Monthly Archives: October 2022

Aboriginal people living in regional and remote areas face many health challenges, including their living conditions, isolation, cultural barriers, and inappropriate care.

Next Health provide vital Independent Medical Examinations (IME’s) to indigenous communities and have been servicing WA’s remote regions since 2015. It’s not easy work, but every visit the team undertake can make a difference to someone’s quality of life.

With the assistance of an Indigenous plaintiff lawyer, the team conduct orthopaedic assessments on Indigenous people injured in motor vehicle accidents. Dr Michael Wren is an orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialties in arthroscopic joint surgery. He is accompanied during the IME’s by Zelica Palamara, Next Health General Manager and Natalie Nicholas, Next Health Client Relationship Officer.

There are many challenges for the team in these isolated communities.  It can be difficult locating patients and ensuring they stay in the area long enough for adequate care. There are also obvious language and communication problems and logistics to overcome, such as driving long distances for x-rays, returning patients back home, providing ongoing treatment and progressing claims.

Zelica Palamara knows these challenges all too well, regularly visiting the Kimberley and Goldfields regions of WA, but says the effort is rewarded in so many ways.
“In September we visited the Kimberley Region. We flew into Kununurra from Perth, drove to Warmun, then drove to Halls Creek, we then drove to Fitzroy Crossing, then Derby and finally on to Broome, where we then caught a flight back to Perth. This trip involved 6 hours of flying and 12 hours of driving. We do this so that our indigenous patients can be assessed, treated, and recover from their injuries as best as possible. Sitting down with them, I am always amazed by how open and willing they are to tell their story. I guess they can sense the trust and it’s important to listen,” says Zelica.

Visiting these aboriginal communities is also inspiring. The scenery is stunning, and the enormity of the land can take your breath away. For Zelica and Natalie, it’s also an opportunity to take in the aboriginal culture and unique heritage. Natalie has loved being part of the team and experiencing this culture. “Interacting with the indigenous community is a beautiful experience, they are so welcoming and if you approach them with openness and respect, they will return that. To experience the beauty of Aboriginal culture firsthand is remarkable, and the work we do lets me imagine the difference we are making in their lives”.

𝗗𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 Medilaw Group 𝘄𝗲𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮?

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝟮.𝟱 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀.

Almost twice as many employed Australians worked from home one or more times a week in April 2022 compared to the start of COVID-19 restrictions in March 2020.

Join our resident host, Kylie Gould, and our panel of experts as they discuss how to slowly adapt to a new "normal" and prepare to return to the office.

Some key highlights from the webinar
- What is flexible working?
- How flexible working arrangements have affected workers' health and well-being?
- Managing the return to office of your employees
- How to have conversations about flexible working arrangements that suit you and don't disadvantage the team

A massive thank you to our expert panel, Dr. Ghazala Watt, Dr. Michael Lucas, Ben Lingard and Andrew Mills for sharing their insights on this topic, and also to everyone who tuned in to our webinars in 2022!

Head to to watch it now!

Introducing Next Health’s spotlight doctor for the week: Dr Nicole Leeks

Introducing Next Health’s spotlight doctor for the week: Dr Nicole Leeks, Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Dr Nicole Leeks is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in foot and ankle surgeries and all aspects of paediatric conditions.

Dr Nicole Leeks studied Medicine at the University of Western Australia in 1989 and moved to Sydney to work in the Royal Australia Navy. She relocated back to Perth in 1996 to pursue a surgical career in orthopaedics and she finished the Advanced Surgical Training Scheme in 2002.

Dr Nicole Leeks is available for in person assessments in Perth and Kalgoorlie.

To book an appointment with Dr Leeks, contact the Next Health team now on (08) 9201 3300 or email

Introducing Next Health’s spotlight doctor for the week: Dr Brian Dare, Occupational Physician

Introducing Next Health’s spotlight doctor for the week: Dr Brian Dare, Occupational Physician.

Dr Brian Dare is an Occupational Physician with over 30 years of experience. Dr Dare can assess cases involving Permanent Impairment Assessment, Causation and Liability, Return to Work and Rehabilitation, Scarring, Chemical Exposure, Asbestos and Dust Exposure and Legionnaires’ Disease.

Dr Dare has gained extensive experience in the risks and hazards associated with workplaces working with The State Transport Authority, South Australia, WorkSafe WA, The WA Police Department and Royal Perth Hospital.

Dr Brian Dare is available for in person assessments in Perth.

To book an appointment with Dr Dare, contact the Next Health team now on (08) 9201 3300 or email
Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Medilaw Group booth to have a chat with the team at the PIEF Conference last week!

It was wonderful to see so many customers and industry colleagues from around Australia and Kylie GouldNina Tempelhof and Chantelle Parrott Parrot enjoyed an amazing two days of connection and education.

We were proud to have Medilaw Specialist Dr. Christian Rowan partner with David Riley from Kairros Pty Ltd for the session on A Multidisciplinary Solution to Opioid Dependence and Chronic Pain.

Congratulations to all of the finalists and 2022 Excellence in Personal Injury and Disability Management Award winners. The Gala Dinner was certainly a celebration of you all.

#PIEF2022 #PIEFconference

Introducing Next Health’s spotlight doctor for the week: Dr Adrian Flemming, Plastic Surgeon



𝙄𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙉𝙚𝙭𝙩 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝’𝙨 𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙩𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙙𝙤𝙘𝙩𝙤𝙧 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠: 𝘿𝙧 𝘼𝙙𝙧𝙞𝙖𝙣 (𝙎𝙩𝙚𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙩) 𝙁𝙡𝙚𝙢𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙋𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙎𝙪𝙧𝙜𝙚𝙤𝙣.

Dr Stewart Flemming is a hand surgeon with a background in plastic surgery. Dr Flemming is available to assess cases involving hands, fingers and wrists.

He developed a deep interest in hand surgery early in his career, was awarded the BSSH Pulvertaft fellowship working with Prof John Stanley, in Wrightington, UK and with Harold Kleinert at the internationally renowned Louisville Hand Surgery Service, Kentucky, USA.

𝘿𝙧 𝙁𝙡𝙚𝙢𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙫𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙋𝙚𝙧𝙩𝙝.

To book an appointment with Dr Flemming, contact the Next Health team now on (08) 9201 3300 or email