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An update on the Health Benefits of Good Work (HBGW) Campaign and initiatives of the Australian HBGW Signatory Steering Group
Suzanne Jones – 4th July 2017

ARTICLES

Webinar recording: Online Functional Job Dictionaries
Heidi Turbill | Maximising their benefit in your workplace
Tick, tick, tick
Gabrielle Lis | The more time that elapses before low back injury is reported and treated, and the longer someone waits before taking time off work, the longer the eventual period of work disability.
What does a thriving social life have to do with RTW?
Dr Mary Wyatt | Researchers looking for factors associated with early RTW uncover the usual suspects, as well as a less-expected ally: the social butterfly!
What helps depressed workers stay at work?
Gabrielle Lis | Workplace interventions, CBT and stretching can all reduce sick leave amongst workers with depression - but other interventions are less successful.

Industry News

Injured bull rider tests "obscure" definition of worker
Published on June 19, 2017 | Mitchell Gajkowski, a 22 year old man who, three years ago, sustained catastrophic injuries riding a bull at a rodeo in Camden, NSW, has won an unprecedented legal case entitling him to lifetime cover for medical expenses, travelling expenses, weekly payments of workers compensation until retirement age, a lump sum estimated at about $200,000 and payments for his mother as a carer.
SA members, do you know about RISE?
Published on June 16, 2017 | The Re-employment Incentive Scheme for Employers (RISE) is an initiative of Return to Work SA that rewards employers for hiring injured workers unable to return to their pre-injury job. In addition to wage reimbursement, a case manager is available to ease the transition, and some workplace modifications are subsidised.
Liberty Mutual research centre closes
Published on June 16, 2017 | Recently the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety closed. We've brought you a lot of information from this fantastic resource, especially its Centre for Disability Research, and we'll continue to search the back catalogue for relevant RTW gems.
Should Tassie foster parents should be eligible for workers comp?
Published on June 16, 2017 | The Tasmanian government has asked WorkCover Tasmania to consider extending workers' compensation coverage to foster parents. Legislative Council Member Ruth Forrest argued that the changes made sense given that volunteer firefighters and ambulance drivers were covered by existing legislation.
Young workers fear risky business
Published on June 05, 2017 | According to RUOK, Australian businesses need to create more interpersonal trust. Research recently launched by RUOK and NSW icare found that more than 1/3 (36%) of Australian workers aged 25-34 are concerned they'll be blamed for mistakes at work, compared with around 1/10 (12%) of workers over 45.