Andrew McGarity

Manager, Injury Management, Health & Safety Branch - Fire & Rescue NSW

Andrew currently serves as the Manager of Injury Management in Fire & Rescue NSW. In his time at Fire & Rescue NSW he has implemented an evidenced based approach to occupational rehabilitation and championed early intervention and systematic early rehabilitation. In 2003 while working for NSW Health he started intervention trials at Concord Hospital regarding psycho-social impacts on injury which led to a research project that applied early triage and rehabilitation principles. This research was initially undertaken in the Area Health Service and has since been implemented across NSW Health with early results showing significant cost savings and improved health outcomes. Andrew has taken the learnings from his original NSW Health program of work and applied the principles within FRNSW  to address the specific needs of Emergency Services workers.  Andrew’s injury management program has resulted in an improvement in the finalisation rates of claims and a reduction in total costs and number of open claims which has led to a significant reduction in premium.

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