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In the hands of the gods? Spinal injuries from a worker’s perspective

contributorLauren Finestone

A ‘recovering interventional spine physiatrist’ makes the case for spine clinicians paying more...

‘Workers’ what?’ Information about workers’ compensation falls short

contributorLauren Finestone

What do we know about how workers access, understand and engage with information about workers...

Webinar recording — It pays to care: from policy to practice

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Dr Mary Wyatt introduces the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's...

Did you know? We have principles that help GPs in their role to support work participation

contributorLauren Finestone

The ‘Principles on the role of the GP in supporting worker participation’ provide guidance to...

Claims intake at WorkCover Queensland — Insights from the introduction of a biopsychosocial framework

contributorLauren Finestone

A partnership between researchers and a workers compensation insurer (WorkCover Queensland) is...

The role of general practitioners in worker rehabilitation — insights from the research

contributorLauren Finestone

General practitioners clearly play a critical role and we ask them to do a lot in a complex...

RTW: from research to practice. The ‘know-do gap’ through a complex systems lens

contributorLauren Finestone

In our ongoing quest to find ways to translate research into practice in our work injury...

RTW: from policy to practice. Is your organisation ready for change?

contributorLauren Finestone

Implementing evidence-based interventions to improve how we care for workers is not easy. Are...

Webinar recording — Thrive at Work: Prevent harm through SMART work design

contributorSajani Fernando

Evidence-based strategies for organisations to support employees across the full spectrum of...

‘An epidemic of useless and often harmful care’ — Part 1

contributorLauren Finestone

Our standard pathway of care in injury management leads to low value care and...

RTW: from policy to practice. How to make change happen

contributorLauren Finestone

The 'It Pays to Care' report calls for change in our work injury schemes, but recognises that...

RTW: from policy to practice. An imperative for change and call to action

contributorLauren Finestone

An important policy paper — It pays to care — calls for a conversation about, and action on, how...

‘WorkWell: Preventing mental injury and promoting mental health’

contributorLauren Finestone

There are 11 work-related factors that employers must identify and manage to prevent mental...

The power of choosing our mindset

contributorLauren Finestone

Tips to help develop a mindset that builds resilience and helps us deal with challenging...

Webinar recording - WorkWell: Preventing mental injury and promoting mental health

contributorJennifer Fry

In this webinar, Jennifer Fry, Director of WorkWell at WorkSafe Victoria, shares free tools and...

What do we know about secondary psychological conditions after a physical work injury?

contributorLauren Finestone

How can we better to identify and support workers who are risk of developing secondary...

Webinar recording — New insights into healthcare use in Australian workers’ compensation schemes.

contributorProfessor Alex Collie & Dr Mary Wyatt

In this webinar Professor Alex Collie, Director of the Healthy Working Life Research Group and...

Webinar recording: Wellbeing and Mental Health – Building inner resilience and supporting others in 2022 - Beyond Blue

contributorMel Novak

Small business owners have been doing it tough for a long time and statistics are demonstrating...

Look and see - highlighting the impact of psychological hazards on police

contributorDr Nick Ford & John Schumann

‘Real stories from real cops’—how to recognise and reduce the impact of psychological hazards on...

'I want to do that' — the importance of autonomy, competence and relatedness

contributorLauren Finestone

We all have 3 basic psychological needs that must be fulfilled if we are to do well and feel...

‘I can do that’ — how building self-efficacy can support workers return to work

contributorLauren Finestone

How to help build self-efficacy — tips for supporting a worker who may have lost confidence...

Q&A with mental health workplace consultant

contributorRTWMatters team

"Since the pandemic started, there is a general desire by workplaces to do more about workplace...

Thrive at work - Resources and guides

contributorProfessor Karina Jorritsma

We speak with Professor of Practice Karina Jorritsma, one of the lead researchers at Thrive at...

Small acts of sexual harassment hurt, poor organisational response hurts more

contributorAlice Sutton

In this case study, a fundraising professional shares how her confidence and mental health were...

A call to pillows!

contributorRTWMatters team

Organisations have a lot to gain from battling insomnia, with benefits ranging from increased...

Small business guide: Looking after yourself and your people

contributorNational Mental Health Commission

A guide to managing mental health in small businesses, during Covid-19 and beyond.

Big ideas for mental health in small businesses

contributorTim Hoopmann

In this Q&A with Tim Hoopmann, small business owner and Beyond Blue speaker, we learn how to...

Guidelines for diagnosing, managing and trouble-shooting mental health claims

contributorRTWMatters team

GP guidelines on the assessment and management of work-related mental health conditions aim to...

Workplace mental health resources by jurisdiction

contributorRTWMatters team

Not knowing where to begin is a barrier that prevents some organisations from taking action on...

Healthy Minds, Healthy Workplaces

contributorRTWMatters team

Comcare and Beyond Blue demonstrate benefits of low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy at work.

Mates in Construction builds better mental health

contributorNational Workplace Initiative

“We called 52 industry leaders together at a national level in Sydney and essentially asked, are...

How workers feel about getting hurt impacts how and when they get better

contributorRTWMatters team

Psychological responses to work injury impact recovery. Australian researchers have interviewed...

Unreliable, dangerous, incompetent?

contributorRTWMatters team

Awareness of workplace injury stigma is low amongst Australian employers but the costs may be...

Getting the workplace onside

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A guide to help insurance case managers, RTW Coordinators and rehabilitation providers motivate...

Case management opportunity alert

contributorGabrielle Lis

Get to know an untapped resource: Australia’s committed, highly experienced cohort of RTW case...

What do case managers value about their work?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Forty-six Australian case managers tell Return to Work Matters about the most rewarding aspect...