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Now I go on a television show...and everyone thinks I'm such a nice guy
Dr Mary Wyatt | In this article on Donald Trump and the art of persuasion, we examine the way small commitments become big ones.
The brain science of good boss, bad boss
Gabrielle Lis | New discoveries in neuroscience can help explain why some colleagues and work situations bring out the worst in you – and offer suggestions for taming your brain’s Bad Boss
3 x 3 for mental health
RTWMatters team | Nine priorities for Australian businesses seeking to prevent harm, promote the positive, and manage mental illness at work
Webinar recording: RTWCs & Doctors: Their influence on return to work
Tyler Lane | RTW Coordinators and health care providers: Longitudinal studies into their impact on RTW

Industry News

Research review shows Surgeons at high risk of work-related MSDs
Published on January 16, 2018 | Another example of how the stress of long hours in “cramped, awkward positions” can increase the risk of temporary and sometimes permanent work disability. Ergonomists cited in the review compare a surgeon’s work environment and risk levels for work-related MSDs to that of miners and labourers.
AMA calls for increased investment into mental health
Published on January 16, 2018 | On releasing the AMA’s position statement on mental health, Dr Michael Gannon says “Almost one in two Australian adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, yet mental health and psychiatric care are grossly underfunded when compared to physical health”.
NSW hospitals consider “hazard reduction” pre-employment screening
Published on January 16, 2018 | With the intention to reduce the number of likely workers’ compensation claims and increase resilience across the workforce, a number of NSW hospitals are considering developing a “Health Assessment Program” and have put forward a proposal to address increased workers’ compensation costs.
The right to ‘disconnect’ – Lessons from France on avoiding burn out
Published on January 16, 2018 | One year after the French Government implemented a law requiring companies with 50 or more employees to ‘reduce the intrusion of work into private lives’, this article explores the lessons that can be drawn from the intervention to reduce the impact of stress and burnout throughout the French workforce.
Sexual harassment causes physical as well as psychological damage
Published on January 16, 2018 | A study published in the Journal of Community Health, looks at the results of a national survey on the influence of sexual harassment on the victim’s mental and physical health. Findings indicate how stress can lead to unhealthy behaviours and can lead to “chronic diseases such as depression, anxiety, pain disorders, and poor metabolism.