Insurance Commission acknowledges International Day of People with Disability
3 December 2019
Insurance Commission employees will experience first-hand some of the challenges faced every day by its clients injured at work and on the road, via a series of events for the International Day of People with Disability (3 December).
As the State’s insurer, the Insurance Commission plays a critical role in the disability sector by providing care and support to people injured in motor crashes and at work.
Claims officer Stacey Newlands will spend a day in a wheelchair to better understand access and inclusion challenges, as part of an initiative run by ReboundWA.
Stacey is part of the workers’ compensation team that covers 111 agencies and 120,000 public sector employees, paying out $186 million in claims last year.
Stacey says that “Some of our clients require a wheelchair based on their injury. The impact on their daily life can be dramatic, affecting many things we are not aware of.
“I’m looking forward to gaining a better, but small insight into the access and inclusion issues that some of our clients face every day.”
Road safety advocate Cory Payne will present to Insurance Commission employees on his own experience of living with disability following a car accident in which he was critically injured and had to relearn how to walk and talk.
Employees will also participate in a game of wheelchair basketball at Brookfield Place main square.
Chad McLaren, a motor injury insurance claims officer, says: “Every day I help facilitate peoples’ rehabilitation from crash injuries. Being injured in a crash is often a distressing and uncertain time but we aspire to make the claims process simpler for claimants, so they can focus on recovery, and return to work and the community.
“I play wheelchair basketball as a mechanism to draw attention to the importance of ensuring people with disability have access to the same level and quality of service as others.”
The Insurance Commission is committed to improving access and inclusion for people with disability who engage with the organisation and its services. To achieve this, our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2018-23 provides the framework and practical strategies to improve access and inclusion for people with disability.
The strategies outlined in the Plan complement our core function of managing insurance claims from people injured in vehicle crashes and at work. People injured in these circumstances often require support for access and inclusion, so the Plan details initiatives that assist that cohort engage with the organisation, as well as other stakeholders.