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A new, national approach to RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

Safe Work Australia's National Return to Work Strategy shows promise. Will they deliver on the...

Hungry to improve RTW?

contributorRTWMatters team

The researchers at the Insurance Work and Health Group at Monash University are offering a...

Webinar recording: A work-design focused Return to Work process

contributorMeredith Carr

Meredith Carr discusses how to effectively implement a work-design focused RTW process and the...

(Home) working it!

contributorGabrielle Lis

Accentuate the positives and eliminate the negatives of remote work, with this strategic guide...

Ten benefits of working and recovering at home

contributorGabrielle Lis

How might injured workers benefit from a stint of working from home, before returning to work?

And now what?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

For ten years, national RTW rates have remained stagnant. Why? And what hope does Dr Wyatt see...

Supportive supervisors see more RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

Australian data shows that supervisors who are seen to promote physical and psychological...

Webinar recording: Rebuilding life after brain injury

contributorSue Sloan

Approaches to supporting people to rebuild meaningful life role participation.

Lifestyle Factors and RTW: Drugs

contributorA. Richey

According to NDSHS data, workers are more likely to have used illicit drugs in the past 12...

Lifestyle Factors and RTW: Alcohol

contributorA. Richey

Alcohol and smoking are the most common legal drugs in use in Australia today.

Webinar recording: What works - Lessons from overseas

contributorRobert Aurbach

The most successful workers' compensation system in the world is one you haven't heard of.

Claims Process: the stress of making a claim

contributorA. Richey

When a worker is injured, there might be fears for their job stability, financial burdens, or...

Medical treatment: the importance of early access

contributorA. Richey

Delayed access to medical treatment means delayed recovery.

Cooperation: Why is it important in RTW?

contributorA. Richey

Cooperation is vital in return to work. Many parties are involved and they must all work...

Better Workplace Systems: how to implement them

contributorA. Richey

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

Template Injury Management Policy

contributorA. Richey

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

Injury Management: how to create your policy

contributorA. Richey

An injury management policy provides broad guidelines on the company’s approach to injury...

RTW Systems - How does your workplace stack-up?

contributorA. Richey

Developing effective workplace systems can be challenging. It can also be difficult to know if...

Case Study: Time to heal

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Mr L, a tall, solid-framed, right-handed 58 year old man, reported pain in his right elbow....

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...

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: Injured, but not at work. What to do?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Workers with injuries sustained away from work may be tempted to protect their financial...

2015 RTW Matters Reader Survey: what barriers are you facing?

contributorRTWMatters team

A huge thank you to everyone who responded to our reader survey. It helps us to understand some...

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...

When you suspect an employee

contributorA. Richey

Joe Unreliable and Jane Dodge have lodged claims for workers' compensation. How should you...

Role Summary: Return to Work Coordinator

contributorA. Richey

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

Fanol Isai: RTW in Aged Care

contributorA. Richey

Fanol Isai from Catholic Homes won the “Return to Work Coordinator Excellence” WorkSafe Victoria...

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: The role of the medical certificate in identifying and managing RTW barriers

contributorHarry Papagoras

Physiotherapist Harry Papagoras discusses how medical certificates can be used to identify...

Most Victorian GPs not recommending RTW: study

contributorRTWMatters team

A study shows that Victorian GPs are unlikely to recommend alternate duties for injured workers.

Broken people from broken systems

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

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

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...

When disaster strikes

contributorStefanie Garber

The support offered to a worker with catastrophic injuries can be vital to the person's...

Work and shoulder problems

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

The connection between work and shoulder problems

Are you a Manager, a Leader or both?

contributorLori Boys

We should no longer manage, we should lead...how many times have you heard that?

Putting a price on trust

contributorStefanie Garber

Building social capital costs little but the potential benefits are priceless.

Katherine Lippel: talks workers' compensation systems

contributorScott Sanderson

Professor Katherine Lippel presents: Workers' compensation design: how rules and practices may...

Developing a successful rehabilitation program: case study

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Interview with Garry Pearce, Director of Rehabilitation for the Tasmanian Department of Health.

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