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’
For people with chronic back pain, psychological treatment that tackles unhelpful beliefs about the causes and dangers of pain substantially and durably reduces pain – and changes the brain.
Worker's pre-surgery expectations about the timing of RTW influence the duration of sickness absence after carpal tunnel release.
Evidence accumulates against arthroscopic partial meniscectomy, a common surgical procedure intended to reduce knee pain and improve function in middle to older aged patients.
For ambulance workers, mental health issues result not just from exposure to traumatic events, but from more mundane workplace stressors including the way managers respond to their distress.
Exercise is effective in reducing pain and improving function with many types of chronic pain – but other non-surgical, drug-free therapies can help too, including some mind-body practices.
Managers focused on workers' bad attitudes may miss opportunities to control the organisational psychosocial hazards that contribute to musculoskeletal disorders and stress-related mental health...
Tackle the psychosocial work environment if you want to see higher productivity, less sickness absence and timely, durable RTW for workers with CMDs such as depression and anxiety, say Swedish...
Anxiety and depression commonly go together but can be daunting to treat. A Dutch depression expert wants us to take heart: by treating one condition you often reduce symptoms of both.
Nurses who think they offer their colleagues more support than they get in return are more likely to be angry, and develop an MSD, than those who describe a fair balance.
Contact with the workplace has proven benefits for workers with stress, depression and other common mental health conditions, especially when part of a multi-component workplace intervention.
Not all participatory ergonomics programs are created equal, Professor Robin Burgess-Limerick tells RTWMatters. So what works, and what doesn’t?
Workers view insurer / healthcare provider relationships as adversarial and hamstrung – but they also have clear ideas for improvement…
What aspects of compensation systems cause stress? How common is it? Does compensation-related stress negatively impact health status? Does predisposition to stress matter?
What’s more important for durable RTW: RTW planning or the stressfulness of interactions between RTW Coordinators and injured workers? The answer depends on when you’re asking…
Stressed-out call centre workers see persistent benefits from an 8-week meditation program - especially when they meditate with workmates.
Workplace incivility and poorer sleep go hand in hand - unless you know how to switch off from work and relax. Good to know - and to share with injured workers...
Psychosocial risk factors better predict delayed recovery than do injury characteristics. How should we assess risk: via brief assessment tools or the observations of health professionals?
Fly in fly out workers and their partners struggle to reconcile working life and home life, while feeling a lack of support from family, employers and wider community.
A: CBT, ACT and mindfulness therapies can help people remain active and cope with chronic pain, but do not cure it. Other psychosocial interventions are not supported by research, although this...
Eight years of data from the Victorian workers compensation system reveals that GP certification practices are strongly influenced by injury type.
Patient advocacy, workplace conflict, social circumstances and fee structures all influence sickness certification, according to GPs, injured workers, employers and compensation agents.