$100M to improve return to work outcomes

The NSW Government has launched the icare Foundation, a new initiative that will partner with a range of third party organisations to improve the well-being of people injured at work or on the road and better prevent workplace injuries through $100 million in targeted investment over the next five years.

The Foundation will focus on key recovery challenges faced by injured workers and road users, their families, and the wider community, while raising awareness to prevent injury, by investing in new research, family support programs, safety awareness, and better partnerships with businesses and community organisations.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet said the launch reflected icare’s mission to look at innovative ways to prevent injury and give people in NSW the best possible opportunity to return to health and live fulfilling lives if they are injured.

“Recovering from serious injury takes more than just compensation – there are so many avenues to provide better care and support, and the icare Foundation will partner with the best organisations in the community to deliver the best care available,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Whether it is funding new research for innovative treatments, support programs for families caring for injured people, or improving access to innovative recovery programs in regional areas, this initiative will mean better care and support for injured people in NSW.”

The Foundation’s initial projects include:

 Partnering with Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) to fund a new facility to bring SCIA’s NeuroMoves program to 122 seriously injured people in Lismore.
 Partnering with the Mental Health Commission to raise awareness of mental health issues and provide more support, particularly to people in small businesses.
 Expanding the existing Australian Paralympic Committee Speakers Program, bringing Australian Paralympians to more businesses in more places to provide coaching and training on workplace safety and injury prevention.

Successful projects funded by the icare Foundation can potentially be expanded across icare’s schemes and in new locations in metropolitan and regional NSW.

CEO of SCIA, Peter Perry, said his organisation’s partnership with the icare Foundation would bring potentially life-changing programs to areas they are not currently available.

“Our NeuroMoves program has a proven track record, and now more people with spinal cord injuries will be able to experience the benefits it can deliver,” he said.
The Foundation will be chaired by icare Board Non-Executive Director Elizabeth Carr.