas

Participants enjoyed a lively interchange of big picture ideas and challenges to the status quo as five outstanding opinion-leaders from a broad range of backgrounds present a challenging and perhaps controversial idea in a five minute presentation.  The Five Big Ideas came from:

Michael Borowick, Assistant Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
Jean-Pierre de Raad, Chief Executive, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER)
Carmel Donnelly, General Manager Strategy & Performance Safety, Return to Work and Support Division, WorkCover NSW
Dougie Herd, Branch Manager – Research and Evaluation, NDIS Launch Transition Agency
Andrew Paice, Director, Nabenet

Principles and Pragmatism

Hosted by outgoing CEO of ISCRR, Niki Ellis, two high profile Australian public figures, Graeme Innes and John Della Bosca, kept forum participants enthralled as they shared their experiences and explored the twin drivers of principles and pragmatism in the design and implementation of public policy.
World Café

This year's forum included two opportunities to participate in World Café sessions to explore questions about user-centred research. Hosted by Maddison Training and sponsored by Slater & Gordon, the World Café sessions were an outstanding success.  With the ACHRF's focus on user centred research, the World Café sessions offered great insight into how to create research outcomes that benefit compensation schemes and their clients.  Participants in the sessions walked away with a better understanding as well a practical toolkit for designing user centred research.

Outcomes of the World Café can be found here.
Full program details, including downloadable materials can be found here.