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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...

Ten benefits of working from home

contributorGabrielle Lis

Whether you're a full time remote worker, recovering from injury or illness, or practising...

Webinar recording: Work-related psychological health and safety matters.

contributorPeta Miller

Meeting your duties under the work health and safety laws.

Ten challenges of working and recovering at home

contributorGabrielle Lis

Whether it's because of a work injury or a pandemic, many of us have periods of working from...

Webinar recording: Hacking Return To Work: 3 surprisingly simple RTW strategies you can use right now

contributorMark Stipic

RTW strategies you can use right now to speed up your outcomes and deal with complex cases

Good news for workers who can’t return to their pre-injury job

contributorGabrielle Lis

An op shop, a chicken run, IT training and a cuppa with a CEO: Craig’s Table serves up a unique...

What matters about RTWMatters?

contributorRTWMatters team

RTWMatters is Australia’s leading independent resource for return to work professionals:...

And now what?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

For ten years, national RTW rates have remained stagnant. Why? And what hope does Dr Wyatt see...

Form-fitting functional abilities to workers

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A simple but effective South Australian initiative helps physios communicate with GPs about...

Seeing trouble

contributorGabrielle Lis

We eyeball visual impairment in the workplace, with insights from Jan Hauser, Vision Australia...

Webinar recording: How to develop a first class provider network

contributorJames Fletcher

James Fletcher discusses a framework for building a quality provider network

Q&A on sleep and work

contributorGabrielle Lis

"Enlightened bosses are interested in whether or not workers are getting enough sleep," says...

Webinar recording: Working with a Company Doctor - A Unique Medical Discipline

contributorDr James Crompton

Dr James Crompton discusses the role of the company doctor, including employer expectations,...

Can mind body treatments cure chronic pain?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Bold claims are emerging about chronic pain eliminated by psychological treatments with a...

Common-sense claims processes are on target

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

In some jurisdictions, claim lodgement processes have become more user friendly and proactive...

How has the Clinical Framework helped?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A cooperative, supportive approach and clear expectations about treatment has helped allied...

Intro to the Clinical Framework

contributorRTWMatters team

RTW Coordinators, meet the Clinical Framework, a set of principles that ensure allied health...

Jurisdictional comparison: Claim lodgement

contributorGabrielle Lis

Early intervention is only possible when injuries are promptly reported. How do different...

Supercharging motivation for the chronically ill

contributorRTWMatters team

Motivating messages for RTW coordinators, supervisors and HR, based on research that describes...

Psychosocial pitfalls of "ordinary" injuries

contributorGabrielle Lis

We eavesdrop on a conversation (ok, polite but passionate debate) between RTW professionals with...

Employer Education Advisor

contributor

Interested to support RTW Coordinators in South Australia?

Webinar recording:Taking control of Workers' Compensation

contributorSimon Booth

Understanding risk management when it comes to Workers’ Compensation premiums is valuable...

3 x 3 for mental health

contributorRTWMatters team

Nine priorities for Australian businesses seeking to prevent harm, promote the positive, and...

In conversation with Angela Martin

contributorRTWMatters team

A highly experienced “pracademic” outlines the research evidence best suited to helping...

Webinar recording: RTWCs & Doctors: Their influence on return to work

contributorTyler Lane

RTW Coordinators and health care providers: Longitudinal studies into their impact on RTW

The brain science of good boss, bad boss

contributorGabrielle Lis

New discoveries in neuroscience can help explain why some colleagues and work situations bring...

PEMAs aren't perfect

contributorRTWMatters team

Pre-employment medical assessments bring risks for employers as well as benefits. Potential...

Grand champions of persuasion...or manipulation?

contributorRTWMatters team

Even when it succeeds, manipulation destroys trust and breeds resentment. How can we persuade...

Moral injury and RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

Notions of wrongdoing, blame and guilt can seem dangerous in the context of RTW. Are we missing...