The process of recovery after injury or illness is always complicated - but especially so when it involves a non-physical aspect, such as a mental health condition or persistent pain. These ISCRR research projects hope to improve recovery and return to work for individuals in this situation.

Secondary Consequences After Injury

"Secondary complications" are additional issues that develop as a result of physical injury - usually involving persistent pain and/or mental health conditions. This research investigates how we can reduce their impact.

Ageing and Mental Health

Ageing and mental health are two emerging areas of concern for the workers' compensation system. Researchers are now starting to look more closely at these areas, and specifically at how they impact on the Return to Work process.

The Impact of Compensation on Persistent Pain

Most research into persistent pain (also known as "chronic pain") has focused on its associated costs. This project, however, explores the causes that lead to its onset, specifically within a compensation context, to try to reduce its impact.

Supporting GPs in the management of mental health

This new study will develop evidence-based tools to help GPs improve their management of patients with work-related mental health conditions. Watch this space for updates.

Reviewing Clinical Treatments for Mental Health

ISCRR keeps compensation bodies up to date with research surrounding clinical treatment options for mental health conditions. In turn, this helps these bodies to develop informed, evidence-based policy and practice.

Reviewing Clinical Treatments for Persistent Pain

Persistent pain (often referred to as "chronic pain") is pain that continues for three months or more, and does not respond to usual medical treatment.  These studies evaluate treatment options, to support TAC and WorkSafe policy in this area.