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The power of tiny habits — how small, consistent actions can support injured or ill workers on their RTW journey

contributorLauren Finestone

By harnessing the science of tiny habits, injured or ill workers can make their RTW journey more...

The power of words in health (Part 2) — changing the conversation about osteoarthritis

contributorLauren Finestone

Clinicians and people with knee osteoarthritis can shift the conversation about osteoarthritis...

The power of words in health — changing the conversation about osteoarthritis (Part 1)

contributorLauren Finestone

How we talk about health profoundly impacts how we think and act when managing our well-being.

10 common unhelpful beliefs about low back pain, and 10 facts to set us straight

contributorLauren Finestone

10 common and unhelpful myths about low back pain, and 10 facts that bust them.

RTW: from policy to practice. Is your organisation ready for change?

contributorLauren Finestone

Implementing evidence-based interventions to improve how we care for workers is not easy. Are...

The power of choosing our mindset

contributorLauren Finestone

Tips to help develop a mindset that builds resilience and helps us deal with challenging...

Webinar recording: Wellbeing and Mental Health – Building inner resilience and supporting others in 2022 - Beyond Blue

contributorMel Novak

Small business owners have been doing it tough for a long time and statistics are demonstrating...

'I want to do that' — the importance of autonomy, competence and relatedness

contributorLauren Finestone

We all have 3 basic psychological needs that must be fulfilled if we are to do well and feel...

‘I can do that’ — how building self-efficacy can support workers return to work

contributorLauren Finestone

How to help build self-efficacy — tips for supporting a worker who may have lost confidence...

Questioning the power of positivity

contributorGabrielle Lis

Do positive expectations about RTW bring results, or do good prospects make injured workers feel...

Prehabilitation: improving the results of surgery

contributorA. Richey

Prehabilitation is an approach to aid people recover from surgery and increase the likelihood of...

Self-Management: training the treaters

contributorA. Richey

Self-management is a vital part of recovery from illness, but how can treaters be trained to...

Broken people from broken systems

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

For many injured workers, the greatest challenge is not the extent of their injuries but the...

The power of learned optimism

contributorScott Sanderson

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

Who's the boss?

contributorGabrielle Lis

The health and wellbeing of people with chronic illness improves when they become...

Believe and You Will Cope


'Self-efficacy' is more than just an odd-sounding word. Superdoc explains who needs...

The power of storytelling

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

The impact of 'patient narrative' - first-hand stories of illness and injury - shouldn't be...

Superdoc (8) - Back pain and the 'fear avoidance model'


Our Superhero Superdoc is back on back pain and the importance of not being afraid of it.

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


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

Frustrated by "victims"?

contributorGabrielle Lis and Dr Mary Wyatt

People who believe they've been treated unfairly have lower functional ability than those who...

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...

Sunny side down

contributorGabrielle Lis

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

Sunny side up

contributorRTWMatters team

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

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...

Quick Guide: Self efficacy

contributorGabrielle Lis

Not every injured or ill worker has the "I think I can" attitude of the Little Engine That...


contributorGabrielle Lis

The most common barriers to RTW are "psychosocial". Getting to know them makes it possible to...

What's more painful than chronic pain? Chronic pain in 'The System'

contributorGabrielle Lis

Workers' comp and RTW systems can exacerbate chronic pain, but as Coralie Wales from Chronic...

Motivation - Part Five

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

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

Motivation: Part one

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

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

Complacency in return to work programs does not produce good outcomes

contributorSarah Duffield

An injured worker, with knee injuries and heart condition, is made redundant and has to deal...

From fighting cancer to fostering Cancer Voices

contributorAnna Kelsey-Sugg

Cancer survivor John Stubbs talks about his journey back to good health and back to work, in a...