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Managing the relationship with an injured or ill worker during return to work: A guide for supervisors in small and medium businesses

Last year Safe Work Australia (SWA) partnered with the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA) to produce a guide for supervisors in small and medium businesses to manage the relationship with an injured or ill worker during the return to work process.

The guide is designed to assist supervisors support and stay in touch with workers who suffer a workplace injury or illness, and make changes to the workplace and/or work duties to assist workers return to work sooner.

The guide is based on a 2020 BETA project which produced similar resources targeting return to work arrangements in the Australian Public Service, the guide acknowledges that small and medium businesses face unique challenges and opportunities in supporting workers to return to work following illness or injury.

This webinar will outline how the project supports the SWA National Return to Work Strategy, the project’s goals and design process, lessons learnt about small to medium enterprises and provide and overview of the materials.

Corey Grandin – Safe Work Australia (SWA)

Corey Grandin is the Director of Workers’ Compensation Policy, Corey leads SWA’s important work to develop national policy relating to workers’ compensation, develop proposals to improve workers’ compensation arrangements, and to promote national consistency in such arrangements. Corey has over 15 years’ experience in complex regulatory roles across government including with the Attorney General’s Department and the Commonwealth Department of Treasury.

Andrea Willis - Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA)

Andrea Willis is a Senior Advisor with the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA). Andrea has worked across the public and private sectors, and is an experienced senior leader with deep behavioural science experience. In her current role, Andrea has overseen the design, development and implementation of multiple trials, experiments and research projects across a range of diverse policy areas including health, finance, cyber security and education.

Dr Hanne M Watkins - Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA)

Dr Hanne M Watkins is an Advisor with BETA. She completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Melbourne in 2016, and has extensive experience applying behavioural science to priority policy problems – including cyber security, bankruptcy, and return to work.


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