WorkSafe’s annual Injury Support and Service awards showcased the outstanding performances of employees from Allianz Australia, Gallagher Bassett, CGU, Xchanging and QBE.

Awards were presented for excellence in the fields of personal injury management, client performance, service delivery, return to work, innovation and premium management.

There were also awards for outstanding contributions made by an individual, a team and a new starter.

WorkSafe Chief Executive Denise Cosgrove said every finalist had demonstrated extraordinary skill and passion in their field and deserved to be recognised.

“Whether they’re a case manager, an injury management adviser or a return to work specialist, all the finalists and winners should be proud of their achievements. Their hard work and dedication is exemplary,” Ms Cosgrove said.

During the evening, scholarships for postgraduate studies with the Personal Injury Education Foundation were also awarded to four agent employees.

“In partnership with our agents, we want to make this industry one where all of our people can have a rewarding career, with opportunities for development and progression,” Ms Cosgrove said.

The awards ceremony was attended by executives from all five agents, board members and executives from WorkSafe and TAC, and representatives from the Victorian Government, unions, employer groups and other stakeholders.

2013 injury support and service award winners

Excellence in personal injury management

Lauren Ryan (Allianz Australia)

Improving client performance

Danny Benjamin (Gallagher Bassett Workers Compensation Victoria)

Excellence in Return to Work

Don Ayers (CGU Workers Compensation Victoria)

Excellence in service delivery

Kellie Salmon (Allianz Australia)

Excellence in innovation

Impairment Benefits Risk Streaming Model (CGU Workers Compensation Victoria)

Excellence in premium management

Neetu Girdhar (Xchanging)

Outstanding contribution by a team

N2 – National Claims Team (Allianz Australia)

Outstanding new starter

Brentton Peacock (Xchanging)

Outstanding contribution by an individual

Pauline Stebbing (QBE Workers Compensation Victoria)