WorkFocus Australia wins five awards

WorkFocus Australia won five awards of a possible eight at the recent Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association (ARPA) WA Awards, held at a black tie dinner at Crown Perth last weekend.

ARPA WA, the Western Australian branch of the Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association is the only organisation in Western Australia specifically established to represent the interests of the Vocational Rehabilitation industry in this State. Its membership includes large multi-national firms, small consultancies and sole providers.

These awards, which are now in their second year, were attended by representatives from rehabilitation and injury management providers, in addition to other industry participants.

CEO of the WorkFocus Group, headquartered in Osborne Park, Rob Gordon, said: “The awards celebrate excellence in workplace rehabilitation, a vital service in getting injured people back into the workplace or into jobs at new employers.

“This is an amazing result for WorkFocus Australia and recognition of our commitment to high quality, consistent outcomes and the development of our people.”

Licia Kokocinski, CEO of ARPA, said: “I would also like to congratulate all the winners, and also those people who made it to the finalist stage for each category.

“This is a challenging industry, and the work highlighted was truly outstanding and inspiring. The people who dedicate themselves to the work of workplace rehabilitation are not celebrated enough, as the work they do can change lives.”

Corina Della Posta, the divisional manager of WorkFocus Australia (part of the WorkFocus Group) won the ARPA WA Exceptional Leadership Award.

Mr Gordon said: “Corina has been with the Group since her career began and I have had the privilege of watching a talented young consultant apply drive and determination to the development of her career, general management skills and her professional knowledge. Today, as divisional leader, Corina applies that same drive and determination to high quality performance across jurisdictions, managing customer relationships with care and commitment and mentoring her team to, in turn, become stand-out leaders.”

The other four WorkFocus Australia winners were:

  • Kate Martin – Best New Starter Award (Same employer)
  • Diana Okulicz – Outstanding Return to Work Achievement Award (Psychological claim)
  • Kylie Shaw – Outstanding Consultant Award (Same employer)
  • Monique Blackwell – Outstanding Consultant Award (New employer)

Marzena Tomich of WorkFocus Australia was also a finalist for Outstanding Return to Work Achievement Award (Physical claim).

Mr Gordon added: “While winning the awards is an amazing affirmation of the work we do, it is also important to pay tribute to the clients we work with on their journey back to employment and the insurers we work with, many of whom trust our advice and appreciate our support.

“A great relationship with a case manager can make all the difference - and the resilience of clients must also be acknowledged and can sometimes make us feel humbled.”