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Webinar: The pros and cons of self insurance in work injury insurance
Robin Shaw, 14th May 2019 at 3pm AEST

ARTICLES

Webinar recording: Understanding musculoskeletal problems - Part 1: Introduction
Dr Mary Wyatt | In part one of a three part series, Dr Wyatt covers the basics of musculoskeletal conditions, including difficulties employees face. ... read more >>
Case Study: Injured, but not at work. What to do?
Dr Mary Wyatt | Workers with injuries sustained away from work may be tempted to protect their financial interests by lodging a compensation claim anyway. Dr Wyatt describes how support and boundaries can help.... read more >>
After amputation, who might struggle to RTW?
Gabrielle Lis | Returning to work after the amputation of a leg or foot takes time. Older workers struggle more, as do those who report lower quality of life. Amputation point matters too.... read more >>
Mirror, mirror
Gabrielle Lis | “Who’s the fairest?” matters to compensation recipients. Researchers find associations between reduced adversarialism, greater perceived fairness and better health.... read more >>
 

Industry News

No hump day = happier, healthier, more productive workers
Published on April 17, 2019 | Melbourne-based digital agency Versa abolished Wednesdays 12 months ago, splitting the 37.5-hour working week into two two-day blocks.  Managing director Jonny Clow was initially a sceptic.  "To lose a whole day — 20 per cent of revenues — you know it's hard for us to make money as it is.... read more >>
Two intense stories of workplace injury
Published on April 16, 2019 | Warning: this is a story about violent crime in the workplace, so please don't read it if you think it might disturb you... Dr Andrew Taylor was shot at work, by a gunman intent on revenge. The offence? A medical report that he believed underplayed his workplace injuries, resulting in a much smaller compensation payment than he'd anticipated.... read more >>
Pharmacists prescribe the whys and hows of mentally healthy work
Published on April 16, 2019 | Working in a pharmacy it's almost inevitable: you're going to have to deal with an agro customer at some point. So it makes sense that pharmacists would be particularly interested in creating mentally healthy workplaces.... read more >>
Should doctors trust patients?
Published on April 16, 2019 | RTW professionals and employer representatives are sometimes frustrated by the doctor-patient bond, especially when there are questions about the legitimacy or work-relatedness of an injury. Should doctors simply believe injured workers' reports, or is a more skeptical attitude warranted? According to Dr Rachel Grob and co-authors in the Journal of the American Medical Association there is emerging evidence  that physicians who trust their patients make more accurate diagnoses, have better relationships and offer better care, and actually enjoy their own work more.... read more >>
New FIFO mental health code of practice
Published on April 09, 2019 | Nearly four years after the West Australian Legislative Assembly Education and Health Standing Committee tabled its final report on the impact of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) work practiceson mental health, the Commission for Occupational Safety and Health and the Mining Industry Advisory Committee have published a code of practice for mentally healthy workplace for FIFO workers.... read more >>