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NZ Occupational Rehabilitation Conference 2017

NZ Occupational Rehabilitation Conference 2017

In partnership with University of Otago’s Rehabilitation and Teaching Research Unit

Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, Wellington Campus / Wednesday 19 April 2017 - 8.30am to 6pm

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Introduction

This full day event is designed for vocational consultants, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other stakeholders involved in helping clients obtain employment through rehabilitation. The event promotes cross disciplinary co-operation, professional development and aspirational thinking within the sector.

Early Bird Registrations close on 25/3/17

Prices from $150-$215+GST

Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities are also still available. Read more here.

Programme

Download the full programme here. 

Key Notes from:

  • Dr William Levack - Experience of work after injuries or illness:What can be learnt from qualitative research
  • Dr Joanna Fadyl - Employer engagement in vocational rehabilitation: Issues and intitiatives in research teams
  • Sam Hack - Current legal preoccupations with occupational assessment

Programme insights from:

  • ACC
  • An Occupational Physician's approach to IMA/VIMA
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • NZs First Social Bond

Panel Discussions:

  • Employer/Industry Panel
  • Lead Suppliers Panel

A choice of three concurrent workshops:

1) Finding Good Jobs facilitated by ACC

The focus of this session is about the role of the employer in supporting people who are moving towards being ready for return to work, typically into work that’s not their pre-injury work, to find “good jobs” by using mechanisms such as work trials. Case examples will be discussed to stimulate discussion.

2) Addiction - Everybody's Business facilitated by Anna Nelson, Matua Raki National Addiction Workforce Development

Anna will speak about addiction in New Zealand. She will explain the effects of commonly used substances, provide information on brief intervention and explore the impact of addiction as a barrier to finding and maintaining employment. 

3) Mental Wellbeing - What We Aspire To facilitated by Anne Hawker, Minstry of Social Development 

A journey around some of the mental wellbeing initiatives across government, in the corporate and community sector. An discussion to better understand and support the of mental health needs of job seekers, employees and employers.

 

Early bird prices end 25 March 

Speakers

Key Note: Dr William Levack

William is a registered physiotherapist and currently Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research and Study at the University of Otago Wellington. His main research interests are qualitative methods, self-identity following TBI and kinetic video games for pulmonary rehabilitation.

William will deliver a Key Note on Experience of work after injuries or illness: What can be learnt from qualitative research?

William will also offer an Introduction to Post Graduate Rehabilitation at University of Otago, RTRU. 

Keynote: Dr Joanna Fadyl

Jo is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Person Centred Research at AUT. Her current research focuses on vocational rehabilitation, experiences of adaptation and recovery, and the social and political context of disability. She is paper leader for the Vocational Management and Rehabilitation postgraduate paper at AUT, and leads the Vocational Rehabilitation research theme within the Centre for Person Centred Research. Her work prior to her academic role was in vocational rehabilitation and job coaching for people who have had a traumatic brain injury.

In her Key Note Employer engagement in vocational rehabilitation: issues and initiatives in the research literature, Jo will discuss key issues and initiatives that are raised in the research literature on the topic of engaging employers in vocational rehabilitation - what matters? what works? what new tools and strategies have been published in the last 5 years?

Workshop Presenter: Anna Nelson

 Anna is Programme Manager, Matua Raki National Addiction Workforce Development & a Board Member of DAAPANZ (Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of New Zealand).

In her presentation Addiction - Everybody’s Business, Anna will speak about addiction in New Zealand. She will explain the effects of commonly used substances, provide information on brief intervention and explore the impact of addiction as a barrier to finding and maintaining employment. 

Panel Guest: Julie Haggie

Julie is the CEO of the Home and Community Health Association (HCHA). The Association represents providers of home and community health services in New Zealand and works towards ensuring that “all New Zealanders have access to safe, compassionate, quality home and community health services.” 

Key Note: Sam Hack

Sam Hack is Legal Advisor to ACC. 

Sam will be speaking on Current Legal Preoccupations with Occupational Assessment.

Speaker: Karen Came

With over 20 years experience in the rehabilitation and health sector Karen is Group General Manager APM Workcare New Zealand. APM Workcare provides vocational rehabilitation, injury management and prevention, wellness, OSH, pain management and employment programmes across all of New Zealand. 

Karen will tell us about NZ’s First social bond, launched on February 1st 2017. This is one of 60 bonds currently operating nationally and provides a unique opportunity to explore innovation in the delivery of mental health employment services. 

Workshop Presenter: Anne Hawker

Anne is the Principal Disability Advisor at Ministry of Social Development. In the mornng’s Insight sessiosn Anne will provide an overview of MSDs programmes and projects in the field of vocational rehabiitation and supported employment. Anne will also deliver one of the concurrent workshops in teh afternoon:

Mental Wellbeing - What We Aspire To

A journey around some of the mental wellbeing initiatives across government, in the corporate and community sector. A discussion to better understand and support the of mental health needs of job seekers, employees and employers.

Guest speaker: Dr David Beaumont

Dr David Beaumont MBChB (Hons), MRCGP, NIOSH, MFOM, FAFOEM

Dr David Beaumont is the Medical Director and CEO of Fit For Work Ltd. He is an Occupational Medicine Specialist with experience in a wide variety of occupational settings, from heavy industry to public sector organisations in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Specialising in complex cases, David provides a comprehensive range of services, including consultancy, file reviews, specialist assessments and rehabilitation management throughout New Zealand.

David was the President of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine from May 2014 to May 2016, and was the Faculty Lead for the development of the New Zealand Consensus Statement on the Health Benefits of Work.

An authority on issues around medical certification, he presents widely on this topic and provides consultancy on these subjects to many companies.

Leading a team of Occupational Physicians, David is passionate about clinical leadership to innovate and develop occupational health in New Zealand to improve the health of the working age population.