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Spinal fusion: All pain, no gain?
Gabrielle Lis | Australians are turning to spinal fusions to control lower back pain despite a lack of evidence. Poor outcomes are particularly likely in the workers' comp system.
Two-thirds of psychological claimants report no workplace contact
Gabrielle Lis | New research shows Australian employers delay and even avoid contact with workers who make psychological injury claims, and finds an association with poor outcomes for return to work.
How-to guide: Calling psychological injury claimants
Gabrielle Lis | Delaying contact with workers who’ve claimed for psychological injury can delay return to work. This article outlines why, how and when to make *that* call.
Webinar recording: Employers - The biggest influencers in RTW
Dr Mary Wyatt | Dr Wyatt discusses the lessons for employers from Return to Work Survey findings

Industry News

Stolen workers' comp files sold to injury lawyers
Published on October 24, 2016 | A contractor for the Ambulance Service of NSW sold paramedics' workers compensation files containing psychiatric reports, details of serious injuries and other sensitive informationto a group of injury lawyers.
WorkSafe bonuses in firing line for injured ex-cop
Published on October 24, 2016 | A former policeman who was shot in the line of duty is calling for WorkSafe to delay the payment of "termination bonuses" to insurers until workers have exhausted all their avenues for appeal.
Surveillance of active fishing trip causes RSI claimant to lose benefits
Published on October 24, 2016 | The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has thrown out a Comcare workers' claim for compensation after surveillance footage showed the worker playing a poker machine in a club and going on a fishing trip with friends where he helped lift a kayak from a trailer, picked up a full esky and used a shovel to kill a fish.
Staff mental health should be a KPI for CEOs: Jeff Kennett
Published on October 24, 2016 | Former Premier of Victoria and Chairman of Beyond Blue, Jeff Kennett, is lobbying the Business Council of Australia to endorse a plan that would make the mental health of employees one of the annual key performance indicators of ­private-sector executives and government department heads.
Participatory ergonomics reduces MSDs by 30% at Canadian utility
Published on October 17, 2016 | Ten years ago, Kitchener Wilmot Hydro, a utility company in Canada that now employs about 180 people and serves 91,000 homes and businesses, took part in a research project targeting musculoskeletal injuries.