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Challenges and opportunities — the lie of the land through the eyes of RTW Coordinators

contributorLauren Finestone

What challenges do RTW Coordinators face? And what training and other needs do they have to do...

Webinar recording: Q&A with ReturnToWorkSA – Lighting the way for RTW Coordinators

contributorHouda Peters

In this Q&A session, Mary Wyatt interviews ReturnToWorkSA Employer Education Advisor, Houda...

RTW: from policy to practice — union views from the coalface

contributorLauren Finestone

Three union advocates give us their insights into the factors that can help improve RTW outcomes...

Getting the workplace onside

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A guide to help insurance case managers, RTW Coordinators and rehabilitation providers motivate...

What do case managers value about their work?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Forty-six Australian case managers tell Return to Work Matters about the most rewarding aspect...

Webinar recording: Return to Work Coordinators, Doctors and Return to Work: an update

contributorTyler Lane

New research on the influence of return to work coordinators and health care providers on return...

Time management approaches

contributorGabrielle Lis

Learn how to reduce stress, improve productivity and increase your engagement with good time...

Three steps to getting the appreciation you deserve

contributorGabrielle Lis

Feeling overworked and underappreciated? Here’s a simple, three-step plan to help you show ‘em...

Webinar recording: RTWCs & Doctors: Their influence on return to work

contributorTyler Lane

RTW Coordinators and health care providers: Longitudinal studies into their impact on RTW

Webinar recording: RTW Coordinators - The real 'Gatekeepers' of the RTW process

contributorJoanna Bohatko-Naismith

An academic from the University of NSW shares insights from research that explores the best ways...

Good news: RTWMatters is free for RTW Coordinators in South Australia

contributorRTWMatters team

RTW Coordinators, are you missing out on help from a RTW ally? Or keeping a good thing to...

RTW cooperation is more effective than control

contributorA. Richey

Cooperation is vital in return to work. Whose buy-in is essential? How can you get it? And why...

Better Workplace Systems: how to implement them

contributorA. Richey

This article takes you through some effective ways of making sure that your workplace systems...

Case management in a nutshell

contributorA. Richey

The management of the work attendance of people with health condition is sometimes called case...

Template Injury Management Policy

contributorA. Richey

Are injury management policies a mystery to you? This template should help.

2015 RTW Matters Reader Survey: Feedback

contributorRTWMatters team

This survey article looks at how you use the RTW Matters website. What's useful? How do you use...

Case Study: Exploring other job options

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

This case study explores the importance of providing options for the injured worker's return to...

Role Summary: Return to Work Coordinator

contributorA. Richey

Effective RTW coordinators play a vital role in injury management and prevention. It's neither a...

Jane Braddy: RTW in Home and Aged Care

contributorA. Richey

According to WorkSafe Victoria, workers in residential care, including aged care, have a higher...

Webinar Recording: Employers taking the lead role

contributorKerry Foster

In this webinar Kerry Foster, Director of Active Occupational Health Services, will discuss the...

Webinar Recording: Getting stuck on modified duties - a case discussion

contributorDeborah Howard

Deborah Howard, a US return to work manager, faces many of the same issues Australian employers...

Case Study: Let the client help you help them

contributorStefanie Garber

Each client comes with their own unique history, personality and circumstances.

Injustice in return to work: part 2

contributorStefanie Garber

A sense of unfairness may lead to worse health outcomes for injured workers.

Injustice in return to work: part 1

contributorStefanie Garber

Workers' compensation systems can leave clients feeling betrayed. This sense of unfairness may...

Team Building...literally - Part 2

contributorLori Boys

If an organisation has a workers' compensation function that needs to be managed in-house, how...

Team Building...literally - Part 1

contributorLori Boys

If an organisation has a workers' compensation function that needs to be managed in-house, how...

Webinar Recording: RTW - Human Resources says you get the results you deserve

contributorNeil Thompson

Neil Thompson, a Human Resources manager with decades of experience in workers compensation,...

The forest for the trees

contributorMary Harris

Identify the variables of chronic pain to achieve holistic return to work

Case study: Tact and trust

contributorGabrielle Lis

Are your innovative ideas constantly met with suspicion? This case study from cotton-milling...

Takeover opportunity

contributorShannon McLaughlin

What RTW and OHS challenges and opportunities can you expect when your company takes over...

The Juggling Act

contributorFayth Carrell

Return to work coordination and everything else.

RTW Coordinating in a nut-shell

contributorJulia Suban

Ever get looked at like YOU'RE a nut when you try and explain what you do? Here's a...

Position Vacant - RTW Coordinator

contributorJulia Suban

What AM I worth? And how does this compare to what prospective employers THINK I'm worth?

Kicking goals

contributorStefanie Garber

Goal setting is a vital tool in the return to work process, but using it effectively can pose a...

Building your RTW toolkit

contributorTom Barton

Joanne Taranto explains how a RTW toolkit will expand your resources and get better results.

Getting RTW buy-in

contributorTom Barton

Seasoned return to work professional Joanne Taranto explains the basis of a great RTW program.

Return to work professional: more than just a job?

contributorScott Sanderson

Overworked? Underappreciated? Remember why you do what you do.

Managing up

contributorGabrielle Lis

Influencing people above you in the organisational hierarchy is good for your career and can...

White collar, blue collar

contributorGabrielle Lis

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