Return to work and disability management

Session details



12:00pm - 1:30pm (Toronto time)


Zoom videoconferencing

Didactic presentation by:

Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia

Session objectives

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

  1. Explain the role of allied health practitioners in return to work and disability management
  2. Recognize resources for suitable workplace accommodations through a biopsychosocial framework
  3. Summarize the "Seven principles for successful return to work”

Session resources

Didactic presentation: Return to work and disability management
In this presentation, Dr. Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia explains the role of allied health practitioners in return to work and disability management, key principles for successful return to work, and identifying resources for suitable workplace accommodations.
Download the PDF(755.17 KB)
Online Self-Management Program
Funded by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, the Online Self-Management Program is made available Province-wide through a partnership between the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, Living Healthy Champlain, Bruyère Continuing Care, and the Regional Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs. Source: Self-management Ontario
Ontario Assistive Devices Program
The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) helps people with long-term physical disabilities pay for customized equipment, like wheelchairs and hearing aids. The ADP also helps cover the cost of specialized supplies, such as those used with ostomies. Source: Government of Ontario

About presenter

Dr. Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia is an occupational therapist and assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science at the University of Toronto, where he also holds the inaugural Emily Geldsaler Grant Early Career Professorship in Workplace Mental Health.

Through an occupational lens, his research program is a systematic study of work disability prevention, return to work and disability management. His approach is designed to produce results directly applicable to identifying and assessing risk, and to developing interventions for preventing or improving high-risk behaviours in the workplace.

Nowrouzi-Kia’s work is motivated by efforts in work disability prevention that extend beyond efforts to prevent or cure diseases from a purely physical perspective to more holistic approaches. The major tenets of his work use a biopsychosocial perspective to understand work disability and incorporate personal characteristics (e.g. psychosocial) and environmental (e.g., health-care system, workplace, workers’ compensation system) factors in improving health outcomes.

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