Alex Collie


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Professor Alex Collie is Director of the Insurance Work and Health Research Group in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Alex is an applied public health and social policy researcher, with a specific focus on injury and illness compensation systems and their impact on the work, social and health outcomes of injured and ill people.

He leads a program of research that seeks to (1) describe health and work outcomes of people receiving support from Australia’s workers’ compensation, social security, life insurance and road traffic crash compensation systems; (2) identify factors affecting the health and work function of people involved these systems; and (3) modify those factors to improve outcomes for injured and ill people and reduce the burden of work disability in the community.

His research career has been at the border of academia, government and industry. He has moved between these settings but maintained a focus on developing and using evidence to support decision making, develop policy and implement programs to improve social, work and health outcomes of those injured.

Alex currently leads mulitple large projects funded by industry, government and competitive research grants. Alex has advised multiple state and commonwealth government departments andn private sector organisations in matters relating to workplace health, insurance and injury compensation. He has held numerous board positions on non-profit health sector organisations. He has a PhD in psychology. He has published over 160 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and technical reports, and is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences.

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Projects 2009 2023

Research Output 1999 2020

Experiences of Healthcare in Australia's Workers' Compensation Schemes: A Cross-Sectional Study

Gray, S. E. & Collie, A., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 62, 1, p. 80-86 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Association between workers’ compensation claim processing times and work disability duration: Analysis of population level claims data

Gray, S. E., Lane, T. J., Sheehan, L. & Collie, A., 23 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Health Policy. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Australian General Practitioners’ and Compensable Patients: Factors Affecting Claim Management and Return to Work

Gray, S. E., Brijnath, B., Mazza, D. & Collie, A., 4 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review