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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...

Interview with Dr Doron Samuell, psychiatrist and behavioural scientist

contributorDr Doron Samuell

There are deep, systemic problems with the way we manage mental health claims, according to Dr...

Our brains aren't computers, which matters for RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

An individual's response to pain is unique to them and changes over time, so giving people the...

Will workers' comp scandals overshadow pervasive human costs?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Yes, workers' compensation schemes have been poorly managed. Real change will come when there is...

Pain has a new meaning

contributorGabrielle Lis

A change to the definition of pain offered by a key international organisation could change...

Working from home while homeschooling the kids

contributorDr Anamika Devi

It's a tough gig, but expert advice suggests that it is possible to maintain the wellbeing of...

Webinar recording: Automated Manual Handling Risk Assessments: a benefit or a distraction?

contributorDavid Bick

Presented by David Bick of JointAction Solutions along with Michael Lawrence and Roscoe McCord...

Telehealth in workers’ comp

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Our in-house expert and seasoned Independent Medical Examiner, Dr Mary Wyatt, explains...

Webinar recording: Translating Sport Science Research into Practical Injury Management Programs

contributorScott Coleman

How an injured nurse, an elite athlete and wearable technology can help you reduce...

Rethinking presenteeism and prevention, post-COVID-19

contributorGabrielle Lis

Swap soldiering on for staying at home. Forgo social contact we used to take for granted. Two...

Working with cancer treatment

contributorGabrielle Lis

Remaining at work while receiving cancer treatment is increasingly common. Healthy work / cancer...

Webinar recording: Implications for the Health Benefits of Good Work in the era of COVID-19

contributorKeith Govias

Good work has health benefits even during times of crisis. Tips for supporting remote workers,...

COVID-19 effects on injury compensation claim numbers

contributorAssociate Professor Genevieve Grant

COVID-19 is having a massive range of impacts on our work and health, and these will flow on to...

Legal disputes, workers' compensation and COVID

contributorDanny Khoshaba, Partner, Insurance, Mills Oakley, along with his Associate Sherilyn Dunkley

A Brave New World: a workers compensation perspective on resolving legal disputes via technology...

Thriving at work in risky times

contributorRTWMatters team

We hit some potential pandemic pain points, share resources to help organisations tackle them...

Do you know anyone who has lost work courtesy of COVID-19?

contributorRTWMatters team

The COVID-19 Work and Health Study is tracking the impact of the pandemic on those who lose work...

Coping with quarantine (and social distancing)

contributorGabrielle Lis

Quarantine is hard on people’s mental health but we can reduce the risks for those forced into...

Working through COVID-19

contributorRTWMatters team

Practical and authoritative material to help you navigate these unprecedented times.