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Why we are pro case management

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

When evidence backs up common sense

Recorded Webinar: Communicating with Doctors - GPs and Specialists

contributorDr Phillip Meyerkort

This webinar explores how RTW Coordinators and Claims Managers can communicate effectively with...

Applying Risk Theory to Occupational Health

contributorMark Cassidy

A simple adaptation of risk theory to occupational health can deliver significant improvements...

Member Feedback: Tips on getting the most out of Return to Work Matters

contributorCheryl Griffiths

Our recent survey responses highlighted the number of ways that RTW Matters content is being...

Recorded Webinar: Improving RTW Culture in the Workplace

contributorLori Boys

This webinar will explore the initiatives that ISS Facility Services' National Injury Assist...

Recorded webinar: The medical assessment of work capacity

contributorDr Andrea James

This webinar explores how doctors determine a person's work capacity.

My dickie neck: A personal tale

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Dr Mary Wyatt shares her experience as both clinician AND neck ache sufferer and concludes that...

Recorded Webinar: Managing Psychological Claims in the Workplace

contributorKaye Frankcom

Psychological or mental health claims are a fast growing liability for most compensation...

Recorded Webinar: Designing an effective on-site injury treatment program

contributorDr James Murray

In this webinar, James Murray, Director Soft Tissue centre, will provide tips and real life...

Recorded Webinar: A Case Management Discussion

contributorFrank Imbesi

Frank Imbesi & Dr Mary Wyatt discuss a case put forward by RTWMatters member Meagan Moravcova.

Recorded Webinar: Physiotherapy - how to get the best

contributorPaul Coburn

Occupational physiotherapy expert Paul Coburn explains the principles of good physiotherapy and...

Video: It's time to say good-bye to brain drain

contributorRobert Aurbach

Rob Aurbach talks about the neuroplasticity, and the impact of negative messages on pain and...

Doctor, patient, insurer: The impossible triangle

contributorJoe Dunn

An interview with psychiatrist Dr Joe Dunn on improving relationships with doctors, and some of...

The lowdown on lifting

contributorDr Jos Verbeek and Dr Mary Wyatt

Dr Jos Verbeek talks about a review of research on training employees to lift to prevent back...

For Doctors - Back and neck pain: does age (and work) make a difference?

contributorCharlotte Leboeuf-Yde

Professor Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde outlines key findings based on the study of 40,000 Danes.

The importance of a positive culture

contributorSean Gleeson

An internal culture that fosters dialogue and discussion produces longer term benefits

Return to work research down under - Video interview with Niki Ellis

contributorNiki Ellis

Professor Niki Ellis, CEO, talks about the return to work agenda of The Institute for Safety,...

Give a little bit of 'tough' and you'll probably get some back


We all know what happens to that which goes around (it comes around), so why do we sometimes...

The Value of Questions and Early Answers


Gather round, I've got a story to tell - and it starts with a question...

SuperDoc: Serve up a good attitude


Want positive results from your clients? Check your 'tude.

The power of learned optimism

contributorScott Sanderson

How 'learned optimism' can improve return to work outcomes: Breaking down Theo Feldbrugge's...

Video webinar: Improving Return to Work Motivation with Optimism

contributorTheo Feldbrugge

Theo Feldbrugge discusses the impact of optimism / pessimism on return to work.

Consider the alternative: Part 2 - Dispute resolution systems

contributorScott Sanderson

Dispute Resolution system expert Nerida Wallace explains the important characteristics of a...

Katherine Lippel: talks workers' compensation systems

contributorScott Sanderson

Professor Katherine Lippel presents: Workers' compensation design: how rules and practices may...

Decisions about surgery: The rock and the hard place

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Successful surgery starts with the best decision about whether surgery should be performed.

Consider the alternative: ADR in the workers' compensation context

contributorScott Sanderson

An introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes and their application in the...

Leading the pack or dragging it down?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

When one part of the system underperforms, the others follow suit.

WorkSafe Victoria, insurers censured by Ombudsman

contributorSean Gleeson

An Ombudsman's report into WorkSafe Victoria's record keeping practices has highlighted serious...

Mental health buy-in

contributorTom Barton

Financial commitment is just the beginning

Developing a successful rehabilitation program: case study

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Interview with Garry Pearce, Director of Rehabilitation for the Tasmanian Department of Health.

Video: Understanding discs

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Disc bulge, disc degeneration, disc protrusion. Terms that worry patients, most of the time...

WEBINAR - Using surveys to understand your workplace and prevent claims

contributorDr Peter Cotton

Dr Peter Cotton explains how understanding workplace morale and quality of management allows...

The forest for the trees

contributorMary Harris

Identify the variables of chronic pain to achieve holistic return to work

Decision-making justice Part 3. Getting it right. A MUST READ for Claims Managers

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

What works and what does not work in the decision making process.

Garnering consensus on the importance of work to health

contributorGabrielle Lis and Dr Mary Wyatt

Occupational Physicians have brought together a broad group to join forces on changing beliefs...

Australian Consensus Statement on the Health Benefits of Work

contributorAustralasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Occupational Physicians garner stakeholder support to influence policy initiatives and...

Mental health at work, Steps to get there

contributorIngrid Ozols

An interview with Ingid Ozols, director of mh@work, exploring how mental health can be improved...

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