Work Disability Prevention – Sociopolitical challenges for practice and research

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.

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.

Target group

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.

Course outline

The language of the course is English.

Lectures will be mixed with group- and individual work.

Participants are requested to present posters and the course program includes a pre-assignment.

Main topics

This year, the annual course on Work Disability Prevention focuses on sociopolitical challenges for practice and research. As work disability is a complex problem involving several stakeholders and professional actors, a system perspective is needed for analyzing, preventing and managing sickness presenteeism, sickness absence and return to work. This year’s theme targets challenges related to the design of social security systems, vulnerable populations, precarious employment arrangements, as well as legal and ethical challenges.

There are three different Work Disability Prevention courses that fit together, please see below. Applicants who have attended one or two course(s) on WDP are prioritized if there are too many applicants.

  • Basics in Work Disability Prevention: Work Disability Prevention, with focus on theoretical, methodological, ethical and practical challenges (including transdisciplinarity)
  • Intervention research in Work Disability Prevention: Intervention research with focus on workplace interventions, and prevention of sick leave through promotion of healthy organizations (incl. health promotion of both individuals and work places)
  • Sociopolitical challenges with Work Disability Prevention: Sociopolitical challenges for practice and research, and implementation of evidence-based practice (next time in 2018)


Work Disability Prevention (Year 1)
online course is a short introduction to the topic and will give a good basis to attend part 2 and 3.

Registration deadline

March 25th, 2018

Register

Price

The total price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 550 and (complete program attendance; 2nd year EUR 500 and 3rd year EUR 450)

2) One of the following:

The day package I fee of EUR 785 or
The day package II fee of EUR 520

  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is EUR 785/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, two dinners and the social program.

    The total price of the course is EUR 1335 (course fee EUR 550 + day package fee EUR 785).

     

    Day package II

    The day package II price is EUR 520/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 1070 (course fee EUR 550 + day package II fee EUR 520).
    Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.


    The prices are subject to minor changes

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 10th - 15th of June 2018 at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Skodsborg, Denmark.

    To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly from the hotel via email to the address: booking@skodsborg.dk, using the group name: NIVA and booking code 406364. Please note that you need pay for the accommodation when making the booking. The hotel will give you more information on this.

    Bookings may be cancelled free of charge 30 days before arrival.

    The room price for a single standard room is DKK 1375 / night (including breakfast and VAT).

    The block reservation will be available until 9th of April 2018, so we recommend you make a reservation as soon as possible

    The course venue is easily reachable from Copenhagen city center (20min with train), if you choose to stay there instead.

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 16th - 19th of April 2018 at Quality Hotel View, Malmö, Sweden.

    To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly from the hotel via email to the address: q.view@choice.se, using the booking code 2110GR008476.

    The room price for a single standard room is SEK 1295 / night (including breakfast and VAT).

    The block reservation will be available until 14th of February 2018, so we recommend you make a reservation as soon as possible.

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 16th - 19th of April 2018 at Quality Hotel View, Malmö, Sweden.

    To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly from the hotel via email to the address: q.view@choice.se, using the booking code 2110GR008476.

    The room price for a single standard room is SEK 1295 / night (including breakfast and VAT).

    The block reservation will be available until 14th of February 2018, so we recommend you make a reservation as soon as possible.

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 16th - 19th of April 2018 at Quality Hotel View, Malmö, Sweden.

    To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly from the hotel via email to the address: q.view@choice.se, using the booking code 2110GR008476.

    The room price for a single standard room is SEK 1295 / night (including breakfast and VAT).

    The block reservation will be available until 14th of February 2018, so we recommend you make a reservation as soon as possible.

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 16th - 19th of April 2018 at Quality Hotel View, Malmö, Sweden.

    To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly from the hotel via email to the address: q.view@choice.se, using the booking code 2110GR008476.

    The room price for a single standard room is SEK 1295 / night (including breakfast and VAT).

    The block reservation will be available until 14th of February 2018, so we recommend you make a reservation as soon as possible.

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 16th - 19th of April 2018 at Quality Hotel View, Malmö, Sweden.

    To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly from the hotel via email to the address: q.view@choice.se, using the booking code 2110GR008476.

    The room price for a single standard room is SEK 1295 / night (including breakfast and VAT).

    The block reservation will be available until 14th of February 2018, so we recommend you make a reservation as soon as possible.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by March 25th 2018: full refund
    Cancellations received after March 25th 2018: no refund

    The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.
    The invoice will be sent to you by e-mail.

    The prices are subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course Leaders
Ute Bültmann
University of Groningen
email: u.bultmann@umcg.nl

Angelique de Rijk
Maastricht University
email: angelique.derijk@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Kerstin Ekberg
Linköping University
email: kerstin.ekberg@liu.se

Kari-Pekka Martimo
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
email: kari-pekka.martimo@ttl.fi

Christian Ståhl
Linköping University
email: christian.stahl@liu.se

Project Manager
Katja Pekkarinen
NIVA
mobile: +358 43 824 1698
email: katja.pekkarinen@niva.org

Course venue

Kurhotel Skodsborg, Skodsborg, Denmark

The venue of the course is located in Skodsborg, a short train ride from the central station of Copenhagen (20min.) or the Kastrup airport (40min.) of Copenhagen.

How to find Skodsborg:
Trains towards Helsingør or Nivå departs from Copenhagen Airport approx. every 20.min. However not all trains stop at Skodsborg Station so please look at the information screen at the platform to ensure the train stops there.

Course program

Background

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,…

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Course Leaders

Kari-Pekka Martimo

Lecturers

Ellen MacEachen
Jan Høgelund
Ruth Mannelqvist
Ulrik Gensby

General information

Course fee and payment 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. Accommodation Fore more information about accommodation options please see the…

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