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A new, national approach to RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

Safe Work Australia's National Return to Work Strategy shows promise. Will they deliver on the...

Said or unsaid, words matter

contributorRTWMatters team

Six powerful phrases that are heard too often, or not often enough, in the field of RTW and...

Webinar recording: Expectations Management in Vocational Rehabilitation

contributorDr Boris Fedoric

This webinar is designed to educate individuals working in the injury management space on a...

Pilates pain or gain?

contributorStefanie Garber

The word “pilates” conjures images of healthy people in leotards with their legs above their...

Questioning the power of positivity

contributorGabrielle Lis

Do positive expectations about RTW bring results, or do good prospects make injured workers feel...

Too tough, too scared, too busy

contributorGabrielle Lis

A quarter of construction workers don’t report injuries. Why - and what are the consequences?

Is your workplace ready for GPs’ best practice mental health management?

contributorGabrielle Lis

World-leading Australian guidelines will help GPs better manage work-related mental health...

Webinar recording: The challenge of bullying – the negative consequences and effective responses

contributorMichael Plowright

This webinar explores the nature and effects of workplace bullying and what factors help to...

Webinar recording: Return to Work Coordinators, Doctors and Return to Work: an update

contributorTyler Lane

New research on the influence of return to work coordinators and health care providers on return...

Hungry to improve RTW?

contributorRTWMatters team

The researchers at the Insurance Work and Health Group at Monash University are offering a...

Webinar recording: A work-design focused Return to Work process

contributorMeredith Carr

Meredith Carr discusses how to effectively implement a work-design focused RTW process and the...

Are subjective reports of symptoms from a worker sufficient to establish that a worker suffered an injury?

contributorColby Treasure

In this case study, an insurance lawyer outlines the legal perspective on conflicting medical...

Investigation: Mindfulness

contributorGabrielle Lis

Meditation and mindfulness are often conflated but they’re not the same. We clarify the muddy...

Webinar recording: The importance of social connection in RTW

contributorDr Caroline Howe

Associate Professor Caroline Howe explains what icare's research into social connection tells...

Work injury and good work

contributorDr Sara Pazell

What is "human-centred" design and how might it reduce work injuries and ease return to...

Video: How to get the most out of RTWMatters

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

An introduction to the resources available with tips on how to get the most out of your membership

Too ashamed to return to work

contributorGabrielle Lis

Shame feeds aggression and avoidance: barriers to RTW. How can workplaces and treating...

Webinar recording: Understanding musculoskeletal problems - Part 3 - Shoulders and knees

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

In our final webinar of our series, Dr Wyatt explains common shoulder and knee problems and how...

Six ways to beat the back-to-work blues by building resilience

contributorHolly Blake, University of Nottingham

Chartered health psychologist and Associate Professor Holly Blake shares practical tips to ease...

Working on addiction

contributorCassidy Webb

How to recognise and support those who suffer from addiction at work.

Webinar recording: Understanding musculoskeletal problems - Part 2: Neck and Back Pain

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

In part two of our three-part series, Dr Wyatt explains common neck and back problems and gives...

Supervisor training package launch: Early bird opportunity

contributorRTWMatters team

Managing return to work and injury - A Supervisor Training Package

Psychiatric cases and secondary depression - ELEARNING

contributorDr Peter Cotton and Dr Mary Wyatt

An online training module for RTW Coordinators who need tools to help them manage cases where...

Gold medal for relationship management goes to...

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

WorkCover Queensland! But unlike the Olympics, we'll happily hand out more golds to others with...

Not all ergonomics is snake oil salesmanship

contributorGabrielle Lis

Sorting the healthy from the makin’-me-wealthy when it comes to the lucrative field of workplace...

Mirror, mirror

contributorGabrielle Lis

“Who’s the fairest?” matters to compensation recipients. Researchers find associations between...

Identifying psychosocial risks and worker vulnerability

contributorRTWMatters team

Guidance from Safe Work Australia can help you clock the psychosocial risks in your workplace,...

Q&A with mental health workplace consultant

contributorRTWMatters team

"Employers are really switched on now, they understand the importance of workplace mental...

Webinar recording: From theory to practice - Creating psychologically healthy workplaces

contributorDr Natasha Lazareski (Kiso)

Practical steps to build and maintain a psychologically healthy workplace and minimise...

The research and analysis behind our new training package for supervisors

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Dr Wyatt describes the six years of research, reflection and experimentation that have gone into...

New insights: best practice risk factor identification for delayed return to work

contributorGabrielle Lis

A best practice statement sheds light on how – and when – we should collect, analyse and act on...

Time management approaches

contributorGabrielle Lis

Learn how to reduce stress, improve productivity and increase your engagement with good time...

Three steps to getting the appreciation you deserve

contributorGabrielle Lis

Feeling overworked and underappreciated? Here’s a simple, three-step plan to help you show ‘em...

Webinar recording: Understanding musculoskeletal problems - Part 1: Introduction

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

In part one of a three part series, Dr Wyatt covers the basics of musculoskeletal conditions,...

No reporting does not equal no psychological injury

contributorGabrielle Lis

You should be worried if no workers at your organisation complain about bullying, harassment or...

Your obligations around psychological health and safety at work

contributorPeta Miller

Peta Miller, past strategic WHS adviser and now consultant with Safe Work Australia, clears up...

New insurer approach reduces delays in decisions about healthcare

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Delays and disputes are stressful and can have a negative impact on recovery and return to work....

Workplace Health Management programs save one hospital around $200k

contributorKevin Jones

Kevin Jones of the SafetyAtWorkBlog describes research into the benefits of said program,...

(Home) working it!

contributorGabrielle Lis

Accentuate the positives and eliminate the negatives of remote work, with this strategic guide...

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