Return to Work professional and founder of Return to Work Plus - Return to Work Plus
What does Return to Work Plus actually do?

Return to Work Plus is a passion project born from a vision to give country employers and injured workers the same access to return to work services as their city counterparts.

With a background in Occupational Rehabilitation Counselling and having worked as a Return to Work Coordinator in the country for many years, I noticed that in order to get great service, up to date information and maintain successful outcomes, a lot of travel to the city was required. So, out of one-part frustration, one-part curiosity and many parts passion, Return to Work Plus was born.

Being based in North West Victoria, my original intention was to service employers and injured workers based in the Wimmera, Mallee and Sunraysia by bringing information and great service to these areas through work site visits, consultations, Occupational Rehabilitation and Return to Work training.

I am now super excited to announce that Return to Work Plus has been working extremely hard with a great team to put our WorkSafe accredited ‘Role of the Return to Work Coordinator’ course online.

This fantastic course will benefit Return to Work Coordinators, payroll officers, HR & OHS personnel, supervisors, even employers. It will give you up to date information on:
• Your role as a Return to Work Coordinator
• Putting effective return to work strategies in place following a workplace injury
• Assisting your employer to effectively support the injured worker through their return to work journey
• Proactively responding to workplace injuries, and
• How to effectively communicate with all key parties involved in the return to work process.

Upon completion of this online course you will have the confidence to effectively undertake all aspects of your role as a Return to Work Coordinator, all without having to travel to the city.

We will be launching in the next couple of weeks, so to ensure you stay up to date with course dates and to take advantage of our Early Bird special, go to and subscribe to our monthly newsletter

Young Farmer Business Bootcamps 2019

Agriculture Victoria is pleased to present the Young Farmer Business Bootcamps, an exciting two day program for young farmers or producers new to farming.

Delivered at various locations across Victoria, the Young Farmer Business Bootcamp will assist producers to understand and manage business risk, develop a business plan to grow their business and to have confidence that there is a future in agriculture for them.

The bootcamps are aimed at young producers such as beef, sheep and mixed farming businesses.

Young farmers are encouraged to attend with other business partners.

These fun and interactive workshops will utilise a series of farm case studies as real life examples, providing participants with the skills to help them manage their farm business now, as well as planning for their business into the future.

Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss individual circumstances with the presenters throughout the workshops.

The workshops will be delivered by Paul Blackshaw, Farm Business Advisor, Meridian Agriculture.

Young Farmers Scholarship Program – Open for applications

The Upskill and Invest – Young Farmers Scholarship is an opportunity to invest in you and your career.

Up to $10,000 is available per scholarship:

  • up to $5,000 towards study
  • up to $5,000 to invest in putting new skills into practice, with professional development, business planning or other on-farm activities.

The scholarship program is designed to be flexible, to fit with the demands and ambitions of young farmers and farm workers.

The fifth round of the Young Farmers Scholarships is open for applications from Thursday 27 June to Friday 9 August 2019.