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Work-focused health care: practical suggestions for how to do it

contributorLauren Finestone

Practical suggestions for how physiotherapists and other healthcare practitioners can provide...

How is Australia tracking in RTW?

contributorRTWMatters team

A quick look at return to work data released by Safe Work Australia in 2019

Too tough, too scared, too busy

contributorGabrielle Lis

A quarter of construction workers don’t report injuries. Why - and what are the consequences?

Hungry to improve RTW?

contributorRTWMatters team

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

What matters about RTWMatters?

contributorRTWMatters team

RTWMatters is Australia’s leading independent resource for return to work professionals:...

Six steps to good governance in RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

Ever looked at someone else’s injury management results and thought: I want what they’ve got?...

Webinar recording: Employers - The biggest influencers in RTW

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Dr Wyatt discusses the lessons for employers from Return to Work Survey findings

Comparing the data: physical and psychological claims

contributorGabrielle Lis

Dr Wyatt dug into the data on the outcomes and experiences of Australian workers who lodge...

How Dr Wyatt analysed the National Return to Work Survey

contributorGabrielle Lis

In which we introduce the National Return to Work Survey, describe how Dr Wyatt has analysed the...

Disputes: at what cost?

contributorA. Richey

If an employee is suspected of 'gaming the system,' is it worth investigating the matter further...

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...

Exploring Injury Reporting Systems

contributorA. Richey

Early reporting can have a huge impact on RTW outcomes, so the system used should be well-suited...

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...

Role Summary: Return to Work Coordinator

contributorA. Richey

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

What is an IME?

contributorA. Richey

IME stands for Independent Medical Examination. They are used for a variety of reasons,...

Role Summary: Senior Management

contributorA. Richey

Senior management provides leadership for the team and sets the tone for the rest of the...

Fanol Isai: RTW in Aged Care

contributorA. Richey

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

Case study: everyone has a role to play

contributorStefanie Garber

Employers and supervisors are key components of the return to work process. Without their...

When disaster strikes

contributorStefanie Garber

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

Guidelines on shoulder rotator cuff problems

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Flow charts detailing shoulder pain treatment

Work and osteoarthritis of the knee

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A research based look at the evidence on work contribution to knee osteoarthritis

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...

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?

Bridge the gap

contributorLori Boys

The 'bridge' between a proactive Health and Safety focus and Workers Compensation claims is...

Who's going to save worker's compensation?

contributorStefanie Garber

Improving return to work rates means re-thinking leadership in the return to work system

Putting a price on trust

contributorStefanie Garber

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

After the injury, there's more pain to come

contributorStefanie Garber

Injured workers are being further harmed by Australian compensation systems, according to an...

Broken trust cripples the compensation system

contributorDr Mary Wyatt and Stefanie Garber

Workers' compensation is plagued by low trust levels - increasing goodwill in the system could...

Recorded Webinar: Designing an effective on-site injury treatment program

contributorDr James Murray

In this webinar, James Murray, Director Soft Tissue centre, will provide tips and real life...

Katherine Lippel: talks workers' compensation systems

contributorScott Sanderson

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

Y'all come back now, y'hear?

contributorMary Harris

Whether you're in OZ or the good ol' US of A, RTW is all about the love...

The Principles underlying Return To Work

contributorRobert Hughes

One should not only consider 'principles' in establishing a quality RTW process. 'Attitudes' are...

OHS and Return-To-Work

contributorKevin Jones

On developing a good relationship with OHS Managers.