RTWN011: Supporting Injured Workers Where The System Can’t with Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson

Today’s guest on RTW Nation is Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson.

Rosemary is recognised globally as a leader in innovation in the field of supporting people who suffer workplace injuries and the families of those who lose loved ones in workplace accidents. She is an injured worker, everything Rosemary knows about workers compensation is self learned.

Rosemary and I discuss:

  • How she came to be an advocate for people who have been injured at work and the families who have lost loved ones as a result of workplace accidents
  • International Day of Mourning – 28 April 2016 (and every year)
  • The rarely spoken about issue of poverty in the injured worker community
  • Rosemary fills us in on the projects she is currently working on:
    • Bags of Love
    • Craig’s Table
    • The Deceased Workers’ Memorial Forest
    • The Deceased Workers’ Memorial Wall
    • International Year of the Injured Worker

I give you my three take-aways from talking with Rosemary

  1. Give some thought to long term injured employees – does your workplace hire people with disabilities?
  2. Communication and availability of information are critical in the early stages post-injury
  3. International Day of Mourning

You can contact Rosemary via her website Work Injured Resource Connection and keep in touch with her by connecting on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Also mentioned in this episode is a review for RTW Nation by Evelyn Hitzeman of YourBodySchool.


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  1. Heather A. Budd 6 April 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Well done Mark for interviewing Rosemary; what she has achieved in SA is without peer and it is only through exposure such as yours that people can see there truly is a hidden side to workers compensation away from the politician spruiking how good the fiscal results are; that is truly where we need to be focussing our monies and support in a committed way.

    • MarkStipic 6 April 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting Heather. Rosemary will be back next week too, so make sure you tune in again! I agree that Rosemary’s work is phenomenal and deserves more exposure.

  2. Cheryle Pinkess 8 June 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Congratulations for interviewing such an incredible woman. Rosemary has worked tirelessly for the voiceless. To be in a situation with absolutely no where to go, with a very broken system, Rosemary’s work truely is life changing and sometimes life saving. I personally have seen Rosemary in incredible situations have a real common sense approach and able to negotiate what many simply can not or will not do. Rosemary needs are few, mainly exposure and funding to continue her work, again, thanking you so much.

    • MarkStipic 9 June 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks for stopping by to comment Cheryle, I learned a lot talking to Rosemary and am glad to have been able to give her work some exposure.

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