About 30 local government professionals attended the event on Thursday 20 July 2023 held at the City of Greater Geraldton.
Attendees included officers from varied roles like injury management, human resources, and work, health and safety. The workshop covered important topics such as worker’s compensation; LGIS’ role in managing a claimant and initiating a quick return to work; and role of injury prevention and health and wellbeing services.
Mental health issues are increasingly prevalent throughout organisations; 1 in 5 Australians are
diagnosed with a mental health condition every year (such as depression, anxiety and substance use).
Over 60 local government leaders and professionals attended the CEO Breakfast and South West WorkCare Forum on Wednesday 30 August held at Dolphin Discovery Centre, Bunbury.
John Worsfold, former West Eagles coach, was our guest speaker at the CEO Breakfast, and spoke about his experience in the corporate world and on the field for insights to lead and change culture at local governments.
With professionals across a range of disciplines in attendance, the forum had relevant discussions on topics like managing fitness for work at workplaces, preventive health programs, having difficult conversations over fitness for work, and what changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act mean for local governments.
Local governments face a range of challenges when managing their people, avoiding injury and reducing workers’ compensation claims. Like many industries, the sector is managing an ageing workforce and an increase in chronic issues such as obesity, heart disease, and mental illness.
A major return to work barrier, following a long absence due to an injury or health concern, is a worker’s ability to keep up with the
physical demands of the role. Every job role has a unique footprint that requires different physical and cognitive capabilities.
Businesses worldwide are experiencing the effects of the highest inflation rate in a
generation. WA local governments need to consider inflationary pressures when valuing both their property and motor assets so that they can be confident that if disaster strikes, your protection will be adequate to appropriately respond.