Co-Hosted with Cancerandwork.ca, part of our Cancer and Work Series.
Over the next decade, the number of people who will live 5 years or more after cancer diagnosis is projected to increase. Return to work (RTW) after cancer is of increasing importance to individuals, employers and wider society. Although some people affected by cancer are able to continue working, a greater proportion of these survivors end up unemployed, retire early or change jobs than those without a diagnosis of cancer. Cancer survivors identify the role played by co-workers, line managers, and employers as important in supporting and sustaining a successful RTW. However, one of the reasons for not achieving a successful RTW is the lack of understanding and support from employers, supervisors and colleagues. Given the potential importance of their role in the RTW process for cancer survivors, the aim of this webinar is to explore the current evidence on the factors that are likely to influence the employer’s management of employees recovering from cancer. The webinar will cover evidence derived from a systematic review of the literature and will recommend some suggestions for improving practice and for future research in this area.
- The economic burden of sick leave and early retirement for the employee, his/her employer and wider society;
- The legal responsibility of the employer;
- The existence and importance of a formal workplace policy for managing employees diagnosed with cancer;
- The meaning and effect of the increasing trend towards the devolution of human resource (HR) work to line managers on the process of RTW;
- The meaning of the "rhetoric-reality gap";
- The perceptions of cancer from the employer perspective;
- Line-managers' attitudes towards managing employees affected by cancer;
- Factors related to employer management of employed cancer survivors.
Ziv Amir, PhD
Honorary Professor, Cancer Survivorship,University of
Salford, School of Health Sciences
Ziv Amir is Honorary Professor in Cancer Survivorship at the University of Salford, UK. He is a social scientist with an extensive experience in research on the link between health and work, with a focus on the role of employers in facilitating return to work. Dr Amir’s work has been published in various peer-reviewed journals, webinars and shared with European colleagues participated in the COST network – CANWON. Through his work in the area, he established significant links with relevant occupational health practitioners and trade union representatives.
Until 2012 Ziv was the Director of the Macmillan Research Unit at the University of Manchester, UK. The research programme, which was funded by Macmillan Cancer Support (UK cancer charity), aimed at exploring the economic aspects of people disabled by cancer and included both quantitative and qualitative studies.
Christine Maheu, RN, PhD
Associate Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University and Co-director of Cancer and Work
Dr. Christine Maheu is an Associate Professor in the Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and FRQS Chercheur Boursier Junior 2. Dr. Maheu is also an Affiliate Scientist at the University Health Network and the University of Toronto. At McGill University, she teaches research methods, supervises graduate students (masters, doctoral, post-doctoral), mentors practicing nurses and students in research, and conducts research in English and French. She has held research awards with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. These awards funded her research in psychosocial oncology, which focuses on developing and testing psychosocial interventions or measurements tools for various cancer populations. Additionally, in partnership with Ipsos Canada and funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, she is co-leading a nationwide survey of the needs of cancer patients for transition care from the end of their treatment to three years after their diagnosis. Dr. Maheu received awards for excellence in nursing research (2013, 2015, 2016) from Ovarian Cancer Canada, the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, and the Quebec Association of Nurses in Oncology.
Maureen Parkinson, M.Ed. C.C.R.C
Provincial Vocational Rehablitation Counsellor, BC Cancer and Co-Director of Cancer and Work
Ms. Maureen Parkinson is the province-wide vocational rehabilitation counsellor at the BC Cancer. She has also been vocational rehabilitation counsellor at a public rehabilitation hospital and vocational rehabilitation consultant to insurance companies and the court system. She has instructed and facilitated Service-Canada-funded programs on job searching and career exploration. Ms. Parkinson has a Masters in Counselling Psychology, is a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor, and completed the Certified Return to Work Coordinator Program through the National Institute for Disability Management and Research. She has developed return-to-work and job-search seminars for cancer patients and created the guidebook “Cancer and Returning to Work: A Practical Guide for Cancer Patients” as well as on-line articles about returning to work and school. She also co-authored a paper commissioned by the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, “Cancer and Work: A Canadian Perspective”.