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Signs of suicide

contributorTom Barton

How to look out for and deal with signs of suicide in your workplace.

Take this health message to heart

contributorTom Barton

Avoid heart disease with this fact sheet and our top tips for a healthy workplace.

Adventures in leadership

contributorGabrielle Lis and Dr Mary Wyatt

Read Mary's guide to fearless RTW Coordination leadership, then take up our Choose Your Own...

Tongue-tied?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Ten tips to loosen your tongue and ease your mind when that big presentation looms.

Premium troubles?

contributorTom Barton

We chat to Michael Simpson from OccCorp about how you can reduce your premium AND meet your...

Breathing easy

contributorTom Barton

Asthma is the leading chronic disease in Australia. This briefing paper covers the basics, as...

Chronic disease snapshot

contributorGabrielle Lis

In Australia and globally, preventable chronic diseases are on the rise. What does this mean for...

Run off your feet?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

RTW Coordinators who manage time well do better. What are the secrets to good time management?

Fact sheet: Plantar fasciitis

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Painful inflammation of the heel and foot.

Determined to RTW

contributorHeather Millar, writer, WorkCover

A truck driver with a recurring knee injury doesn't let setbacks keep him out of the cabin in...

Rehab Providers a mystery to you?

contributorGabrielle Lis

This Q&A for employers covers the Who, What, When and How of Rehabilitation Providers

Let's get loud

contributorGabrielle Lis

Taking ages to recover and return to regular duties after a workers' compensation claim? Make...

Acupuncture explained

contributorGabrielle Lis

Researchers now know how tiny, drug-free needles kill pain. This briefing paper covers what...

Motivate yourself, motivate your team

contributorDr Mary Wyatt and Tom Barton

A RTW coordinator's busy role can often put them at risk of stalling. We look at how to shift...

"W_T_F is workers' comp?!" Part 4

contributorTom Barton

Part 4 - Return to work, return to normal

Case study: Changing gears

contributorHeather Millar, writer, WorkCover

Motorcycle mechanic Craig can't wait to get back to work after breaking his femur and heel. Is...

"W_T_F is workers' comp?!" Part 3

contributorTom Barton

Small Business series - Attitudes and People handling.

Q&A CONFIDENTIALITY

contributorGabrielle Lis

Shh! The low-down on confidentiality, return to work and workers' comp.

Opioids: Q & A

contributorGabrielle Lis

Are opioids a safe and effective treatment for acute pain? How about chronic pain? What are the...

"W_T_F is workers' comp?!" Part 2

contributorTom Barton

Small Business series Part 2: The nuts and bolts.

8 tips for a great relationship - working with the claims manager

contributorTom Barton

We respond to a Return to Work Coordinator's query about resolving problems between employers...

Not a Good Week?

contributorFayth Carrell

Dispatch from the desk of a RTW Coordinator, tackling re-injury and a nasty case of badweekitis.

Dealing with the victim mentality

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

In response to a reader's questions, our resident Occ Phys explains how to encourage a proactive...

What is process related injury?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Sometimes compensation systems, not injury, deliver the knock out blow. Don't let that happen to...

Are workplace activities harmful?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Despite growing perceptions that workplace activities cause and complicate injuries, the...

Invisible injury

contributorGabrielle Lis

When it comes to "invisible injury", what you CAN'T see CAN hurt you--and your RTW prospects....

Employees not coping with pain

contributorTom Barton

Understanding how distress interferes with recovery is the key to addressing difficult RTW cases.

Do occ docs do it better?

contributorTom Barton

If patients who see an occupational doctor get better results, why isn't it common practice?

Employers' ten RTW commandments

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Simple, straightforward guidelines for ensuring injured employees have access to all their legal...

Common causes of workplace pain

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Understanding musculoskeletal pain will increase productivity and health.

Doctor, doctor give 'em the news

contributorTom Barton

We consider why doctors fail to communicate well about return to work, and offer strategies for...

Discrimination, harassment and RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

How can employers avoid real (or perceived) discrimination and harassment during the RTW process?

More than medical

contributorGabrielle Lis

Some people have a harder time managing their injury and returning to work than others. Are...

Quick guide: Avoiding litigation

contributorGabrielle Lis

Don't send yourself--or your worker--to the dogs! Fair in-house systems can keep claims out of...

Train for success

contributorSuperDoc

Workers expect more from supervisors than supervisors are prepared to give - but training can...

Strategic implementation Q&A

contributorGabrielle Lis

How to take the long view and get where you want to go, faster.

Health and productivity in smaller workplaces

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

You can't afford hit and miss. What works, what doesn't and how can you market tried and true...

Just how painful is injury reporting?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Knowing when injury reports should be made and how they should be dealt with can reduce the pain...