Winner! ARPA Exceptional Leadership Award

IPAR’s Managing Director, David Sagar, took home the Exceptional Leadership Award at the Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association (ARPA) Victoria Awards held on August 7th.

Won for ‘demonstrated leadership in the provision of workplace rehabilitation or return to work services’, the award acknowledges the exceptional leadership that David has shown both within our organisation and the wider occupational rehabilitation industry.

When David became Managing Director in 2003, IPAR had 14 employees across two states. Under his leadership, IPAR has grown rapidly with nearly 300 team members and office locations in every state and territory. David works tirelessly to foster a culture of collaboration and connection across our teams, promoting professionalism yet fun, and lives true to our organisational values.  He has committed significant time and resources to ensure training and support is industry leading, and he genuinely cares and is interested in every consultant.  David’s leadership has shaped IPAR’s distinctive culture, driving our high retention rates and creating our culture of high performance.

IPAR had an additional 4 nominees on the night, including:

Best New Starter Award

Original Employer – Emma McMahon
New Employer – Selena Wawrzyniak

Outstanding Return to Work Achievement Award

Psychological claim – Melanie Weightman

Outstanding Consultant Award

Original Employer – David Rees

Congratulations to all our nominees for their outstanding performance and ‘flying the flag’ for IPAR.

Psychological Awareness Training at the ATO

IPAR has been selected as the provider of national Psychological Awareness Training for several thousand employees of the ATO. The face-to-face training program, from IPAR’s ‘Healthy Mind’ package, has been underway in May and June 2015 across 18 sites around Australia.

So far, our experts have presented to more than 1,500 ATO employees and managers, covering topics such as:

  • The concept of stress and the relevant risk factors
  • How to recognise the personal signs and symptoms of stress in ourselves and others
  • How to have an effective conversation on stress management with others in the workplace
  • Applying stress reduction principles to help cope with the normal stresses of daily life
  • How to maintain a healthy work life balance

The training has received positive reviews from participants; the practical/engaging nature of the course content has been complemented by the knowledgeable and professional IPAR presenters. Having IPAR presenters located around the country has enabled delivery of sessions across all ATO sites.

For further information on IPAR’s Healthy Mind psychological training and how it can make a positive impact in your workplace, please contact Alana Levin at