Keynote Address: Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada
We are pleased to announce that Ms. Yazmine Laroche, Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, will be the opening keynote speaker taking place on Monday, October 15, 9:00 am – 10:00 am. Ms. Laroche was appointed to this position by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on August 7, 2018 with a mandate to lead the Government’s public service accessibility agenda. For further details, please see the attached Second Update
With the generous financial support of the IBM Cύram Research Institute and, as part of a collaborative effort involving the German Workers Compensation System (DGUV), the International Social Security Association (ISSA), and the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR), three calculators were developed which are designed to allow individuals, employers, and social security agencies (in both the occupational and non-occupational sectors) to assess a range of economic consequences resulting from the loss of employment for an individual as a result of a disabling impairment. The development of the calculators also involved the participation and input from a broad range of experts in the Disability Management / Return to Work field. The following is a link to the website: http://calculators.idmsc.org/
The Scottish Government has invested in the provision of a five-year program aimed at training up to 300 individuals to become Certified Disability Management Professionals (CDMPs) to serve the country’s public and private sector groups dedicated to maintaining meaningful employment for workers with long term health conditions, injuries or disabilities.
Attached please find the IDMSC Communiqué with further details.
In an article written by Datuk Dr. Norma Mansor, emeritus professor and director, Social Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Malaya, she identifies that employment injuries and work related illnesses fall under the jurisdiction of the Social Security Organization (SOCSO), which adopted a case management strategy whereby every injured worker is assigned a case manager who will facilitate the intervention using a bio-psychosocial and multidisciplinary approach called the Return to Work program.
To provide quality services to its members, SOCSO’s Return to Work case managers and employees dealing with Return to Work program-related matters are required to have professional certification in disability management practice: Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC).
SOCSO appointed the Social Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Malaya to create and become the Test Agency to manage and administer the CDMP and CRTWC examinations.
Following translation and ensuring Malaysian legislative content, the CDMP examination was offered in 2017 and 2018 to SOCSO employees and will be open to all in 2019.
Dr. Mansor identifies that the structured intervention of case manager has contributed to the success of the program and the resulting impact on the nation’s economy, but more importantly, it is the impact on the individuals who are now able to get back into employment. She writes, “They are now able to earn and become an active member of society which contributes to their self-worth and dignity.”
To read the full article, please click on the following link:
Malaysia Article by Dr Norma Mansor May 2019
SOCSO Malaysia, the federal Social Security Organization, has signed an Agreement with the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), Malaysia’s most advanced container terminal – a leading corporate organization, on disability management through the Return to Work and Back Injury Protection and Rehabilitation program.
Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohammed Azman Bin Dato’ Aziz Mohammed, SOCSO Chief Executive, said “This will bring positive impact to PTP employees, as well as be a catalyst for other organizations to take the same path in making disability management a cultural practice and part of human resources.”
PTP CEO Marco Neelsen said, “In PTP, we actively promote occupational safety policies, conduct safety and health campaigns to reduce accidents, as well as implement an employee wellness program to prevent mishaps to our workers and contractors.”
To read the full article, please click on the following link:
Malaysia Article re SOCSO Signing May 2019
The International Forum on Disability Management – IFDM 2018 – hosted by PCU-WHS provided an opportunity to sit down with individuals representing a wide variety of perspectives. These interviews are available for viewing under the Video Library tab of this website and are in addition to the IFDM videos also available in the Video Library:
In late January, a MOU was signed between the Inter-American Center for Social Security Studies (CIESS) and the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) and the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR).
The CIESS, headquartered in Mexico City has developed programs of activities that address priority aspects of social security for their region which encompasses the Americas and the Caribbean, covering 36 countries and a membership of more than 80 institutions.
The MOU creates the opportunity for the adoption of educational programming and the best practice professional and program standards in Return to Work and Disability Management for the member organizations of the CIESS, and expands the global membership in the International Disability Management Standards Council (IDMSC) to 64 countries.
It is hoped that the further adoption of best practice standards in Disability Management and Return to Work will help change the narrative with regard to detrimental outcomes when an individual with a disability does not have a return to work option and is forced into poverty, homelessness, addiction or potentially worse scenarios.
We congratulate the CIESS on their leadership.
An event was held in Brussels on December 4, 2018 recognizing 60 individuals who successfully completed the educational program as well as those who successfully achieved the CDMP and CRTWC professional designations.
Events were held in late November 2018 in the UK to recognize individuals who were successful in achieving the CDMP designation.
The newly selected Board of the Canadian Society of Professionals in Disability Management (CSPDM) held its first Board meeting in Toronto at the offices of the WSIB, under the leadership of CSPDM Board Chair, Evie DoCouto, WSIB Vice-President for Return-to-Work.
Recognized in the International Social Security Association’s Best Practice Guidelines on Return-to-Work as the gold standard in professional competence, CDMPs and CRTWCs now reflect a global professional community of over 4,000 individuals in 13 countries across all continents and expanding at a brisk pace.
During the conclusion of IFDM 2018 held in Vancouver, Canada, October 15-17, attended by 400 delegates from 30 countries, organized by the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS), the handover took place to Brussels, site of the 10th International Biennial Congress on Disability Management and Return to Work – IFDM 2020 – to be hosted by the Belgium Federal Social Security Organization, INAMI.
Attached please find the bulletin with further details with regard to the IFDMs going forward.
Over 80 Presentations were delivered by experts from 20 countries during the conference. These have been uploaded to the IFDM 2018 website. Please click on the tab marked Program on the website and click on the links provided in the titles of the Plenary presentations as well as of the Concurrent Workshop presentation titles.
To view the Gallery of Photos taken at IFDM 2018, please visit the IFDM 2018 website and click on the tab marked Gallery of Photos.
To view the Welcome videos from Federal Ministers Carla Qualtrough and Patty Hajdu and BC Premier John Horgan, please click on the tab marked Video Library on the website.
Following the Kuala Lumpur Joint Statement on Disability Management issued at IFDM 2016 in Malaysia, which set out a framework of values, at IFDM 2018 held in Vancouver, Canada, October 15-17, 2018, the Canada Declaration was put forth as a practical agenda leading to demonstrable improvements, clarifying the duties of governments, employers, unions and other relevant stakeholders, providing support where needed, and putting government money to work in ways that reduce poverty and unemployment of workers with a disability.
It identifies barriers that still face workers with a disability and sets out Goals going forward.
To read the full text of the IFDM 2018 Canada Declaration, please click on the following link:
IFDM 2018 Canada Declaration
We are extremely pleased to advise that an agreement has been reached, and will be signed during the Opening Session of IFDM 2018, between the International Social Security Organization (ISSA) a UN affiliated, Geneva based organization, with over 330 members in more than 150 countries, and Canada’s National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR), effecting the legal transfer of IFDM associated intellectual property, currently held by NIDMAR to ISSA.
For further details, please see the attached Third Update