Plenary Schedule

Plenaries (seminars) usually run from 11:00 a.m. to noon and are held at: Institute for Work & Health, 481 University Avenue, Suite 800, Toronto (Directions). To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Albana Canga (acanga@iwh.on.ca or 416-927-2027 ext. 2160).

If you're unable to attend a plenary/seminar in person, you may be able to watch and listen via a live stream. For information on how to access a live stream, please e-mail Albana Canga (acanga@iwh.on.ca).

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Topics and speakers are subject to change. Please check back for more information.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dr. Ashley McAllister , Karolinska Institute

The features of mental illnesses pose challenges when designing disability income support (DIS) programs, yet there is limited evidence about the process. In this plenary, Dr. Ashley McAllister shares the results of a study in Australia and Ontario, which interviewed policy designers of DIS programs about the challenges related to mental illnesses. She outlines five main challenges and considers the ramifications of ignoring them—including distrust among policy designers of physicians' evidence to support DIS applications.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Alicia Kurowski , University of Massachusetts Lowell

How effective are safe resident handling programs? In a 10-year research project, a team at the Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) set out to measure the impact of one such program that was implemented across 200 nursing home centres. In this plenary, project manager Alicia Kurowski shares the team’s findings on outcomes such as ergonomic exposures, self-reported back pain, injury rates, return-to-work outcomes and return on investment.