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Why train supervisors and line managers in return to work?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A Powerpoint presentation on the whys and wherefores of supervisor training in RTW management.

Returning to hard work

contributorMary Harris

Genius, they say, is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration. This case study looks at how four...

Emotional resilience: 1

contributorTom Barton

This first of a two-part series investigates the negative health and work effects of pessimism,...

Price for patients of no-cost compensation

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Should workers' comp recipients share treatment costs with their employers?

Patient advocacy and workers' comp

contributorGabrielle Lis

Workers' comp cases present GPs and other health professionals with opportunities for meaningful...

Moving backwards on backs

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

The messages of a $6 million public health campaign about back pain are being lost thanks to...

Suicide and work injury

contributorTom Barton

New Australian research shows that workers with psychological injuries are not the only ones who...

Driving change

contributorTom Barton

How one car manufacturer steered their ageing workforce towards higher productivity

Stress and emotional resilience

contributorGabrielle Lis and Tom Barton

Ever wondered what RTW and sabre-toothed tigers have in common? Or why some people bounce back...

How trustworthy is trust?

contributorRTWMatters team

Trust is a key predictor of organisational success, says the Great Places to Work Institute....

Jokes, bullying and RTW

contributorLara Forth

Lara felt bullied by her case manager and colleagues when she returned to work - even when they...

Flagging the obstacle course of bad outcomes

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

From the hot tubs of New Zealand to the bread and butter of a RTW Coordinator's work.

Are worker's comp boards serving return to work?

contributorTom Barton

And can you pick the Australian jurisdiction in which board members have NO hands-on experience...

Harmonisation housekeeping

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Our advice for legislators? Don't rearrange the lounge suite while there is mildew growing up...

The Principles Underlying RTW - Draft 2

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Is it 'compensation' or 'rehabilitation'?

Not working is bad for the heart and the head. There's proof.

contributorRobert Hughes

UK research evidence shows that risk of death for workless people is 20% higher.

Are you happy with your working relationships?

contributorRobert Hughes

Workers' Comp has a high staff turnaround, so a working relationship still great after 11 years...

Can Australia afford to lose $57.5 billion a year through work-related illness and injury?

contributorRobert Hughes

What role do compensation authorities play in helping people back to work?

Patient styles, distress, and what they get

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

How patients communicate has an important influence on the treatment they receive.

What creates positive workplace culture?

contributorRobert Hughes

When we look at the reader statistics for Return To Work Matters it is obvious that Workplace...

SuperDoc (3) - On the importance of listening - and saying no.


Super Doc gives a super-spiel about the importance of listening - and saying no

What's it all about?

contributorRobert Hughes

The what and why of Return To Work Matters

Case Study: Cool, calm and in control

contributorStefanie Garber

A worker's confidence and approach to self-management can make the difference between a...

Ten tips for communicating with doctors

contributorTom Barton

Dr Robyn Horsley gives us ten tips for great communication with the treating doctor.

Calculating absenteeism costs

contributorGabrielle Lis

Calculating the costs of absenteeism will help you make the case for better injury management...

Managing disaster compensation

contributorGabrielle Lis

Richard Green, injury and claims manager with the CFA after Black Saturday, knows what to expect...

White collar, blue collar

contributorGabrielle Lis

Are you a RTW professional daunted by the prospect of working with a predominantly blue collar...

Surviving Recovery

contributorElizabeth Quinn

Elizabeth draws on personal experience in this Users Guide To Maintaining a Positive Attitude on...

Webinar: Back Pain and Return to Work

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Back pain accounts for a large proportion of injury claims, and a higher proportion of long term...

Teaching WorkCover claimants to sell themselves

contributorElizabeth Quinn

In pain, low in confidence, and down at heart: it can be a hard slog to get back into the...

Navigating RTW Coordination

contributorGabrielle Lis

From managing interactions with doctors, to writing useful and appropriate file notes, new RTWCs...

Asking assertively

contributorGabrielle Lis

Know what you want from people at work, but not how to get it? Learn how to talk the talk, and...

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

contributorGabrielle Lis

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

Breathing easy

contributorTom Barton

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

Let's get loud

contributorGabrielle Lis

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


contributorGabrielle Lis

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

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