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WorkCover Board committees and panels

The Board has:

  • four committees that provide advice on matters relating to the Board’s areas of oversight
  • two panels that provide expert advice on matters relating to rehabilitation within the workers compensation scheme and the operation of the scheme. The Medical Advisory Panel comprises medical practitioners, and the Rehabilitation Advisory Panel comprises experts in workplace rehabilitation.

Board structure

Governance and Audit Committee

Purpose: To monitor and advise the Board on matters relating to governance, audit and risk management.

Members: Graham Wood (Chair), Sofia Mavratzas, Jessica Munday.

Achievements/matters of oversight include the Board’s personal information protection policy, stakeholder engagement policy and risk profile reporting.

Legislative Review Advisory Committee

Purpose: To advise the Board on the legislative and legal aspects of the Board’s roles and functions.

Members: Graham Wood (Chair), Alison Clues, Ginna Webster.

Achievements/matters of oversight include the ongoing review of current impairment guidelines, potential amendments to legislation, and the review of presumptive cover inclusions for firefighters.

Work Health and Safety Committee

Purpose: To monitor and advise the Board on matters relating to Tasmania’s work health and safety performance and opportunities for work health and safety improvement.

Members: Robert Walters (Chair), Julieann Buchanan, Jessica Munday.

Achievements/matters of oversight include the Advisory Service, the industry snapshots, the WorkSafe Awards and Month, and the Healthier, Safer and Productive Workplace Grant Program.

Rehabilitation and Compensation Committee

Purpose: To monitor and advise the Board on matters relating to the efficient and effective operation of Tasmania’s workers compensation scheme.

Membership: Julieann Buchanan (Chair), Sofia Mavratzas, Robert Walters.

Achievements/matters of oversight include COVID-19 claims, injury management co-ordinator training project, and the post-traumatic stress disorder project.

Medical Advisory Panel

Purpose: To help the Rehabilitation and Compensation Committee by providing advice on matters including developments within the medical profession and injury management.

Members: Dr Robert Walters, Chair; Dr Mark Spearpoint, Australian College of General Practitioners; Dr John Saul, Australian Medical Association; Dr Peter Sharman, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine).

Achievements/matters of oversight include considering the management pain intervention guidelines, the mental health strategy, and reviewing the assessment of permanent impairment guidelines.

Rehabilitation Advisory Panel

Purpose: To help the Rehabilitation and Compensation Committee by providing advice on matters including developments within the injury management profession and return to work.

Members: Julieann Buchanan, Chair; Dr Boris Fedoric, Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors; Derick Borean, Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association; Anne-Marie Dean, Tasmanian Association of Vocational Rehabilitation Providers; Angela Martin, academic representative working in the area of vocational rehabilitation nominated by the University of Tasmania.

Achievements/matters of oversight include the injury management co-ordinator training project, the post-traumatic stress disorder project feedback, and the workplace rehabilitation provider accreditation program.

Find out more about these achievements and initiatives in the Board’s annual reports.

Updated: 20th September 2022