Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences

Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences

October 30, 2014 13:03 ET

Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) to Host International Forum on Disability Management (IFDM) 2018 in Vancouver

PORT ALBERNI, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 30, 2014) - 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.

The IFDM world forums have offered global leadership, cutting edge solutions and evidence-based research findings for key government, business and labour leaders, as well as representatives from the disability management and return to work provider communities since 2002.

Commencing with IFDM 2002 held in Vancouver, BC, the biennial IFDM's have been hosted in Maastricht, Netherlands in 2004; Brisbane, Australia in 2006; Berlin, Germany in 2008; Los Angeles, USA in 2010; and London, UK in 2012. This year's IFDM is scheduled for November 17-19 in Melbourne, Australia, and IFDM 2016 will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

"With the historic establishment of the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) and its unique statutory mandate of focusing on all aspects of workplace health, it seems a natural fit for PCU-WHS to be hosting this highly successful international forum," commented Dean Winsor, Vice President Human Resources, Teck Resources and Ken Neumann, National Director, Steelworkers, who are respectively the Employer and Labour Co-Chairs of PCU-WHS Board of Governors.

"The entire field of workplace health is very much moving towards an integrated approach where we realize that dedicated programs designed to assist injured and disabled workers in a successful return to work cannot operate in isolation from effective occupational health and safety and health promotion efforts. It is our hope that IFDM 2018 will showcase cutting edge leadership from all perspectives - practical, policy, and research - in this significant and rapidly evolving field, to a global audience."

While it is expected that over the next year a broad cross section of stakeholders will be joining this effort, key partners include:

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - CCOHS, Canada

German Federal Workers Compensation System - DGUV, Germany

International Social Security Association - ISSA, Switzerland.

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About Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences

Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences is a statutory not-for-profit post-secondary degree granting education and research institution for the special purpose of creating and disseminating new knowledge including applied research in the fields of return to work and disability management, workplace safety, health promotion, comprehensive rehabilitation and disability leadership studies. The University was established by the unanimous legislative consent of the Province of British Columbia with capital construction provided through the Government of Canada and a significant land donation by the City of Port Alberni in British Columbia. With the cooperation of government leaders and partnerships among labour and industry worldwide, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences is uniquely poised for success and offers a truly global education. The University is committed to excellence in teaching and research, scholarship, and service to the broader community. For more information, visit

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