IWH Updates - Winter 2022

Published: March 9, 2022

IWH researcher wins new WorkSafeBC postdoctoral award

Dr. Heather Johnston has joined the Institute for Work & Health (IWH)’s group of scientists and postdoc researchers after being awarded one of the two inaugural Ralph McGinn Post-doctoral Fellowships, established by WorkSafeBC in early 2021. The award is named for the late Ralph McGinn, former president and CEO of WorkSafeBC and, more recently, chair of its board of directors. The two-year award supports Johnston’s research at IWH on the risk factors and hazards that are common between work-related psychological and musculoskeletal injuries. To learn more about her research interests, go to: www.iwh.on.ca/people/heather-johnston

IWH 2020-21 annual report now available

Although it can be difficult to say whether, or when,Canada is out of the pandemic, we can begin to reflect on what workers and workplaces have been through, and what it means for the future of work. The IWH 2020-21 annual report, titled Taking Stock, describes the Institute’s research related to COVID-19 at the work-health interface. It also describes the Institute’s research into health, safety and disability issues that were important before the onset of COVID-19 and remain so today. To read the annual report, go to: www.iwh.on.ca/corporate-reports

Participants needed to pilot-test a work support and accommodation planning tool

A research team at the Institute has developed a workplace support and accommodation planning tool for workers with chronic health conditions. It’s designed to help workers think about self-management strategies and workplace supports when living with a health condition that can cause challenges at work, either occasionally or all of the time. The Job Demands and Accommodation Planning Tool is now ready to be tested in an evaluation study. The team is looking for workers in Canada living with a chronic health condition to test-run the tool. Find out how to take part: aced.iwh.on.ca/get-involved

Registration now open for the Spring 2022 session of Project ECHO OEM

The Spring 2022 session of Project ECHO Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) is now open for registration. This telementoring program, hosted at IWH, is designed for primary health-care providers in Ontario who treat and support patients with injuries and illnesses that affect their ability to work. To learn more, go to: echooem.iwh.on.ca