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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.

Webinar recording: Case management - Early identification of people at high risk for work disability

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

An occupational physician's guide to identifying and supporting high-risk individuals and common...

An introduction to self-compassion

contributorGabrielle Lis

A look at the emerging evidence on a meditation-based approach that promises relief from...

Three ways RTW professionals can manage emotional labour

contributorGabrielle Lis

Burnt out? Dissatisfied? Struggling to manage your emotions 9 to 5? Emotional labour expert Dr...

Webinar recording: Good work design – it is in the DNA of a human-centred organisation

contributorDr Sara Pazell

Dr Sara Pazell discusses how a human-centred organisation is committed to work and job design...

How employers can help cancer survivors return to work – based on my own experience

contributorStephen Bevan, Lancaster University

A cancer survivor who works for a research institute in employment studies shares the ins and...

icare laid bare

contributorGabrielle Lis

icare engaged with the evidence-base around best practice injury management, and tried to reform...

Ombudsman calls for overhaul of “immoral and unethical” Victorian practices

contributorGabrielle Lis

New report concludes: “Nothing short of wholesale changes to the system will address the issues...

Let go of toxic workplace 'emotional labour' in 2019

contributorAstrid Helene Kendrick, University of Calgary

Deep acting at work could be a protective factor for employees in challenging situations, but it...

How is Australia tracking in RTW?

contributorRTWMatters team

A quick look at return to work data released by Safe Work Australia in 2019

Webinar recording: Compassion fatigue and emotional well-being of workers compensation employees

contributorEmily Cope

This webinar will discuss new research which has begun to consider risk factors and protective...

A new, national approach to RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

Safe Work Australia's National Return to Work Strategy shows promise. Will they deliver on the...

Said or unsaid, words matter

contributorRTWMatters team

Six powerful phrases that are heard too often, or not often enough, in the field of RTW and...

Webinar recording: Managing shoulder injuries and rethinking our approach

contributorDr Angus Forbes

This webinar looks at common shoulder conditions and explains why current diagnostic...

Webinar recording: Expectations Management in Vocational Rehabilitation

contributorDr Boris Fedoric

This webinar is designed to educate individuals working in the injury management space on a...

Pilates pain or gain?

contributorStefanie Garber

The word “pilates” conjures images of healthy people in leotards with their legs above their...

Questioning the power of positivity

contributorGabrielle Lis

Do positive expectations about RTW bring results, or do good prospects make injured workers feel...

Too tough, too scared, too busy

contributorGabrielle Lis

A quarter of construction workers don’t report injuries. Why - and what are the consequences?

Is your workplace ready for GPs’ best practice mental health management?

contributorGabrielle Lis

World-leading Australian guidelines will help GPs better manage work-related mental health...