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Endeavour Foundation has been recognised for its outstanding approach to injury prevention and the way it rehabilitates injured workers and assists their return to work.
The Achievement Award in the large employer category was given to the charity organisation at the annual Return to Work Conference, held in Brisbane by the Queensland Government’s Worker’s Compensation Regulator. The recognition includes Endeavour Foundation’s role in preventing injury and illness, rehabilitating injured workers, and assisting them to either continue working or returning to work after having had time away because of injury. The award is also acknowledgement for staff involved and the processes in place to handle workplace safety issues.
Endeavour Foundation has more than 300 workplace locations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. These are involved in the provision of disability services, accommodation, education, retail, fund-raising, manufacturing, recycling and business services such as packaging and document destruction. The business services alone provide specialised employment and training for 2,100 people at 29 locations, and more than 1,700 staff are involved in providing support, management and administration.
“Our approach to injury management is the same as how we support people with a disability,” said CEO David Barbagallo. “Our person-centred philosophy recognises that each person and their circumstances are unique, and their return to work is tailored to achieve the best possible outcome for them.”
“This has created an overall culture of inclusiveness, where managers and workers alike are able to contribute to positive rehabilitation and return-to-work outcomes.”
“The team approach enables options for employees, such as working as an ‘extra’ at their regular worksite, restricted working hours or duties and even working at an alternative Endeavour Foundation work site.”
“Some of the innovations we have introduced include pre-employment medical questionnaires, to help with employees adjust to the workplace, proactively identifying psychological and workplace risks, and the engagement of preferred medical providers, to reduce lost time injuries.”
“We’ve found that when an injured worker feels their welfare is the main priority, they are more willing to participate in early return to work planning, resulting in positive outcomes for everyone,” he said.
The measures by which Endeavour Foundation monitors its workplace health safety and injury management are also improving.
“Time lost through injury is lower, there has been a considerable drop in the average cost of claims, and workers compensation premium costs have fallen 48 percent since 2011, said Mr Barbagallo.
“This has come at a time when our wages have increased 17 percent and we have more employees.”
“As well as being a big pat on the back for our approach to work, health, safety and injury management, this award is acknowledgement of the quality of our team,” said Mr Barbagallo.
“Greg Cornish, our National Occupational Health and Safety, and Rehabilitation Manager, deserves special recognition for his leadership and dedication, which put Endeavour Foundation in a position to win this award.”
“We will continue to focus on improving our safety performance, which will provide opportunities for people with a disability so they may participate in the everyday life of the community. We want to enrich their lives, their families and engage and educate the community about disability,” said Mr Barbagallo.
Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation supporting people with a disability in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. This includes accommodation, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities. Find out more at endeavour.com.au.
Contact: Gary Gilby, Media & Communications Officer, Endeavour Foundation
Ph (07) 3908 7257, or email firstname.lastname@example.org