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Return to work management:

Returning to work (WorkSafe Victoria)
Information about returning to work, especially on planning, your obligations and those of your employee.
Return to work is part of recovery - working together for best practice injury management (WorkCover conference 2007)
The importance of partnerships in allowing return to work; the importance of work as rehabilitation.
An occupational physician describes the difficulty of work capacity assessments
A description of the challenges to doctors who are required to set work limitations.
Managing sickness absence and return to work in small business (UK health and safety executive)
Simple steps on how to manage sickness absence and return to work in small business.
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In-depth information on return to work management:

Facilitators and Barriers to Return to Work: A Literature Review
LaTrobe University review of research on what helps and hinders return to work.
Work and Health: changing how we thing about common health problems (NHS - UK)
Information on the relationship between health and work. Work improves health!
Preventing Needless Work Disability by Helping People Stay Employed (ACOEM)
A report providing guidelines for practitioners and recommendations on the RTW process.
Managing return to work (Health & Safety Executive – United Kingdom)
Toolkits, case studies and guidance on managing return to work.
A guide for managing the Return to Work (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
Step by step guidelines and handy tips for managing return to work.
Reducing disability days: Healing more than injury (US)
A comprehensive article about return to work, its importance, and what can go wrong.
InjuryNet – Articles (Aust)
A practitioner network site which has a comprehensive list of articles on topics such as injury management, communicating about injury management, working with doctors and practitioner networks.
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Training for case managers:

Basic Disability Management for Claim Adjusters and Case Managers
On line case and claims manager training, to avoid needless disability and improve outcomes.
Post graduate Australian training in claims management
Comprehensive postgraduate courses in personal injury, tailored for Australian and New Zealand systems. Programs include:
Graduate Certificate of Management (Personal Injury)
Graduate Diploma of Management (Personal Injury)
Master of Management (Personal Injury)
Master of Business (Personal Injury). 

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Medical information:

eOrthopod (Medical MultiMedia Group)
Understandable information about musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions. .
Information about "adaptive technology," which makes computers accessible to those with disabilities.
Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) (MyDr) 
Search tool for all consumer information available on medications includes side effects.

MayoClinic (Tools for healthier lives)
Information on conditions, medications, treatments and healthy living

Management of upper limb disorders and the biopsychosocial model (UK government health and safety executive)
A review of management strategies for work-relevant upper limb disorders, taking into account the physical and psychosocial aspects of managing the condition.
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Employers can make a difference:

The Consensus Based Disability Management Audit (International Disability Management Standards Council)
A comprehensive approach to evaluating an organisation disability management approach, identifying gaps and "next steps" to achieve best practice.
Twelve totally 'unlegal' ways to slash workers compensation costs
Workers compensation: Corporate values and management practices that create bad employee attitudes.
Health Work Wellbeing - downloads and tools (UK Department of health)
A wide range of information and assessment tools relating to health and wellbeing issues in the workplace. 
What works at work? (Institute for employment studies - UK government)
A review of the evidence on the effectiveness of workplace interventions for common health problems
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Mental health, stress and depression:

Beyond Blue – The National Depression Initiative (Australia)
Information on symptoms of depression and anxiety and where to get help. 
Depression in the workplace program background kit download (BeyondBlue )
Information on BeyondBlue’s program for raising awareness of depression in the workplace.
Chronic Pain Management – Overcoming anxiety, depression and anger (Anxiety Treatment Australia)
Have a better understanding of what the claimant is going through, this site discusses the effect chronic pain can have on a person and techniques to overcome them.
Anxiety (American psychiatric foundation)
Information on anxiety disorders - medical illness that can have serious effects.
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Resources for claimants:

Questions are the answer: Get more involved in your health care (US Department of health & human services)
A good site to refer to your claimants, it gives them tips on how to get the most out of their health care, including preparing for appointments, building their own list of questions to ask and tips on preventing medical errors. 
Having Surgery? What you need to know (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – USA)
A booklet providing information on the basic facts and questions to ask a doctor or surgeon. 
Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) (MyDr)
Search tool for all consumer information available on medications includes side effects.
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Organisations and projects:

The Cochrane Collaboration Library (International)
Systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions.
The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research Disability & Workers' Compensation Research Hub
A not-for-profit research group conducting research into measure to alleviate unemployment and work disability
The International Disability Management Standards Council
A leading international organisation focused on disability management.
The WORC Project – Valuing Employee Health (University of Queensland)
This project aims at identifying employees with symptoms of depression and encouraging them to seek advice from a mental health professional.
Workers Compensation Research Institute (USA)
A research organisation providing high-quality, objective information about public policy issues involving workers’ compensation.
The Institute for Work & Health (Canada)
This organisation provides research information on injury prevention, return to work, clinical practice and compensation. 
National Institute of Disability Management and Research (Canada)
An education, training and research organisation with the primary focus on the implementation of work-place based reintegration programs developed from international research.
Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authorities (Australia and New Zealand)
Keep up to date with news, updates and calendar of events.
The Cochrane Occupational Safety and Health Review Group
Cochrane collection of occupational health information.
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