Engaging with the WSIB/insurance systems 2

Session details



12:00pm - 1:30pm


Zoom videoconferencing

Didactic presentation by:

Aaron Thompson

Session objectives

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe health-care programs provided by the WSIB  

  1. Explain how return-to-work services function at WSIB 

  1. Describe how primary care providers are integrated into the continuum of care in WSIB programs and how to interact with WSIB programs

Session resources

Appeals: Objecting to a WSIB decision
How to appeal a WSIB decision on claim, including time limits for appeals. Source: Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
Didactic presentation: Engaging with the WSIB/insurance systems 2
In this presentation, Dr. Aaron Thompson discusses health-care programs offered by the WSIB and how the return-to-work services work, how primary care providers are integrated into the continuum of care in WSIB programs, and how to interact with WSIB programs.
Office of the Worker Advisor
The Office of the Worker Adviser (OWA) is an independent agency of the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The OWA provides free and confidential services (advice, education, and representation) in workplace insurance matters (formerly called workers’ compensation) and on occupational health and safety reprisal issues. Source: Office of the Worker Advisor
Tips about disclosure
Disclosure is not a one-size fits all concept. There is no one right way or right time to disclose a disability. Source: Carlton University Read Initiative

About presenter

Dr. Aaron Thompson, an occupational medicine specialist, is the chief medical officer of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). He is also an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine with a cross-appointment to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and a former director of the Occupational Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Toronto. His clinical practice is based at St. Michael’s Hospital, where he is a staff physician in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health.

Thompson conducts research in both clinical occupational medicine and disability management, with a focus on improving return-to-work (RTW) programs. He brings specialized expertise by providing a clinical perspective on the needs/gaps in existing communication and accommodation tools, and by providing input on how to optimize tools to facilitate effective and sustained work/RTW through effective accommodations that minimize and prevent disability.

Case presentations

Most of the learning in ECHO happens through presenting and discussing case presentations. If you have a case you would like to present, please submit a completed case presentation form to the ECHO OEM project coordinator.

Physicians presenting a case may bill OHIP for case conferences (billing codes K707 or K701).