Work Disability Prevention

Work Disability Prevention

11th – 15th of June 2018
Kurhotel Skodsborg, Skodsborg, Denmark

For PhD students, students at post-master level, Occupational health professionals (physicians, ergonomists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, etc.), rehabilitation professionals, representatives of insurance companies and social insurance.

Participants may choose to follow the complete program or parts of it. Those who choose the complete program will have priority, aiming to a suitable mix of researchers and practitioners.

About this course

Work disability occurs when a worker is impaired in performing his or her job. Work disability leads to productivity loss (either by continuing working but performing less, i.e. presenteeism, or by reporting sick, i.e. absenteeism). As such, it imposes large individual, social, and economical burdens. It is also a major concern to workers, their families, employers, policy makers, insurers, and occupational health service providers.

This course has been accepted as a theoretical course (15 hours) demanded in the medical specialist education in the training programs of occupational health services at the University of Helsinki in Finland. The acceptance is valid for the specialist training programs at the Faculty of Medicine of all Finnish universities.

Price information

The price of the course consists of the course fee of EUR 500
and the day package of choice.

Day package I

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches
  • dinners and the social program on Tuesday.

We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking (between people) and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 950 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 450).

EUR 450

Day package II

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees and lunches.

Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 700 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 200).

EUR 200


26th – 28th of October 2020 at Hotel Hanaholmen, Espoo, Finland.

To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly to the hotel by email to using the booking code “NIVA” (available until 2.10.2020).

Single The room price for a single standard room is EUR 115/night (including breakfast, morning sauna and access to the pool) and the price for a double room EUR 134/night (including breakfast, morning sauna and access to the pool). room: 128 €/night (including breakfast).

The block reservation will be available until 2nd of October 2020.

EUR 115 – 134 / night

Course objectives

The objective of the course is to disseminate transdisciplinary knowledge with focus on theoretical, methodological, ethical and practical challenges. The target audience is Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows and practitioners with a master’s degree who are linked to the work disability field.

General course fee information

The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline. Travel arrangements Please refrain from booking any tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on accommodation options and practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA.

Subject background

Each researcher and practitioner entering the field of WDP comes from a specific discipline (e.g., medicine, rehabilitation, biomechanics, psychology, social sciences). Based on their discipline and training, they often have a relatively narrow perspective on work disability and are not well prepared to address the complexity of WDP. In particular, they are not prepared to design and conduct field studies or interventions involving multiple stakeholders who have different perspectives (employers, unions, social insurance authorities, occupational health and health care) or to utilize evidence-based knowledge. For researchers, this may lead to difficulties in developing and implementing research projects and interventions and may discourage some researchers from continuing in the WDP field. For practitioners, it may be difficult to get access to ongoing research and debates, and thus to use the newest insights from the field in their daily work. Parallel to that, it may be difficult for researchers to get a full understanding of current practical issues, for example the changing conditions in working life, before they are studied or published, which hampers their research. Transdisciplinary exchange of research and practice at academic level and building bridges between these areas seem to be of high importance for professional development and to move the field forward by building a transdisciplinary ‘body of knowledge’. Opportunities to train researchers and practitioners in the full spectrum of WDP and work and health issues are rare as are opportunities for exchanging insights from research and practice. They generally occur informally through close collaboration with some of the few research leaders in this field or through professional networks. However, these leaders and networks are geographically dispersed, leaving little opportunity for cross-fertilization. The transdisciplinary training program in Work Disability Prevention helps researchers and practitioners develop transdisciplinary knowledge, skills and attitudes regarding WDP by using the trainees’ own disciplinary knowledge and research projects to contribute to the transdisciplinary experience. The Transdisciplinary WDP Program builds on the experiences of the WDP Strategic Training Program initiated in Canada and funded by CIHR. The Program will be led by mentors from Sweden, Finland, other Nordic countries, and the Netherlands, who are all distinguished for their significant contribution to the advancement of WDP and also have experience from the Canadian program. Ute Bültmann, Christian Ståhl and Kari-Pekka Martimo are former trainees in the Canadian program, and Ute Bültmann, Christian Ståhl and Kerstin Ekberg have served as mentors in the program. In addition, Ute Bültmann is a member of the Program Executive Board. We also have strong ties with the developer of the WDP program, Professor Patrick Loisel, who is fully supporting this initiative. Angelique de Rijk has a long-standing experience with development of education and teaching on WDP for international, multidisciplinary groups of students (co-)director of studies MSc program Work & Health and Work, Health and Career at Maastricht University; lecturer for the PhD-course on sickness absence at the Karolinska Institute). Her PhD-students were trainees in the WDP Program.

Course leader

Angelique de Rijk 3

Angelique de Rijk

  • PhD, Professor, Maastricht University, NL

Christian Ståhl

  • Associate professor, Linköping University, SE
Kari-Pekka Martimo 3

Kari-Pekka Martimo

  • MD, PhD, Docent, Director, Foresight and Research on Work Ability, Pension Insurance Company Ilmarinen, FI

Kerstin Ekberg

Ute Bültmann

Ute Bültmann

  • Professor, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, NL

Course lecturers

Ellen MacEachen

Ellen MacEachen

Jan Høgelund

Ruth Mannelqvist

Ulrik Gensby 1

Ulrik Gensby

  • PhD, Senior Scientist, Team Working Life, DK

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