RTWMatters team |
This video made by GP Access and the Hunter Integrated Pain Service provides a fun animated introduction, which explains that 100% of the pain we feel is produced by the brain. The video goes on to explain that acute pain may last for weeks or months and is commonly associated with tissue damage, such as a back injury or an ankle sprain. Persistent or chronic pain is pain which lasts for three months or more. more >>
Kerry Foster | In this webinar Kerry Foster, Director of Active Occupational Health Services, will discuss the importance of the employer’s involvement in the return to work.
About the webinar: RTW - Employers Taking The Lead Role In this webinar Kerry Foster, Director of Active Occupational Health Services, will discuss the importance of the employer’s involvement in the return to work and examines 10 ways that employers can take control of their workers’ compensation to reduce premiums and improve health outcomes for their employees. The presentation covers: • Initial and preventative actions to minimise injuries and subsequent claims • Overcoming barriers such as communicating with Doctors, providing suitable duties and working through complex cases • What to expect from Rehabilitation providers and other options to consider • Decisions around termination and obligations that continue post-termination. more >>
Gabrielle Lis | Researchers now know how tiny, drug-free needles kill pain. This briefing paper covers what acupuncture is, and what it's good for.
What is acupuncture? Acupuncture, which originated in China more than 2000 years ago, is the procedure of inserting needles into various points on the body. The needles are then manipulated by hand or via electrical stimulation. The intent is to relieve pain, treat illness and promote wellbeing. What is acupuncture good for? According to the Cochrane Collaboration, acupuncture is an effective treatment for: Osteoarthritis; Tension type headaches; Migraine; and Chronic low back pain. more >>
Bronnie Thompson | What does it mean and how to make the most of it.
Making the most of a referral for pain management As part of a medical review, a doctor may recommended a person attend pain management – what does this mean and how do you make the most of it? Pain management usually refers to using a cognitive behavioural approach to self managing pain. Rather than directly trying to reduce pain or treat any underlying injury or ‘tissue problem’, the focus shifts to what the person can do to manage his or her health and life goals. more >>
Joy Hewitt | The current understanding of the occurrence of multiple regional chronic pain syndromes is discussed and concludes more research is needed.
Take Home Messages: The general risk factors that lead to chronic pain sufferers experiencing multiple, apparently unrelated pain syndromes are poorly understood. Clinical research is needed to provide a better understanding of the occurrence of multiple chronic pain syndromes and to help improve the management of people who experience such pain. Why the research matters: Developing a better understanding of chronic pain is important. more >>
A One Shift survey has found that two thirds of employees feel pressured to go to work when they are ill. On the other hand, 57% of employees feel annoyed when someone comes into the workplace with an illness. This suggests that workers are more concerned about unwanted illnesses than an unwanted workload. This is possibly the result of rising pressures in the workplace, and with technology present 24 hours per day, it can be hard for employees to switch off and take the time to recover. Employees should be clear on their expectations to reduce pressure and confusion.
Both Labor and the Greens are 'suspicious' towards the proposed Comcare reforms. Without these two groups, Senator Abetz must gain the support of independents and minor parties to see the legislation through. Prominent compensation lawyers and the CPSU have also expressed opposition to the bill. Labor claims that the proposed reform will both directly and indirectly risk the workplace health and safety of Australian workers. The opposition Employment said, "Labor supports schemes that focus on getting people back to work with appropriate support."
Manuela Ferreira, Associate Professor in Medicine at the University of Sydney, noted that nine out of ten people visiting the doctor due to lower back pain have no serious problems with their spine. Instead, the pain is likely the result of stress or strain. Often, the treatment recommended for such injuries is paracetamol, but the problem is that it deosn't work - and causes abnormal liver function, as well as an increased risk of premature death, cardiovascular, gastrintestinal and kidney disease. Additionally, it was found that paracetamol was neither effective nor safe for the treatment of osteoarthristis.
The Konekt Market Report analysed 113,000 compensable and non-compensable back pain cases in Australia over a six year perior and found that employees often delay reporting their injury or ignore the injury until it becomes debilitating. With around 3 million Australians suffering from lower back pain, lower back pain is the second-greatest contributor of disbility in Australia. They also found that the RTW rate for lower back injuries is around 85% for small businesses compared to 90% for larger businesses.