The Insurance Commission of Western Australia (Insurance Commission) will fund a research program for people seriously injured in vehicle or workplace incidents.
The State Government’s insurer will provide $200,000 to WA physiotherapy and occupational therapy researchers over the next one and half years.
The program will be co-ordinated by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Occupational Therapy Australia, and their respective research foundations.
The research aims to improve the independence of people seriously injured in accidents and keep insurance premiums affordable.
The Insurance Commission manages personal injury claims for people injured in crashes on the road and for government agency staff injured in the workplace. Many claims involve the injured person requiring rehabilitation to help them return to work and the community.
“I commend the Insurance Commission for funding allied health research designed to help people recover following an injury sustained in a crash or at work,” WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt said.
“In 2018, the Insurance Commission made around $550 million in claims payments to injured people, so it is sensible for it to pursue programs that aim to reduce that cost while improving outcomes for its clients.”
Physiotherapists and occupational therapists can apply for funding provided proposed research aims to improve the lives of people seriously injured in WA.