RTWN020: How to Embrace (and Reduce) Complexity in RTW w/ Dr Jason Thompson

Today’s guest is Dr Jason Thompson, a Senior Research Fellow at Melbourne University’s School of Design and Adjunct Research Fellow with Monash University Accident Research Centre.

  • We learn about Jason’s history of clinical psychology and a brief stint in sales
  • What is individual complexity?
  • Why does it seem like complexity can increase so rapidly?
  • The upside of complex relationships
  • We can reduce complexity just as fast as complexity increases
  • Should we support injured workers in any way we can?
  • How does complexity fit into research design and policy?
  • Complexity is not an excuse to not do anything

I give you my 3 key take-aways:

  1. Issues are not the problem per se, the relationships between those issues are the challenge
  2. Reducing a small number of issues for an injured worker can deliver a massive return on investment by reducing complexity
  3. Researchers face the challenge of looking at how everyone and everything work in context

Make sure you follow Jason on Twitter and check out his video from the ISCRR forum Does Injury Compensation Cause Harm on 2 December 2015.

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Systems Complexity – Dr Jason Thompson, ISCRR from ISCRR on Vimeo.


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