Published: August 10, 2008

Institute scientists publish book

How do you analyze the economic costs and consequences of a workplace intervention? A new collection of writings edited by Dr. Emile Tompa, Dr. Anthony J. Culyer and Roman Dolinschi aims to answer that question, among others. Published by Oxford University Press, their book, Economic Evaluation of Interventions for Occupational Health and Safety: Developing Good Practice, will be available in the United Kingdom in August. It will be released in North America later in the fall.

WorkCongress9 comes to Toronto

The 9th International WorkCongress will be held from November 9 to 11, 2009 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This international event attracts policy-makers, professionals, business leaders, employers, labour leaders and scientific experts to discuss challenges in the prevention of work-related injury and in the management of illness and disability in injured workers. WorkCongress9 will be hosted by the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in association with the Institute for Work & Health. The 2009 conference theme is “Workers’ compensation in the changing world of work: protecting health, reducing disability, ensuring sustainability.”

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Nachemson Lectureship awarded

Dr. Thomas Wickizer will deliver the Institute’s annual 2008 Nachemson Lecture on October 22, on the topic "Quality improvement in health-care services for injured workers: bridging the quality chasm."

Over the past 15 years, Wickizer and colleagues in Washington State have conducted a series of innovative studies on providing health-care services for disabled workers. In his talk, Wickizer will share insights from this research and discuss the implications forthe organization and delivery of health services to injured workers. Wickizer is professor of health services, school of public health, at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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New Chair for the IWH SAC

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) met with Institute scientists and staff for two days in May. An independent body of international experts, the SAC advises the Institute on the direction, scope and focus of its research.

Dr. Clyde Hertzman, the SAC’s chair since 2002, stepped down from the committee after this meeting. Dr. Barbara Silverstein succeeds Hertzman as chair. She is the Research Director of the SHARP (Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention) program for the state of Washington.