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Chronic Disease Webinars

 

We are expanding our webinar series to address all chronic health conditions including chronic pain that impact work and health.  Our current selection of webinars provide credible information for people living with pain relevant their families, health professionals, labour representatives and employers.  Our goal is to provide up-to-date information on self-management, new research on pain management, tips for staying at work, or returning to work. Whether you are involved in volunteer work, paid work, or care giving these webinars will keep you abreast of current research and its practical application.

Our speakers include academic researchers, pharmacists, clinicians and health educators who volunteer their time to provide you with the latest research findings and their application.

We thank our program partners, education advisory committee, and speakers who contribute to this webinar series. For our chronic pain webinars we would like to thank Pain BC and SPOR Chronic Pain Network who participate in program planning. We would also like to thank the Government of British Columbia for their annual support.

​Please enjoy these webinars.  If you like what we do please consider becoming a member.


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This series is partially funded by the Province of BC  through the Community Gaming Grants, WWDPI memberships and donations. 
 
WWDPI does not accept sponsorship from pharmaceutical companies.

Webinar Recordings

 

Upcoming Webinars ​​

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Live Event: Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Saskia Duijts, PhD-Program Leader, Oncology - University Medical Center in Groning, NL
What is the state of ‘cancer and work’ research, and what are the necessary next steps? This question as well as ‘are we getting any closer to sustained employability of cancer survivors’ will be addressed.
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Live Event: Monday October 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Joan L. Bottorff PhD and John L. Oliffe, PhD-University of British Columbia
Presentation of findings from a project that engaged Indigenous men and key stakeholders in guiding cultural adaptations to a smoking cessation program for fathers. This research provides a model for developing gender-specific health programs with men.
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Live Event: Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Ziv Amir, PhD-University of Salford · School of Health Sciences
Given the importance of the role-played by the employer in managing their employees affected by cancer, this webinar explores the factors affecting this role, using evidence derived from a systematic review of the literature.
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Live Event: November 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET
Linda Sharp, PhD-Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, UK​
More details and learning objectives coming soon.

Webinar Recordings 

The Costs and Benefits of Recruiting and Retaining People with Mental Illness
Rebecca Gewurtz PhD and Krista Benes -Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University and Program Manager, Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Join Rebecca Gewurtz from McMaster University and Krista Benes from the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness.
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Kimberly Jinnett, PhD-Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health and Aging, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
Learn about the connections between work and health, and current research on improving worker health. This work has been featured in a special issue of Health Affairs.
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Carol Cancelliere, PhD-Post-Doctoral Fellow - UOIT-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation
By synthesizing evidence from 56 systematic reviews on factors influencing RTW outcomes across health conditions, the findings have implications for workers, healthcare professional, work-disability professional, supervisors, employers and insurers.
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Rebecca Purc-Stephenson, PhD-Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Alberta
This webinar describes the common challenges employees with arthritis face at work, and the strategies they use to maintain employment.
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Lauren Strober, PhD-Senior Research Scientist, Kessler Foundation
More effective management of symptoms and work place accommodations can greatly assist individuals with MS in staying in the workforce.
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Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH-President and Founder, Webility Corporation​​
This fast-moving and practically-oriented session gives physicians a brief overview of simple concepts, tools and resources that provide useful guidance in making decisions about their patients’ sickness absence and return to work.
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Alison Collins, PhD-Lecturer, Lancaster University, UK
As employees, we sometimes go into work despite not feeling well, known as sickness presenteeism. But what are the consequences of sickness presenteeism on our health and wellbeing?
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June 2018
Eleonor Fransson, PhD-Associate Professor School of Health and Welfare, ​ Jönköping University, Sweden
This webinar will present what is known about established risk factors for stroke and what has been found in recent research on the associations between psychosocial work environment and the risk for stroke.
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June 2018
Nancy Carnide PhD-Post-Doctoral Research Fellow , Institute for Work & Health
The use of opioids for low back pain is a controversial practice and their impact on work-related outcomes should be an important consideration.
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May 2018
​Jodi Oakman, PhD-Associate Professor, Head of Department, Public Health​
Work place risk management of musculoskeletal disorders need to change. A substantial evidence base supports the role of psychosocial and physical hazards in the development of MSDs but this has not translated into practice.
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April 2018
Lana Barry, BA, BEd, MEd and Sherry Lynch, BA, MSW-University of Victoria
Dealing with chronic conditions on a daily basis can affect one’s emotional, physical and mental well-being. As a result, it is essential to learn different strategies to live a healthier life with chronic conditions.
​Chronic Migraine in Primary Care​​
April 2018
Werner Becker, MD-Professor Emeritus, Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Chronic migraine causes significant disability for many people so it is important that it be appropriately diagnosed and treated.
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April 2018
Arif Jetha, PhD-Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
A chronic episodic disease can be a source of unpredictability that add to the challenges Millennials face in finding and sustaining employment.
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March 2018
Paul A. Farnan MD-Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia
North American workplaces are increasingly challenged with how to address prescription and over-the-counter medication use by employees, while ensuring a safe working environment.
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February 2018
David J. Tauben, MD, FACP-Chief, UW Division of Pain Medicine
Treatment of chronic pain requires “multimodal analgesia,” a management plan that often requires pharmacological as well as nondrug therapies, and very importantly large measures of clinician guided patient self-management.
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February 2018
Marloes Vooijs, PhD (cand.)-Coronel Instituut voor Arbeid en Gezondheid - Coronel Institute of Occupational Health (K0-109)
Marloes Vooijs, researcher at the Coronel Institute of Occupational Health in Amsterdam, presents her research focusing on the perspectives of people with a chronic disease regarding their role in work participation.
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January 2018
Melissa Day, PhD-NHMRC Early Career Fellow, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland
This webinar will present the theory and evidence underlying Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for chronic pain, as well as the core skills needed in applying this therapeutic approach.
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January 2018
Sara Saunders​, PhD-Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Occupational Therapy Program with McGill University
This webinar will explore the meaningfulness of work for people living with long-term work disability and chronic pain, and the role meaning plays in return to work effort.
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January 2018
Annmarie Cano, PhD -Associate Dean, The Graduate School, Wayne State University, USA
Dr. Cano will provide an overview of the research on the powerful effect of couples' relationship dynamics on pain and will provide evidence-based strategies for couples to manage pain and distress together.
​Chronic Pain, Anger and Grief
November 2017
Wesley Buch PhD, R. Psych-Clinical & Rehabilitation Psychology, Behavioural Health Care
At first glance, a presentation that brings chronic pain, grief and anger together might seem strange. However, these three are often intertwined in those who experience chronic pain.
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October 2017
Daniel Clauw, MD-​Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology) and Psychiatry, Director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan
Dr. Clauw presents an overview of what is currently known about Fibromyalgia and discusses the rationale behind a variety of current research studies into the possible causes & mechanisms of FM.
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September 2017
Danielle Ruskin, PhD, CPsych-Psychologist, Chronic Pain Program, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children, Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Psychology, York University
Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs) are emerging as promising treatments to reduce physical and emotional distress among individuals with chronic pain and studies now exist that document initial outcomes for children with chronic pain conditions.
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Wednesday, September 13 at 11:00 AM PDT, 2:00 PM EDT
Joel Kailia MD-RISE BC Wellness Centre
Chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) affects around 1 in 5 Canadians and is the leading cause of disability globally. Opioid medications, surgery and many other ‘traditional’ medical interventions are ineffective and possibly harmful when used to treat CNCP.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM PDT, 2:00 PM EDT
Patricia Poulin, Ph.D., C.Psych. -Clinical Professor, Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences -University of Ottawa​
This webinar will explore the use of mindfulness-based intervention in chronic neuropathic pain conditions, with results from two recently completed clinical trials demonstrating intervention effectiveness.
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July 2017
Diane Gromala, PhD-Canada Research Chair and Professor in the School of Interactive Art and Technology, Simon Fraser University
This webinar features Professor Diane Gromala, a technology expert who has suffered from chronic pain for several decades.
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Monday June 19, 2017, 4:00 pm PST, 7:00 pm EST
Dr. Claire Ashton-James-Senior Lecturer, Sydney’s Pain Management Research Institute
This webinar highlights the social ramifications of chronic pain, and raises awareness of steps clinicians can take to manage the social consequences of chronic pain.
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June 7, 2017 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Jonathan Bertram, MD-Addictions Medicine Physician
A presentation on the dynamic in First Nations, Metis, & Inuit community between pain, trauma, and cultural adaptation. How it influences pain management, the opioid crisis, and our understanding of the brain.
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May 30th, 4:00 pm PT, 7:00 pm ET
Brock Bastian, PhD-Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Dr. Brock Bastian discusses the experience of pain, and how it may be better understood as providing an important avenue through which we find enjoyment in life.
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May 17, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. PDT, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Beth Darnall, PhD -Clinical Associate Professor - Stanford University School of Medicine
Learn the science behind pain catastrophizing, its impacts, and why this psychological construct should be assessed and treated in outpatients and in individuals who are planning to have surgery. ​
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April 25, 2017 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Norm Buckley, BA (Psych), MD, FRCPC - Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesia, McMaster University
Dr. Buckley will discuss the purpose, objectives, and structure of the Chronic Pain Network, as well as approved research and opportunities for participation with the Network.
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