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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...

Trust me, I'm like a smart person

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Authority builds trust, a powerful persuasive tool. In our fifth article on persuasion and...

I love the poorly educated: Trump's persuasive compliments

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Being likeable also makes you persuasive. In our sixth article on persuasion, we explore the...

Now I go on a television show...and everyone thinks I'm such a nice guy

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

In this article on Donald Trump and the art of persuasion, we examine the way small commitments...

I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be persuasive

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

People want to be like other people, hence the persuasive heft of "social proof". In our third...

Nobody builds better reciprocity than me, believe me

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Actually, we don't believe you, Mr President! In the second in our series of articles on the...

I'm going to make you persuasive...really, really persuasive

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

President Donald Trump is one of the 21st century's great persuaders. This series looks at the...

PEMA results at work

contributorRTWMatters team

Workplace examples illustrate how employers use (and misuse) the results of pre-employment...

Using and abusing PEMA results

contributorRTWMatters team

A doctor’s assessment that a prospective employee is “fit” for a particular role does not...

Webinar recording: Mediation v Litigation - Two part series

contributorAlison Shaw

Dispute resolution options in RTW and Industrial cases including a case study

Trying different PEMAs on for size

contributorRTWMatters team

Case study: How to ensure your pre-employment medical assessment program is fit for the job.

PEMAs ain't PEMAs

contributorRTWMatters team

There's no "one size fits all" pre-employment medical assessment: individual role demands and...

Intro to PEMAs - pre-employment medical assessments

contributorRTWMatters team

What is a PEMA? What can - and can't - be achieved with this earliest of early interventions?

Light at the end of the carpal tunnel

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Work activities can contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome, but prevention and...

Carpal tunnel: The nerve of it!

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

An introduction to the physiology, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Webinar recording: Life Insurance - What to do when you don't have a big stick - Make carrot soup.

contributorMLC Life Insurance

Meredith Taylor, Trina Moyes and Josh Agar from MLC Life Insurance discuss innovative ways to...

Knee injuries: first steps

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

The DOs and DON'Ts of best practice early intervention following knee injury.

What's with that knee? A first look

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

An introduction to knee injuries, covering the most common types of work-related knee problems,...

Webinar recording: An update on the Health Benefits of Good Work (HBGW) Campaign

contributorSuzanne Jones

And initiatives of the Australian HBGW Signatory Steering Group.

Correlation or causation?

contributorGabrielle Lis

If you want your injury management systems to be evidence-based, you need to understand how...

Six steps to good governance in RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

Ever looked at someone else’s injury management results and thought: I want what they’ve got?...

Jury still out on mindfulness at work

contributorKevin Jones

If you believe the hype, mindfulness can work miracles in the workplace. What do researchers...

Webinar recording: Implementing a 24/7 injury reporting line

contributorMichael Simpson

This webinar discusses the values and outcomes of 24/7 injury reporting lines

Are physios fit for RTW?

contributorPaul Coburn and the RTWMatters team

The answer is a resounding yes from experienced physiotherapist Paul Coburn, who shares his...

The best Vs the rest: mental health at work

contributorRTWMatters team

Fifteen things that the best performing organisations do to promote good mental health at work

Australia's most wanted: a mentally healthy workplace

contributorRTWMatters team

Want to secure a mentally healthy workplace but not exactly sure what one looks like? Mental...

Don't let a bully jeopardise your return to work

contributorJenny Holt

Information for workers who face bullying when they return to work after injury or illness.

Tips for patients who have big decisions to make

contributorGabrielle Lis

Doctors don't dictate your fate. Learn how to get the information you need to make good...

Good news: RTWMatters is free for RTW Coordinators in South Australia

contributorRTWMatters team

RTW Coordinators, are you missing out on help from a RTW ally? Or keeping a good thing to...