Dr Chase reported that Australia is facing the same challenges as other countries, such as fragmentation of systems, services and efforts to improve outcomes. “Clearly there are problems around the world, not least in Australia” he said.
Dr Chase is the lead for the GP Support Project and represents the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine on the Collaborative Partnership committee. He was in Canada to present on the Collaborative Partnership to delegates at the International Forum on Disability Management in Vancouver, Canada. The conference theme was Challenges and Innovations for Workforce Health.
During his visit, Dr Chase heard about other countries’ activities to improve work participation by people with ill health, injury or disability.
Some countries are positively working towards improvement. “I was struck by the positive role and cooperation, notably in Canada, Germany and Belgium between the various systems and the close cooperation with the various union movements.”
"I do believe that the Collaborative Partnership is innovative and there is nothing like it being attempted in any of the countries that presented.”
While at the conference, Dr Chase was invited to participate in an international disability roundtable discussion with the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Canada’s Federal Minister for Public Services, Procurement and Accessibility, and a group of other international delegates. The roundtable shared relevant country specific and international perspectives on overall approaches to disability policy development and specific strategies designed to increase work participation for people with disability. This was an opportunity to share work of other national programs and initiatives, such as the NDIS, as well as provide more information about the Collaborative Partnership.
Pictured: Back row: Sylvia Teo (Singapore), Graham Halsey (UK), Donal McAnaney (Ireland), Robin Chase (Australia), Hafez Hassain (Malaysia), Friedrich Mehrhoff (Germany)Front row: Joachim Breuer (President of ISSA, Geneva), Minister Carla Qualtrough (Canada), Wolfgang Zimmermann (Canada), Francois Perl (Belgium)