NIDMAR Announces New Board Members

NIDMAR and the Pacific Coast University for Workplace health Sciences (PCU-WHS) are pleased to announce the appointment of four new directors, listed here alphabetically:

  • Karen Cooling, Health, Safety and Environment Representative, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada
  • Ken Georgetti, President, Canadian Labour Congress
  • Steve Horvath, President and CEP, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
  • Dean Winsor, Vice President Human Resources, Teck Resources Limited

This bulletin provides details on the impressive leadership skills and large scale institutional expertise these new directors bring to the future of NIDMAR and the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS).

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Professional designations offer mobility

The designations of Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) and Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP), administered under the auspices of the International Disability Management Standards Council (IDMSC), are increasingly becoming the gold standard for disability management practice worldwide.

Some of Canada’s CDMPs and CRTWCs relate their personal experiences leading to a career in the disability management field and the optional labour market mobility it provides.

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New Global Professionals

Presentations took place in November 2012 for 33 Certified Disability Management Professionals on both sides of the Atlantic, which has highlighted a global recognition of the need to improve outcomes for ill and injured workers.

Twenty-one employees and management staff from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario received their CDMP certificates in Toronto on November 28, while in Edinburgh, 12 successful candidates from Scotland’s National Health Service (NHS) were recognized on November 30.¬† Full story

Haro Park and Partners Benefit from Disability Management

In 2008, the British Columbia government, together with WorkSafeBC and the Healthcare Benefit Trust, provided funding for a range of organizations to undergo assessments of their Disability Management programs utilizing internationally accepted DM/RTW assessment tools.

As a result of the assessments in the long term care / community care sector, Haro Park and seven partner facilities, working with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) and with funding from WorkSafeBC, were able to share the services of one Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) for what turned out to be a very successful two-year pilot project, resulting in a 5:1 return on a net cash basis, in addition to the significant and often immeasurable social benefits. Also, partly as a result of the initiative, DM has now become part of a new collective agreement between the industry unions and the employer. Full story

Career Change to DM Rewarding

The designations of Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) and Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP), administered under the auspices of the International Disability Management Standards Council (IDMSC), are increasingly becoming the gold standard for
disability management practice worldwide.

Some of Canada’s CDMPs and CRTWCs relate their personal experiences leading to a rewarding career in disability management. Full story