FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2009

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959

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The Fifth International Forum on Disability Management (IFDM) 2010: Collaborating for Success Announces a Call for Papers

OAKLAND  --  The California Department of Industrial Relations and the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC), in collaboration with the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), will host the fifth International Forum on Disability Management (IFDM), on September 20-22, 2010, in Los Angeles, California, USA.  A Call for Papers has been issued for IFDM 2010.

Held biennially since 2002, IFDM 2010 will gather international participants from government agencies, employers, employees, disability management practitioners, insurance companies, policymakers, and other service providers, especially physicians, clinics, health and social service in prevention and rehabilitation, to discuss how disability management can reduce and minimize the impact of occupational injury and illness.

The conference will seek to identify successful disability management policies and practices that decrease occupational injuries and promote positive outcomes after occupational injuries or illness.  Participants in IFDM 2010 will share information and achievements in disability management and advocate for public policy changes that provide better social protection and economic empowerment for everyone.  Key topics will include:

Proposals for papers need to be submitted by Monday, November 30, 2009, to Denise Vargas at dvargas@dir.ca.gov. Accepted proposals will be announced by April 9, 2010, and final presentations will need to be submitted by July 12, 2010.

Information about IFDM 2010 and the Call for Papers is available on: the IAIABC website, www.iaiabc.org; and on the CHSWC website, www.dir.ca.gov/chswc; as well as by writing to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, CA 94612; by calling (510) 622-3959; by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265; or by emailing chswc@dir.ca.gov.

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