What to expect in 2016

2016 plans

Over the coming 12 months, I hope to continue publishing material on Insult & Injury’ relevant to the improvement in design of our workers compensation systems.

It is an exciting time in this field with increasing recognition of modifiable factors that affect health outcomes in our compensation systems.

In particular, ISCRR is providing relevant and practical evidence-based information that politicians, bureaucrats and insurance companies involved in scheme design can take on board to improve outcomes. I hope the medical profession and union movement also ‘buy in’ to these issues and push for change.

My focus over the coming 12 months will be on commentary on what I have termed the Seven ‘Deadly’ Insults in compensation systems, updates on important relevant research findings, analysis of how we measure the performance of our compensation systems and other topical matters that arise throughout the 12 month period.

My first blog article for the year, to be published soon, discusses the insult of ‘complexity’ as a important factor at both individual and system level that is potentially modifiable to improve outcomes. This subject was recently presented at the ISCRR Research Forum in Melbourne by Dr Jason Thompson.

The other six ‘deadly’ insults are:

  • attitudes
  • conflict
  • interference
  • ignorance
  • lack of evidence
  • money

I hope to cover those subjects in more detail throughout the year.

I am interested in feedback about other topics readers might be interested to have covered.


Peter Sharman – Hobart


About Tasworkdoc

As an occupational physician in private medical practice in Hobart, Tasmania - the southernmost state of Australia, I see workers referred by their general practitioners with various types of work-related injuries and diseases. These are mostly musculoskeletal injuries, both of traumatic and gradual onset as well as various associated psychological disorders. With interaction with patients for treatment and providing advice about rehabilitation, I have the opportunity, first-hand, to observe interactions between individual patients and compensation systems. I also conduct independent medical assessments, including impairment assessments for musculoskeletal injuries and asbestos-related disease compensation. This provides another perspective of workers within compensation systems.
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2 Responses to What to expect in 2016

  1. jqu33431quintner says:

    Peter, your achievements in 2015 are deserving of the utmost praise. You have bravely “lifted the lid” on the murky machinations that have disenfranchised and alienated so many injured workers. I look forward to your incisive analysis and commentary on the much-needed changes to the various systems of workers’ compensation. Best wishes for 2016.

  2. Rosemary says:

    Peter you have left out one major dot point- the lack of acknowledgement of International Conventions within the International Labour Organisation.

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