News

Esther Maas’s work covered in New York Times

July 2017: Our postdoc Esther Maas’s dissertation work on radiofrequency denervation treatment for low back pain was covered in the New York Times.

Dr. Chris McLeod promoted to Associate Professor

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!

PWHS students receive awards

June 2017: Congratulations to PWHS PhD student Sharon Provost, the recipient of a UBC Public Scholars Initiative award, and to PhD student Kimberly Sharpe, the recipient of a WorkSafeBC Research Training Award.

Immigration and work disability in the Canadian context

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.

Cost-effectiveness of modified-return-to-work after a musculoskeletal injury

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.

Recruiting stakeholders for key informant interviews

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.

Childhood mental health and future employment in the welfare state

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.

WorkSafeBC Research Day

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.

WorkSafeBC Interorganization Committee Conference

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.

OEH Seminar Series: Leading Indicators

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.

WSIB grant success: Early and sustainable return-to-work in the construction sector

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.

Stakeholder meetings in Alberta

March 2017: Chris McLeod and Suhail Marino travelled to Alberta this month to meet with stakeholders at Alberta Labour and the Alberta Workers Compensation Board. They presented on the COR evaluation and our provincial comparative work on return to work after injury.

Coming to Canada: Novel study sheds light on immigration status and workplace health

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.

Working with stakeholders to use evidence to inform policy

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

Congrats to UBC November graduates

November 25, 2016: PWHS student Niloufar Saffari graduated from UBC today after successfully defending her MSc thesis in August.

WorkSafeBC launches asbestos campaign

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.

IWH Plenary: Return to work not a single event

November 2016: Chris McLeod will give a plenary talk at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto on Nov. 15.

Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health Conference

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.

New funds to extend COR evaluation

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

WDPI 2016 conference

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

WAHE 2016 conference

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.

Mustard Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Work & Health

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.

EPICOH 2016 Conference

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.

Chronic conditions, absenteeism, and associated costs in Canada

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.

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity

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.

Partnership funding renewed

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!

COR evaluation findings video card

June 2016: The Institute for Work and Health has summarized our findings from the COR evaluation in a video card. Learn more about COR.

Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy: Annual Forum

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.

WorkSafeBC Research Training Award

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

BC Care Providers Annual Conference

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

Webinar: Health Care Safety Professionals Association of BC

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

Trudeau announces Canada “moving forward” on asbestos ban

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

MSFHR Scholar Award to Chris McLeod

May 2016: Our co-director Chris McLeod is a 2016 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Program award recipient for his comparative and cross-jurisdictional research on work and health. More about our work in this area.

Labor markets and health: an integrated life course perspective

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.

Does time off work after injury vary by jurisdiction?

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.

Study finds COR employers have lower rates of serious injuries than those not in program

April 2016: Our COR audit evaluation is featured in the Institute for Work & Health At Work newsletter.

Will you be ready if COR becomes mandatory?

April 2016: Our COR audit program evaluation mentioned in an article in construction sector magazine On-Site.

Public Talk – Work in Life: Work and Health in a Life-Course Perspective

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.

OEH seminar: Return-to-work is not a single event

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.

Presentation at AIHA BC-Yukon on Health and Safety Management and Occupational Hygiene

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.

National comparative research featured

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.

Presentation at Ontario General Contractors Association Leadership Day

February 2016: Chris McLeod gave a talk about the Certificate of Recognition impact evaluation at Ontario General Contractors Association Leadership Day. More about COR

COR program evaluation in Journal of Commerce

October 2015: View the article, watch an interview with Chris McLeod or learn more about the COR program.

Abstracts for Semiahmoo 2016 – Occupational, Environmental, and Public Health Conference

October 2015: Abstracts for posters, papers or discussions of research in progress are due by Nov. 16, 2015.

International return to work comparisons

October 2015: Co-lead Chris McLeod and colleagues from the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research in Australia have published an introductory report on international comparisons of compensation policy & return to work outcomes. More on this work

WorkSafeBC Research Day presentation

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.

Upcoming presentation to the BC Road Builders Association

September 2015: In the early 2000s the BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association brought the COR program to BC. On Sept 14, Chris McLeod will present our evaluation of the program at their Fall Conference in Kelowna, BC. More about the COR program.

Presentations from BC Care Providers Conference

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.

Does safety certification prevent tree-faller injuries?

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

History of Asbestos in BC

June 2015: The BC Labour Heritage Centre has created a video about the use and consequences of of asbestos in BC.

WorkSafeBC Research Training Award

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.

Organizational culture and safer work environments in long-term care homes

May 2015: Co-lead Chris McLeod spoke at the BC Care Providers conference in Whistler, BC on May 25.

How do I love data? Let me count the ways

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.

SPPH OEH seminar on return-to-work

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.

Upcoming seminars

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.

Seeking a Senior Data Analyst

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.

Evaluating OHS prevention programs

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.

Gender differences in time to return to work

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.

Evaluating violence prevention programs in health care

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.

Graduate student opportunities

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.

Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health Conference

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.

Seminar in Toronto: Evaluating OHS prevention programs

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”.

Seminar in Groningen, NL on using research to inform policy and practice

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”.

CIHR operating grant success

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.

2014 Walk for Truth – Asbestos Kills

July 2014: The AREA Fund’s 2014 Walk for Truth was a sunny success this year. Photos of the day.

EPICOH 2014: Challenges for Occupational Epidemiology in the 21st Century

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.

No Safe Use – The Globe & Mail on asbestos in Canada

June 2014: Excellent 7-part interactive series covering historic and current exposure risk, mesothelioma, mining, and provincial, national, and international policy.

Long-term care occupational health and safety practices survey

June 2014: The Partnership is recruiting long-term care homes to participate in a survey about health and safety practices.

Occupational disease and injury series on CTV News

June 2014: Watch Partnership Co-lead Chris McLeod discuss occupational disease from asbestos and injury risk in young workers in BC as part of a CTV News series.

2014 Walk for Truth – Asbestos Kills

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 28: Day of Mourning

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.

International Health Data Linkage Conference

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.

BC Injured Workers Forum

April 2014: Working Together for Full Compensation – presented by the BC Federation of Labour on May 30 in Vancouver.

Mental Health and (return to) Work – Experiences from The Netherlands

March 2014: Ute Bültmann will give a talk at Green College at UBC on Wednesday March 12, at 5pm.

Seminar on heat-related illness

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.

National launch of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy

January 2014: A multi-site and online event will launch this new SSHRC-funded pan-Canadian research centre on Feb 4, 2014.

Graduate student opportunities

December 2013: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod invites applications from students interested in OHS policies, compensation systems, and occupational injury or disease.

Evaluating health and safety inspections

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.

Chris McLeod speaks at AWCBC Learning Symposium

September 2013: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod spoke about implementation and evaluation of workplace OHS interventions at the 2013 Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) Learning Symposium in Saint John, NB. View his presentation

Mieke Koehoorn speaks at the Scottish Informatics Programme conference

August 2013: Partnership co-lead Mieke Koehoorn spoke about using existing data for health research at the Scottish Informatics Programme conference in St Andrews, Scotland on August 29. View her presentation.

Walk for Truth – Asbestos Kills

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.

CIHR New Investigator award for Chris McLeod

June 2013: Congratulations to Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod on his receipt of a new investigator award for his research program on work and health.

Upcoming presentation on using workers compensation data in comparative, cross-jurisdictional research

June 2013: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod will speak about the promise and challenge of using workers compensation data in comparative, cross-jurisdictional research at the 23rd Conference on Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) in Utrecht, The Netherlands on June 20. Read more about our international comparative research.

Seminar: Does surgical setting or expedited fees matter for return-to-work after knee surgery?

May 2013: Partnership co-lead Mieke Koehoorn will give a CHEOS seminar at noon on May 22 at St Paul’s Hospital. More Partnership research on this topic.

Walk for Truth – Asbestos Kills

May 2013: The Asbestos-related Research, Education and Advocacy Fund (AREA Fund) is hosting the Walk for Truth on June 22 in Powell River, BC, to raise awareness of asbestos-related disease. Registration is now open.

Chris McLeod receives UBC Hampton Research Fund Award

May 2013: Partnership co-lead Chris McLeod is a recipient of a UBC Hampton Research Fund award for his project entitled “The health and well being consequences of the great recession: a comparative and cross-jurisdictional analysis.”

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