First annual Organizational Health Conference a success

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 1:20pm

More than 100 people who work in health care across Nova Scotia came together Thursday, Feb. 13 to talk about issues like employee attendance and safety in the workplace. 

The first annual "Know it. Live it. Show it! - Organizational Health Matters" was organized by the Organizational Health team at Capital Health. The purpose is to provide opportunities for networking and collaboration in the areas of Wellness and Respectful Workplace; Injury Prevention; Employee/Occupational Health and Safety & Prevention. 

"There is so much good work being done not only across Capital Health but all over the province. It's time that we get together and share what works and what doesn't," said Katrina Philopoulous, manager Employee Health/ Wellness and Respectful Workplace. "We all face similar issues and this is a great opportunity to learn from each other."

The day was opened with remarks from Chris Power, President and CEO of Capital Health(CH). This was followed by a presentation about Respectful Behaviour at Work with Bonnie Conrad from Capital Health and David MacAskill from the Cape Breton District Health Authority.

Stewart Sampson of Safety Services Nova Scotia gave a presentation about chemical safety and then Philopoulous joined Marg McClean from the Annapolis Valley District Health Authority for an open discussion about employee attendance.

The afternoon featured a presentation about success stories in injury prevention with Capital Health's Randy Tresidde, Shelley James from Northwood and Mark Williams with Soteria Strains.

This was followed by a Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace Panel featuring Dr. David Pilon (CDHA), Susan Coldwell (NSGEU), Dr. Christy Simpson (Dalhousie), Dr. Kevin Kelloway (SMU) and  moderator, Phil Porter (CDHA). The day wrapped up with a discussion about De-medicalizing Disability Management - Accept and Assist  with Dr. Matthew Burnstein (Bell Aliant).