Hot Topics for RTW

Targeted early intervention of workers with soft issue injury leads to a better recovery

Workers found to be at significant risk for a long-term disability based on known psychosocial risk factors following a musculoskeletal injury were identified using a screening tool. This questionnaire was given to all injured workers within 5 days of injury. ... read more ›

Physiotherapy delivered pain management skills in addition to strength training improves knee OA treatment outcomes

A combined intervention of specific strength training plus training in pain management skills provided by a physiotherapist is associated with better function than either treatment alone in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

A multicentre trial randomised 222 patients with painful ... read more ›

Are scans good for you?

A common approach to investigating the cause of pain is to undergo a scan. This might be an x ray, ultrasound, CT scan or MRI. Unfortunately, scans are not fool proof and don’t tell the whole story. Scan findings may ... read more ›

Chronic pain still impacting work?

If a staff member is not managing to fully complete work duties due to chronic pain, a pain management program should be considered. Pain management programs do not aim to cure pain, however it is reasonable to expect that pain ... read more ›

Return to work for workers with shoulder or neck injuries

Plan for an early and safe RTW or to allow an injured staff member to stay at work. Work is good for our physical and psychological well being. Psychosocial risk factors tend to develop the longer someone is off work,

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Improve RTW outcomes with targeted interventions

The presence of psychosocial factors soon after an injury can predict the cost of a workers compensation injury independently of the type or location of an injury. The provision of an early assessment and intervention process can reduce costs in ... read more ›

National Pain Strategy

Pain is Australia’s third most costly health problem and arguably the developed world’s largest ‘undiscovered’ health priority.”
Professor Michael Cousins AM, Chair National Pain Strategy

Australia was the first country in the world to develop a national framework for the ... read more ›