Program and Speakers

The WorkCover WA Conference 2019 will delivers an inspiring and interactive program of local and interstate speakers.


The program explores current themes and trends in injury management and workers' compensation, providing delegates with an opportunity to learn about developments in workers' compensation and discover how to adapt to the inevitable change of tomorrow. Over two days, delegates will have the opportunity to choose from a range of sessions across two streams, catering for specific areas of interest.


Keynote speakers



Mr Michael Crossland

Mr Crossland is an inspirational speaker who has presented to over 270,000 people worldwide in the past 12 months.

Despite spending nearly a quarter of his life in hospital, Mr Crossland has forged a highly successful career in the corporate world, represented Australia in his chosen sport and been presented with the Australia Day Ambassador role for seven consecutive years. Mr Crossland will use his personal story to discuss the importance and power of courage, resilience, optimism and determination in achieving the impossible.




Professor Niki Ellis

Professor Ellis co-developed and presented Stressbuster, a four-part series for ABC Television that focused on stress in the workplace.

An expert in occupational health Professor Ellis advises companies large and small on how to address stress in the workplace. She was appointed as the Deputy CEO of the Australian Institute of Health Workforce Innovation at the University of Queensland and Visiting Professor London South Bank University.

Professor Ellis has also been appointed occupational health and safety expert commissioner on the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.



Professor Nick Haslam

Professor Haslam is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City before returning to Australia in 2002.

His research interests are in the fields of personality, social psychology and psychiatric classification, and he has published 9 books and more than 200 articles and book chapters in these and related areas. In addition to his academic writing, Professor Haslam contributes regularly to The Conversation and Australian Book Review, and has also written for Time, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Monthly, and two Best Australian Science Writing anthologies.

Professor Haslam is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of several professional organisations. He is currently a co-director of the Mental Health PhD program at the University of Melbourne.



Mr Mark McCrindle

Mr McCrindle is an award winning social researcher, TEDx speaker and principal of advisory, communications and research company McCrindle Research.

He is recognised as a leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends, and has appeared across many television networks and other media.

Mr McCrindle is also the author of three books on emerging trends and social change, and has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts.



Program speakers



Mr David Colvin

Mr Colvin is an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in shoulder and knee surgery. He practices at Western Orthopaedic Clinic and St John of God Hospital, Subiaco.

Mr Colvin is also an Approved Medical Specialist with WorkCover WA and has previously served on WorkCover WA's Medical Advisory Committee. He has nearly 20 years of experience treating workers' compensation shoulder and knee injuries.

Mr Colvin will be presenting about degenerative injuries in the workplace and the challenges they present to parties involved in a workers' compensation claim.




Ms Joanna Horton

Ms Horton is a Research Analyst for the Data61 Insight Team at CSIRO, and has a background in social science and a specialisation in anthropology. She has a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, and has conducted and contributed to anthropological research projects in Chile, Australia and the US.

Ms Horton will be presenting about her most recent work with CSIRO published earlier this year, which focuses on the future of work health and safety and workers' compensation in Australia over the coming 20 years.




Ms Sue Freeman

Ms Freeman is a Senior Consultant at Finity Actuarial and Insurance Consultants with over 25 years’ experience working in personal injury claims practice and policy.

She has a background in psychology and rehabilitation, and has worked for providers, insurers and scheme regulators.

Ms Freeman was a co-author of the Green Paper on Mental Health and Insurance published by the Actuaries Institute in October 2017, and has a particular interest in improving the assessment and management of mental health claims.

Ms Freeman's work has included:

  • strategic reviews of claims operations, including injury management and dispute resolution models
  • claim leakage reviews
  • benchmarking against best practice principles
  • targeted reviews of high cost workers' compensation claims, and
  • psychological injury claims.



Mr Rodney Powell

Mr Powell is a Senior Inspector and Senior Scientific Officer within the WorkSafe Division of the Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety with a specialty in human factors and ergonomics.

He has worked in the occupational safety and health industry for more than 30 years, and dealt with general occupational safety and health issues, civil construction, musculoskeletal disorders, violence and aggression, and stress and bullying.

Mr Powell will present on the future of risk management and the changing concept of hazards in the workplace.



More keynote and speaker announcements to come. Keep an eye on this page.