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Gabrielle Lis

contributorGabrielle Lis

Gabrielle Lis joins RTWMatters from the beach at Wilson's Prom

The writing is in the book

contributorDenis Kinang

When a heroin and alcohol addiction lead you to the darkest places you've ever been, what can...

A flag is a flag is a flag

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Everyday words can take on different meanings when used by medical practitioners, but to what...

The Stress Series - Part 1

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Welcome to the first article in our five-part stress series. The series will look at exactly...

Promoting active workplaces for better work health

contributorSarah Duffield

For employers looking to increase productivity and reduce sick days, a workplace wellness...

Bridging the generation and gender gap

contributorSarah Duffield

Young female rehabilitation consultant + middle aged male worker: the most fraught relationship...

Motivation - Part Seven (b)

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The final article in the motivation series looks at the strategies and techniques of...

On-site injury management

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

A chapter summary from the book 'Moving in on occupational injury' exploring the benefits of...

Quality control in RTW: Spend less, achieve more

contributorFrederieke Schaafsma

In the case of Mr S, a well managed return to work system saves an employer $$ and provides good...

Burned by poor RTW management

contributorFrederieke Schaafsma

A badly managed case of staff burnout highlights the importance of an integrated approach to...

Motivation - Part Seven (a)

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The penultimate article in the 'Motivation Series' looks at Motivational Interviewing and the...

Jos Verbeek on The Cochrane Occupational Health Field

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The Cochrane Occupational Health Field gathers evidence on the effectiveness of occupational...

Motivation - Part Six

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Are you motivated to succeed or to avoid failure?

Good RTW calls for a unified and holistic approach

contributorSarah Duffield

Hear from two return to work and rehabilitation experts with tips to help the rehab and RTW...

Rest and activity avoidance is often not the best medicine.

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

A young, fit worker develops back pain, is advised to rest and cut back activities. Three months...

Motivation - Part Five

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

A look at self-efficacy and how it can be maximised in patients.

Compensation's negative side effects

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

We don't talk enough about the poor outcomes associated with workers' compensation.

Staying off work - when is it unnecessary and why does it matter?

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Ensuring those who don't need to be away from work get back as soon as possible is best for all.

Returning to work after depression

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

RTW Matters speak with Clare Shann from beyondblue, the national depression initiative, about...

Motivation - Part Four

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Improving motivation is up to the employee and employer.

Catastrophic injuries

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

What are 'catastrophic injuries'? Why it is important to manage them well in the workplace, and...

Chapter review from 'Handbook of Cancer Survivorship'

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Return to work advice specifically for cancer survivors.

Motivation: Part Three

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Trying to define motivation can be tricky, but let's give it a go.

Working with quadriplegia TWO: physical challenges need flexible management

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Mario was set to become a surgeon before an accident left him with quadriplegia. Management...

Working with quadriplegia ONE: what motivates return to employment

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

What helped Mario return to work after a car accident left him with quadriplegia?

Changing health behaviours- It's all in our heads - Janette Gale

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Even if they want to it doesn't mean they can, even if they can it doesn't mean they will.

Deanne's story part three: unintended outcome

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

How an employer and employee can do the right thing and yet have a bad experience too

Motivation: Part Two

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The six-part series continues. This time we look at the effect of a positive attitude towards rehab.

Dr Hari Dhir on doctor-patient communication (part 2)

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The second half of Dr Dhir's doctor-patient communication insights.

Right to rehab: a right for all

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Terminally ill patients are LIVING with their illness, and so deserve the same rehab attention...

Motivation: Part one

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The first instalment in a six-part series of articles on Motivation in rehabilitation.

Doctor-patient communication: when it's good, everyone benefits (Part 1)

contributorNews Hound

The first half of RTW Matter's interview with Dr Hari Dhir.

Does rehabilitation need energising?

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Survival to revival - energising rehabilitation.

RTW Matters follows the journey of a young secretary forced out of her job by a common health condition.

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

In this and subsequent articles on Deanne's case, we learn about her WorkCover journey and hear...

Anna Kelsey-Sugg

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Poetry, soccer and split infinitives.

The importance of early return to productive and full time duties

contributorSarah Duffield

A worker has several months off work after experiencing acute back pain. Her eventual return to...

The sleepy shift-worker

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The keys to managing sleepiness in the workplace.

The communication situation

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

In an interview with communication consultant Sharon McGann we learn why communication is so...