January 2018: Our study on associations between different work-related musculoskeletal disorders and return to work trajectories found that workers with back strains were more likely to have early, sustained return to work trajectories.
January 2018: PWHS researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are giving a series of presentations at the Cascadia Occupational, Environmental, and Population Health Conference, January 4-5, in Abbotsford, BC.
November 2017: The School of Population and Public Health published a Research Highlight about Chris McLeod’s work with the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
October 2017: Suhail Marino, Partnership Director of Operations and Privacy, is presenting at the Society of Research Administrators Annual Meeting on Oct. 16 in Vancouver, on stakeholder engagement, data access and privacy in research.
August 2017: Partnership Co-directors Mieke Koehoorn and Chris McLeod, researcher Jonathan Fan, postdoctoral fellows Robert Macpherson and Esther Maas, and graduate students Kelvin Choi, Andrea Jones, and Amy Hall are presenting at EPICOH 2017, the 26th International Epidemiology in Occupational Health Conference, August 28-31, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
July 2017: Our postdoc Esther Maas’s dissertation work on radiofrequency denervation treatment for low back pain was covered in the New York Times.
July 2017: PWHS co-director Chris McLeod has been promoted to Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. Congratulations Chris!
May 2017: PWHS Co-Director Mieke Koehoorn has been awarded a Project Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, along with co-investigators Ute Bultmann, Chris McLeod, and Stephanie Premji.
May 2017: PWHS postdoctoral fellow Esther Maas has been awarded a CIHR fellowship for her research on the cost-effectiveness of modified return-to-work policies for workers with musculoskeletal injuries.
May 2017: We are recruiting construction-sector stakeholders, including policy makers, practitioners, health and safety associations, employers, unions, and workers, to participate in key informant interviews on organizational return-to-work and disability management policies and practices.
May 2017: PWHS graduate student Anita Minh has been awarded a CIHR graduate scholarship for her PhD research – a cross-national comparison of five longitudinal cohorts examining how differences in social protections may give rise to inequalities in childhood mental health and subsequent labour market entry.
Roberta Ellis Award for Excellence in the Study and Practice of Occupational and Environmental Health
April 2017: PWHS and WorkSafeBC were proud to present the inaugural Roberta Ellis Award for Excellence in the Study and Practice of Occupational and Environmental Health to Nicole Boeder, a second year UBC MSc student in occupational and environmental health at WorkSafeBC’s Research Day on April 7.
April 2017: On Friday April 8, WorkSafeBC is hosting a Research Day, open to all WorkSafeBC staff and management, with the goal of getting non-scientist research users excited about the innovative research WorkSafeBC supports.
April 2017: PWHS research assistant and MSc graduate Niloufar Saffari and Co-Director Chris McLeod presented the results of Saffari’s thesis examining differences in disability duration after a work injury for immigrant and Canadian-born workers to the WorkSafeBC Interorganization Committee (IOC) Conference on April 6, 2017.
March 2017: PWHS Research Manager Billy Quirke will give a presentation about applying the IWH organizational performance metric in the BC long-term care and manufacturing sectors at SPPH OEH Rounds on Friday, March 31, at noon.
March 2017: The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario has awarded a grant to our co-director Chris McLeod to improve return-to-work outcomes in the construction sector, by exploring international best practices, identifying indicators of good performance in BC, Alberta, and Manitoba, and assessing WSIB Work Integration policies and practices.
February 2017: Niloufar Saffari’s MSc thesis work on return to work after injury for immigrant workers is featured in WorkSafeBC’s e-Newsletter Insight. Read the story here.
January 2017: Our Co-Director Chris McLeod is in Ottawa and Montreal this month presenting our work to stakeholders at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on Jan. 26 and Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et sécurité du travail on Jan. 27. More
November 25, 2016: PWHS student Niloufar Saffari graduated from UBC today after successfully defending her MSc thesis in August.
November 2016: WorkSafeBC has launched an asbestos awareness campaign for homeowners. Find out how to know if you have asbestos in your home, and how to safely deal with it during renovations.
November 2016: Chris McLeod will give a plenary talk at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto on Nov. 15.
October 2016: Partnership Co-director Mieke Koehoorn, Research Manager Billy Quirke, postdoctoral fellows Robert Macpherson and Wei Zhang, and PhD student Amy Hall are attending CARWH 2016, Oct. 16-18, in Toronto, Ontario, to present on interprovincial, gender, and immigration-related differences in disability duration after work injury, gender differences in return to work trajectories, effects of chronic disease on work productivity loss, and opportunities for intervention in shiftwork practices.
October 2016: WorkSafeBC has provided funds to assess and develop the BC Construction Safety Alliance’s Occupational Health and Safety Certificate of Recognition (COR) audit database, in preparation for a future investigation of the effect of the COR program on firm injury claim rates. The Alberta Ministry of Labour has awarded funds to evaluate the effect of COR on firm-level injury rates in Alberta through the OHS Futures Research Funding Program. More about our COR evaluation
September 2016: Co-director Chris McLeod is presenting work on return-to-work trajectories at the Work Disability Prevention and Integration Conference in Amsterdam, on Sept. 26. Comparative policy research we are involved in is also being presented by our colleague Alex Collie of Monash University in Melbourne. More about our work in this area
September 2016: Co-director Chris McLeod and our former visiting professor Ute Bultmann are giving a session on methods for analyzing working life trajectories at the Work, Age, Health and Employment Conference at the University of Wuppertal in Germany, on Sept. 20. Read the related article.
September 2016: The Institute for Work & Health is accepting applications until Nov. 18, 2016. The Fellowship supports the development of outstanding new researchers in the field of work and health.
September 2016: Partnership Co-director Chris McLeod and Research Manager Suhail Marino are at EPICOH 2016, the 25th Annual Epidemiology in Occupational Health Conference, September 4-7, to present on comparative analyses of work disability duration, leading indicators of health and safety performance, data access and linkage, and differences in disability duration between immigrant and Canadian-born workers.
September 2016: Partnership postdoctoral fellow Wei Zhang measured the relationship between chronic diseases and work absenteeism and calculated associated costs, finding that mood disorders and back problems are associated with substantial work productivity loss. Read more in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health or in a summary from SPPH.
July 2016: PWHS Co-Director Mieke Koehoorn and Associate Professor John Calvert (Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University) are seeking Expressions of Interest for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP). The funded postdoctoral position will be located at Simon Fraser University and will focus on the Canadian work disability policy system.
July 2016: Mieke Koehoorn will give a webinar on gender, sex, and work disability outcomes July 13, 11am PDT, sponsored by the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. Register
June 2016: Partnership co-directors Mieke Koehoorn and Chris McLeod and PhD student Andrea Jones are at PREMUS 2016 June 20-23 to present on gender and other factors affecting return to work and surgical decision making after work-related musculoskeletal injury.
June 2016: We are pleased to announce that our Partnership funding agreement with WorkSafeBC has been renewed for another 5 year term at $1.54 million. Looking forward to continuing this productive partnership!
June 2016: Mieke Koehoorn quoted in excellent Vancouver Sun Fathers Day article by Douglas Todd on workforce gender segregation & risk of serious injury & death borne by men.
June 2016: The CRWDP is holding their annual forum June 8 in Vancouver, co-hosted by our Co-Director Mieke Koehoorn. This is an opportunity for researchers, trainees, and members of the public to learn about the CRWDP and to provide input on BC’s research directions and activities.
June 2016: Partnership MSc student Kelvin Choi is the recipient of a WorkSafeBC Research Training Award for his thesis work on workplace violence. More about our work in this area
May 2016: Chris McLeod will present on the health, safety, and disability practices that reduce the risk of work-related injuries and illnesses in the long-term care sector at the BCCPA 2016 annual conference, May 31 in Whistler. More about our work in this area
May 2016: Chris McLeod will give a webinar on the role of leading and lagging indicators in violence prevention in health care to the Health Care Safety Professionals Association of BC on Friday May 20. Learn more about our work in this area
May 2016: Pleased to see that Canada is now moving toward a ban on asbestos. Learn more about our work on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma
May 2016: New article in Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health from our co-director Chris McLeod and visiting scholar Ute Bültmann on integrating a life course perspective into work and health research.
May 2016: New article in BMJ Open related to our international comparative work: Does time off work after injury vary by jurisdiction? A comparative study of eight Australian workers’ compensation systems. Learn more about this work.
April 2016: International Visiting Research Scholar Dr. Ute Bültmann will give a public talk at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC on May 18, 2016.
March 2016: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod will present a UBC School of Population and Public Health Occupational and Environmental Health seminar: Return-to-work is not a single event: Our evolving understanding of return-to-work trajectories after work injury. March 18 at 12:30pm. A live webinar option is available.
March 2016: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod will present at the American Industrial Hygiene Association BC-Yukon Local Section 2016 Conference and Annual General Meeting on March 11.
February 2016: Our work comparing long duration claims across Canadian provinces is featured in the 2015 Annual Report of the Research and Workplace Innovation Program, Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. See pages 4 and 5 for pictures of our knowledge translation and exchange work and page 30 for a project update. More on our national and international comparative work.
February 2016: Chris McLeod gave a talk about the Certificate of Recognition impact evaluation at Ontario General Contractors Association Leadership Day. More about COR
December 2015: Partnership co-lead Mieke Koehoorn and Kay Teschke will discuss the results of their study of rates of cycling injury hospitalization at Grand Rounds in the UBC School of Population and Public Health on December 4. A live webinar option is available.
November 2015: Partnership co-lead Mieke Koehoorn will give a seminar on sex and gender in health research on December 2 as part of the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) Work in Progress Seminar Series.
October 2015: Abstracts for posters, papers or discussions of research in progress are due by Nov. 16, 2015.
September 2015: On Sept 18, Chris McLeod and George Astrakianakis will present our work on violence prevention in health care settings. We are building on existing research into effective violence prevention and occupational health and safety management to develop leading and lagging indicators to best measure the effect of violence prevention initiatives in BC.
August 2015: Co-lead Chris McLeod’s presentation, Safety in Our DNA: How Organizational Culture is harnessed to Create Safer Work Environments, is now available, along with a full recap of the BC Care Providers conference (May 2015). Watch Chris in the video summary at minutes 2:56 and 3:21.
August 2015: Our new article in Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health evaluates whether safety certification reduces the risk of work injury among experienced manual tree-fallers in BC. More
June 2015: The BC Labour Heritage Centre has created a video about the use and consequences of of asbestos in BC.
May 2015: Congratulations to Partnership PhD trainee Andrea Jones on her Doctoral Research Training Award from WorkSafeBC. Her project explores the effect of mental health on return to work after injury.
May 2015: Co-lead Chris McLeod spoke at the BC Care Providers conference in Whistler, BC on May 25.
March 2015: Partnership co-lead Mieke Koehoorn will give a seminar on using linked databases for work and health research on March 17 as part of the Population Data BC Spring Coast to Coast Seminar Series. A live webinar option is available.
March 2015: Partnership PhD student Cheryl Peters will discuss the state of the evidence regarding sun exposure in outdoor workers in Canada at Grand Rounds in the UBC School of Population and Public Health on March 13. A live webinar option is available.
February 2015: The Occupational and Environmental Health division of the School of Population and Public Health hosts a weekly seminar series. On Feb 27 Renee-Louise Franche will give a seminar on the challenges of return-to-work. The seminar will be webcast.
February 2015: Mieke Koehoorn is scheduled to give seminars at Simon Fraser University on Feb 26 and and UBC on Mar 17. Both seminars will be webcast.
February 2015: We are seeking a Senior Data Analyst to challenge and guide our team. If you can provide expertise and leadership in research design, implementation of new epidemiological and statistical methods, interpretation of administrative data, and communication of findings to researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders, read more here.
January 2015: Co-lead Chris McLeod will discuss the results of his evaluation of a voluntary OHS prevention program in BC at Grand Rounds in the UBC School of Population and Public Health on Jan. 30. A live webinar option is available.
January 2015: Thanks to WorkSafe Magazine for their great profile of Mieke Koehoorn’s work on gender and time to return to work after injury.
November 2014: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod and co-investigators have received funding from WorkSafeBC to evaluate the effectiveness of violence prevention programs in health care.
November 2014: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod invites applications from students interested in evaluation of occupational health and safety policies and interventions and comparative analysis of compensation systems.
October 2014: Partnership researchers gave five presentations and a poster on a variety of topics at CARWH in Saskatoon. Partnership students also gave a series of presentations.
September 2014: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod will speak at the University of Toronto on Oct. 2. His talk is entitled “Evaluating OHS prevention programs: An example of a voluntary audit-based prevention program in British Columbia”.
September 2014: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod will speak at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands on Sept. 24. His talk is entitled “Using research to inform policy and practice: an example of an university-disability insurer partnership from British Columbia, Canada”.
July 2014: We are excited that Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod’s CIHR Operating Grant on comparative effectiveness of disability management and return to work policies and practices across jurisdictions in Canada, New Zealand and Australia has been funded.
July 2014: The AREA Fund’s 2014 Walk for Truth was a sunny success this year. Photos of the day.
June 2014: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod and PhD student Kim McLeod will present at the 24th International Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) Conference, June 24-27 in Chicago. Their presentations will be posted here shortly.
June 2014: Excellent 7-part interactive series covering historic and current exposure risk, mesothelioma, mining, and provincial, national, and international policy.
June 2014: The Partnership is recruiting long-term care homes to participate in a survey about health and safety practices.
May 2014: The Asbestos-related Research, Education and Advocacy Fund (AREA Fund) is hosting the Walk for Truth on July 12 in Powell River, BC, to raise awareness of asbestos-related disease. Registration is now open.
April 2014: WorkSafeBC, the BC Federation of Labour, and the Business Council of BC co-host a public ceremony on Monday, April 28 to honour those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational diseases.
April 2014: Partnership Co-lead Chris McLeod and Research Coordinator Jonathan Fan will present at the International Health Data Linkage Conference, April 28-30 in Vancouver. Their presentations will be posted here shortly.
April 2014: Working Together for Full Compensation – presented by the BC Federation of Labour on May 30 in Vancouver.
March 2014: Expand your mind with five gender/sex must-reads from Mieke Koehoorn, Partnership Co-lead and CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health.
March 2014: Ute Bültmann will give a talk at Green College at UBC on Wednesday March 12, at 5pm.
February 2014: Our visiting scientist Melanie Fortune will give a seminar on work-attributed illness from excess heat exposure on Feb 14 at 12:30 pm. Join live or online.
January 2014: A multi-site and online event will launch this new SSHRC-funded pan-Canadian research centre on Feb 4, 2014.
January 2014: The CIHR Institute for Gender and Health has created an inspiring video about why gender and sex matter to our health.
December 2013: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod invites applications from students interested in OHS policies, compensation systems, and occupational injury or disease.
November 2013: Partnership co-lead Mieke Koehoorn will discuss the contribution of research to informing regulatory and compensation policy in worker health protection in BC at this annual lecture at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto on Nov. 21.
October 2013: Kim McLeod, a Partnership PhD trainee funded by WorkSafeBC, presented her her work on health and safety inspections at WorkSafeBC on Sept. 27. View her presentation.
August 2013: Partnership co-lead Mieke Koehoorn’s work is featured in the Journal of Commerce.
July 2013: Partnership staff Suhail Marino and Billy Quirke walked in the annual Walk for Truth, hosted by the Asbestos-related Research, Education and Advocacy Fund (AREA Fund) in Powell River, BC on June 22nd, to raise awareness of the hazards of asbestos and to honour victims of asbestos-related disease.
July 2013: The Policy and Regulation Division e-newsletter reports on Mieke Koehoorn’s research looking at occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation through the lens of sex and gender.