International Forum on Disability Management 2014 Conference (IFDM 2014)
16 November -19 November 2014 Melbourne, Australia
The IFDM 2014 will be held in Melbourne, Australia from Sunday 16 November to Wednesday 19 November 2014 and is hosted by the Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF), and supported by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and WorkSafe Victoria.
Held biennially since 2002, IFDM is a catalyst for addressing issues of disability on a world stage. IFDM is the only global conference dedicated to in-depth discussion of problems, trends, and best practices in disability management. A major goal of IFDM is to bring key policy makers into the discussion and be an agent of change.
A group of leaders gathered in Vancouver in 2002 to share best practices, measure and evaluate outcomes, and promote better public policy towards individuals with disability. This tradition continued with events in Masstricht (2004), Brisbane (2006), Berlin (2008), Los Angeles (2010), London (September 2012) and in Melbourne in 2014.
IFDM provides the only forum with delegates from across the globe representing the health, safety, and workers' compensation communities. A diverse group of employers, workers, risk managers, unions, practitioners, jurisdictional and local government agencies, the insurance industry, policy makers and the public travel to meetings to participate in presentations, discussions and workshops.
The Forum will consist of keynote presentations, panel and joint presentations, concurrent sessions, participative opportunities and practitioner workshops. The program will be structured around the following themes:
Research, education and continuing professional education for, and by disability management professionals.
The role of income security organisations (social security, personal injury insurance, income protection insurance) in promoting and achieving increased employment outcomes.
Multiple disadvantage (multicultural, indigenous) in achieving community participation and employment for people with disability.
Best practice in employment planning for specific health conditions e.g. persistent pain, mental health, chronic disease (including obesity), cognitive impairment, neurological conditions.
Return to work solutions for older workers
Innovative and best practice solutions resulting from initiatives in personal injury and disability management.
The role of disability management services in responding to victims of natural disasters, including climate change related disasters
Creating the disability employment continuum linking workplace health and safety, workplace health promotion and creating employment opportunities.
Supporting long term seriously injured / catastrophically injured people – what are the learnings from around the world.
Best practice solutions from implementing the new Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Measuring outcomes in disability management - increased community participation / independence, employment and sustained employment - for people with disability.