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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...

Positive (pirate) working culture

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Workers' compensation and return to work plans have a longer history than you might think.

Towards a better workplace

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Opening up lines of communication is essential in the return to work process.

Shoulder and elbow pain: which treatments work?

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The evidence for and against some of the most common treatments for shoulder and elbow pain.

When compensation impedes recovery

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Studies show that workers are less likely to recover from illness or injury if they enter the...

In body but not mind - presenteeism in the workplace

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Sometimes employees need return to work assistance even while they're still physically in the...

A system that works

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Denmark has in place a social system that keeps unemployment low, wages high, and job prospects...

Getting happier, working better

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Studies have now proven that positive psychology has a big impact. In the workplace it can keep...

Chronic pain in America

contributorRobert Hughes

A quarter of working Americans suffer daily pain

An Interview with Paul Coburn

contributorHilary Hoare

Paul Coburn talks about changing doctors' beliefs and practices, poor medical advice and the...