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Sunny side down

contributorGabrielle Lis

Is it possible to have too much optimism? And what's the best approach to take when you're...

Managers VS workers

contributorGabrielle Lis

Hang on! Isn't RTW supposed to be all about the love? We count down ten ways to improve tetchy...

Sunny side up

contributorRTWMatters team

What is optimism? How is it good for health? When is it wise, in professional life, to get your...

Trust: Dos and Don'ts

contributorGabrielle Lis

You know organisational trust has tangible benefits. Now for the hard yards: how can you foster...

Walk this way

contributorTom Barton

Finding it hard to move your company on workplace wellbeing? Run these case studies by them and...

Reducing cancer in the workplace

contributorTom Barton

Implementing primary prevention policies can reduce your workers' risk of developing cancer.

The heart of RTW

contributorShannon McLaughlin

In this dispatch from the desk of a RTW Coordinator, a stint as a claimant brings a whole new...

Stigma and mental illness

contributorGabrielle Lis

What is stigma? What are some consequences of stigma? How might stigma manifest in the...

The costs of cancer

contributorTom Barton

Cancer is the most widespread chronic disease in Australia. We look at 10 tips for supporting...

Make no bones about it

contributorTom Barton

The Australian Government has made arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions national health...

Mind power

contributorGabrielle Lis

Psychologist Colin Thompson introduces us to Mindfulness Therapy, which has been shown to assist...

Worried about the ageing workforce?

contributorGabrielle Lis

We corral five notorious porky pies about work and ageing and pit them against the fast-draw facts.

Dealing with diabetes

contributorTom Barton

Diabetes is Australia's fastest growing chronic disease and affects 7.5 per cent of the...

The patient's mouth

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Getting the information you need to facilitate RTW shouldn't be as painful as pulling teeth -...

Separating stress and chronic pain

contributorTom Barton

Stress makes chronic pain worse, and worsens RTW outcomes. Here are 10 ideas to help alleviate...

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...


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.


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...