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Registrations closes 5pm,  17 May 2022.

Key Speakers

We are pleased to announce the key speakers for this event.

Mr Damien O’Donovan
Senior Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Senior Member Damien O’Donovan was appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) in 2019 after more than 20 years at the Australian Government Solicitor.

He is currently the Practice Leader for Workers’ Compensation and is the Canberra Registry’s Executive Member. Mr O’Donovan is currently involved in a workers’ compensation pilot program in the Canberra Registry which is seeking to identify procedural changes that can be made to the running of workers’ compensation matters which will improve the identification of issues in proceedings and facilitate faster resolution times.

Dr James Crompton
Occupational Physician, eReports

Originally from a small market town in rural west Oxfordshire, Dr James Crompton was educated at the University of Aberdeen in northern Scotland before emigrating to Australia in 2006. With a background in both emergency medicine and psychiatry before becoming a trainee occupational physician, he works at a thriving general practice with a strong interest in occupational health at Essendon Airport in Victoria, managing workers injured in the course of duty, particularly in the aviation and freight industries. In addition, he is an examiner of pilots (DAME), rail workers, oil and gas workers and commercial drivers accredited by their respective regulatory bodies and has also has a strong interest in dive and hyperbaric medicine. He is also an accredited Medical Review Officer (MRO) for the Australasian Medical Review Officer Association, the regulatory body for the application of drug and alcohol management issues in the workplace.  

Completing Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2021, he is now particularly interested in complex liability assessments and fitness-to-work recommendations when muscular injuries are complicated by psychopathology and complex dual diagnosis problems. Otherwise interested in oil painting, landscape photography, pub quizzes and almost all sports, James hopes to build a progressive career in occupational medico-legal assessments and finally retire healthy and successful – some time before England next win The Ashes.

Ms Cathy Dowsett

Cathy is a specialist in employment and administrative law. She represents clients at all levels of Court and Tribunal. Cathy has extensive experience acting for government departments and agencies, and in conducting litigation against self-represented litigants. 

Cathy is briefed to advise and appear in a range of statutory and contractual employment law matters including enforcement of statutory entitlements, employer responses to general protections Court applications, unfair dismissal applications, human rights/anti-discrimination matters arising under state and federal legislation, and matters involving breach of contract, performance and discipline issues.  

Cathy’s administrative law practice is based largely in the Federal jurisdiction. She advises government departments, agencies and licensees on responses to requests for reconsideration of, or reasons for, administrative decisions. Cathy is also briefed to advise on the availability and scope of applications for merits review and judicial review, and to appear in administrative law matters.  

Cathy was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory in August 1997. After 13 years with the Australian Government Solicitor in Canberra, she was called to the Bar. She signed the Victorian Bar roll in May 2010, reading with Justin Bourke QC. 

Mr Joshua Carroll
Senior Associate, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

After starting his law career in 2011 Joshua joined the Slater and Gordon personal injury law team in 2015, where he is proud to help my injured clients understand what they’re entitled to and improve their lives after an accident.

He has expertise in Comcareworkers’ compensationmotor vehicle accident claims and public liability claims. In many cases, clients don’t know what they are entitled to after an accident or injury. It’s his job to ensure they are fully informed about their rights—from having the costs of their medical treatment covered to getting compensation that reflects the pain and suffering they’ve had to go through.

Ms Anella Bortone
Partner, Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Anella has extensive experience managing litigated matters and providing strategic pre-litigation advice to clients. She is an active participant in the Commonwealth insurance industry and is a member of the Law Council of Australia's Commonwealth Compensation and Employment Law Committee. Anella has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees and a Diploma of Legal Practice.

Anella enjoys cooking and is partial to all things that are related to cake and chocolate.

Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Level 40/600 Bourke Sreett
Melbourne VIC 3000

COVID-19 Compliance 

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