CARWH 2018

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Welcome

The Canadian Association for Research on Work & Health and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia are delighted to co-host the CARWH Conference, Canada’s premier meeting focused on work and health research. The principle sponsor of this year’s conference is WorkSafeBC. A full list of sponsors can be found here.

Since its inception in 2001, CARWH conferences have brought together scientists, students, practitioners in occupational health & safety, epidemiologists, clinicians, and policy-makers every two years. CARWH conferences are multi-disciplinary and seek to bridge important gaps in work and health research by promoting knowledge exchange, research partnerships, and translation of research into the prevention and management of work-related injury and illness.

The 2018 conference is the 10th biennial meeting. As we look back over the past meetings and the intervening two decades, the CARWH conference has grown to encompass diverse and multi-disciplinary research perspectives with a focus on supporting and mentoring the next generation of researchers and in engaging the broader work and health community. This conference is an opportunity to reflect on what we have accomplished, but also to look forward in identifying what are the critical research and practice areas to focus on to improve the health of workers in Canada.

Work and working arrangements have become more complex and there are new hazards and risks to worker health that are emerging. Meaningful, fairly compensated, and safe work is good for health. In today’s changing world of work, we are seeing an increase in health inequalities between advantaged and disadvantaged workers. To that end, an underlying theme of the conference is a focus on workers who are in vulnerable working situations and on those who come from historically disadvantaged and excluded populations such as aboriginal or indigenous workers.

CARWH 2018 welcomes all research and perspectives relating to work and health. We are looking forward to an exciting, stimulating dialogue as we engage in moving forward towards the collective goal of improving the health of workers in Canada.

Dr. Christopher McLeod Dr. Stephanie Premji
Associate Professor Assistant Professor
School of Population and Public Health School of Labour Studies
The University of British Columbia McMaster University

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we will gather for CARWH 2018 is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.