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Workplace Managers: View of the role of Co-workers in RTW

April 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm PT, 7:00 PM ET


In cause-based workers’ compensation systems, employers are incentivized to bring injured workers back to work even where there is persisting incapacity. RTW is generally conceptualized as an interaction between the employer and the injured worker, and health care professionals, and fails to recognize the social context of work. Managers focus on administrative requirements but when things go wrong a lack of co-worker support is often cited as the cause.


You will learn:

  • RTW arrangements are impacted by the social context of work
  • Standard arrangements can be inadequate when a RTW plan requires active co-workers support
  • Consultation and communication with co-workers may lead to better RTW outcomes


Dr. Debra Dunstan, PhD

Associate Professor

University of New England, Armidale Australia 

Debra Dunstan is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Program at the University of New England, Armidale Australia. She is a qualified clinical psychologist and physiotherapist and has worked in the health services sector for over 25 years. Debra’s research is in the field of rehabilitation psychology and focuses on work-disability prevention and management.


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