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Case Study: Time to heal

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Mr L, a tall, solid-framed, right-handed 58 year old man, reported pain in his right elbow....

Case Study: It pays to do the right thing, even when dubious about a claim

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Michael was a 48-year-old machine operator. He had been at the workplace for nine months. During...

2015 RTW Matters Reader Survey: Feedback

contributorRTWMatters team

This survey article looks at how you use the RTW Matters website. What's useful? How do you use...

Case Study: Injured, but not at work. What to do?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Workers with injuries sustained away from work may be tempted to protect their financial...

Case Study: How Things Can Go Wrong in Compensation Cases

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

This case study looks at the additional injuries which can occur as a result of the workplace...

2015 RTW Matters Reader Survey: what barriers are you facing?

contributorRTWMatters team

A huge thank you to everyone who responded to our reader survey. It helps us to understand some...

Case Study: Exploring other job options

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

This case study explores the importance of providing options for the injured worker's return to...

Case Study: I Told Them but They Didn't Listen

contributorA. Richey

Ms L is a right handed 46 year old who was employed for ten years to pack domestic cleaning...

Case Study: Back to the Future

contributorA. Richey

Ms P is a 59 year old woman who reported back problems as a result of her long term employment...

Webinar Recording: Workplace conflict - Early action at the coal face

contributorMark Belanti

Conflict is best dealt with early, and by those involved.

Role Summary: Psychologist

contributorA. Richey

Psychology is the study of the mind and associated behaviours. A psychologist's focus may be on...

How to get the best out of your physiotherapist

contributorA. Richey

Physiotherapy treatment is common for a range of standard conditions, particularly including...

On Being a Company Doctor

contributorDr James Crompton

Dr James Crompton discusses the challenges and rewards of working as a company doctor.

When you suspect an employee

contributorA. Richey

Joe Unreliable and Jane Dodge have lodged claims for workers' compensation. How should you...

Role Summary: Return to Work Coordinator

contributorA. Richey

Effective RTW coordinators play a vital role in injury management and prevention. It's neither a...

What is an IME?

contributorA. Richey

IME stands for Independent Medical Examination. They are used for a variety of reasons,...

Role Summary: Treaters

contributorA. Richey

The term, 'treaters' includes general practitioners, medical specialists and allied health...

Role Summary: Rehabilitation Providers

contributorA. Richey

Rehabilitation providers are multidisciplinary organisations which employ professionals from a...

Role Summary: Exercise Physiologist

contributorA. Richey

Exercise Physiologists are Allied Health professionals who focus on therapeutic physical...

Role Summary: Senior Management

contributorA. Richey

Senior management provides leadership for the team and sets the tone for the rest of the...

Role Summary: Supervisors

contributorA. Richey

While the employee has the greatest influence over return to work outcomes, supervisor input is...

Role Summary: Co-workers

contributorA. Richey

An injured individual who feels supported and confident with work colleagues has a better return...

Role Summary: Families

contributorA. Richey

Families and friends play a vital part in the recovery of injured workers. They provide...

Webinar Recording: How PAIN can be the key to successful RTW

contributorPam Garton, Abilita Services

This webinar discusses how gains can be made by understanding the complexity of factors that...

Fanol Isai: RTW in Aged Care

contributorA. Richey

Fanol Isai from Catholic Homes won the “Return to Work Coordinator Excellence” WorkSafe Victoria...

Aged Care Homes: a cross-generational solution

contributorA. Richey

An aged care facility in Deventer in the Netherlands has found a creative solution to the...

Jane Braddy: RTW in Home and Aged Care

contributorA. Richey

According to WorkSafe Victoria, workers in residential care, including aged care, have a higher...

Making the most of a referral for pain management

contributorBronnie Thompson

What does it mean and how to make the most of it.

Webinar Recording: Employers taking the lead role

contributorKerry Foster

In this webinar Kerry Foster, Director of Active Occupational Health Services, will discuss the...

Webinar Recording: Engaging others early - The art of influence in return to work

contributorCarolyn Mounce

Building influence without authority and how it can support personal injury management...

Webinar Recording: Adjusting to change

contributorKaren Stevens

Adjusting to change is difficult for all of us, but it can be particularly difficult after a...

Webinar Recording: Understanding others

contributorCarolyn Mounce

The art of influence in return to work

Webinar Recording: Supervisor Training

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

This webinar presentation with PIEF discusses the impact of training supervisors on return to...

Webinar Recording: PTSD & Chronic Pain, Dr / Patient Communication

contributorKerrie Shepherd

In this webinar, Kerrie Shepherd, will present the learnings from the IASP Milan World Pain...

Webinar Recording: The role of the medical certificate in identifying and managing RTW barriers

contributorHarry Papagoras

Physiotherapist Harry Papagoras discusses how medical certificates can be used to identify...

Influence: Language - a goldmine of potential

contributorCarolyn Mounce

What do you think of when you think of the words: injured worker, claimant, client, worker? Are...

Influence: The gentle art of disagreeing

contributorCarolyn Mounce

Real influence is when you build from agreement, not from conflict; to align and lead rather...