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Self-management — the muscle behind effective musculoskeletal care

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Self-management of long-term musculoskeletal conditions 101 — the basics.

The ‘Four Cs’ of supporting workers with long Covid symptoms return to work

contributorLauren Finestone

Thousands of workers with long Covid are, and will continue to be, exploring return to work. Dr...

Case manager whistle blower says workers deserve better  

contributorAnonymous Claims Adviser

“I would hate for an injured worker to hear how they’re spoken about in the office,” a NSW...

Why some injured workers struggle and how to help

contributorDr Boris Fedoric

Rehabilitation counselling guru Dr Boris Fedoric explains why some workers struggle to get back...

Rehabilitation Counsellor: Role Profile

contributorDr Boris Fedoric

In this Q&A with Dr Boris Fedoric, we learn that rehabilitation counsellors put injured workers...

Call to power

contributorGabrielle Lis

Friendly telephone contact from laypeople with no psychological training alleviates loneliness,...

Webinar recording: Recovery Blueprint: helping case managers help injured workers

contributorRoss Iles

The Recovery Blueprint project is a partnership between Monash University and WorkCover...

The Covid long haul

contributorGabrielle Lis

They call themselves the long-haulers – people who struggle with persistent symptoms months...

Our brains aren't computers, which matters for RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

An individual's response to pain is unique to them and changes over time, so giving people the...

Working with cancer treatment

contributorGabrielle Lis

Remaining at work while receiving cancer treatment is increasingly common. Healthy work / cancer...

An introduction to self-compassion

contributorGabrielle Lis

A look at the emerging evidence on a meditation-based approach that promises relief from...

Webinar recording: Hacking Return To Work: 3 surprisingly simple RTW strategies you can use right now

contributorMark Stipic

RTW strategies you can use right now to speed up your outcomes and deal with complex cases

Grand champions of persuasion...or manipulation?

contributorRTWMatters team

Even when it succeeds, manipulation destroys trust and breeds resentment. How can we persuade...

Moral injury and RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

Notions of wrongdoing, blame and guilt can seem dangerous in the context of RTW. Are we missing...

I'm going to make you persuasive...really, really persuasive

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

President Donald Trump is one of the 21st century's great persuaders. This series looks at the...

WorkSafe Victoria failing the most vulnerable: insurers profiting

contributorGabrielle Lis

We summarise the Victorian Ombudsman's investigation into WorkSafe's handling of complex claims,...

Compensation: does it do more harm than good?

contributorA. Richey

Professor Ian Cameron from the University of Sydney spoke at the 2016 ISCRR Forum on ways that...

Orebro: the questionnaire you need to know about

contributorA. Richey

The Orebro Musculoskeletal Pain Questionnaire (or OMPQ) used to be known as the Acute Back Pain...

Chronic Pain in the Workplace: a psychological approach

contributorA. Richey

Dr Matt Graham, a registered psychologist and team psychologist at OrionHealth, explores the...

Learned helplessness in RTW

contributorA. Richey

'Learned helplessness' is the idea that some people who experience repeated setbacks will...

Case Study: It pays to do the right thing, even when dubious about a claim

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Michael was a 48-year-old machine operator. He had been at the workplace for nine months. During...

Role Summary: Exercise Physiologist

contributorA. Richey

Exercise Physiologists are Allied Health professionals who focus on therapeutic physical...

Role Summary: Co-workers

contributorA. Richey

An injured individual who feels supported and confident with work colleagues has a better return...

Role Summary: Families

contributorA. Richey

Families and friends play a vital part in the recovery of injured workers. They provide...

Case study: Flexible approaches can kickstart cases

contributorStefanie Garber

Despite the best efforts of the return to work manager, some cases seem to make little progress....

Turning a dead-end into a new start

contributorStefanie Garber

An individualised, flexible re-training program aimed at giving people confidence may be key to...

Apologies go a long way in work injury

contributorStefanie Garber

Offering injured workers an apology is likely to decrease long-term claims and improve outcomes...

Recorded Webinar: A Case Management Discussion

contributorFrank Imbesi

Frank Imbesi & Dr Mary Wyatt discuss a case put forward by RTWMatters subscriber Meagan...

The power of learned optimism

contributorScott Sanderson

How 'learned optimism' can improve return to work outcomes: Breaking down Theo Feldbrugge's...

Video webinar: Improving Return to Work Motivation with Optimism

contributorTheo Feldbrugge

Theo Feldbrugge discusses the impact of optimism / pessimism on return to work.

Consider the alternative: Part 2 - Dispute resolution systems

contributorScott Sanderson

Dispute Resolution system expert Nerida Wallace explains the important characteristics of a...

Consider the alternative: ADR in the workers' compensation context

contributorScott Sanderson

An introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes and their application in the...

Leading the pack or dragging it down?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

When one part of the system underperforms, the others follow suit.

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.

Down the rabbit hole...


In which SuperDoc describes perplexing cases of ordinary and extraordinary patients falling down...

The ABC of CBT: Part Three

contributorGabrielle Lis

In which we ask: Who would benefit from CBT? How can you broach the subject of therapy in the...

The ABC of CBT: Part Two

contributorGabrielle Lis

In which we - and injured worker Ms W - learn that when you change your behaviour, you also...

The ABC of CBT: Part One

contributorGabrielle Lis

In which we - and injured worker Ms W - learn that 'C' is for 'Cognitive,' and that thoughts...

Are we asking the right questions?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to patients at risk of poor return to work...