It was June 1987 when a group of disabled forest industry workers, led by Wolfgang Zimmermann and supported by key leaders in the forest industry, unions, government and other stakeholders pulled together a production team and the financing to produce a powerful national documentary film entitled Every Twelve Seconds, so named because at the time, a disabling workplace injury occurred every 12 seconds in Canada. More information
During the recently concluded IFDM 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, an historic signing took place between the Social Security Organization of Malaysia, SOCSO/PERKESO, and the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) which allows SOCSO, through a formal license agreement, to offer and administer the professional certification examinations for the designations of Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) throughout a range of Southeast Asian nations currently not covered through individual license agreements. With these additional countries, this brings the number of countries now licensed to provide the professional CDMP and CRTWC designations to 26. Full Story
The photo gallery from IFDM 2016 can be viewed here: http://www.ifdm2016.com.my/photo-gallery
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
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).
Please follow updates for IFDM 2018 at: www.ifdm2018.com
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/
At the conclusion of IFDM 2016, a Joint Statement on Disability Management was released entitled “Disability Management 2030: Towards an Inclusive, Barrier-Free and Sustainable Society”. This Joint Statement can be read here: IFDM 2016 Joint-Statement on Disability Management.
The United Steelworkers (USW), the largest private sector union in North America with more than 225,000 members in Canada and more than 800,000 members continent-wide, endorsed a Resolution at its National Policy Conference on April 7 in Montreal, calling on the union to “recognize and support the value in pursuing meaningful, effective, confidential and joint workplace Return to Work / Disability Prevention Programs,” including full and equal participation by the union, the injured worker and medical caregivers during the return to work process with employers. The media release can be viewed at:
For the first time in Asia, IFDM 2016 will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 22-24, 2016. Registration opens April 1, 2015. For more details on the conference and to download the brochure, please visit the website: IFDM 2016
John Slinger, Chief Operating Officer of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), and NIDMAR Board Member, Judy Geary, signed a Memorandum of Agreement which provides employers across Ontario with access to the DMSA via a link on the WSIB’s website. Full story
These were the key themes of a recent joint invitational event hosted by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) of Ontario and the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) held in Toronto. Full story