Rehabilitation. Work and Beyond.

Editors - Tanya Barrett, Elana Strickland & Debra Browne

Tanya Barrett

BAppSc, PGradDipHlthSc(OHS), PGradDipHlthSc, MAppSc. FSIA

Tanya Barrett has worked in health, safety and welfare for over 30 years. As an occupational therapist she worked in a variety of physical settings, including sheltered workshops and workplace / vocational rehabilitation early in her career. Tanya has managed an in-house occupational health services establishing new systems, staffing and programs for a major Perth transit provider, and safety and health sections for three Perth-based national insurers. Her commitment to student education led to the impetus for this book, as well as Barrett, T.E., Cameron, D. & Jansz (2011). “Safe Business. Good Business. A practical guide on occupational safety, health and insurance for Australasia”. Tanya is a registered occupational therapist, has a Master degree and postgraduate qualifications in occupational safety, health, education and health promotion. Tanya was a Lecturer and Adjunct for Curtin University and Senior Lecturer in ECU’s OT program establishing the fieldwork program. Tanya has worked as a sessional lecturer for both Curtin and ECU's safety programmes. She currently manages her own business “Safety Alert”. She is a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia.

Elana Strickland

BScOT, PGradCert OHS, Cert IV TAE

Elana Strickland is a registered Occupational Therapist with additional post graduate qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety. She is a nationally accredited mediator and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Elana has a strong background working in a variety of Workers’ Compensation schemes and providing injury management and injury prevention expertise. Elana has over 11 years experience working in employer and consultancy based roles across numerous sectors including government, mining and construction. This has included senior management roles of Metropolitan Manager's role at APM, WA Rehabilitation Coordinator role for John Holland and Manager Workers’ Compensation Injury Management at Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Elana is passionate about best practice workplace rehabilitation with a special interest in workplace rehabilitation for complex claims. This she has shared with students when tutoring at Edith Cowan University and during their student practicums during her various employment roles.

Debra Browne

BAppSc (OT)

Debra Browne is a highly experienced and well respected senior practitioner in the field of vocational rehabilitation and functional capacity evaluation. Debra has worked in rehabilitation practices in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria since 1989, both in private practice and in the government sector. During this time she has developed a special interest and skill base in administration of functional capacity evaluations, having used a number of systems throughout the years. Her interest in FCEs has focused on the practical use of these systems, both in pre-employment selection and identification of worker’s abilities, to facilitate a successful entry into or return to the workplace. Debra manages her own business and is a trainer for ErgoScience (Physical Work Performance Evaluation) in the Australasian region.

Debra’s skills and interest in FCEs and vocational rehabilitation lead her to contribute a chapter to “Safe Business. Good Business.” (Barrett, Cameron & Jansz, 2011) and to establish strong links with Curtin and Edith Cowan University Occupational Therapy (OT) Schools. Debra has been a guest lecturer at Curtin OT School, ECU OT Program and with Dr Don Cameron, she developed the “Vocational Rehabilitation Learning Resource: an interactive multimedia package designed to assist with understanding and application of key aspects of vocational rehabilitation practice” for Curtin OT School. Debra also developed eLearning tools for the ECU OT Program, including "Functional Capacity Evaluation Systems and Tools".

Safe Business. Good Business. A practical guide to occupational safety, health and insurance in Australasia.

Editors: Tanya Barrett, Don Cameron, Janis Jansz

Tanya Barrett

Tanya Barrett graduated as an occupational therapist and has since undertaken postgraduate studies in education, public health and safety to Master level. She has established a number of new safety, health promotion and rehabilitation programs. Tanya has established the safety program for Allianz Insurance where she worked at executive level. In her career she has worked for GIO, SGIO and QBE Insurance. She is an experienced academic having previously lectured at Curtin University’s Occupational Therapy School for a total of five years, as a Curtin Adjunct Lecturer for two years and Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University for two years. She has worked as a sessional teacher for the OT, Safety and Business programs at ECU and Curtin University and currently as a regular guest lecturer. Tanya is the first editor of " Rehabilitation. Work and Beyond.", has published several journal articles and regularly presented at conferences. Tanya is a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia and operates her own business “Safety Alert”.

Don Cameron

Don Cameron (PhD) lectured at Curtin University of Technology for 15 years where his teaching areas included occupational health, applied research and management. He currently conducts courses in mental fitness and the development of cognitive reserve. Don has a background in engineering and education with research interests in the needs of learners with different characteristics and the impact of IT on mental processing.

Don has developed a number of self-paced learning packages for delivery on the web and CD-ROM, including Vocational Rehabilitation Learning Resource designed for rehabilitation providers. He is the author of Life After Work, a guidebook for people preparing to downsize or retire from the full-time workforce.

Janis Jansz

Dr Janis Jansz is employed as a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Health and Safety Environmental Health at Curtin University and has a Senior Lecturer appointment at Edith Cowan University in the School of Communications and Arts. Since 1996 Janis has been the Director of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Communications, Information, Safety (CIS) Centre that is located in the School of Communication and Arts at Edith Cowan University. Janis is a member of the CREATEC Research Group at Edith Cowan University and a member of the Curtin Health Innovation Research Centre, the Curtin – Monash Accident Research Centre and the World Health Organisation Collaboration Centre for Environmental Health Impact Assessment at Curtin University. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Safety Institute of (Western) Australia Inc. from 1990 - 2010 and was the first female President from 1997 - 2000. Janis was Editor of the Australian National Safety Journal from 1994 – 2000. She was awarded the 'Safety Institute of (Western) Australia Inc. Member of the Year' in 1994 and in 1999 for her professional work in improving occupational safety. Since 1997 Janis has been Director, World Safety Organisation National Office for Australia, a Member of the Board of Directors for World Safety Organisation and Editor of the World Safety Journal from 2002. She continues to hold all of these positions. Janis has been a Member of the Occupational Health Society since 1988 and is a Committee Member of this organisation. In recognition of her professional work improving occupational safety and health world-wide through her teaching, research and professional work in improving occupational safety and health Janis Jansz was presented with the award of 'World Safety Person of the Year' at the World Safety Conference in the United States of America in 2001.