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IWH News

November 2022

Exploring older workers’ reluctance to disclose their support needs

The aging of the working population may be a big factor behind the labour shortages being felt across the country, but if you ask older workers, many would say they’re in no hurry to retire. However, they may have support needs that they are reluctant to divulge. In a new study, Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Senior Scientist Dr. Monique Gignac explores the risks of disclosure older workers perceive, and suggests ways workplaces can support and retain these employees despite the communication barriers.

Read about the study

New resource sums up key takeaways from study on return to work in policing

“I don’t want to come back from an injury into a desk job; that’s not my job.” “There are no secrets in a police service; everyone knows everything.” These are some of the voices describing the unique return-to-work challenges faced by members of police services. As IWH Scientist Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd highlighted in a recent IWH Speaker Series presentation, the issues that the team heard in a study are now outlined in a new resource, as are suggested practices from the research that may help overcome them.

Download the resource

IWH Speaker Series webinar examines persistent pain after work injury

How common is it for injured workers to continue experiencing pain after a work injury? In the next IWH Speaker Series webinar, on November 15, Dr. Kathleen Dobson shares findings from a study conducted with workers’ compensation claimants in Ontario.

Sign up for the webinar

Five key learnings from 20 years as IWH president: A look back by Nachemson lecturer

On November 3, the Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture returned after a three-year hiatus with a look-back by Dr. Cameron Mustard. The former IWH president shared five key learnings gleaned over his 20 years at the helm of the Institute. A slidecast of the lecture is now available on our events page.

Listen to the lecture

Disability and Work in Canada 2022 now open for registration

Disability and Work in Canada 2022 is now open for registration. The annual event, bringing together persons with disabilities, advocates, service providers, policy-makers and researchers, is again being held virtually, across four days: November 29, 30 and December 7, 8, 2022.

Register for the conference

New report highlights progress in OCRC disease surveillance program

The Occupational Disease Surveillance Program (ODSP) is a research program at the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) that is developing systems for monitoring occupational disease patterns and trends in Ontario. A new OCRC report highlights recent progress, including increased knowledge translation and exchange efforts, and a program expansion to track new disease outcomes such as COVID-19 and opioid-related harms.

Read the report

CRE-MSD shares resources from exoskeleton conference

Early in October, the Centre for Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) kicked off Global Ergonomics Month by hosting a conference entitled, Manual Handling: Where Exoskeletons Fit Within Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Prevention Strategies. Conference resources, such as select slide presentations, are now available on the conference page. Bookmark the page to watch for an upcoming white paper that will summarize key takeaways for workplaces considering the use of exoskeletons.

Go to the conference page

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Cindy Moser
Director of Communications
416-927-2027, ext. 2183

Uyen Vu
Senior Communications Associate

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