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Research to improve return to work in people with work-related injury and disease.

The compare project

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The COMpensation Policy And Return to work Effectiveness (COMPARE) project was established in 2014 at Monash University. The project aims to develop evidence that can help improve return to work policy and practice in Australia.


The project adopts a comparative effectiveness methodology, comparing return to work outcomes between settings and cohorts, and before-and-after changes in policy or practice.


We aim to identify policies and practices that have positive or negative effects on return to work. The project receives financial or in-kind support from every state, territory and commonwealth government in Australia. 

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2022 healthy working lives seminar series

The Recovery Seminar Series communicates findings from the COMPARE project with the focus on return to work and recovery of injured workers in our workers' compensation schemes.


The FREE events will consist of a short presentation of findings from the project followed by a guest speaker and question and answer session with attendees.

The events were held virtually between March - June, 2022. 

Latest publications
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The impact of income sources on financial stress in workers' compensation claimants. 

latest Reports

Barriers and Enablers for Return to Work: Findings from a Survey of RTW Professionals

Comparison of Return to Work Practices and Outcomes in Self-Insured and Scheme-Insured Organisations.

Return to Work Plans for Injured Australian Workers: Overview and Association with Return to Work.

Long-Term Workers' Compensation Claims in Australia.

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