This week, the Fit for Work Europe Coalition is hosting an EU Presidency Conference together with The Hungarian Association of Rheumatologists (MRE), The Ministry of National Resources (Government of Hungary) and The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR). The Conference will centre on the impact of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs) at EU and national level, as well as ensuring the EU’s Disability Strategy gives due focus to RMDs in the workplace across the EU.
You can download the agenda below for the programme: “Burden of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases: Challenges in Work Capacity and Prevention of Disability in the EU”.
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. (more…)
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…)
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!
The Fit for Work Europe Coalition works to promote a multi-stakeholder dialogue on musculoskeletal disorders to drive clinical practice and health and work policy that will improve the quality of working life for people with MSDs. Fit for Work is a partnership of organizations and individuals, and enjoys the patronage of The Work Foundation, the Bone and Joint Decade, EULAR and RAND Europe, and a broad range of stakeholders. The Fit for Work Europe Coalition is supported by an ongoing grant from Abbott--a founding partner--and a supporting grant from GE Healthcare. Secretariat support is provided by Weber Shandwick.