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​Upcoming Chronic Pain Webinars

These free webinars provide credible information for people living with pain, their families, health professionals, labour representatives and employers.  Our goal is to provide up-to-date on self-management, new research on pain management, tips for staying at work, or returning to work.  Whether you are involved in volunteer work, paid work, or care-giving these webinars will keep you abreast of current research and its practical application.

For professionals seeking Certificates of Attendance for accreditation please register on our professional learning portal​ and view the catalogue of recorded webinars. By viewing the recorded webinars on this learning platform you can request a Certificate of Attendance for an administrative fee of $15.  Professionals Members of WWDPI using the professional learning platform receive Certificates of Attendance at no charge.  We welcome your membership. ​
 
Our speakers include academic researchers, pharmacists, clinicians and health educators.
 
We thank our program partners, education advisory committee, and speakers who contribute to this webinar series.
 
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This series is partially funded by the Province of BC  through the Community Gaming Grants, WWDPI​​ membership and donations. 
 
WWDPI does not accept sponsorship from pharmaceutical companies.


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Live Event: Wednesday, September 11 at 4:00 PM PT, 7: PM ET, Thursday, September 12 at 9:00 AM AET
Catherine Andrew, PhD-Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy in the School of Health & Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia and Certified Practicing Ergonomist, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Australia
The number of individuals presenting with signs and symptoms of a dementia while still in paid work is likely to increase. Join us for this timely webinar that will affect us more and more, particularly employers and HR professionals.
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Live Event: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Dwayne Van Eerd, PhD-Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, Canada
Depression in the workplace is a substantial burden for all concerned, this webinar will present on current scientific and practice evidence to support employees with depression in the workplace.
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Live Event: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 ET, 5:30 PM CET
Nicole Snippen-Third year PhD student, Department of Health Sciences, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands
More details coming soon...

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Live Event: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET, 4:30 PM BT
July 2019
Gwenllian Wynne-Jones, PhD-Senior Research Fellow, Keele University, UK
The pain and disability caused by musculoskeletal conditions result in substantial loss of quality of life, accounting for 21% of the total years lived with disability worldwide. This has considerable impact on healthcare systems.
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Live Event: Monday, July 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
July 2019
JianLi Wang, Ph.D.-Senior Scientist, Director. Work & Mental Health Research Unit, Institute of Mental Health Research
Employees with depressive symptoms report more days absent from work and less productivity while at work than those without symptoms. In this webinar, learn about which interventions are most effective in preventing depression and reducing its symptoms.
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Live Event: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
May 2019
Alessia Negrini, PhD-Researcher, Occupational Health Psychology, IRSST, Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke, and Associate Researcher, Centre de Recherche CSSS Champlain—Charles-Le Moyne
In this webinar the most frequent and effective supervisor contributions to the RTW process (before and during the absence, and during the return to work preparations) of employees diagnosed with depression will be presented.
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Live Event: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
April 2019
M. Gloria González-Morales, PhD-Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph, Canada, and Research Director of the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab, and co-founder of the Centre for Workers' Health and Well-Being.
This webinar will describe the basics of the stress experience, and explain how can we set up workplaces to promote challenges, that help employees to perform and grow.
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Live Event: Thursday April 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT+1
April 2019
Susanne M. Bruyère, PhD, CRC-Professor of Disability Studies and Director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University ILR School
This webinar provides an overview of effective workplace practices and policies known to maximize disability inclusive recruitment and hiring, resulting in a higher likelihood of successfully increasing individuals with disabilities in your workforce.
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Live Event: Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1:30 PM PT, 4:30 PM ET, 9:30 PM GMT, Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8:30 AM NZT
April 2019
Andrew McCombie, PhD-Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Surgery at the University of Otago in New Zealand
This webinar will present current research evidence on the impacts of IBD on work abilities and the types of resources that employees are seeking to assist them in maintaining employment despite their chronic disease.
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Live Event: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
April 2019
Hilary Weaver, DSW (Lakota)-Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Social Work, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
This webinar explores meanings of disability within Native American cultures followed by an exploration of the disproportionate impact of disabilities in Native American populations and description of the impact of the colonial context.
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Live Event: Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 2:30 PM PT, 5:30 PM ET
March 2019
Jodi Oakman, PhD and Tea Lallukka, PhD-Associate Professor, Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors, La Trobe University and Adjunct professor, Academy Research Fellows
This webinar will present current research evidence on the impacts of pain on work abilities and the types of resources that employees are seeking to assist them in maintaining employment despite their persistent pain.
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Live Event: Thursday February 14, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
February 2019
Heid Nøkleby, PhD and Kristin Vold Hjerpås-Researcher in the Division of Health Services at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Directorate
This will be a presentation of a systematic review of international research on the effects of Supported Employment, included Individual Placement and Support (IPS), supported by experiences from Norway.
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Live Event: Friday February 1, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET, 5:30 PM GMT+1
February 2019
Sietske Tamminga, PhD and Michiel Greidanus, PhD Stud.-Assistant professor and PhD Student at the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, the Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands
In this interactive webinar, health professionals, cancer survivors, employers and other stakeholders, will take home practical tips on how to enhance work participation of cancer survivors from an employer’s point of view.
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Live Event: Friday January 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
February 2019
Fergal O'Hagan, PhD-Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, ​Trent University, Registered Kinesiologist, College of Kinesiologists, Ontario and Disability Management & Professional Development Consultant, Lifemark Health​ ​
This webinar will focus on ways to support working age individuals with cardiovascular disease in order for them to enjoy a safe, rewarding and productive work life.
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Live Event: Wednesday January 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM PT, 4:00 PM ET
Diane Lacaille, MD, FRCPC, MHSc-Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, and Senior Research Scientist at the Arthritis Research Canada
Dr Lacaille will share her expertise as a rheumatologist and scientist, review relevant literature, including her own research findings, and provide practical advice for workers, health care professionals, and employers to support workers with arthritis.
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Live Event: November 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Linda Sharp, PhD-Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, UK​
This webinar will discuss the experiences of work participation after cancer in people who are self-employed – an area which has largely been neglected in research.
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Live Event: Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
October 2018
Ziv Amir, PhD-University of Salford · School of Health Sciences
Given the importance of the role-played by the employer in managing their employees affected by cancer, this webinar explores the factors affecting this role, using evidence derived from a systematic review of the literature.
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Live Event: Monday October 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Joan L. Bottorff PhD and John L. Oliffe, PhD-University of British Columbia
Presentation of findings from a project that engaged Indigenous men and key stakeholders in guiding cultural adaptations to a smoking cessation program for fathers. This research provides a model for developing gender-specific health programs with men.
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Live Event: Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Saskia Duijts, PhD-Program Leader, Oncology - University Medical Center in Groning, NL
What is the state of ‘cancer and work’ research, and what are the necessary next steps? This question as well as ‘are we getting any closer to sustained employability of cancer survivors’ will be addressed.
The Costs and Benefits of Recruiting and Retaining People with Mental Illness
Live Event: Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
September 2018
Rebecca Gewurtz PhD and Krista Benes -Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University and Program Manager, Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Join Rebecca Gewurtz from McMaster University and Krista Benes from the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness.
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Live Event: Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Kimberly Jinnett, PhD-Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health and Aging, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
Learn about the connections between work and health, and current research on improving worker health. This work has been featured in a special issue of Health Affairs.
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Live Event: Thursday August 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Carol Cancelliere, PhD-Post-Doctoral Fellow - UOIT-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation
By synthesizing evidence from 56 systematic reviews on factors influencing RTW outcomes across health conditions, the findings have implications for workers, healthcare professional, work-disability professional, supervisors, employers and insurers.
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Live Event: Wednesday August 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Rebecca Purc-Stephenson, PhD-Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Alberta
This webinar describes the common challenges employees with arthritis face at work, and the strategies they use to maintain employment.
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Live Event: Thursday July 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Lauren Strober, PhD-Senior Research Scientist, Kessler Foundation
More effective management of symptoms and work place accommodations can greatly assist individuals with MS in staying in the workforce.
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Live Event: Wednesday July 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH-President and Founder, Webility Corporation​​
This fast-moving and practically-oriented session gives physicians a brief overview of simple concepts, tools and resources that provide useful guidance in making decisions about their patients’ sickness absence and return to work.
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Live Event: Thursday June 28, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Alison Collins, PhD-Lecturer, Lancaster University, UK
As employees, we sometimes go into work despite not feeling well, known as sickness presenteeism. But what are the consequences of sickness presenteeism on our health and wellbeing?
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Live Event: Tuesday June 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
June 2018
Eleonor Fransson, PhD-Associate Professor School of Health and Welfare, ​ Jönköping University, Sweden
This webinar will present what is known about established risk factors for stroke and what has been found in recent research on the associations between psychosocial work environment and the risk for stroke.
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Live Event: Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
June 2018
Nancy Carnide PhD-Post-Doctoral Research Fellow , Institute for Work & Health
The use of opioids for low back pain is a controversial practice and their impact on work-related outcomes should be an important consideration.
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Live Event:
May 2018
​Jodi Oakman, PhD-Associate Professor, Head of Department, Public Health​
Work place risk management of musculoskeletal disorders need to change. A substantial evidence base supports the role of psychosocial and physical hazards in the development of MSDs but this has not translated into practice.
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Live Event:
April 2018
Lana Barry, BA, BEd, MEd and Sherry Lynch, BA, MSW-University of Victoria
Dealing with chronic conditions on a daily basis can affect one’s emotional, physical and mental well-being. As a result, it is essential to learn different strategies to live a healthier life with chronic conditions.
​Chronic Migraine in Primary Care​​
Live Event:
April 2018
Werner Becker, MD-Professor Emeritus, Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Chronic migraine causes significant disability for many people so it is important that it be appropriately diagnosed and treated.
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Live Event:
April 2018
Arif Jetha, PhD-Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
A chronic episodic disease can be a source of unpredictability that add to the challenges Millennials face in finding and sustaining employment.
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Live Event:
March 2018
Paul A. Farnan MD-Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia
North American workplaces are increasingly challenged with how to address prescription and over-the-counter medication use by employees, while ensuring a safe working environment.
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