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Frank Imbesi: Shaping the Future of Occupational Rehabilitation and Beyond

Exceptional leadership plays a pivotal role in the field of occupational rehabilitation and vocational support. In Victoria, one of our exemplary leaders has been paving the way in ensuring that injured workers not only safely return to work, but also return to life.

Frank Imbesi, who is also a registered physiotherapist with a two-decade career, has been reappointed as the President of the Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association (ARPA) Victorian chapter, maintaining his influential role while spearheading AMS Consulting under the Altius Group brand. Frank’s reappointment is set to drive further innovation in the sector, amplifying his thought leadership as Managing Director at AMS Consulting.

A Leadership Trailblazer

Frank's leadership journey is truly admirable. He is currently serving his fourth term as President of ARPA Victoria, displaying his colleagues' trust and confidence in his leadership abilities. He is also in his second term as ARPA National Vice President and has been an ARPA National Executive Member for four years, bringing considerable knowledge and experience in achieving the best possible outcomes for stakeholders and the sustainability of ARPA member organisations. 

ARPA is the industry body representing all providers of occupational and workplace rehabilitation in Australia, with a mission to promote best practices, cost-effective outcomes, and the professional interests of its diverse members in the workplace health, return to work, and rehabilitation industry. 

In addition to these roles, Frank is a sitting member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Network International (VR Net Intl) and represents ARPA on the WorkSafe Victoria Return to Work Working Group. 

Leading with Knowledge and Expertise 

Frank's career is characterised by a wealth of experience in occupational rehabilitation, injury prevention and complex injury management.  

With over 26 years of consulting experience and a focus on evidence-based practices, Frank has worked across a wide range of schemes, including Personal Injury, Income Protection, and Comcare. His role as a past member of the WorkSafe Victoria Clinical Panel, where he provided specialist advice and peer reviews, highlights his commitment to maintaining the highest standards in the industry.  

Frank's involvement in the occupational rehabilitation community extends beyond his role with ARPA. He has been an invited expert member/adviser to numerous working groups, contributing to the development of key principles and practices in the field. He is also an active participant in the national expansion of ARPA's Professional Development initiatives.   

Recognised Excellence   

With Frank's stellar record, it’s impossible to keep his achievements under the radar.  

He has received the ARPA Victorian and National Outstanding RTW Achievement Award in two consecutive years, showcasing his commitment to facilitating return-to-work initiatives. He was also honoured with the ARPA (Vic) Outstanding RTW Achievement Award in the category of physical injury, and the ARPA President’s Award for his outstanding contribution to occupational rehabilitation.  

A Continuous Learning Journey      

Frank's passion for sharing knowledge and expertise with the community is evident through his participation in various conferences and seminars.   

Over his career, he has delivered presentations at the Australasian Life Underwriting and Claims (ALUCA) Conference, focusing on the theme "Beyond Disability and Towards Career Independence" as well as at the Return to Work (RTW) Conference, shedding light on "Understanding Resilience to RTW and Preventing Relapse." His contributions have helped shape industry discussions. 

Frank not only imparts his expertise, but he is also dedicated to staying at the forefront of his industry. He continually seeks opportunities to enhance his understanding and skills.  

Notably, Frank recently attended the first International Vocational Rehabilitation Roundtable in British Columbia, Canada, which facilitated worldwide collaboration and knowledge exchange. He also participated in the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada) conference and College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP) training day which enabled him to gain a broader perspective on international best practices in the field.   

The Future Beckons

Frank’s reappointment as the President of ARPA Victoria and his continued thought leadership at AMS Consulting within the Altius Group are indicative of the trust placed in his ability to lead and shape the future of the industry.   

As Frank's journey continues, the occupational rehabilitation community looks forward to the innovative solutions and fresh perspectives he will undoubtedly bring to the table. 

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