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Safe, Healthy and Productive Workplaces: Learning from Research and Practice Conference 

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Final Program 

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May 31, 2017

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  Pre-Registration and Information Available at Ponderosa Commons

June 1, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM ​ Onsite ​Registration
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM 

Opening Remarks

Moderators: Izabela Schultz, Robert Gatchel

8:30 AM - 9:10AM 

Scotland's Healthy Working Lives - Improving The Health Of The Working Age Population
Presenter:  Ewan Macdonald​

9:10 AM - 9:20 AM  Q & A
​9:20 AM - 10:00 AM 

Economic Benefit For Early Intervention
​​Presenter:  Robert Gatchel​

​​10:00 AM - 10:15 AM ​Q & A
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM  Refreshment Break & Poster Sessions
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM  Early Intervention For Musculoskeletal Problems – A Toolkit For Health Professionals

Presenter:  Anthony Woolf​ 

​11:30 AM - 11:45 AM ​Q & A
​​11:45 AM - 12:15 PM Emotional Intelligence: How Can We Improve Workplace Culture And Resilience?
Presenter: Debbie Cohen
12:15 PM  - 12:30 PM  Q & A​​​
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM  Lunch

Concurrent Sessions
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Session 1A: Main Plenary Hall, Room 182

Identifying Risk and Protective Factors, Tools, and their Implementations

Chair: Merv Gilbert

​Workplace Risks And Protective  Factors Findings From Systematic Reviews ​Marc White
​Workplace Mental Health Assessment (WMHRA) - Sun Life Case Study ​Marie-Helene Pelletier, Arla Day, Nicole Miller
​A Tool To Allow Workplaces To Perform Psychosocial Risk Assessments ​John Oudyk
​Creating A Healthy Workplace - Canadian Centre For Occupational Health And Safety's Journey ​Emma Nicolson

Concurrent Session 2A:  Room 185 - Mini Symposium

Managing Uncertainty: Living and Working with an Episodic Disability in Canada Mini-Symposium

Chairs: Wendy Porch, Rebecca Gewurtz 

​People With Episodic Disabilities In Canada: Who Are They And What Supports Do They Need To Obtain And Retain Employment ​Rebecca Gewurtz
​People With Episodic Disabilities Speak Out: A Survey Examining Employment And Lived Experience ​Rebecca Gewurtz
​Employment Challenges And Opportunities: A Service Provider's Perspective ​Elizabeth Smith
​A Policy Disconnect: Episodic Disability in Canadian Policy ​Wendy Porch
​A Systematic Review Of Workplace Disability Disclosure And Requests For Accommodations Among Youth With Disabilities ​Sally Lindsay

Concurrent Session 3A: Room 155              

Safety and Organization Culture
Chair: Nina Hansen

​Essential Ingredients For Improving OHS Performance And Increasing Productivity ​Felicity Lamm
​Safety Culture: The Missing Links ​Nadine McDonnell, Felicity Lamm
​Creating Culturally Safe And Inclusive Employment Environments For Indigenous Peoples And Perspectives In Northern BC’s Health Care Sector ​Charis Alderfer-Mumma
​Long Hours And Burnout Symptoms: Does Age Matter? ​Alain Marchand


3:30 PM - 4:00 PM  Refreshment Break & Poster Sessions
Concurrent Sessions
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1B: Main Plenary Hall, Room 182               

The EMPOWER Partnership: Creating A Framework To Foster Healthy & Productive Workplaces Workshop  - Mini-Symposium
Chair: Arla Day

Workers-at-Risk: Conducting an environmental scan to understand the issues facing workers, and the potential organizational supports Dylan Smibert
Environmental scan of organizational data: A Partnership Perspective Marie Helene Pelletier
Arla Day
ACTion (Awareness And Commitment Training In Organizational Networks); Leading Healthy Workplaces Arla Day

Leading healthy workplaces 

Arla Day


Concurrent Session 2B - Room185 –Discussion Group

Employers, Human Resource Professionals, Labour Research Priorities

Facilitators: Normand Côté, Kelly Williams-Whitt, Elisabeth Ballermann

  • Small Group Discussion

Concurrent Session 3B - Room155 –Discussion Group

Health Professionals and Service Providers – Information Needs and Research Priorities

Facilitators: Duncan Etches, Shannon Wagner

  • Small Group Discussion
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  Welcome Reception 

June 2, 2017 

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM  Breakfast and Registration 
8:30 AM - 9:10 AM 

Collaboration Between BC Transit, Their Unions, And WorkSafeBC To Improve Return-To-Work (RTW) Outcomes: Implementation Of Work Disability Prevention Best Practices
Brian Anderson ​BC Transit
Ben Williams - Unifor Local 333BC
Ian Munroe - WorkSafeBC​​

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM ​Q & A 
​9:25 AM - 10:00 AM How to build better outcomes for the return to work conversation for ​healthcare providers and employers?​

Presenter:   Debbie Cohen 

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM  Q & A 
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM  Refreshment Break & Poster Sessions
11:00 AM - 11:​25 AM

Avoiding Workloss From Musculoskeletal Problems – A Toolkit For Employers
Presenter: Anthony Woolf​ 

11:​25 AM - 11:35 AM ​Q & A 
11:35 AM - 11:55 AM ​The Role Of Health-Care Providers In The Workers' Compensation System And Return-To-Work Process

Presenter: Agnieszka Kosny 

​11:55 AM - 12:05 PM ​Q & A 
​12:05 PM - 12:35 PM The Challenges in Helping an Ageing Workforce Extend Their Working Lives

Presenter:  Ewan Macdonald​ ​

​​12:35 PM - 12:45 PM

​Q & A 

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch and Networking Groups
Concurrent Sessions C 
2:00 PM- 3:30 PM 

Concurrent Session 1C - Main Plenary Hall Room 182           

Mental Health

Chair: Georgia Pomaki

​New Directions In Building The Business Case For Employing People With Mental Illness: A Study In Progress ​Rebecca Gewurtz
​Work-Related PTSD And Return-To-Work ​Lynn Alden
​Mental Health Work Disabilities: Manulife's Program For Return-To-Work ​Georgia Pomaki
​Impact Of The Quebec Healthy Enterprise Standard (QHES) On Adverse ​Psychosocial Work Factors And Psychological Distress Among Employees Of Ten Organizations ​Karine Aube
Balancing Work, Life, And Disability: "It's A Square Peg, Round Hole, Kind Of Thing." ​LaWanda Cook

Concurrent Session 2C - Room 155   

Musculoskeletal Health

Chair: Erica Frank           

​Current Evidence To Guide Low Back Pain Interventions In Occupational Settings ​David Antle
​Impact of the Quebec healthy enterprise standard (QHES) on adverse physical and psychosocial work factors and work-related musculoskeletal problems ​Karine Aube
​A Qualitative Study Exploring Participants' Perception Of The Making It Work Program, An Online Program To Help People With Inflammatory Arthritis Maintain Employment ​Diane Lacaille
​Promoting Health Providers' Exercise And Health To Promote The Wellbeing Of Both Providers And Patients  ​Erica Frank

Concurrent Session 3C - Room 185

Healthcare Stream​

Chair: Karin Maiwald

Supporting Nurses' Physical And Psychological Health In Their Efforts To Provide Safe, Quality Patient Care In Today's Hospital Work Environments ​Ann-Marie Urban
​Identifying Disability Episodes Prescribed Opioids Contrary To Evidence-Based Guidelines And The Impact On Disability Durations ​Fraser Gaspar
​Impaired Practitioners: A Comparison Of Disciplinary And Non-Disciplinary Approaches In The United States  ​Karen Sames
​Supporting  Health Professional Communication About
​Debbie Cohen
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM  Refreshment Break & Poster Sessions
Concurrent Sessions  
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1D Mini-Symposium – Main Plenary Hall Room 182       

Men at Work: Men-Friendly Approaches To Workplace Health Promotion - Mini-Symposium

Chairs : Joan Bottorff, Shannon Wagner
POWERPLAY – A men-friendly workplace health promotion program Joan L Bottorff
HEADS UP GUYS – An interactive website designed for men to promote self-health John Ogrodniczuk, John Oliffe
Psychological assessment in the workplace: The what, when, why, and how of an occupational assessment for men and resulting workplace recommendations Shannon Wagner
QUITNOW MEN – Supporting Men's Smoking Cessation With A Men-Friendly Web-Based Resource Joan L. Bottorff


Concurrent Session 2D Mini-Symposium – Room 185              

Motivational Interviewing Compliments Work Rehabilitation Practice With Injured Workers Workshop

Chairs: Joanne Park, Doug Gross

  • Motivational Interviewing Facilitates Improved And Sustainable Return-To-Work Outcomes F​or Injured Workers: Results Of A Cluster Randomized Control Trial


Concurrent Session 3D Group Discussion – Room 155  
Academic Resources: Christopher McLeod, Mieke Koehoorn
  • Small Group Discussion
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Visit UBC's Museum of Population and Public Health - Make your own museum?

Facilitators: Erica Frank

  • Meet in the lobby

June 3, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM  Registration & Breakfast 
8:30 AM - 9:10 AM 

Accommodating Employees With Nonvisible Disabilities In The Workplace: From Research To Practice
Presenter:  Izabela Schultz​​ 

​9:10 AM ​- 9:20 AM ​Q & A 
​9:20 AM - 9:50 AM Addressing Workplace Stressors Contributing To Poor Health, Decreased Productivity And Prolonged Work Absence

Presenter: Robert Gatchel​ 

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM Q & A 
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM  Refreshment Break 
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM 

Fast-Tracking Research To Training And Practice:

Participatory Approaches To Implementing Evidence-Based Practice In Regulated Environments

Presenter:​ Samantha Barker

The Health And Work Productivity Portal 

Presenter:​ Marc White

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM  ​Research Meets Practice: For Future Research And Development (Panel And Audience Discussion) ​
Panelists: Todd McDonald , Duncan Etches, Normand Côté, Izabela Schultz, Robert Gatchel
12:15 - 12:30 PM Closing Remarks

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Poster Presentations

Details on Poster Presentations:

  • A Hand Care program for Health care workers - Monica Herrera
  • Canadian Employee Perspectives on Disability Management - Shannon Wagner
  • Gender matters in transitioning to employment among youth and young adults with physical disabilities - Sally Lindsay
  • Impact of the Quebec Healthy Enterprise Standard (QHES) on work-life balance and perceived health among employees of ten organizations  - Karine Aube
  • Investigating the impacts of education underfunding on teachers' health, safety, and well-being in BC public schools - Sherri Brown, Michael Wisla ​
  • Motivational Interviewing Facilitates Improved and Sustainable Return-to-Work Outcomes for Injured Workers: Results of a Cluster Randomized Control Trial - Douglas Gross, Joanne Park
  • Participants’ Experience of the Making it Work Program, an Online Program to Help People with Inflammatory Arthritis Remain Employed - Diane Lacaille
  • How do ethnocultural factors affect return to work process in a work disability context? - Marie-France Coutu​
  • Putting the POWERPLAY advantage to work: The development of a workplace mental wellness module for men in northern British Columbia - Joan L Bottorff, John Oliffe
  • Relationship between quality of life and working status in individuals with inflammatory arthritis - Diane Lacaille, Wiebke Bartels
  • Self-Reported Chronic Pain as a Predictor of Relapse Post Residential Addiction Treatment, a 6 Month Follow Up Study​ - Carson McPherson​
  • The Safe and Sound Mental Health Crew Talk - Julia Kaisla, Gordon Menelaws​

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