Return to Work Matters is Australia’s leading independent resource for return to work professionals: informative, practical and motivating. This page introduces you to the people behind the publication. If you want to know more about what we do and why it matters, the About Us page has the goods.
Mary is a specialist occupational physician. She’s worked in the field for more than 30 years and conducted more than 2000 worksite visits, reviewing jobs and duties across multiple industries and advising on return to work duties and management.
Mary has managed an organisation that coordinated high quality care of injured workers, seeing lost days of work reduce by 60% by early effective management. She also researches, teaches, doctors and mediates.
Mary is passionate about improving the lot of employees with an injury. She initiated the Health Benefits of Good Work agenda that continues to be championed by Occupational Physicians. Using policy development, up-to-date research, and support for those at the coal-face Mary continues to strive to for improvements for workers and businesses.
Cheryl has been General Manager of Return to Work Matters since its inception. Cheryl knows the ins-and-outs of this ever expanding project of ours, and is responsible for managing the team through our many projects and website development.
Cheryl is responsible for tailored corporate membership services and business development, and can help set up a corporate membership package to your needs.
One of our most popular contributors, Gabrielle has 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. She also writes fiction, and is completing a graduate diploma in psychology.
If you have any suggestions or requests for content, Gabrielle would love to hear from you.
Fiona, our membership manager, has brought a fresh perspective to our team and initiated change based on member feedback. Fiona’s role is to foster two-way communication with our current and past members, as well as other RTW networks, ensuring we meet both their content and administrative needs.
Fiona is always open for a chat about how we can do better, so please drop her line if you have any feedback. Fiona can also assist in arranging new memberships and renewals.
Mellissa is our administration coordinator and assists Cheryl in the behind the scenes management. Mellissa is involved in arranging webinars, maintaining our databases, issuing invoices and other general customer service enquiries.
Please contact Mellissa if you have any questions or problems with your account. If she can’t help you, she’ll certainly point you in the direction of someone who can.
Senior Web Developer
A great problem solver, Unni takes our sometimes not-so-technically-minded ideas and turns them into reality. If it can be done, Unni will find a way. If you are having any difficulties using the site at all, and Mellissa can’t assist you, then Unni will help iron out any kinks for you.
Freelance and Past Contributors
Anna worked closely with Mary Wyatt to provide useful case studies and tips from experts in the field. Many of her articles are based on interviews and developments in the return-to-work field. Anna writes on a freelance basis for newspapers and magazines.
Tom contributed articles ranging from disease fact sheets and illness treatment plans, to guides for return-to-work coordinators and information for injured workers.
Robert has a broad background in workers compensation. Hailing from the US, Rob was involved with scheme development through his role as a lawyer. He has a passion for the successful development and implementation of innovative strategic and tactical solutions and has been involved in the development of legal, regulatory and legislative frameworks in multiple jurisdictions. His past engagements include the director of stakeholder collaboration at the Industry Engagement Centre for Personal Injury at Deakin University.
Working with Agents, Self-Insurers, Employers and Consultants for almost 30 years; Lori Boys focus and passion has been about embedding a safety first culture, instilling the Three R’s, Remain at Work, Recover at Work, Return to Work and de-stigmatising workers compensation in the teams and organisations she works for.
Carolyn has spent over 20 years working in personal injury management in corporate and government roles. She has extensive experience as a senior manager, building and developing teams. As the Director of Success in Life, she works with individuals and organisations developing their ability to influence through leadership, service & strategic thinking approaches.
Stefanie looks at every imaginable aspect of return to work. Her articles explore workers’ compensation in-depth, covering the latest research and policy. With a background in law and journalism, she is particularly interested in how laws impact on people’s everyday lives.
The anonymous doctor saves the world by day and by night works on these little treats. These gems pop up regularly on the site, so stay tuned for more exciting adventures!
Practically-minded and with an academic background in legal practice, Scott’s important contributions, include the ‘Consider the Alternative’ series on the use of dispute resolution in the context of workers compensation disputes around Australia, and informative articles on job burnout and employee engagement.
Has 30 years experience developing and leading non profit organisations in the arts sector. He has written arts policy for the Labor, Liberal and National Parties (fortunately not at the same time). Robert’s focus is the principles underlying return to work.
Although Sean was a short term contributor to Return to Work Matters, his innate understanding of public policy and contemporary political developments saw him add a wealth of information on policy and legislation to the site. His in-depth jurisdictional comparison series on return to work support is a worthwhile and insightful read.
Completing his Honours thesis in Political Science at Monash University, Sean is a freelance writer who excels at in-depth features, reviews and interviews. His focus is on highlighting areas of poor policy, seeking to assist society’s most marginalised members.