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​Workplace Musculoskeletal Health Webinars

These free educational webinars provide an opportunity for professionals to share the latest research and tools to help people with chronic pain or disability to stay at work and to return to work. The free webinars are offered as live, online events and then posted as recordings. The series is partially funded by the Province of BC through the Community Gaming Grants.

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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.
Jarna Pasanen, PhD (cand.)-Teacher, Faculty of Management, University of Tampere, Finland
This webinar will discuss about the probabilities, permanence and connections between return to work (RTW), inability to work and rehabilitation after a severe occupational injury.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Kim Cullen and Emma Irvin-Dr. Kim Cullen, Associate Scientist, Institute for Work and Health, Emma Irvin, Director, Research Operations, Institute for Work and Health
A recent systematic review of the scientific literature suggests that to effectively help injured and ill workers return to their jobs, workplaces should offer different kinds of help that simultaneously aim to improve worker health, coordinate RTW.
Justine Leavy PhD - Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, Curtin University
Dr. Leavy discusses research on the health risks of prolonged sedentary behaviour and how sit-to-stand workstations are effective in breaking up prolonged sitting time, improving work performance and mood, and positively influencing some health outcomes.
Douglas P. Gross, PhD, BScPT - Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta
Dr. Gross will discuss a recently conducted scoping review of Clinical Decision Support tools for making treatment decisions for injured workers.
November 17, 2016 - 8:30am PST, 11:30am EST
Frederieke Schaafsma, PhD - Senior Researcher, Department of Public and Occupational Health, VU University Medical Center
Dr. Frederieke Schaafsma will present what we have learned so far regarding management of low back pain in relation to the workplace, and promising new ways to handle low back pain.
June 8, 2016
Monique Gignac, PhD-Associate Scientific Director and a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health
Monique Gignac will discuss current research on understanding the interplay between accommodation and chronic diseases so employers can better retain older workers.
Sang D. Choi, PhD, CPE, CSP -Director, Center for Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Research, University of Wisconsin
In collaboration with Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation - Dr. Choi will review the literature on work-related musculoskeletal hazards and risks associated with handling overweight and obese patients.
September, 2015
Dwayne Van Eerd, PhD-Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health, Toronto
In this webinar, Dwayne van Eerd will discuss organizational facilitators necessary for effective Participatory Ergonomics programs.
June, 2015
Rob Gründemann, PhD-Professor, Research Centre for Social Innovation, HU UAS Utrecht, The Netherlands
Dr. Gründemann will present some important factors concerning the sustainable employability of workers with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
May, 2015
Katherine Harman, PhD-Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
Dr. Katherine Harman examines exercise adherence with a focus on three things that can affect the extent to which a patient will engage in an exercise program.
April, 2015
Stephen Bevan, PhD-Director, Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at The Work Foundation and Honorary Professor, Lancaster University, UK
Dr. Bevan will discuss the challenges faced by people living with chronic MSDs and how self-management principles and practices can support job retention and vocational rehabilitation.
January , 2015
Elaine Wainwright, FHEA, PhD, MSc, MBPsS, PGCE, BSc, BA-Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology, Bath Spa University
Dr. Wainwright will discuss whether work is good for our health and wellbeing, and the context of moving from sickness certification to using the “Fit note” in the UK, as a movement to get more people back to work.
December, 2014
Ken Craig, PhD-Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia
Psychologist Ken Craig discusses how health professionals can understand other's experience of pain.
September, 2014
Serena McCluskey, BSc, PhD, FHEA, Cpsychol-Chartered Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow, University of Huddersfield
Dr. McCluskey will discuss the influence that significant others have on the vocational rehabilitation process for people with musculoskeletal disorders.
August, 2014
Kátia M. Costa-Black, PT, M.Sc., PhD-Senior Lecturer, School of Health Systems and Public Health, University of Pretoria
Dr. Costa-Black will present the results of a collaborative knowledge synthesis project on core components of return-to-work interventions for workers with musculoskeletal disorders.
May, 2014
Howard Hamer, MD-Medical Director, Functional & Pain Program, Altum Health at the University Health Network
Dr. Hamer will show the importance of recognizing and treating chronic pain in its early stages as well as providing early interventions and support in the workplace.
November, 2013
Geoff Wright, PhD-Ergonomist, City of Vancouver
Ergonomist Dr. Geoff Wright will describe how seemingly small “mismatches” between the person, their computer accessories and their workstation can cause musculoskeletal discomfort and pain.
October, 2013
Sharon Switzer-McIntyre, BPE, BScPT, MEd, PhD-Assistant Professor, Deptartment of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Dr. Switzer-McIntyre will discuss the impact of occupational disease on workers' ability to work and provide practical options to improve return to work outcomes.
October, 2013
William S. Shaw, PhD, P.E.-Senior Research Scientist, Center for Disability Research at Liberty Mutual Research Institute
Dr. William Shaw discusses how chronic pain self-management programs can be adapted for use in the workplace to help people with chronic diseases stay at work and improve their health and well-being.
February, 2013
Ivan Steenstra, PhD-Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
Dr. Steenstra discusses current research on low-back pain and return to work issues.

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