International Forum on Disability Management – IFDM 2018 – Update

We are pleased to confirm the participants for the IFDM Plenary Panel taking place Tuesday, October 16, at 8:45 am – 10:15 am in the Plenary entitled:
The Disappearing Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities for Workers Compensation Systems

This distinguished Panel will be chaired by Dr. Joachim Breuer, Director General of the German Federal Workers Compensation System – DGUV of Berlin, and President of the International Social Security Association – ISSA of Geneva.

For details regarding the Panel members, please see the attached Update.

IFDM 2018

Planning is well underway. The website is updated.

Information re Call for Abstracts is posted detailing the conference streams and specific topic areas for presenters. Deadline for abstract submissions is February 28, 2018.

View the “Welcome to IFDM 2018” message from the Honourable Wayne G. Wouters, PC, OC, Chancellor of PCU-WHS, host organization for the event, by clicking on the “More information” link provided below.

Hotel and venue information is available on the website, as well as information regarding discounted travel fares.

For further details, please visit the website: IFDM 2018

More Information

Belgium to host IFDM 2020

The National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV) of the Government of Belgium will host IFDM 2020.

With IFDM 2016 having successfully concluded, and IFDM 2018 scheduled for Vancouver, the following IFDM in 2020 will move to Brussels. Mr. Francois Perl, Director General of INAMI-RIZIV, of Brussels, Belgium, was extremely pleased to announce that his organization had been accepted to be the official host for IFDM 2020.

“Maintaining a continued successful employment relationship for individuals who acquire a disabling impairment is absolutely the best outcome for the individual, from every perspective,” said Mr. Perl in making the announcement. Please find further details in the IDMSC Communiqué at the following link: More Information

Conclusion of IFDM 2016 in Kuala Lumpur – Hello Vancouver for IFDM 2018

A bulletin is attached highlighting the successful International Forum on Disability Management, IFDM 2016, that took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 22-24, being the first IFDM to be hosted in that global region, and also being the largest IFDM held to date. Full story

An article along with a short video can be found on The Star Online website from Malaysia entitled: “Helping the injured and sick to return to work”

IFDM 2018 will be held in Vancouver, Canada, hosted by the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS).
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IFDM 2014 Pushes Beyond the Boundaries

IFDM 2014, hosted by the Personal Injury Education Foundation in Melbourne, Australia, was a highly successful event which attracted over 460 participants from 19 countries representing 160 organizations. To read the details, please click on the following link:  Full story

IFDM 2010

IFDM 2010, the fifth International Forum on Disability Management, recently concluded in Los Angeles in September. It was a major success not only in terms of the leading edge intiatives presented on disability management programs, policies and research, but also in providing valuable networking opportunities to over 400 registered delegates from 34 countries around the world. Held biennially since 2002, the IFDM is the only global conference dedicated to in-depth discussion of consensus based best practices, cutting edge research and successful disability management policies and programs. For further details regarding IFDM 2010, please refer to the newsletter by clicking on the link: Full story

New Zealand to host 2014 IFDM

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