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

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Research reveals top ten supervisor skills for RTW

contributorRTWMatters team

Honesty, respect for privacy, job knowledge and tough love all make the list of supervisor...

Support or confrontation?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Supervisors discuss whether support is enough to keep workers with MSDs at work, or whether a...

Rethinking injury and unfairness

contributorGabrielle Lis

Why do some people focus on the injustice of their injury while others move on with equanimity?...

Profile: Supervisors who support modified duties

contributorGabrielle Lis

Supervisors who show concern and respect for workers, who have the autonomy to make decisions...

What helps depressed workers stay at work?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Workplace interventions, CBT and stretching can all reduce sick leave amongst workers with...

An intervention for low back pain that works

contributorGabrielle Lis

Evidence-based! Cost-effective! Proactive! Popular! You will love this new workplace...

Tick, tick, tick

contributorGabrielle Lis

The more time that elapses before low back injury is reported and treated, and the longer...

Twins in pain?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Negative ideas about pain can derail recovery and return to work, causing immense frustration...

Five ways to manage conflict

contributorRTWMatters team

Integration, obligation, domination, avoidance and compromise are all valid ways to manage...

Going backwards on mental health

contributorGabrielle Lis

Australian organisations are missing out on many opportunities to promote and support good...

Do workplace interventions improve RTW outcomes?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Workplace interventions are effective for workers with musculoskeletal disorders, but the...

What do employers think of GPs?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Workers compensation systems rely on collaboration between stakeholders to achieve good...

Corralling the research on cancer and RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

The evidence-based low-down on a problem many Australians will face: returning to work after...

We need to talk about GPs

contributorGabrielle Lis

According to Canadian researchers the responsibilities of GPs in relation to workers...

Q: Are psychosocial interventions effective treatments for chronic pain?

contributorGabrielle Lis

A: CBT, ACT and mindfulness therapies can help people remain active and cope with chronic pain,...

(Mis)managing mental health claims in Australia

contributorGabrielle Lis

GPs, injured workers, employers and insurers weigh in on the difficulties of managing mental...

Snapshot: Sickness certification by Australian GPs

contributorGabrielle Lis

Eight years of data from the Victorian workers compensation system reveals that GP certification...

Trends in GP sickness certification

contributorGabrielle Lis

GPs issue more unfit for work certificates every year, according to research from Victoria,...

Stakeholders explain GP sickness certification practices

contributorGabrielle Lis

Patient advocacy, workplace conflict, social circumstances and fee structures all influence...

Does RTW training for physios improve outcomes?

contributorGabrielle Lis

RTW training for physiotherapists changes physical and mental health outcomes but not RTW...

RTW snakes and ladders

contributorGabrielle Lis

The Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) asks physiotherapists and...

RTW Coordinator: essential qualities and attributes

contributorA. Richey

A return to work (RTW) coordinator in the Australian context helps an injured worker with...

Fair winners, fair losers in dispute resolution

contributorA. Richey

What makes dispute resolution outcomes seem fair to workers?

Employee Decision-Making about Disclosure of a Mental Health Disorder at Work - part 2

contributorA. Richey

Part two looks at the processes employees go through in weighing up the risks and benefits of...

Employee Decision-Making about Disclosure of a Mental Health Disorder at Work - part 1

contributorA. Richey

Discussing mental health at work is a complex issue. The authors of this research, Kate Toth...

Why would a seriously injured firefighter choose to return to high risk work?

contributorA. Richey

Bonds with co-workers and love of a particular job makes return to work appealing even after...

Occupational Stress in the Ambulance Service: a diagnostic study

contributorA. Richey

Due to political and economic change, demands on public servants are escalating in a back...

RTW: Police personnel and PTSD

contributorA. Richey

The researchers explore the RTW of police suffering from PTSD in the Netherlands, undergoing BEP...

Research short: Interactions between Injured Workers and Insurers in Workers Compensation Systems

contributorRTWMatters team

The main question addressed by the review was: What are the interactions between injured...

How do social functioning, social relationships and compensation influence RTW?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Understanding the factors that influence return to work assists in effective rehabilitation.

Relationships impact RTW and RTW effort sufficiency

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Researchers in the Netherlands claim that a positive employer / employee relationship has more...

Intervention practices for depression in the workplace

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Researchers from Canada sought to summarise the research on interventions for depression in the...

What does a thriving social life have to do with RTW?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Researchers looking for factors associated with early RTW uncover the usual suspects, as well as...

Measuring employer and employee efforts toward RTW

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Researchers suggest shifting from a straightforward evaluation of capacity and duties to more...

Predicting the transition from acute to persistent low back pain

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A small but significant proportion of people with back pain go on to develop long-term problems.

Regional trends in sickness benefit payments

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Rsearchers investigated why claims for mental and behavioural disorders have overtaken those for...

Depression and work performance

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

An ecological study using web based screening

Self reported work-related symptoms in hairdressers

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Musculoskeletal problems for hairdressers may be reduced if the risks are understood.

Work-related symptoms in nail salon technicians

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Managers may be unfamiliar with evidence-based prevention and ergonomic practices

Assessing stress using a visual scale

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

French researchers find a simple way to measure stress

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