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Dr. Cameron MustardDr. Cameron Mustard

President and Senior Scientist

Doctor of Science, School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University

Although Dr. Cameron Mustard is busy in his role as president of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), he still finds the time to conduct research related to labour market experiences and their health consequences.

For example, to support efforts to reduce the burden of musculoskeletal disorders among health-care workers, Mustard and his colleagues are evaluating an organizational change plan being undertaken by a large Ontario health-care employer. The objective of the plan is to reduce the incidence of work-related injury, improve return-to-work practices and strengthen the culture of safety in the organization. This study supports IWH's longstanding research priority focused on effective interventions to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

In other research, Mustard and his colleagues recently completed studies of the causes of death by occupational group in Canada. “There has been limited information available in Canada describing differences in mortality across occupations,” he says. “The results of this work can inform public health and occupational health prevention priorities.”

The design of this study was based on a unique linkage of 15 per cent of respondents to the 1991 Census to records in the Canadian Mortality Database. The resulting database consists of records for about 4.5 million people, followed up over 10 years. “The results are relevant to policy-makers concerned with protecting and improving the health of the population,” says Mustard.

Bio Sketch

Dr. Cameron Mustard is the president and a senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He is also a professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Mustard completed his doctoral training in epidemiology, health policy and behavioural sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1990. Prior to joining the Institute in 1999, he was a member of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Evaluation at the University of Manitoba.

Mustard's current research interests include work environments, labour market experiences and health, the distributional equity of publicly funded health and health care programs in Canada, and the epidemiology of socioeconomic health inequalities across the human life course.

Current Projects

Work injury by time of day

Improved methods for the surveillance of work-related injury and illness

Evaluating organizational change in a large Ontario health-care system

Selected Publications

Fortune MK, Mustard CA, Etches JC, Chambers AG. Work-attributed illness arising from excess heat exposure in Ontario, 2004-2010. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 2013; 104(5):e420-e426.

Mustard CA, Bielecky A, Etches J, Wilkins R, Tjepkema M, Amick BC, Smith PM, Aronson KJ. Mortality following unemployment in Canada, 1991-2001. BMC Public Health, 2013; 13:441.

Mustard CA, Chambers A, McLeod C, Bielecky A, Smith P.  Work injury risk by time of day in two population-based data sources. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2013; 70:49-56.


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