Program and Speakers

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

The program will explore 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.

The program will be released in the upcoming months. Visit this page regularly for program and speaker announcements or register your interest to receive updates as they unfold.


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.



Program speakers



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.


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