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Working with quadriplegia TWO: physical challenges need flexible management

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Mario was set to become a surgeon before an accident left him with quadriplegia. Management...

Working with quadriplegia ONE: what motivates return to employment

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

What helped Mario return to work after a car accident left him with quadriplegia?

Changing health behaviours- It's all in our heads - Janette Gale

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Even if they want to it doesn't mean they can, even if they can it doesn't mean they will.

Deanne's story part three: unintended outcome

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

How an employer and employee can do the right thing and yet have a bad experience too

Motivation: Part Two

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The six-part series continues. This time we look at the effect of a positive attitude towards rehab.

Dr Hari Dhir on doctor-patient communication (part 2)

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The second half of Dr Dhir's doctor-patient communication insights.

Right to rehab: a right for all

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Terminally ill patients are LIVING with their illness, and so deserve the same rehab attention...

Motivation: Part one

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The first instalment in a six-part series of articles on Motivation in rehabilitation.

Doctor-patient communication: when it's good, everyone benefits (Part 1)

contributorNews Hound

The first half of RTW Matter's interview with Dr Hari Dhir.

Deanne's story part two: the secretary forced out of work by a common health condition.

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

In Part Two of this series, RTW Matters interviews Deanne to discover why she feels angry and...

RTW Matters follows the journey of a young secretary forced out of her job by a common health condition.

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

In this and subsequent articles on Deanne's case, we learn about her WorkCover journey and hear...

Anna Kelsey-Sugg

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Poetry, soccer and split infinitives.

The importance of early return to productive and full time duties

contributorSarah Duffield

A worker has several months off work after experiencing acute back pain. Her eventual return to...

The sleepy shift-worker

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The keys to managing sleepiness in the workplace.

The communication situation

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

In an interview with communication consultant Sharon McGann we learn why communication is so...

Complacency in return to work programs does not produce good outcomes

contributorSarah Duffield

An injured worker, with knee injuries and heart condition, is made redundant and has to deal...

Doubling up on a frozen shoulder diagnosis.

contributorSarah Duffield

An older worker develops frozen shoulder after a fracture injury. After several months of...

Ignoring a problem will only make it worse.

contributorSarah Duffield

A cleaner works through increasing pain levels for more than two years before reporting her...

Building a corporate culture of health - Dr Catherine Hamilton

contributorAndrea Thompson

From the Institute for Health and Productivity Management.

Rehabilitation of cancer patients - addressing a lack

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Why is it then that cancer survivors have less access to help with rehabilitation post-treatment?

Robert Hughes

contributorErmine Despicio

Yes... but let's have a bit of fun while we're doing it.

Cancer-related disability: getting on with life and work

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Cancer patients need thorough reviews post treatment so they can return to suitable working...

Understanding sleepiness

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Some common misconceptions about sleepiness.

Getting back to work: an interview with John Stubbs.

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Interview with Cancer Voices Australia executive director and cancer survivor John Stubbs.

From fighting cancer to fostering Cancer Voices

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Cancer survivor John Stubbs talks about his journey back to good health and back to work, in a...

The carpet-layer made good

contributorTheo Giantsos

'Chris' was a carpet layer who worked in a small suburban firm.

Dr Mary Wyatt

contributorRobert Hughes

Self effacing, warm, always positive - Mary Wyatt is a consummate professional dedicated to...

A successful RTW case study under seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

contributorTheo Giantsos

Mr X had been a 'journeyman' worker for many years before he developed a destructive and...

Sleepy when you shouldn't be - three takes on sleepiness in the workplace

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

This article explores some of the risks involved with sleepiness in the workplace.

How to help return to work after a mild traumatic brain injury

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The importance of recognition and education in RTW after a mild traumatic brain injury and...

Do you yawn enough to be a good RTW professional?

contributorRobert Hughes

Researchers find that contagious yawning indicates empathy.

Before and after a brain injury

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

What is a brain injury and how should it be managed?

When return to work works best

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

RTW Matters interviewed 57-year-old 'Sally', who went straight back to work after sustaining a...

Employers can sort out liability issues simply by seeking sensible medical advice

contributorSarah Duffield

An admin officer developed acute back pain after several weeks of 'niggling' soreness....

Loss of motivation is common when people remain on part-time modified duties

contributorSarah Duffield

A project manager develops an overuse injury and is still on part-time restricted duties after...

Throwing a fakie

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

A fake sickie could land you in more trouble than it's worth

Early, quality support for workers with significant injuries is important.

contributorSarah Duffield

A long standing employee sustained a significant knee injury at work. Effective coordination and...

When adequate rehabilitation is not enough

contributorSarah Duffield

A long-term stable worker sustains a significant hip injury. While he has returned to work on...

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