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’
Phone triage is an effective gateway to early intervention, securing cost and recovery benefits via a broad-spectrum approach, with support services accessible to workers regardless of work causation.
Researchers from Canada sought to summarise the research on interventions for depression in the workplace.
Researchers in the Netherlands claim that a positive employer / employee relationship has more impact than functional capacity on RTW and RTW effort sufficiency, a measure of employer and employee...
Understanding the factors that influence return to work assists in effective rehabilitation.
A small but significant proportion of people with back pain go on to develop long-term problems.
Researchers suggest shifting from a straightforward evaluation of capacity and duties to more personal factors such as the relationship between the employee and the employer.
Researchers looking for factors associated with early RTW uncover the usual suspects, as well as a less-expected ally: the social butterfly!
Musculoskeletal problems for hairdressers may be reduced if the risks are understood.
Spanish researchers sought to understand work ability amongst prison workers.
A review of self medication in physicians and medical students
The costs of a major health problem in developed nations
Multi-site pain is a common phenomenon among working-age people and it strongly increases work disability risk.
This study sought to understand whether patients with bipolar disorder admitted to hospital had a greater level of disability than those who had not been.
Nurse managers who match their leadership style to the issue at hand see fewer short time absences than those who lack this skill.
We need better approaches to teaching medical students about work, health and occupational medicine.
Might a therapeutic approach that focuses on increasing self-knowledge help shift long-term work disability and encourage recovery?
Exercise and surgery have long been the staple treatments for refractory knee pain - but is there a quicker (and less risky) fix?
When musculoskeletal problems flare for a desk-bound office worker, they may need a stress check as much as they need an ergonomics check.
Employer attitudes influence RTW after a cancer diagnosis.
Disability is more likely if a patient worries about their illness.
Ergonomic keyboards can help reduce the effects of recurrent arm pain in office workers.
A randomized controlled trial from Sweden offers hope for chronic back pain sufferers.
Canadian researchers have highlighted the lack of knowledge about the causes of abnormal and reduced sensations in the limbs of patients.
A study has shown promising signs of success for helping people with mental health issues join the workforce.
Injured workers may have a better RTW outcome if they undergo pain coping skills training before surgery.
Researchers have developed an effective treatment for the vexing condition of Fibromyalgia through a detailed and prolonged exercise regimen.
A Dutch study has shown that adherence to guidelines by physicians can help lead to earlier return to work outcomes.
A new study highlights the mains causes for return to work delays after an injury on the road.
Researchers have found spinal manipulative therapy yields small improvements in chronic low back pain, but have questioned the practice's cost-effectiveness.
A Swedish study has shown that what doctors and employers will permit on medical certificates has changed over recent decades.
A survey of rehabilitation and return to work managers in Queensland has led to calls for greater professional development through mentoring and supervision.
A study has raised doubts about whether the new edition of the American Medical Association guides for the evaluation of impairment are an improvement on existing practice.
A Dutch study has produced a simple, efficient means for assessing the probable duration of low back pain.
A major study from the Netherlands shows productivity can be improved by helping workers improve their lifestyles.
A Danish study debunks the myth that managers are often more stressed than employees.
Hands-off senior managers overestimate the safety and health of their workplace compared to industry standards. RTW professionals should use facts to remove rose-coloured glasses...
Danish researchers find that management approaches and levels of employee decision-making latitude exert considerable influence on sick leave. So who should you try and influence?
Do pre-employment medical examinations reduce sick leave? Are they value for money?
Believing that you can cope with whatever life brings you has a positive impact on pain symptoms - and there are ways of assessing coping confidence at work.
Neck pain commonly follows a persistent or recurrent course. Between 60% to 80% of workers who advise a sore neck at some point report they have a sore neck a year later. Workers who exercise do...
A broad and comprehensive approach to exploring return to work issues is provided by the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF).
A person's beliefs about back problems influence how they engage with treatment, so providing the right information is vital.
A public health campaign in Scotland has improved people's understanding and beliefs about back problems.
Chronic pain is challenging to manage. Dr Wyatt describes a hotel worker's persistent, disabling case of back pain - and the treatment changes that made all the difference.