Multiple Sclerosis in the Workplace: Achieving Successful Employment Experiences

The Conference Board of Canada, May 30, 2016
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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a significant health and economic issue in Canada. Decreased workforce participation from people living with MS is often detrimental to the health and financial situation of people living with the disease and their loved ones. In addition, lost productivity associated with the disease may cost Canada hundreds of millions of dollars per year.

The facts are clear:

  • Canada has the highest prevalence of MS in the world
  • Most MS diagnoses occur in people during their prime working years (15-40 yrs old)
  • By not effectively employing and retaining people living with MS, employers are often losing workers with valuable experience and training
  • A positive employer attitude to MS and employee accommodations can benefit employers and employees
  • Early use of interventions and disease management strategies is essential to maximise their effectiveness

In order to explore this issue and strategies that can be used to achieve the most successful employment experiences, the Conference Board of Canada undertook a two phase research project on this topic including a broad literature review followed up with a facilitated stakeholder workshop including representatives from provincial and federal government, not-for-profit organizations, employers, insurers, researchers, individuals living with MS and caregivers. Join Dr. Philip Astles as he discusses the findings of this research, and explores the insights gained.

Webinar Highlights

You’ll learn how MS impacts employment and how interventions and timely workplace accommodations can reduce this impact on both employee and employer. We’ll discuss how employing such interventions can benefit individuals, business and government resulting in a win-win-win scenario for all parties. You’ll also hear about issues with the existing system of supports for people living with MS, the top recommendations to enable the best possible workplace participation, and barriers that need to be overcome in order achieve these changes.

About Philip

Photo of Philip AstlesDr. Philip Astles has more than 15 years’ experience working in government statistics, disease surveillance, policy development and academic science. He has been a Senior Research Associate at the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) since 2012. Dr Astles brings technical expertise in science and statistics, whilst contributing practical knowledge of public health surveillance, provincial health data, and Canadian health policy. Philip has been involved in a diverse array of projects while at CBoC including the economics of health policy options, healthcare quality improvement, primary care evaluation and healthcare system benchmarking.

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