ISSA Webinar: Disability prevention and rehabilitation - Challenges and strategies

24 November 2021 | Virtual

ISSA Webinar: Disability prevention and rehabilitation - Challenges and strategies

24 November 2021 | Virtual

Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 16:00–17:30 (UTC/GMT+1 or CET)

Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English, French, German and Spanish (Simultaneous interpretation Frequently Asked Questions)

The rising costs of illness and disability benefits are one of today’s major social and labour market challenges, aggravated by the global pandemic. With the increase of disabling mental health conditions, the growth of chronic diseases and the ageing of populations, the need to address this challenge is urgent. Social security systems must be adapted to the evolving needs of all population groups, looking holistically at empowering people, thereby limiting the need for benefits and services while supporting labour market participation, activity and productivity.

Actions aimed at prevention – avoiding sickness – both at the workplace (occupational safety and health interventions) and outside the workplace (public health interventions) are clearly important. Preventing the onset of work disability, or the injury itself, is critical to the injured worker, but also important to other stakeholders in workers’ compensation, including the employer, insurer, caregiver and government.

The ISSA and its Technical Commission on Insurance against Employment Accidents and Occupational Diseases believe that social security organisations, as well as employers should intervene earlier, before injuries and illness turn into disabilities. If sickness occurs, measures focusing on rehabilitation and return to work are essential in avoiding or minimising sickness absence leading to disability. Complementing prevention and early intervention strategies, rehabilitation is a key means to promote longer working lives and delay needs for care.

Join us for this ISSA Webinar on disability prevention and rehabilitation, the fourth of a series of webinars on various aspects of this major challenge related to the ISSA’s four triennial topical priorities.

Speakers

Stefan Hussy Stefan Hussy, Director General, German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), Germany and Chair of the ISSA Technical Commission on Insurance against Employment Accidents and Occupational Diseases
Sarah Copsey Sarah Copsey, Project Manager, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
François Perl François Perl, Director of Public Affairs, Studies and Advocacy, National Union of Socialist Mutual Benefit Societies (Solidaris), Belgium and Chair of the ISSA Special Working Group on Rehabilitation
Swen Malte John Swen Malte John, Director, iDerm - Institute for Interdisciplinary Dermatological Prevention and Rehabilitation (iDerm), Germany
Jennifer Wolf Jennifer Wolf, Executive Director, International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), United States of Americas
William Lakeman William Lakeman, Senior Policy Officer, Social Security Department, Jersey
Hafez Hussain Hafez Hussain, Executive Director, SOCSO Rehabilitation Centre, Social Security Organisation (SOCSO/PERKESO), Malaysia

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • What are the main challenges that social security institutions face to prevent disability and improve the employability of the working-age population?
  • With multiple causes for workplace injury, illness, and disability, preventing these problems requires multiple solutions. What are the main barriers to operate in synergy and develop more effective strategies?
  • How to enhance collaboration at international level to support the development of effective injury and illness prevention programmes?
  • What is next, taken into account the impact from the global pandemic?

Agenda

  • Welcome by Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, ISSA Secretary General
  • Introduction by the Chair of the ISSA Technical Commission on Insurance against Employment Accidents and Occupational Diseases
  • Keynote speech from EU-OSHA
  • Global trends and challenges by the ISSA Special Working Group on Rehabilitation
  • Case experience from Germany
  • Case experiences from the USA
  • Case experience from Jersey
  • Case experiences from Malaysia
  • Q&A – Panel discussion
  • The way ahead
  • Conclusions
Bernd Treichel Moderated by Bernd Treichel, Senior Officer in Social Security, Social Security Development Branch, ISSA

Practical information

The webinar is open to delegates of ISSA member organizations and invited institutions without registration fee.