This year's Australasian Compensation Health Research Forum (ACHRF), the largest in its short history, has marked the closing of a very successful chapter of ISCRR's history as Professor Niki Ellis stepped down as foundational CEO

Welcoming guests to the forum hosted in Sydney, by ISCRR and the Accident Compensation Commission of NZ, ISCRR Interim Chair Paul Shannon, spoke warmly of Professor Ellis as he wished her well for the future.

Reflecting on her four year tenure Mr Shannon said that "Through Niki's time as CEO, ISCRR has become extraordinarily successful in a very short period of time, thanks largely to her drive and commitment."

Speaking at the ACHRF, Professor 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."

"Having secured the next five year tranche of funding for the organisation it is time for me to take on new challenges knowing that the organisation is in a great shape to consolidate on its beginnings", she said.

"The people of ISCRR are its strength and I know that they'll continue the trajectory of what we've achieved in the last few years, said Professor Ellis.

ISCRR's operations were reviewed by Pricewaterhouse Cooper during the last year to determine what value the organisation is delivering to its partners, WorkSafe, the TAC and Monash University and it found that ISCRR was:

* Benchmarking well against a number of best practice criteria for collaborative research
* Demonstrating positive returns on investment; and
* Providing value to its partners over and above traditional approaches, particularly in the areas of research translation and adoption.

During the year, ISCRR was also recognised as a joint winner, along with the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) of the prestigious Ashley Goldsworthy Award for sustained collaboration between business and higher education at the recent Business/Higher Education Round Table (B-HERT) awards.

Chief Research Officer, Associate Professor Dr Alex Collie will be acting as CEO of ISCRR as of Monday 14th October.