Ethics and legal issues in occupational medicine

Session details




Zoom videoconferencing

Didactic presentation by:

Nikhil Rajaram

Session objectives

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

  1. Anticipate the inherent conflicts related to work and health that may arise for health care providers
  2. Recognize the role that health care providers play in helping their clients/patients navigate systems related to work and health
  3. Recall some of the system supports that exist to aid both workers and health care providers involved in their care

Session resources

A guide to programs and services for seniors in Ontario
Find information on resources available for seniors in Ontario, including tax credits, health, caregiving, housing, transportation and staying safe. Source: Government of Ontario
Ethics and Legal Issues in Occupational Medicine: Some Resources to Consider
A list of resources curated by didactic presenter Dr. Nik Rajaram to support decision making around ethical and legal issues in practice.
Download the PDF(104.18 KB)
Home and Community Care Support Services - Guelph–Puslinch
Health care services offered at home, at school, and in the community, as well as access to supported living programs and long-term care, are coordinated by Home and Community Care Support Services to ensure people of all ages can make informed choices about their care, when and where they need it. Source:
Home and Community Care Support Services - Waterloo Wellington
Home and Community Care Support Services Waterloo Wellington is one of 14 Home and Community Care Support Services organizations in Ontario with a focused mandate to deliver local health care services such as home and community care, access to community services and long-term care home placement. Source: Home and Community Care Support Services
Hypertension Management Program for Primary Care - Patient self-management resources
Patient self-management resources from the Hypertension Management Program Toolkit. The toolkit helps primary care organizations assess where they are with respect to hypertension management, and provides practical resources for implementing real change to meet chronic disease prevention and management approaches to support their patients. Built on the knowledge of the Hypertension Management Initiative study and years of the Hypertension Management Program (HMP) running as a Ministry of Health and Long Term Care funded program, this toolkit enables broader audiences to advance their approach to hypertension management. Source: CorHealth Ontario
Occupational Medicine Interest Group Forum - College of Family Physicians of Canada
College of Family Physicians of Canada's Occupational Medicine Interest Group Forum is a place for family physicians to discuss occupational medicine-related practice issues with other members. Information on how to register for the Member Interest Groups Section (MIGS) can be found under What’s new, ‘How do I join the Member Interest Groups Section?’ Additional information can be found under FAQ. Source: College of Family Physicians of Canada
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
Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility
Helping seniors and people with disabilities stay independent, active, and socially connected. We are also helping seniors stay safe and making Ontario more accessible for everyone and promoting the benefits of age-diverse, accessible workplaces and communities where everyone is able to participate. Source: Government of Ontario
Policy and guidelines on discrimination because of family status: VI. The Duty to Accommodate
In the context of family status, accommodation is usually associated with caregiving needs. Accommodation is central to overcoming the disadvantages experienced by caregivers, particularly in the areas of employment and services. Most of us will be both providers and recipients of care over the course of our lifetimes, so that accommodation of caregiving needs benefits us all. Source: Ontario Human Rights Commission

About presenter

Dr. Nikhil Rajaram is currently the Provincial Physician at the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Division of Occupational Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, and is cross-appointed as an Adjunct Professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Rajaram is also currently serving as Vice President of the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada.

Rajaram’s main area of work is on occupational health and safety, focusing on the application of medicine and population health sciences to the prevention of occupational illness and injury. He is certified as a subspecialist in Occupational Medicine, as a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and certified in Family Medicine, and has a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology, all from the University of Toronto. 

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