The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) of New Zealand has announced it will host the International Forum on Disability Management in 2014. According to ACC, “This Forum aims to facilitate international discussion and debate around disability management and its role in reducing employer cost, improving productivity and economic growth, promoting return to work, and eliminating disability barriers.” The ACC will be working with leading New Zealand government agencies, other insurers, business, employee representatives, and health and rehabilitation providers to develop a program for the Forum that will draw from best practice and stimulate debate on change in the way workplace disabilities are managed. Dr. Jan White, Chief Executive of ACC says, “ACC is excited to be hosting the 7th IFDM in 2014 and looks forward to working with key New Zealand partner organisations to deliver a successful and insightful Forum.” For further details, please click on the link to view the announcement. Full story
This IDMSC Communiqué provides an update regarding several events that have taken place in Australia: the Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF) signed a license agreement to offer the curriculum and grant the professional certification examinations for Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) for Australia; the Victorian WorkCover Authority in Melbourne signed an agreement for the Consensus Based Disability Management Audit (CBDMA) and the Workplace Disability Management Assessment (WDMA) tools after a period of evaluation and pilot testing; and the Children’s Hospital, Westmead becomes IDMSC Certified. To read the update, please click on the link: Full story
New Zealand is the ninth country to adopt the DM protocol. The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has adopted the disability management tools to help them achieve their mandate. Details
The International Association of Professionals in Disability Management (IAPDM) launched a new globally focused publication called DM Dialogue. The Editorial Advisory Board is made up of senior representatives from countries currently having individuals with the professional designations: Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC). The goals of the publication include engaging professionals in contributing to a meaningful, motivational and engaging international platform for sharing research, ideas, challenges, successes, case studies, and profiles; raise the profile of the CDMP and CRTWC designations in the 13 countries now licensed to deliver the curriculum and grant the professional designations; and to further expand awareness of leading edge consensus based disability management and related best practices. This first newsletter is available here: Full story
The IDMSC standards are expanding in Australia with several new initiatives there. Details
The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) of New Zealand was the first in the country to become IDMSC Certified. The ACC, along with five of the country’s largest employers took part in a pilot of the Consensus Based Disability Management Audit (CBDMA) tool. To achieve the IDMSC Certified designation requires a score of 80 percent or more on the CBDMA. Full story
Manitoba’s Parkland Regional Health Authority is the first regional health authority in Canada – in fact, the first regional health authority in the world – to receive the International Disability Management Standards Council Certification. Details
March 30, 2007 marked the opening for signature of the UN Convention.
Louise Arbour, High Commissioner for Human Rights, along with the Vice President of Ecuador, the Minister of Disability Issues of New Zealand, Under-Secretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of Mexico, and Mr. Yannis Vardakastanis from the International Disability Caucus briefed correspondents on the opening for signature of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Details of the opening and a list of the countries signing on can be found at the following website: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
In 2007, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom participated for the first time in offering the professional certification examinations and many indiviudals joined the ranks having achieved the professional designation of Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP). This was of course in addition to the examinations being offered in Canada and Germany. Full story