Monash and WorkSafe Victoria partnership renewal upholds excellence in workplace health and safety research

Monash University has announced the renewal of funding for the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR), a joint initiative with WorkSafe Victoria. This renewed commitment, which extends until 2027 with a possible two-year extension, exemplifies Monash’s dedication to excellence and enterprise — two of the four pivotal values underpinning the university’s Impact 2030 strategy.

L to R: James Demetriou, Expert in Residence; Dr Janine McMillan, Acting Co-Director of ISCRR; Dr Kim Pham, Acting Co-Director of ISCRR; Anita Zanchetta, Executive Director (Enterprise)

The funding renewal ensures that ISCRR will continue its vital role in improving the health and safety of Australian workers through rigorous, evidence-based research. This aligns perfectly with Monash’s mission to drive change by pursuing research excellence and deploying knowledge to solve complex problems.

“Renewing our collaboration with WorkSafe Victoria reaffirms our commitment to impactful research. It’s about creating real-world solutions that not only advance knowledge but genuinely enhance people’s lives,” said Professor Doron Ben-Meir, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Engagement) and Senior Vice-President at Monash University.

WorkSafe’s continued partnership with ISCRR will support its work implementing evidence-led harm prevention and workplace injury recovery and return to work programs. “This important partnership ensures WorkSafe is well equipped to address emerging challenges in occupational health and safety and injury recovery,” said Ash West, ISCRR’s Executive Director, Strategic Delivery.

Since its inception in 2009, ISCRR has significantly influenced public policy and workplace practices. ISCRR’s research has led to improved understanding and management of workplace mental health, preventing injury and illness, and addressing the challenges faced by injured workers.

“We are profoundly grateful to WorkSafe Victoria and Monash University for their ongoing support and trust in our mission,” said Dr Janine McMillan, Acting Co-Director at ISCRR. “I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to our dedicated team of researchers, staff, partners, and stakeholders, whose steadfast commitment has been crucial in securing this funding renewal.”

“ISCRR aims to expand its influence by focusing on knowledge transfer and capacity-building initiatives,” said Dr Kim Pham, Acting Co-Director at ISCRR. “These initiatives will empower stakeholders to implement best practices derived from cutting-edge research, thereby fostering safer working environments across Australia.”

Monash University is proud to support ISCRR as it continues to set standards for research excellence, embodying Monash’s commitment to making a difference both locally and globally through high-quality, enterprising research endeavours.


The Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research is a research institute committed to enhancing the health and wellbeing of the Australian working population. Since 2009, ISCRR has pioneered research in workplace health and safety, spearheading innovations and significantly improving the lives of working Australians. For more information, visit