CARWH 2018

CARWH 2018: Research and Practice to Improve Health in a Changing World of Work

October 21-23, 2018 | Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

CARWH 2018, the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health Conference, took place on October 21-23, 2018 at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. A full-day set of trainee workshops was held on Sunday, October 21, followed by an opening reception in the evening. The remaining conference days included keynote presentations, parallel and poster sessions, and symposia that represented the diverse and changing landscape of work and health in Canada.

The Canadian Association for Research on Work & Health and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia were delighted to co-host the CARWH Conference, Canada’s premier meeting focused on work and health research. The principle sponsor was 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 was 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 was 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 welcomed all research and perspectives relating to work and health, and featured exciting, stimulating dialogue as we moved forward towards the collective goal of improving the health of workers in Canada.

Dr. Christopher McLeod Dr. Stephanie Premji
Associate Professor Associate 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.

Conference Objectives

  • To stimulate knowledge exchange and dialogue on research related to work and health
  • To support the next generation of scientists by providing opportunities for career advancement, mentorship, and networking
  • To foster collaboration between scientists and stakeholders

Conference Themes

The overarching theme of CARWH 2018 is Research and Practice to Improve Health in a Changing World of Work.

While we welcomed submissions on all topics relating to work and health, the conference keynotes, sessions, and symposia focused on the following major themes:

  • Workers in situations of vulnerability
  • Diversity and inequality
  • Indigenous workers
  • Working and employment conditions
  • Occupational hazards
  • Health outcomes
  • Interventions
  • Prevention
  • Rehabilitation and return-to-work
  • Policies and practices
  • Knowledge transfer and exchange
  • Tools development
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Mental health
  • New technologies