International Forum on Disability Management
17 November - 19 November 2014
Melbourne, Australia

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IFDM 2014

Held biennially since 2002, IFDM is a catalyst for addressing issues of disability on a world stage. IFDM is the only global conference dedicated to in-depth discussion of problems, trends and best practices in disability management.

The Program

The IFDM 2014 agenda is now available and includes a rich variety of experts speaking to topics vital to the field of disability management.

The Country

Australia is unique, a wonderful place to visit. Whether you enjoy sport, nature, art or music, we offer an experience that you cannot get anywhere else in the world.

The Venue

The IFDM 2014 will be held at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. The Grand Hyatt is located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD on prestigious Collins Street, Melbourne’s epicentre of high fashion and fine dining and is renowned for its luxury and consistent service excellence.

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Melbourne is a city that knows how to live. It is no huge surprise to residents that their city has been ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. It’s a city with vibrant energy, restaurants, fashion boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character. Modern, cutting-edge designs add to the fascinating mix of heritage architecture and ensure the skyline is constantly changing. The lifestyle that makes Melbourne a magnet for so many people lies in the combination of these things. 

There's really no place like it.

To help you get to know Melbourne:

  • It has a population of 4.25million people, making it Australia’s second largest city
  • It was voted the world’s most liveable city in 2011 and 2012
  • Home of the world’s largest tram network
  • Some of the best wine regions in Australia are on its doorstep, including the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, the Grampians and Geelong
  • The city is mad for sport, with the Formula One, Australian Open taking place every year
  • Australia’s fashion and shopping capital
  • A major food and wine hub, with the famous Queen Victoria Markets home to some of the best foodie experiences in Australia



Australia is one of the oldest countries on the planet, as well as one of the youngest. From the rich Indigenous history that dates back more than 50,000 years, to the legendary heroes and pioneers who forged the way, Australian culture is founded on stories of battlers, bushrangers and brave soldiers. Of sporting heroes, working heroes and plucky migrants. It’s all about a fair go, the great outdoors and a healthy helping of irony. Today Australia also defines itself by its Aboriginal heritage, vibrant mix of cultures, innovative ideas and a thriving arts scene.

Australia’s lifestyle reflects its mainly Western origins, but Australia is also a multicultural society which has been enriched by over six million settlers from almost 200 nations. Four out of ten Australians are migrants or the first-generation children of migrants, half of them from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Australia has one of the most diverse eco-systems in the world, with unique flora and fauna including pristine rainforest, ancient rock formations and beautiful beaches. Most of Australia's exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Home to some of the most diverse and interesting locations in the world, Australia has 16 World Heritage listed sites, including natural land and ocean formations, architecture and landscapes that reflect historical and cultural importance, and sacred indigenous sites.


The IFDM 2014 will be hosted by the Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF). Key supporters of the event are the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and the Victorian Workcover Authority (VWA).

PIEF was established in 2006 by a consortium of Australian and New Zealand accident compensation regularities, insurers and claims management organisations who shared the vision of creating leading educational programs, initiatives and events focused on the needs of those working in the accident compensation industry. The programs developed by PIEF have been designed to enrich and enhance the range and depth of personal injury management skills, leading to better outcomes for all accident compensation schemes and the communities they are designed to serve. PIEF is a not-for-profit organisation with members from across Australia. 


The TAC is a Victorian Government-owned organisation set up in 1986.  Its role is to pay for treatment and benefits for people injured in transport accidents. It is also involved in promoting road safety in Victoria and in improving Victoria's trauma system.  Find out more at tac.vic.gov.au 

Broadly, the responsibilities of the Victorian Workcover Authority focus on avoid workplace injuries occurring, enforcing Victoria's occupational health and safety laws and managing the workers' compensation scheme by ensuring the prompt delivery of appropriate services and adopting prudent financial practices. Find out more at vwa.vic.gov.au

In 2003, the International Disability Management Standards Council (IDMSC) was established by senior representatives of business, labour, government, and other stakeholder groups from around the world. 

The goal of the IDMSC is to reduce the human, social and economic costs of disability in the workplace. To achieve this end, it promotes standards that are international, professional and based on consensus. 

The International Forum on Disability Management forms part of the strategy to achieve these standards and consensus.



The 4th Australasian Compensation Health Research Forum 2014 will be held in Melbourne on 19 November 2014 at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne. It will follow the International Forum of Disability Management Conference (IFDM) and will be held at the same venue.

The ACHRF 2014 follows three successful events held in 2013, 2012 and 2011 in Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia respectively. Previous Forums brought together international and national experts, policy makers and researchers in injury compensation and rehabilitation to discuss to discuss key industry issues.
The 2014 Forum will provide another exciting opportunity for policy makers, researchers and other interested parties to share ideas and perspectives.
The focus of the 2014 Forum is "The Influence of mental health and psychosocial factors on recovery outcomes”

To find out more information about ACHRF 2014 visit their website at www.achrf.com.au


IFDM 2016

Held biennually, the 2016 IFDM will be held in Malaysia. Find out more

IFDM provides the only forum with delegates from across the globe representing the health, safety, and workers' compensation communities. A diverse group of employers, workers, risk managers, unions, practitioners, jurisdictional and local government agencies, the insurance industry, policy makers and the public travel to meetings to participate in presentations, discussions, and workshops.



Registrations to attend this year's IFDM 2014 are now CLOSED!


Melbourne is Australia's arts, food and sporting hub and there are some amazing activities to do and sights to visit.

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