Dr Mary Wyatt
Self effacing, warm, always positive Mary Wyatt is a consummate professional dedicated to return to work.
She graduated from Monash University Medicine with Honours winning the Carnation Award for Paediatrics in 1979.
For the following six years she enjoyed postings in a variety of exotic locations. Beginning with Darwin then Abu Dhabi, UAE and KwaZulu. Mary still has a preference for hot weather, very hot weather.
Returning to Australia to General Practice in 1986 Mary undertook further study gaining a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health in 1995 and a Masters in Public Health in 1998, followed by a Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine in 2002. She became an Occupational Physician in 1997.
In the area of return to work Mary has worn many hats: treater physician, assessing physician, reviewing workplaces for return to work, conciliator in dispute resolution, and as a manager involved with the development of effective return to work systems.
She teaches at Monash and was a member of the Victorian WorkCover Advisory Committee from 1993 to 1998, serving on a number of sub committees primarily concerned with the development of back pain guidelines for Victoria and the world leading public back campaign.
In 2001 Mary won the Volvo Award for Best Clinical Research Paper in back pain. Recognised nationally and internationally for her work, Mary's friendship is prized for her wonderfully warm and supportive personality.
Her dedication to making a difference in peoples' lives led to Mary and others to establish OccCorp in 2001. There she managed a team of 25 case managers to coordinate return to work across a range of industries and company sizes.
Returning to private practice in 2005 Mary founded and remains Chair of The Foundation for Research into Injury and Illness in the Workplace (ResWorks) a non profit organisation, which developed the Return To Work Knowledge Base, and led to the development of Return To Work Matters as an online network and resource for Return To Work Professionals which she edits.
Mary chairs the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Policy Committee and is a member of the College of Physicians Policy and Advocacy Committee.
All this while bringing up a family and dealing with a husband who would rather be fishing. Mary's is the mind that directs the support services, resources and research material on the Matters site, while ensuring that the highest ethical standards are maintained.
Articles by ‘Dr Mary Wyatt’
Dr Wyatt discusses the rise in spinal radiology over the last 30 years and the harms that come with it.
Self-management of long-term musculoskeletal conditions 101 — the basics.
Dr Mary Wyatt introduces the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's recently-launched policy on work injury scheme design and explores some practical approaches to...
Motivating injured workers to make positive change may become easier if you match your approach to their current ‘stage of change’: denial, considering change, preparing to take action, actively...
In this webinar, the first in a series of webinars on case management, Dr Mary Wyatt outlines the core elements of the case management process and discusses what gets in the way of us doing a...
Positive change may be inspired by centers of excellence and everyday positivity emulated by treating practitioners.
Dr Wyatt explains how problems with agency, explanation deficits, delays and disputes, over-medicalisation and failure to deal with distress and whole, complex people (rather than just their...
In this webinar Dr Wyatt explores what constitutes good healthcare in work injury management and how you can recognise it.
Yes, workers' compensation schemes have been poorly managed. Real change will come when there is a supportive approach to improving health and recovery outcomes, with positive leadership focused...
An occupational physician's guide to identifying and supporting high-risk individuals and common barriers to return to work.
In our final webinar of our series, Dr Wyatt explains common shoulder and knee problems and how to assist employees with related conditions.
In part two of our three-part series, Dr Wyatt explains common neck and back problems and gives practical tips to help employees manage them at work.
Dr Wyatt describes the six years of research, reflection and experimentation that have gone into RTWMatters' new hybrid training package for supervisors.
In part one of a three part series, Dr Wyatt covers the basics of musculoskeletal conditions, including difficulties employees face.
Delays and disputes are stressful and can have a negative impact on recovery and return to work. The Medical Support Panel in NSW gives speedy, evidence-based answers to questions around work...
The value of effective injury reporting systems
President Donald Trump is one of the 21st century's great persuaders. This series looks at the tactics he uses well (and not so well). First up, pacing and leading.
Actually, we don't believe you, Mr President! In the second in our series of articles on the persuasive tactics of Donald Trump, we look at one of his weaker points: reciprocity.
People want to be like other people, hence the persuasive heft of "social proof". In our third article on persuasion, we see what The Donald has to say about grown up peer pressure...
In this article on Donald Trump and the art of persuasion, we examine the way small commitments become big ones.
Being likeable also makes you persuasive. In our sixth article on persuasion, we explore the power of compliments, similarity and cooperation.
Dr Wyatt discusses the lessons for employers from Return to Work Survey findings
Our best content is now easier to navigate. Keep an eye out for new research and resources that will make a practical difference in RTW, coming soon.
Dr Mary Wyatt explores the role of the IME in assessing work capacity for injured or ill employees.
This webinar explores evidence on how supervisors and coworkers can influence RTW, and how to get them involved productively
Michael was a 48-year-old machine operator. He had been at the workplace for nine months. During his probation period he worked well, but once permanent he missed considerable time from work with...
This case study looks at the additional injuries which can occur as a result of the workplace injury.
Competencies supervisors need to affect positive RTW outcomes for workers suffering musculoskeletal and mental health conditions.
Evidence shows that picking up the phone improves RTW outcomes
Telephonic methods can be used to assess the clinical and work participation needs of people with common health problems.
A closer look at one type of neck pain.
How do you deal with musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace?
Successful surgery starts with the best decision about whether surgery should be performed.
Interview with Garry Pearce, Director of Rehabilitation for the Tasmanian Department of Health.
A Powerpoint presentation on the whys and wherefores of supervisor training in RTW management.
And can the UK show us how it's done?