Research Updates

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This page lists all research updates available on Return to Work Matters.

Research is chosen for review based on quality of the evidence and its practical value in return to work.

Requests to undertake reviews of research on particular subjects are welcome.

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Copycat, absent

contributorGabrielle Lis

A small proportion of employees imitate co-worker absence. Chucking a sickie is less appealing...

Whose support matters, and when?

contributorRTWMatters team

How does pre-existing workplace social support impact return to work after injury? Do supervisor...

Mindfulness intervention helps call centre workers

contributorGabrielle Lis

Stressed-out call centre workers see persistent benefits from an 8-week meditation program -...

Low-stress interactions matter more for longer-term claimants

contributorGabrielle Lis

What’s more important for durable RTW: RTW planning or the stressfulness of interactions between...

Relaxation saves sleep from rude supervisors and co-workers

contributorGabrielle Lis

Workplace incivility and poorer sleep go hand in hand - unless you know how to switch off from...

Sleep, burnout and RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

For employees with burnout, recovery and return to work is possible. What role does sleep play?

High demands + low control = depression, anxiety

contributorRTWMatters team

New evidence strengthens link between job strain and common mental health disorders, with...

Identifying and managing psychosocial risks

contributorRTWMatters team

In this 5 minute guide, we give you the dot-point version of research into psychosocial risks...

Brief psychosocial screeners trump GPs and physios

contributorGabrielle Lis

Psychosocial risk factors better predict delayed recovery than do injury characteristics. How...

Mapping Australian systems of income support

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A ground-breaking report on Australian income support systems shows why everyone from life...

Introducing ROSES

contributorGabrielle Lis

In the search to find a screening tool to assist workers with MSDs and common mental health...

Do opioids for acute MSD pain help RTW?

contributorRTWMatters team

Research seeking answers turned up more questions instead...

Individuality, work and PTSD

contributorRTWMatters team

Employment outcomes are better for PTSD veterans when individual skills, abilities and...

Why wellbeing metrics matter

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Tracking wellbeing is not only possible, it helps with RTW and financial performance. Here is a...

Who is afraid of RTW?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Workers have (sometimes valid) fears of re-injury upon return to work. How can employers and...

Bully me, bully my team

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

People in a team where bullying occurs are more likely to have long periods of time off work,...

Work-family conflict hurts kids

contributorGabrielle Lis

Authoritative Australian research shows that the mental health of children suffers when parents...

One LBP intervention does not fit all

contributorRTWMatters team

Is there such a thing as too much early intervention for workers with lower back injuries?

How do workers decide when to return?

contributorRTWMatters team

Top ten considerations that underlie decisions about the timing of RTW.

Workers have perfect families, right?

contributorRTWMatters team

Compensation systems idealise families, expecting too much family support for injured workers...

Can mind body treatments cure chronic pain?

contributorGabrielle Lis

New approaches have promise, but it is too soon to tell sufferers that a pain-free life is on...

Mental health and wellbeing costs of FIFO for workers, families

contributorGabrielle Lis

Fly in fly out workers and their partners struggle to reconcile working life and home life,...

Psychological treatment reduces post-surgical pain

contributorRTWMatters team

Patients feel less acute, post-surgical pain when they take part in a psychological intervention...

Is supervisor confidence key to mental health contact?

contributorRTWMatters team

Training makes managers more confident in their communication skills and more likely to get in...

Work motivation and chronic disease

contributorRTWMatters team

What do people with chronic disease value about work? What motivates them to keep working and...

Childhood adversity at work

contributorGabrielle Lis

Adverse childhood experiences impact performance at work and are likely to impact recovery from...

The test you do not want to ACE

contributorGabrielle Lis

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are common, and can wreak havoc on physical and...

Where are the mental health nuts and bolts?

contributorRTWMatters team

Mental health capabilities, culture, policies and procedures are lacking compared to leadership...

Action lagging behind good intentions?

contributorRTWMatters team

Workers see the benefits of good workplace mental health but think business and government need...

Supervisors reveal anxieties about mental health

contributorRTWMatters team

Supervisors describe mental health-related work absences as unpredictable and worrisome. How...

Super Support

contributorRTWMatters team

Experienced supervisors list ten ways they understand and support injured workers

Women, children and RTW

contributorRTWMatters team

Injury has a big impact on home life. Does home life (especially caring for dependent children)...

What is the story, Safe Work Australia?

contributorRTWMatters team

Claims are going down but costs are going up. Has safety improved? We dig into the data on...

Work Versus Return to Work?

contributorRTWMatters team

Supervisors say that balancing competing demands is an integral part of supporting RTW

Snapshot of Australian claims, 2015-16

contributorRTWMatters team

The latest in Australian workers compensation data: we summarise claims numbers by gender,...

Supervisors know RTW is a team sport

contributorRTWMatters team

What competencies do supervisors think they need to manage the impact of RTW on teams and coworkers?

Supervisor self-care

contributorRTWMatters team

Supervising RTW can be challenging, both emotionally and professionally. What supports are...

Preventing chronic MSDs

contributorGabrielle Lis

The right kind of vocational rehabilitation can stave off the transition to chronic disability....

Co-worker collateral

contributorRTWMatters team

Return to work processes are designed to help injured workers recover on the job but co-workers...

Team players or nay-sayers?

contributorRTWMatters team

Five things that make or break co-worker support for modified duties during the early days of...

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