Specialist in Occupational Health, Medwise Occupational Health Services
Personal Injury; The Occupational Health Perspective
Summary of Presentation:
Ireland is a safe place to live and work. We have high standards of workplace health and safety and therefore we should have low rates of employer personal injury claims. However, in Ireland the number and size of awards for work related injury continues to increase, particularly for soft tissue type injuries. Less severe injuries attract higher levels of damages in Ireland compared to other EU countries and it seems that Irish workers are more at risk of soft tissue injury than are their European counterparts. Clearly, the problem is complex and involves multiple stakeholders.
This presentation looks at the biological, psychological and social factors that influence the onset and progress of injury in an individual employee. The role of illness behavior on recovery is explored and the importance of an early return to work as a therapeutic intervention is discussed. Finally, the presentation looks at what the occupational health department can do to promote employee health and wellbeing and reduce the employer’s burden of personal injury claims.
Dr Deirdre Gleeson graduated in 1992 from Trinity College, Dublin and completed vocational training in General Practice in 1996.Dr Gleeson completed the specialist registrar-training program with The Faculty of Occupational Medicine of The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 2004 and is now a Fellow of the Faculty. In 2005, Dr Gleeson founded Medwise Occupational Health Services, which has clinics in Dublin, Limerick and Naas and a mobile occupational health surveillance unit: Medwise Mobile Medicals. Medwise is accredited with SEQOHS: Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service. Dr Gleeson has a special interest in occupational injury case management, sickness absence assessment and all aspects of fitness for work. Dr Gleeson set up the Medwise Calcutta Project to help street children and regularly travels to Calcutta to volunteer in a health clinic. www.medwise.ie www.mobilemedicals.ie