PCU-WHS to host IFDM 2018 in Vancouver

The Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) will host the International Forum on Disability Management (IFDM) during Fall 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. The theme for IFDM 2018 will be: Innovation in Integrated Workplace Health. To view the Communique containing further details, please click on the following link:  More information

Belgium’s Health Insurance Agency adopts IDMSC Standards and Professional Program

On June 11, 2014 the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) signed a license agreement with RIZIV-INAMI, (Belgium Health Insurance Agency), which manages supplemental security income (SSI) benefits for, non-occupational injuries and illnesses for the country’s more than 11 million people. The agreement allows the agency to begin training individuals under its own “Back to Work” program, using the International Disability Management Standard Council’s curriculum and designations. Currently, more than 300,000 Belgians are off work due to non-occupational disease and injuries.

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Germany’s DGUV Renews Licence Agreement

In 2013, during the year of the 10th anniversary since first signing a licensing agreement to offer the professional certification examinations,the DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance) renewed their agreement for another five years. Since 2003, the DGUV has been holding professional certification examinations for the designations of CDMP and CRTWC annually, and there are approximately 1,350 individuals iin Germany, with about 3,000 in 12 countries holding the professional designations, which are administered under the auspices of the International Disability Management Standards Council.

To commemorate the licensing renewal, Dr. Joachim Breuer, Chief Executive Officer of the DGUV, provided his vies on the challenges, milestones and highlights of the last 10 years with a look forward to the future.

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Social Security Organization of Malaysia Announces Plan to Host IFDM in 2016

Four years ago, Malaysia’s Social Security Organization (SOSCO/PERKESO) launched the country’s first Return to Work Program. Since then, Malaysia has made monumental strides in improving disability management knowledge and practices in the region. Now, SOSCO is taking another step in solidifying its leadership role in disability management among Asian nations by hosting the International Forum on Disability Management in Kuala Lumpur in 2016.
Stay tuned for more on emerging themes for the Forum and the launch of a new website. In the meantime, the IDMSC Communique caught up with the Head of Operations, Edmund Cheong of SOSCO’s Return to Work Section; he had this to say about the IFDM in 2016. IFDM 2016