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The power of tiny habits — how small, consistent actions can support injured or ill workers on their RTW journey

contributorLauren Finestone

By harnessing the science of tiny habits, injured or ill workers can make their RTW journey more...

A successful RTW pilot takes flight

contributorLauren Finestone

After a highly successful pilot program to help people get back to work, Comcare is offering the...

From health tourist to driver — recovery-oriented messages from Professor Peter O’Sullivan

contributorLauren Finestone

Professor Peter O’Sullivan discusses what he sees as the problems with our current models of...

Webinar recording: Transforming back pain management through a public health campaign — a comprehensive analysis

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

This webinar explores the effectiveness of a public health intervention implemented in Victoria,...

The current state of psychological health and safety in the workplace

contributorLauren Finestone

A Safe Work Australia report paints the most up-to-date picture of workers’ experiences of...

Speak to recover — the art of messaging in injury care (Part 3)

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Dr Mary Wyatt explores the effects of communication on work-related injuries. In the final part...

Speak to recover — the art of messaging in injury care (Part 2)

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Dr Mary Wyatt explores the effects of communication on work-related injuries. In Part 2 of this...

Webinar recording: Wellbeing following finalisation of a workers’ compensation claim — A systematic scoping review

contributorJames Weir

Hear from Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, James Weir on his research into the wellbeing...

‘How I explain common conditions to my patients’ — messages from a chiropractor

contributorLauren Finestone

Rob Beaven, chiropractor, blogger and host of The back pain podcast, tells us how he explains...

Speak to recover — the art of messaging in injury care (Part 1)

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Dr Mary Wyatt explores the effects of communication on work-related injuries.

‘Pain Factory’ exposes chronic pain care — and The Conversation picks up the baton

contributorRTWMatters team

Two articles in The Conversation pick up on revelations in the recent Four Corners episode on...

‘You’re speaking my language’ — how to translate research into action and real change

contributorLauren Finestone

A case study shows how ‘intermediaries’ — like work injury scheme stakeholders — can take the...

Workers’ compensation re-imagined from a lived experience perspective — Part 2

contributorLauren Finestone

What would a workers’ compensation scheme designed by people with lived experience of such...

Webinar recording: Speak to recover — the art of messaging in injury care

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Dr Mary Wyatt explores the effects of messaging on managing work-related injuries. She uses 2...

Workers’ compensation re-imagined from a lived experience perspective — Part 1

contributorLauren Finestone

What would a workers’ compensation scheme designed by people with lived experience of such...

Evidence-based messages about self-management

contributorLauren Finestone

Messages that empower people to self-manage their injuries contribute to better RTW and recovery...

The feel-good factor — why your thoughts and emotions matter to recovery

contributorLauren Finestone

Injured workers will benefit from the message that their thoughts and emotions can affect how...

Nine to thrive — the health benefits of work

contributorLauren Finestone

An important message for healthcare providers to give injured workers is that working is good...

Webinar recording: How WorkCover Queensland commenced their journey to implementing value based healthcare

contributorTanya Cambey

Tanya Cambey, Specialist Lead at WorkCover Queensland, talks us through WorkCover’s vision and...

It pays to share (evidence-based messages)

contributorRTWMatters team

Ten reasons to share the key messages from It Pays To Care with everyone who works with workers’...

When inactivity hurts and movement heals

contributorLauren Finestone

An important message for healthcare providers to give injured workers is that inactivity is more...

Messages to help people with back pain get their lives back

contributorLauren Finestone

Anne’s story compares how positive and negative messages about the body have a huge impact on...

Do you know how to develop a return to work plan?

contributorLauren Finestone

Research shows workers have poorer health outcomes if they are away from work for a long time. A...

Millions of Australians have a chronic illness. So why aren’t employers accommodating them?

contributorPeter Ghin & Susan Ainsworth

More than 20 million Australians have at least one long-term health condition, 63% of whom are...

Steering Healthy Minds — a peer support program to prevent mental illness in the transport sector

contributorSharon Stratford

An industry peer support program to prevent mental injury is driving change in the transport...

Heading mental health injury claims off at the pass

contributorLauren Finestone

Tips for some proactive strategies organisations can use to address mental health concerns...

Where are we at? — psychosocial risk and regulation in Oz, the UK and the US

contributorLauren Finestone

How do Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States compare when it comes to regulating...

How do Work Health and Safety psychosocial regulations line up with RTW laws? And how do employers comply with both?

contributorRTWMatters team

What should employers do to make sure they're complying with both Work Health and Safety...

Webinar recording — The Uncomfortable Truths About Psychosocial Safety

contributorDr Michelle McQuaid

Best-selling author and workplace wellbeing teacher, Dr. Michelle McQuaid, talks us through how...

The power of words in health (Part 3) — 5 tips to shift the way you talk about osteoarthritis

contributorLauren Finestone

Five suggestions for how clinicians can shift the conversation from an ‘impairment’ to a...

Emotional demands — the invisible forces that influence the experience of work

contributorLauren Finestone

What are emotional demands in the workplace? And how do they affect workers' well-being? The...

Webinar recording — Eliminating psychosocial risks

contributorJacquline Agius

Jacqueline Agius, the ACT’s WHS Commissioner, talks about what psychosocial hazards are, the...

The power of words in health (Part 2) — changing the conversation about osteoarthritis

contributorLauren Finestone

Clinicians and people with knee osteoarthritis can shift the conversation about osteoarthritis...

The power of words in health — changing the conversation about osteoarthritis (Part 1)

contributorLauren Finestone

How we talk about health profoundly impacts how we think and act when managing our well-being.

Webinar recording — Translating Employer Insights

contributorMegan Buick

Megan Buick, General Manager of the Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Group at Comcare talks...