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September 2016

IWH’s annual report now on the stands

Since its beginnings in 1990, the Institute has become a world leader in providing evidence-based insights into the prevention of worker injury, illness and disability—in Ontario, Canada and beyond. To mark IWH’s 25th anniversary, the 2015 Annual Report looks back at the Institute’s research and the impact this work has had on improving policies and practices that protect workers from occupational injury, illness and disability.

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2016 Nachemson lecture to celebrate the advocacy and impact of a Canadian pioneer

On Friday, October 14, over the lunch hour, come celebrate Wolfgang Zimmermann, who turned a work-related spinal injury into a life of tireless advocacy for workplace integration of people with disabilities. Hear from a panel of recognized speakers about his contributions, including the founding of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR), the development of professional standards for disability management and, most recently, the creation of the Pacific Coast University for Work Health Sciences (PCU-WHS)—the world’s only university specializing in work health science. This inspiring retrospective forms the 2016 Nachemson lecture, a free networking event hosted every fall by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH).

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Length of disability tracks with age for workers with chronic conditions, study shows

As workers with chronic conditions grow older, the average time they are on disability leave generally lengthens. That’s according to research using short-term disability and long-term disability data from a large workplace insurer. Dr. Arif Jetha, IWH’s newest associate scientist and a member of the Hopkinton, Mass.-based research team, shares the findings in the latest At Work.

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Research conference on work and health explores aging and many other topics

Aging workers are in the spotlight at the 2016 Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH) conference on October 16 to 18. Two keynote speeches examine the impact of work-related factors and chronic disease on older workers’ labour force participation and the health and safety implications of an aging workforce. Plus, researchers from across the country share the latest on a broad range of workplace health and safety issues. The conference is hosted by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, with support from IWH.

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IWH’s systematic review and meta-analysis workshops now open for registration

Learn when to use a forest plot, how to assess a study’s quality or what methods to use for complex analysis. The Institute is offering two back-to-back workshops this fall. A three-day systematic review workshop will be held November 28 to 30, and a two-day meta-analysis workshop will take place December 1 and 2. Space is limited.

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Calling early career work-health researchers: Apply now for the Mustard Fellowship

IWH is now accepting applications for the Mustard Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The fellowship, named in honour of Dr. Fraser Mustard, chair of the founding board of IWH, supports the development of outstanding new researchers in the field of work and health. It is open to a range of academic disciplines, including social, behavioural and organizational sciences, as well as clinical and population health sciences. The deadline is November 18.

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Sit-to-stand job rotation: a conference to examine research evidence and best practices

Is your organization thinking about purchasing sit-stand workstations to improve employee health? Or are sit-stand workstations already installed and you now need strategies on their use? A conference hosted by the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) focuses on the latest research about sit-to-stand job rotation. Case studies and topics covered will include facility design, industry trends, standards and guidelines, implementation, and training. The conference will be held October 3 but please register by September 26.

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For more information, please contact

Cindy Moser
Communications Manager
416-927-2027, ext. 2183

Uyen Vu
Communications Associate

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