Stefanie Garber


Stefanie looks at every imaginable aspect of return to work. Her articles explore workers’ compensation in-depth, covering the research and policy. With a background in law and journalism, she is particularly interested in how laws impact on people’s everyday lives.

Articles by ‘Stefanie Garber’
Pilates pain or gain?

The word “pilates” conjures images of healthy people in leotards with their legs above their heads. However, pilates was initially developed to assist with rehabilitation from injury, and it's...

Case study: everyone has a role to play

Employers and supervisors are key components of the return to work process. Without their support, a return to work program is unlikely to lead to a successful outcome.

Case Study: Let the client help you help them

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

Case study: Flexible approaches can kickstart cases

Despite the best efforts of the return to work manager, some cases seem to make little progress. Looking beyond the physical injury for solutions can help boost a client's chances of returning to...

The case of the "lying" handyman

How can Return to Work professionals prevent suspicion and mistrust from derailing a claim?

Turning a dead-end into a new start

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

When disaster strikes

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

Apologies go a long way in work injury

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

A new approach to workplace bullying

We speak to Dr Doron Samuell, an expert on workplace bullying, about office disputes, gender and tackling poor behaviour.

Bullied by bullying claims

A rise in frivolous or even malicious bullying claims may undermine the plight of true victims.

Who gets bullied by whom - and where?

An insight into common personality traits shared by victims of bullying, as well as characteristics of bullies, can help organisations prevent workplace harassment. But understanding...

Follow the leader

Regulatory bodies set the standard for other organisations in their industry. In relation to workplace bullying, however, that standard may best be described as “do as I say, not as I do.”

Gender wars

Women are more likely to be bullied in the workplace than men. Yet most female bullies target other women.

6 steps to a bully-free workplace

Workplace bullying can seem difficult to tackle. A sensitive approach is needed, combined with organisation-wide preventative efforts to stamp out bullying in the long-term.

Laying down the law

Several legal options exist for victims of bullying, each with different outcomes. How effective is the legal system at coping with bullying?

Everyone plays a role in workplace bullying

Bullying is more than individual conflict. Factors like policies, leadership and workplace culture can all lead to workplace bullying.

Fighting back: dealing with workplace bullies

Taking a long-term preventative approach to bullying is cheaper and more effective than reacting to individual cases

An introduction to workplace bullying

What is workplace bullying? How common is bullying? What forms does bullying take? How does bullying affect the victim and the organisation?

Injustice in return to work: part 2

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

Injustice in return to work: part 1

Workers' compensation systems can leave clients feeling betrayed. This sense of unfairness may hinder a client's return to work.

Who's going to save worker's compensation?

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

Putting a price on trust

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

After the injury, there's more pain to come

Injured workers are being further harmed by Australian compensation systems, according to an article by Robert Guthrie and Stephen Monterosso

Re-wiring the brain

The brain's ability to adapt to new situations might be the key to understanding long-term chronic pain.

Kicking goals

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

Case Study: Re-training for a better future

Encouraging an injured worker to retrain and undertake self-management strategies could save millions in compensation costs.

Social capital: is it what we're missing?

The Return to Work Monitor paints a worrying picture: despite increased funding, resources and policy changes, less workers are returning to employment. The lack of social capital in return to...

Case Study: Cool, calm and in control

A worker's confidence and approach to self-management can make the difference between a successful return to work and permanent incapacity.

Keeping a lid on opiates

While opiates are valuable for treating severe pain, doctors need to exercise more caution towards opiate prescriptions, according to a paper by Simon Holliday.

Healthy mind, healthy body

Mind-body therapies, which focus on creating mental well being, could play a significant role in pain relief