This edition was issued on 22 July 2021
Welcome to the latest edition of Personal Injury Commission News.
This edition includes news of the retirement plans of the Commission’s Division Head, Workers Compensation, a reminder that the Commission continues to operate with pandemic-related arrangements in place and notice that recruitment for Commission Members closes next Monday.
I will be in touch with another edition of Personal Injury Commission News soon.
Judge Gerard Phillips
Inaugural Division Head of the Commission’s Workers Compensation Division, Rod Parsons, has announced his retirement after 41 years of dedicated, high quality public service. As those of you who have practised in workers compensation will know, Rod is perhaps not only the most long serving and experienced person in the field, he is certainly one of the most knowledgeable.
Rod’s retirement does not take effect until the new year, so there is plenty of time to reminisce with him regarding old times.
During the rest of this year, Rod will help me recruit his successor and then he will assist and mentor that person into the role.
Rod will be missed by not only the Commission’s staff and members but also the practitioners that he has dealt with and assisted over many years.
On a personal level, I have nothing but admiration and gratitude for Rod. As the Registrar of the Workers Compensation Commission, he was of great assistance to me when I became President. Since that time, he played a pivotal role in the very successful development and opening of the Workers Compensation Commission digital portal which made contending with the pandemic in 2020 much easier. Needless to say, Rod played a big role in the foundation of the Personal Injury Commission.
I am sure you will join with me in wishing Rod a long and happy retirement with his family and loved ones.
I expect to commence the recruitment for Rod’s role, Division Head, Workers Compensation Division (Principal Member) in September 2021. If you are interested, keep an eye out for the advertisement in Personal Injury Commission News, the newspapers or on the iworkforNSW website.
Impact on Operations Related to COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders
The Commission’s pandemic-related arrangements for hearings, medical assessments and offices remain in place as the lockdown continues and are available to view on the Commission’s website.
Thank you to parties to disputes for your ongoing responsiveness and cooperation as the Commission seeks to reschedule medical assessments that are unable to proceed at this time.
Minimising the impacts on injured people remains our shared responsibility. If you represent an injured person whose medical assessment has been rescheduled or converted to videoconference, please ensure that you advise them of the changes to their appointment in a timely manner.
I will provide further updates on pandemic operations as new information from the NSW government comes to hand.
Reminder: Applications for New Member Appointments Close 2 August 2021
The Personal Injury Commission is seeking applications from suitably qualified legal practitioners for appointment as Members of the Workers Compensation Division.
The appointments are for:
- Senior Member for full-time work
- General Members for full-time and sessional work
The position advertisements, including Information Packs, are available on iWork for NSW. Applications for these positions close 09:59am on 2 August 2021.
If you require further information after reviewing the Information Pack or the Commission’s website, please contact Darcey Baigent at Darcey.Baigent@pi.nsw.gov.au.
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