CA Hosts Global Forum On Disability Management

                               Los Angeles, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - This year's International Forum on Disability Management (IFDM) 2010:  Collaborating for Success will provide an opportunity for the health, safety, workers' compensation and disability management communities to share knowledge and evaluate comprehensive disability management initiatives.   Hundreds of delegates from more than 30 countries will attend the forum on September 20-22, in Los Angeles. 

This is the first time the event will be held in the United States.  It will be hosted by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, in collaboration with the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions.

“Hosting this event gives California the opportunity to lead the international community in efforts to ensure successful disability management,” said DIR Director John C. Duncan. “This forum provides a unique opportunity for experts from around the world to learn from each other.  We all share common goals -- to help those living with disabilities remain a productive part of the workforce, to better provide injured employees with the medical care they need and to build a stronger economy by fostering productive and stable workforces.  This forum will help us reach those goals.”

The IFDM 2010 forum will feature distinguished speakers including:

  • Dame Carol Black, Britain's National Director for Health and Work
  • Wolfgang Zimmerman, Executive Director of Canada's National Institute of Disability Management and Research
  • Dr. Nick Buys, Dean of Australia's Learning and Teaching Griffith University
  • Dr. Joachim Breuer, Director General of Germany's Social Accident Insurance  
  • Dr. Susan Daniels, former Deputy Commissioner at the U.S. Social Security Administration
  • John C. Duncan, Director of California's Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)

The organizations that are currently partnering in this effort are:

  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada
  • California Consortium for Stay-at-Work and Return-to-Work
  • California Workers' Compensation Institute
  • Council on Employee Health and Productivity, National Business Group on Health
  • Disability Management Employer Coalition
  • German Federation of Insurers for Work Accidents and Occupational Diseases
  • Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network on Employment and Training
  • National Institute for Disability Management and Research
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association
  • National Academy of Social Insurance

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