ISCRR appoints Director

On behalf of Monash University, Sarah Newton, Deputy Dean (External Relations) and Pro Vice-Chancellor, is delighted to announce the appointment of Samantha Barker as Director of the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) following a competitive process. Ms Barker has held the position of Acting Director since mid-2018 and was one of the founding staff members of the Institute.

This year marks the ten-year anniversary of ISCRR, and Samantha has played an instrumental role in delivering a high-quality research program, and securing an additional five-year funding agreement to ensure the Institute’s research impact successes continue into the future.

Sarah Newton stated “We received many strong applications and Samantha was appointed as she has demonstrated a commitment to ISCRR, has a unique breadth of skills and experience across research and social insurance, and has proven her worth in leading ISCRR into the future. She has formed a strong connection over the years with WorkSafe and has built a dedicated research team who together have contributed significantly to workplace health and safety research that has achieved real impacts.”

Samantha Barker, Director ISCRR

During ISCRR’s recent ten-year research showcase, WorkSafe Victoria recognised the contribution of ISCRR, its growth over the years and the value its evidence-based research has brought to the organisation. ISCRR has shaped WorkSafe’s return to work strategy and engagement with occupational rehabilitation providers, supporting thousands of injured workers return to safe, sustainable work and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Samantha is looking forward to continuing this work and leading ISCRR’s talented team to deliver a high quality and high impact research program that creates knowledge and supports decision-making to prevent workplace injuries and illness, and support injured workers to return to health and work.


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