Long Covid: Implications for the Workplace & the emergence of the accelerated silicosis epidemic in Australia

DATE / TIME 01/09/2021
9:00 am - 10:00 am



This webinar will be presented on by Dr Clare Rayner from the UK, and from Australia Dr Graeme Edwards. Chair: Prof Anne Harriss and is the first of a free webinar series from SOM and ANZOM, “Learning Together”.

Long Covid: Implications for the Workplace by Dr Clare Rayner

Dr Clare Rayner will cover the main health issues experienced by people with ‘Long Covid’, assessment, fitness for work, adjustments, rehabilitation and other return to work issues.

Clare Rayner has recently published a Delphi consensus for the assessment and management of Long Covid and authored return to work leaflets with SOM.

Clare qualified in 1990 from St Andrew and Manchester Universities, UK. She is a retired consultant occupational physician and has worked across several sectors, including Transport, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Heavy metals, Chemical Electronics, Food + pharmaceutical, Construction, Service, and Utilities. She was an Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Manchester until 2018 and worked as a Trainer for the National Education Project for Health and Work (2010-13). Clare is an experienced trainer and group facilitator with CIPD and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® qualifications and particular expertise and experience as a communication skills trainer.

Clare talks with first-hand experience of Long Covid and has written several papers on this novel condition including two editorials on returning to work after Long Covid, leaflets for workers and employers published by Society of Occupational Medicine, and a recent Delphi Consensus on management of Long Covid. She addressed the WHO as a spokesperson for patient groups with post-Covid health issues and is collaborating with various groups to develop appropriate health services for these patients, including the Department of Rehabilitation at in New York.

The emergence of the accelerated silicosis epidemic in Australia presented by Dr Graeme Edwards

Dr Graeme Edwards’ presentation will cover the emergence of the accelerated silicosis epidemic in Australia, findings and recommendations from the National Dust Disease Taskforce, and implications for occupational medicine.

Dr Graeme Edwards is a Senior Consulting Physician in Australia with over 25 years’ experience in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a particular interest in occupational lung disease.

He has had a prominent role in first identifying, and then facilitating the medical profession’s response to the Accelerated Silicosis epidemic in Queensland and across Australia. He sits on and was involved in establishing the National Dust Disease Taskforce to develop a national approach for the prevention, early identification, control and management of occupational dust diseases in Australia. The Taskforce has recently released its Final Report outlining recommendations to improve worker health and safety.

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