Articles by ‘Anna Kelsey-Sugg’
Understanding musculoskeletal pain will increase productivity and health.
Simple, straightforward guidelines for ensuring injured employees have access to all their legal entitlements.
Want something done at work? It helps to know what and who you're working with. Start by asking yourself these questions...
A change is as good as a holiday, right? Time to implement change where it's needed.
Not yet a RTW pro? A tip: avoid these three attitudes when dealing with an injured worker.
Hand-selected return to work mantras to help your RTW experience run more smoothly.
Advice on how to bite the signs of disengagement - before they bite you
Want a better workplace? Get happier. Here are some pointers on how.
Jack of all trades? Conjurer of motivation and modified duties? Piggy in the middle? We lay it all out on the table...
How do employers know who is the right staff member to delegate the role of RTW coordinator?
Why it's worth noticing when employees feel overloaded - and what you can do about it.
Missing the zing in your step? Here's some help to refresh at work and steps to getting in the work groove.
Who has control over organising modified duties in your workplace - and what are the pros and cons of having them in charge?
And how do I get those skills? Are they the same for Coordinators in companies of all sizes?
What approaches can you take in the all-too-common situation of needing to convince others that good RTW is worth the effort?
How to recognise doctors who are good communicators - and why it's in your interest to seek them out.
Fair enough - but you might not want to take this RTW news sitting down.
Getting the right mix is never easy but hearing how other people have succeeded in return to work helps. A WorkSafe officer offers her advice.
Workers' comp is a tough gig - tougher still when you're looking after a company covering almost all of Queensland. What helps? Read on to find out.
Smaller businesses don't necessarily have fewer problems with return to work - simply different ones.
Work can't stop when results improve. In this interview with an Injury Management specialist, we learn that creating the right RTW culture needs to be a continuous process - or else everyone pays....
Good workplace culture fosters loyal employees who want to remain at their workplace.
A code of ethics would have helped former return to work coordinator 'Layla' to educate injured workers and combat an investigate-happy manager.
A process-driven acrimonious workers' compensation system is a dark place - let's shed some light to turn things around.
Want some questions about depression at work answered? Check out our interview with Dr Fehmidah Munir, one of the UK researchers responsible for the Loughborough University's study into the role...
Vicarious trauma, supporting staff dealing with traumatic situations.
To help an employee return to work after a stress claim, our ten tips start with proactivity and care. Read on!
Dutch occupational physician Frederieke Schaafsma describes a new Netherlands system of return to work that has seen the number of employees on long-term sick leave dramatically reduced.
Take a look at the ten main points to emerge from RTW Matters' interview with Dr William Shaw from the US's Centre for Disability Research, Liberty Mutual.
After return to work coordinators expressed to us a lack of formal guidance in their role as coordinators, and - more specifically - the lack of a Code of Ethics - we set about developing one.
A look at why money spent on researching health is money spent well.
What's the best way to deal with stress in the workplace? Prevent it from ever occurring! Our ten tips show you how.
Dr William Shaw takes us behind the (research) scenes at Liberty Mutual in the US.
Techniques to cope with the emotional and physical symptoms of experiencing a traumatic event.
What does "evidence based medicine" refer to exactly, and why should we care to know?
Take this test to see if you or your employees are feeling how they ought to in the workplace. The test highlights the key factors in both retaining star staff-members and promoting early RTW.
This case study looks at a young man with a long career ahead of him and the reasons he will probably never return to his job.
In the second part of RTW Matters' interview with Occupational Therapist Kate Roylance, she discusses the counter-productive nature of many performance rewards.
Occupational therapist Kate Roylance was very surprised that many of you responded that "Workplaces are too generous" in the our RTW Matters poll; we interviewed her to find out why.
Web based self assessment & exercise tool
For men and women entrance to mid-life will affect them - at home and at work - in different ways. Occupational medicine can help.
Words may not break bones like sticks and stones, but they can still do a lot of damage.
In this interview with UK expert we learn that modern vocational rehabilitation is not about delivering an expensive service.
Seventy work-sites to manage, different styles of management, a tough work culture, misconceptions about what's involved. Annette Photios had her work cut out when she stepped into her role.
The path to return to work shouldn't have to be long and difficult
Communication between GPs and occupational health professionals.
Managing a stress claim
Let's go back a few steps now, and take a look at how we can define the concept.
Employers can take action to beat the problem of stress before it even arises. This article looks at the benefits of stress prevention programs.
Stress claims commonly build up over time, until the person reaches a point where they can't continue to ignore the issues.
With dignity and respect, self-responsibility and supportive relationships, return to work after mental illness is achievable.
It's more important than ever to understand the factors that help and hinder cancer patients return to work.
Everyday words can take on different meanings when used by medical practitioners, but to what effect?
Welcome to the first article in our five-part stress series. The series will look at exactly what stress is, how it affects individuals and communities, workplace prevention programs and how...
A chapter summary from the book 'Moving in on occupational injury' exploring the benefits of on-site medical presence.
The final article in the motivation series looks at the strategies and techniques of motivational interviewing.
The penultimate article in the 'Motivation Series' looks at Motivational Interviewing and the positive effects it produces in the Return To Work process.
The Cochrane Occupational Health Field gathers evidence on the effectiveness of occupational health interventions and publishes reviews. RTW Matters spoke with Coordinator Jos Verbeek.
Are you motivated to succeed or to avoid failure?
A young, fit worker develops back pain, is advised to rest and cut back activities. Three months later his back pain has not improved. Is rest really the best medicine?
Ensuring those who don't need to be away from work get back as soon as possible is best for all.
We don't talk enough about the poor outcomes associated with workers' compensation.
A look at self-efficacy and how it can be maximised in patients.
What are 'catastrophic injuries'? Why it is important to manage them well in the workplace, and how this can be done.
Improving motivation is up to the employee and employer.
RTW Matters speak with Clare Shann from beyondblue, the national depression initiative, about returning to work after depression.
What helped Mario return to work after a car accident left him with quadriplegia?
Mario was set to become a surgeon before an accident left him with quadriplegia. Management flexibility was key to a sustainable return to work.
Trying to define motivation can be tricky, but let's give it a go.
Return to work advice specifically for cancer survivors.
How an employer and employee can do the right thing and yet have a bad experience too
Even if they want to it doesn't mean they can, even if they can it doesn't mean they will.
The six-part series continues. This time we look at the effect of a positive attitude towards rehab.
The second half of Dr Dhir's doctor-patient communication insights.
Terminally ill patients are LIVING with their illness, and so deserve the same rehab attention as any other patient.
The first instalment in a six-part series of articles on Motivation in rehabilitation.
In Part Two of this series, RTW Matters interviews Deanne to discover why she feels angry and let down.
In this and subsequent articles on Deanne's case, we learn about her WorkCover journey and hear why both she and her employer is so distressed by the process.
Survival to revival - energising rehabilitation.
Poetry, soccer and split infinitives.
In an interview with communication consultant Sharon McGann we learn why communication is so important and how to do it better.
The keys to managing sleepiness in the workplace.
Why is it then that cancer survivors have less access to help with rehabilitation post-treatment?
Some common misconceptions about sleepiness.
Cancer survivor John Stubbs talks about his journey back to good health and back to work, in a hugely important role.
Cancer patients need thorough reviews post treatment so they can return to suitable working environments.
Interview with Cancer Voices Australia executive director and cancer survivor John Stubbs.
The importance of recognition and education in RTW after a mild traumatic brain injury and groups for whom the process is more difficult.
This article explores some of the risks involved with sleepiness in the workplace.
What is a brain injury and how should it be managed?
RTW Matters interviewed 57-year-old 'Sally', who went straight back to work after sustaining a shoulder injury. We learn what helped - and what didn't.
A fake sickie could land you in more trouble than it's worth
Workers' compensation and return to work plans have a longer history than you might think.
The evidence for and against some of the most common treatments for shoulder and elbow pain.
Opening up lines of communication is essential in the return to work process.
Studies show that workers are less likely to recover from illness or injury if they enter the compensation system.
Sometimes employees need return to work assistance even while they're still physically in the workplace.
Denmark has in place a social system that keeps unemployment low, wages high, and job prospects flexible and secure.
Studies have now proven that positive psychology has a big impact. In the workplace it can keep employees happier and more motivated to return to work after an illness or injury.