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Worksafe’s hotel quarantine breach penalties are a warning for other employers to keep workers safe from COVID

contributorProfessor Alex Collie

Professor Alex Collie of Monash University says the case highlights that all employers have...

Ten things injury insurers do that plaintiff lawyers love

contributorWill Barsby, General Manager CTP, Life and A&H at EML

An ex-compensation lawyer spills the dirt on how injury insurers can be their own worst enemies,...

A new focus on case management

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Dr Wyatt describes the current state of case management in Australia, and asks for your help in...

Webinar recording: Case management - The good, the bad and the ugly

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

In this webinar, the first in a series of webinars on case management, Dr Mary Wyatt outlines...

Small business: big challenge for case management

contributorSharon Stratford

Of all business sizes, small businesses have the worst RTW outcomes. How can case managers help...

Why some injured workers struggle and how to help

contributorDr Boris Fedoric

Rehabilitation counselling guru Dr Boris Fedoric explains why some workers struggle to get back...

Rehabilitation Counsellor: Role Profile

contributorDr Boris Fedoric

In this Q&A with Dr Boris Fedoric, we learn that rehabilitation counsellors put injured workers...

Top ten tips for better living with less pain

contributorRTWMatters team

Practical advice for people who experience persistent pain, based on the work of musculoskeletal...

Webinar recording: Prevalence and patterns of health service use in compensated Australian workers with low back pain

contributorMichael Di Donato

In this webinar, Michael Di Donato reports on his recent research into imaging and opioid use in...

A scheme leaders’ approach to turning around RTW

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A conversation with the NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA).

Webinar recording: Best practice physiotherapy consultations, a focus on function and return to work

contributorDavid Elvish

For patients with high distress or low self efficacy, health care can inadvertently do harm. How...

Migraines and work

contributorRTWMatters team

A quick guide to understanding, accommodating and preventing migraines at work.

Accommodating long-haul Covid-19 at work

contributorRTWMatters team

Practical advice for accommodating non-infectious workers with persistent Covid symptoms during...

Need to persuade higher-ups to take action on mental health at work?

contributorRTWMatters team

Progressive think-tank The Australia Institute has released a report that quantifies the costs...

How to really reassure

contributorGabrielle Lis

Patient / treater rapport, emotional validation and education backed by experiences that...

Bad reassurance: "You’re fine! Don’t worry!"

contributorGabrielle Lis

Doctors and allied health professionals aiming to avoid over-treatment can actually make things...

Factors influencing return to work outcomes

contributorState Insurance Regulatory Authority of NSW

Determined to reverse a decline in RTW rates in NSW, SIRA (the State Insurance Regulatory...

Workers' compensation needs better healthcare - Part 2

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Positive change may be inspired by centers of excellence and everyday positivity emulated by...

Workers’ compensation needs better health care – Part I

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Dr Wyatt explains how problems with agency, explanation deficits, delays and disputes,...

Webinar recording: The Elephant in the room - too much medicine

contributorProfessor Peter O'Sullivan

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Professor Peter O'Sullivan from Curtin University,...

SIRA answers questions about value-based healthcare

contributorRTWMatters team

Petrina Casey of SIRA discusses the benefits and challenges of value-based healthcare (VBH) in...

How do we walk back non-evidence-based medicine?

contributorGabrielle Lis

The road to the de-adoption of low value healthcare is littered with good intentions, backseat...

Call to power

contributorGabrielle Lis

Friendly telephone contact from laypeople with no psychological training alleviates loneliness,...

Webinar recording: Good healthcare - what is it and is your worker getting it?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

In this webinar Dr Wyatt explores what constitutes good healthcare in work injury management and...

To medicalise or over-medicalise

contributorGabrielle Lis

What’s the difference, and why does it matter in workers’ compensation?

Barriers to VBH

contributorGabrielle Lis

Value-based healthcare promises to improve outcomes and reduce waste in workers’ compensation....

Making the case for VBH

contributorGabrielle Lis

Seven potential benefits of value-based healthcare (VBH) in the context of workers’...

Introducing value-based healthcare

contributorGabrielle Lis

Efficient, evidence-based and directed by what matters to patients: what’s not to like about...

Webinar recording: Recovery Blueprint: helping case managers help injured workers

contributorRoss Iles

The Recovery Blueprint project is a partnership between Monash University and WorkCover...

Emergency doctor who became a patient says symptoms should guide RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

A symptoms-based approach is a smart and humane way to make return to work decisions,...

Australian workers hit hard by Covid worries

contributorGabrielle Lis

Almost as many Covid-related mental health claims as infection claims were lodged in Australia...

Measuring RTW in 5,4,3,2,1

contributorRTWMatters team

How should employers measure RTW performance? We dig into Safe Work Australia’s national...

The Covid long haul

contributorGabrielle Lis

They call themselves the long-haulers – people who struggle with persistent symptoms months...

The fire and rescue perspective on PTSD

contributorAndrew McGarity

Andrew McGarity of Fire and Rescue NSW speaks with Dr Mary Wyatt via video link about an...

Introducing cognitive functional therapy

contributorRTWMatters team

By creating a therapeutic "pain story," proponents of cognitive functional therapy claim the...

Physiotherapists and psychologists can now certify in NSW

contributorDr Petrina Casey

Dr Petrina Casey, Director, Health Policy, Prevention & Supervision at the State Insurance...