2024 PIEF National Conference & Awards

WE’RE HEADING WEST!  For the first time, we are pleased to announce the event will be held in Western Australia, at the beautiful Crown Complex in Perth, located on the lands of the Whadjuk Nyoongar people. The event is being held from October 28 to 30, with the prestigious Awards Gala Dinner held on the evening of October 29.

The 2024 PIEF National Conference provides a unique opportunity for industry practitioners and stakeholders to consider the principles of “Work, Drive and Be Well”, and hear from thought leaders, experts and industry practitioners on the following key themes:

  • Navigating the Changing Landscape: Emerging Trends in Personal Injury Compensation
  • Building Resilience: Adapting to Challenges and Enhancing Recovery
  • Strategies for Success: Collaboration, Innovation, and Best Practice

This event will include International and Australian Keynote Speakers, panel and breakout sessions based upon our three streams – providing many opportunities to come together, collaborate, share and network with industry peers and colleagues over the three days.

Preliminary program:
Mon 28/10 – Welcome Reception 6pm
Tue 29/10 – Conference Sessions 8.30am • Awards Gala Dinner 6.30pm
Wed 30/10 – Conference Sessions 9am • Farewell Reception 4.30pm
(These preliminary times and details are subject to change without notice)

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Welcome to Perth!

In the words of Rebecca Harris, “Kaya” or “Hello and welcome”. What a fantastic way to welcome you all to this year’s PIEF Conference, and of course to the beautiful city of Perth, on the west coast of Australia. 

We are extremely excited to be supported by our Major Sponsors WorkCover WA and the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, but also Business Events Perth & Crown. Without the support of you all from within this industry, these kind of events wouldn’t ever go ahead, so we’d like to thank you all.

The Personal Injury & Disability Conference will be taking place at Perth Crown from October 28 to 30 this year, and we look forward to welcoming you from across the country and from overseas, where we can come together to connect, collaborate and celebrate our industry.

Acknowledging Diversity

When planning the 2023 PIEF National Summit & Awards, we wanted to include and acknowledge some amazing people who have lived experience of disability.

We approached Tutti Arts, a South Australian multi-arts organisation where learning disabled and neurodiverse artists create art. They introduced us to the incredibly talented and creative Jackie Saunders, a Ngarrindjeri and Wirangu artist, whose artistry is beyond captivating.

We hope you were as impressed as us with Jackie’s artwork, celebrating her rich cultural heritage, and bringing attention to the Summit’s four sub-themes – Mental Health, Capability and Professional Standards, Attraction and Retention, and Innovation and Artificial Intelligence. Jackie’s creations serve as powerful reminders of the impact of art in sparking change and fostering connections between communities.

We’d like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Jackie and the fantastic team at Tutti for their invaluable contribution to the PIEF National Summit and Awards.

Together, let’s continue amplifying the voices and stories of Indigenous and disabled artists, celebrating their extraordinary talents and preserving their cultural legacy!

Our valued sponsors

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Wow! what a conference for 2022!

Keynote speakers

2022 Conference & Awards photos

Photos from the conference can be found on our official facebook page via this link.

Our valued sponsors

Wow! what a conference for 2022!

Keynote speakers

2022 Conference & Awards photos

Photos from the conference can be found on our official facebook page via this link.

Conference & Awards

The Personal Injury & Disability National Conference 2022 was held at the Sofitel Brisbane and online as a hybrid conference on October 10-12, 2022.

The conference showcased initiatives that have achieved exceptional outcomes and industry best practice in motor accident (compulsory third party), workers’ compensation, disability and life insurance sectors.

The conference attracts delegates working in the personal injury and disability management industry from all across Australia.

The Excellence in Personal Injury and Disability Management Awards event was held on October 11, 2022. 

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Speak At PIEF 2024

Abstract submissions to be considered for inclusion closed on May 8. Thank you to you all for submitting what looks to be some fantastic work focussed on the exceptional programs & initiatives across our themes.

We come together to collaborate & support each other with a focus on the rapid industry-wide transformation as we continue to work together to support injured people with their recovery journey and getting their lives back on track.

Submissions closed May 8.

Western Australia Government Dignitaries

Awards Gala Dinner MC

HON SIMONE MCGURK

West Australian Minister for Training and Workforce Development | Water | Industrial Relations | Member for Fremantle

Simone is the State Labor Member for Fremantle, and the Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Water; Industrial Relations. Simone has worked as a producer in the ABC and has also served on the State Training Board and on the Board of Directors for AustralianSuper. Simone holds degrees in History from the University of Melbourne and Media from Murdoch University.

HON RITA SAFFIOTI

Deputy Premier | Treasurer | Minister for Transport and Minister for Tourism

Rita was elected as the Member for West Swan in 2008 and has served as a senior Cabinet Minister across multiple portfolios since 2017, including Transport, Tourism, Planning, Lands, Ports, and Treasury. She attended Kelmscott Senior High School and gained a Bachelor of Business at Curtin University. Rita worked in the Federal Department of Finance and the Western Australian Department of Treasury before becoming an economic adviser to Geoff Gallop from 1997 and, ultimately, Chief of Staff to Premier Alan Carpenter.

Conference MC

Tina Altieri

Journalist | TV Presenter | International Speaker | Trainer, Facilitator and Coach

Channel 7’s Tina Altieri is one of Western Australia’s most sought after and established Master of Ceremonies and professional speakers. A passionate and engaging communicator, Tina has worked as a journalist, TV news presenter, TV documentary associate producer and a radio broadcaster for media networks around Australia and the Southeast Asia region, including Sky News Australia. Apart from her role on the news desk at Channel 7 News and Sunrise, Tina relishes her work with entrepreneurs and business leaders seeking the skills, strategies and confidence to influence and communicate with conviction. Tina is also a passionate ambassador for Channel 7’s most loved children’s charity – Telethon.

Conference MC

Keynote Speakers

LAUREN PARKER

Para-Triathlete | Cyclist

Lauren Parker is an elite para-triathlete and cyclist. She is a 2020 Paralympic silver medallist, four-time para-triathlon world champion, Ironman 70.3 world champion, two-time Ironman world champion, and para-cycling time trial world champion. Prior to 2017 she was able-bodied professional athlete and had been an elite athlete most of her life, but her life changed in a split second when she was involved in a bike accident which left her instantly paralysed from the waist down and told that she would never walk again. Lauren made it possible to get back into triathlon and in under 11 months won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games. Lauren continues to Inspire, and her goal for 2024 is to bring home 3 gold medals across two sports at the Paralympics in Paris. Her dream is to inspire as many people and kids out there to never give up. Anything is possible if you believe.

THEO VENTER

Motivational Speaker

Born and raised in South Africa before coming to Australia in 2005, Theo Venter is a remarkable survivor of a 22,000 volts electric shock incident that occurred whilst he was work in 2006. Theo’s inspirational story takes you on a journey of hardship, adversity, resilience, and determination. Theo is a motivational speaker, dedicating his life to inspire others to learn from his mistakes and to save others from a journey so horrific. He is a workplace health and safety advocate, driving a culture that has greater awareness of workplace safety, injury treatment and prevention.

Terry Bogyo

Independent Researcher | Speaker | Consultant

Terry Bogyo is a researcher, speaker, and consultant specialising in workers’ compensation, disability management, and occupational safety and health. With over 30 years of experience in the field, Terry has held various key positions, ranging from vocational rehabilitation consultant to director-level roles in policy, research, and strategic planning. Terry is an adjunct faculty member and instructor at Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Science and has served as a board member for several disability advocacy and prevention organisations. His presentations on topics such as changing workforce demographics, inter-jurisdictional comparisons, and the integration of artificial intelligence into his areas of focus have captivated audiences across Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand.

Dr HANH NGUYEN

Independent Researcher | Speaker | Consultant

Dr Hanh Nguyen graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and completed advanced training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Surgeons in 1999 and went on to complete a Fellowship in Hand Surgery in the United States of America. Dr Nguyen established RediMed in 2009. Dr Nguyen is now considered one of Australia’s leading Plastic Surgeons and has been involved in a number of research projects in Hand Surgery, Nerve Regeneration and Facial Anatomy.

Conference & Dinner MCs

Tina Altieri

Journalist | TV Presenter | International Speaker | Trainer, Facilitator and Coach

Channel 7’s Tina Altieri is one of Western Australia’s most sought after and established Master of Ceremonies and professional speakers. A passionate and engaging communicator, Tina has earned respect through her 30 years in the Australasian broadcast TV news business. She has worked as a journalist, TV news presenter, TV documentary associate producer and a radio broadcaster for media networks around Australia and the Southeast Asia region, including Sky News Australia. Apart from her role on the news desk at Channel 7 News and Sunrise, Tina relishes her work with entrepreneurs and business leaders seeking the skills, strategies and confidence to influence and communicate with conviction. She develops results-oriented public speaking programs that help mentor people in businesses large and small. Tina is also a passionate ambassador for Channel 7’s most loved children’s charity – Telethon.

Ross Wallman

radio and television host

Ross is a media professional with around 20 years’ experience in radio and television. He is currently the morning announcer on Nova 93.7, and regularly appears on The Project, The TODAY show and various other TV roles. MC-wise he has hosted hundreds of events- from formal nights like the WA Tourism awards, the Toyota awards night and the Heartkids Gala Ball, to sporting events - like ground announcing at the Perth Scorchers and Perth Glory. He is an ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy WA, Toyota WA, HeartKids and works for several charities. He loves people and genuinely cares about the work he does.

Key Dates

  • March 5, 2024 – Abstracts Open
  • May 8, 2024 – Award Nominations Open / Abstracts Closed
  • May 31, 2024 – Pre-Sale Registration Open
  • July 18, 2024 – Award Nominations Close
  • July 31, 2024 – Program Release
  • Oct 28-30, 2024 – PIEF 2024 Conference & The Excellence in Personal Injury and Disability Management Awards Gala Dinner at Crown Perth

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