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Workplace MSDs: Neck, arm, hand interventions rated

contributorGabrielle Lis

Working out at work can prevent common musculoskeletal disorders of the neck, arm and hand. Find...

Supportive supervisors see more RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

Australian data shows that supervisors who are seen to promote physical and psychological...

Top five insurer fails: Injured workers talk

contributorGabrielle Lis

In workers’ compensation systems across the world, injured workers describe predominantly...

Qualitative VS Quantitative research

contributorGabrielle Lis

What is qualitative research? Can it help solve the puzzle of why workers’ compensation seems to...

Spinal fusion: All pain, no gain?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Australians are turning to spinal fusions to control lower back pain despite a lack of evidence....

How to support psychological claimants

contributorGabrielle Lis

When psychological claimants feel supported by their employer the RTW outlook is bright. Here we...

Webinar recording: Employers - The biggest influencers in RTW

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Dr Wyatt discusses the lessons for employers from Return to Work Survey findings

New data shows employer support crucial for psychological claimants

contributorGabrielle Lis

In Australia, only one third of psychological claimants feel supported by their employer: those...

How-to guide: Calling psychological injury claimants

contributorGabrielle Lis

Delaying contact with workers who’ve claimed for psychological injury can delay return to work....

Two-thirds of psychological claimants report no workplace contact

contributorGabrielle Lis

New research shows Australian employers delay and even avoid contact with workers who make...

Comparing the data: physical and psychological claims

contributorGabrielle Lis

Dr Wyatt dug into the data on the outcomes and experiences of Australian workers who lodge...

How Dr Wyatt analysed the National Return to Work Survey

contributorGabrielle Lis

In which we introduce the National Return to Work Survey, describe how Dr Wyatt has analysed the...

WorkSafe Victoria failing the most vulnerable: insurers profiting

contributorGabrielle Lis

We summarise the Victorian Ombudsman's investigation into WorkSafe's handling of complex claims,...

Better than ever: Enjoy the revamped RTWMatters website

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Our best content is now easier to navigate. Keep an eye out for new research and resources that...

Webinar recording: Effective physical rehab

contributorDamien Amsuss

The injured worker needs and deserves it.

Can you ‘teach’ workers to be more emotionally resilient?

contributorYvonne Brunetto

You may know someone like this at work: optimistic and resilient, they appear to bounce through...

A basic introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

contributorFerdinand Marin

Learn the basics about Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), one of the most effective forms of...

Webinar recording: Rebuilding life after brain injury

contributorSue Sloan

Approaches to supporting people to rebuild meaningful life role participation.

Webinar recording: Physiotherapists and return to work

contributorRoss Iles & Paul Coburn

This panel discussion explores physiotherapy strategic approaches to improve return to work and...

Bus Wellness Guide 2: A guide for managers

contributorA. Richey

Managers and supervisors can have an enormous impact on employee health, wellness and safety....

Webinar recording: Improve mental health in your workplace

contributorKevin St Mart

An introduction to the Workplace Alliance and Beyondblue's workplace mental health initiative

Speaking Up 4: When injured workers need to speak up

contributorA. Richey

Effective communication is particularly important when an injured worker is returning to work...

Speaking Up 3: Staff speaking up

contributorA. Richey

As an employee, it's often seen as easier to keep quiet, but the reality is that you need to...

Speaking Up 2: Employers enabling open communication

contributorA. Richey

Many employees tend to be wary of communicating openly in the workplace, so what can employers...

Speaking Up 1: The Benefits of Open Communication

contributorA. Richey

Open communication in the workplace is sign of a positive workplace culture.

Webinar recording: Cultivating happiness at work to improve RTW

contributorAlexandra Blakemore

The Happiness at Work Program, a 30-day program devised to improve personal happiness and...

Prehabilitation: improving the results of surgery

contributorA. Richey

Prehabilitation is an approach to aid people recover from surgery and increase the likelihood of...

Lifestyle Factors: Nutrition & RTW

contributorA. Richey

Absenteeism due to employee health costs Australian businesses around $7 billion annually and...

Lifestyle Factors and RTW: Drugs

contributorA. Richey

According to NDSHS data, workers are more likely to have used illicit drugs in the past 12...

Lifestyle Factors and RTW: Alcohol

contributorA. Richey

Alcohol and smoking are the most common legal drugs in use in Australia today.

Lifestyle Factors and RTW: Fatigue

contributorA. Richey

Fatigue is often the result of a lack of sleep, prolonged mental or physical work, or lengthy...

Lifestyle Factors and RTW: Fitness

contributorA. Richey

The Australian Bureau of Statistics found that 71% of the Australian working population aren't...

Disputes: at what cost?

contributorA. Richey

If an employee is suspected of 'gaming the system,' is it worth investigating the matter further...

Webinar recording: What works - Lessons from overseas

contributorRobert Aurbach

The most successful workers' compensation system in the world is one you haven't heard of.

Dispute Resolutions: How does your jurisdiction stack up?

contributorA. Richey

The CPM report provides information on disputation rates and dispute resolution rates across...

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