One of our most popular contributors, Gabrielle used her writing talents to develop easy to read content. Her articles are clear, practical and full of creative flair, providing an easily digestible and enjoyable way to keep best practices front of mind.
Gabrielle Lis joined Return to Work Matters in October 2008, while in the throes of the final months of an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. Gabrielle was an assistant editor at RTWMatters until 2011, where she was able to combine her professional passions: writing and public policy advocacy.
Gabrielle returned to the team in 2016, once again keeping us up to date with her clear and informative articles, as well as coordinating the newsletter.
Articles by ‘Gabrielle Lis’
A symptoms-based approach is a smart and humane way to make return to work decisions, underpinned by trust, good communication and empathy.
An individual's response to pain is unique to them and changes over time, so giving people the benefit of the doubt is a scientifically savvy move.
Swap soldiering on for staying at home. Forgo social contact we used to take for granted. Two ways the status quo has gotta go in the post-COVID working world - and some potential unintended...
New report concludes: “Nothing short of wholesale changes to the system will address the issues identified by both the 2016 investigation and the current one.” Does it go far enough?
World-leading Australian guidelines will help GPs better manage work-related mental health conditions. Enlightened employers should benefit, but GPs are unlikely to recommend RTW if conflict,...
A best practice statement sheds light on how – and when – we should collect, analyse and act on information predicting RTW struggles ahead. But there’s still a lot to learn…
Feeling overworked and underappreciated? Here’s a simple, three-step plan to help you show ‘em what you’re worth.
You should be worried if no workers at your organisation complain about bullying, harassment or workplace pressures, and none claim for psychological injury, says Dr Rebecca Michalak.
An op shop, a chicken run, IT training and a cuppa with a CEO: Craig’s Table serves up a unique community-based retraining program loved by injured workers, employers, insurers and workers' comp...
Working out at work can prevent common musculoskeletal disorders of the neck, arm and hand. Find out which other interventions make the grade and which fail to deliver according to a 2016 research...
New research shows Australian employers delay and even avoid contact with workers who make psychological injury claims, and finds an association with poor outcomes for return to work.
Delaying contact with workers who’ve claimed for psychological injury can delay return to work. This article outlines why, how and when to make *that* call.
In Australia, only one third of psychological claimants feel supported by their employer: those who do are substantially more likely to return to work.
We summarise the Victorian Ombudsman's investigation into WorkSafe's handling of complex claims, which paints a picture of opportunistic insurers and systemic failings. Is WorkSafe ready to...
In which we introduce the National Return to Work Survey, describe how Dr Wyatt has analysed the results of the 2013 and 2014 surveys, and draw attention to the difference between correlation and...
Dr Wyatt dug into the data on the outcomes and experiences of Australian workers who lodge claims for physical and psychological injury. This overview reveals similarities but as ever the devil is...
Practical tips for reducing musculoskeletal claims
Identify high risk cases BEFORE they bite.
Need some ammunition to make the case for investment in health and wellbeing? Look no further than our latest top ten...
A short guide to surviving a downturn in business for busy RTW and OHS professionals.
Assessing risk isn't about ticks and crosses in a box. So why do Australian workplaces tend to rely on manual handling checklists?
Ever wondered what it might be like to work with a mental illness, let alone return to work after a psychotic episode? We spoke to a group of people who've done it - and some of what they told us...
We take a look at the non physical work factors that contribute to musculoskeletal disorders
Getting back to work after illness or injury can be daunting. Stick to our top ten, however, and not only will you survive - you'll thrive.
Employers don't have to bend over backwards to reduce absenteeism and improve productivity. Just get flexible!
Remember how your mum taught you to turn lemons into lemonade? In this series of bite-sized articles, we make cookies out of conflict!
Workers' comp and RTW systems can exacerbate chronic pain, but as Coralie Wales from Chronic Pain Australia explains, that's not the end of the story...
We can't turn back the clock, but we can offer advice on how to minimise the impact of age on "work ability" in physically intensive industries.
A new UK report finds that RTW depression is widespread, even when physical illness is the reason for work absence. Employers can make a difference.
Dr Geoffrey Waghorn tells us about the importance of employment for people with severe mental illness - and how it's best achieved by simple, everyday good management.