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Discourse on work and wellbeing in the EU
Archive for June, 2009
Tags: Braghetto, MEP, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Posted in Early Intervention, Europe, Health Policy, Labour policy, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Policy | Comments Off on Iles Braghetto, Member of European Parliament 2004 – 2009
Good news from EULAR: our event was amazingly well-attended and I was impressed at how well-judged and constructive the contributions from the excellent panellists were. Prof van Vollenhoven chaired the event with great skill and charm, and presented extremely interesting and relevant data.
I am pleased to say that the first of the Fit for Work national reports has been successfully launched in Ireland on 7th May; we had a fantastic response from all that attended the event as well as getting interest from a number of media outlets on the cost of sick days caused by musculoskeletal disorders. Denmark also launched on the 12th and it was great to see some excellent national television coverage there and a high level of engagement from key opinion leaders. (more…)
The Bone and Joint Decade is a United Nations umbrella initiative to promote musculoskeletal health. The Decade, launched by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on November 30 1999, has over the last 10 years helped drive public awareness of issues surrounding musculoskeletal disorders in a wide range of countries, drawing on the expertise of national academic, professional and patient organisations across the globe.
This is an exciting development and we look forward to finding ever more ways of advocating to make Europe more Fit for Work!
At the annual meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), The Work Foundation are hosting a satellite symposium at which we will be discussing the importance of early intervention and appropriate treatment for those with musculoskeletal disorders, focusing on the importance of work when treating rheumatoid arthritis patients. This meeting is being chaired by Professor Ronald van Vollenhoven… a copy of the programme, detailing our distinguished panel can be found here.
The session takes place on Friday, 12 June, 17.30 – 19.00 in Auditorium 1, Bella Centre, Copenhagen. We look forward to seeing you there!