One year of Occupational Health
A little over one year ago, WONCA News began a regular feature on the subject of
Occupational Health including useful resources for clinical practice.
Peter Buijs (right) & Frank van Dijk (left) are the promotors and
main authors. They are Dutch occupational physicians and former family
doctors, and for many years active in the International Commission on
Occupational Health (ICOH). Here we review the items published so far.
In July 2014 WONCA and ICOH made a pledge on Workers' Health - see news item
|Pledge on Workers' Health
The World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) and the
International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) pledge to work
with our partner organizations (including WHO and ILO) to address the
gaps in services, research, and policies for the health and safety of
workers and to better integrate occupational health in the primary care
setting, to the benefit of all workers and their families.
WONCA News items from Peter & Frank
Peter and Frank discuss the joint WONCA-ICOH Statement on
workers’ health for the 85-90% of the workers world wide – and their
families – who have no professional support and care regarding ‘Work
Peter and Frank describe how 10 years of WONCA and ICOH collaboration led to the common Statement and Pledge.
Frank and Peter present reflections and recommendations for the GP
when confronted with ‘common mental disorders’ related to work.
Frank and co-author Karen Nieuwenhuijsen present reflections for the
GP when confronted with depression or depressive disorders related to
Frank and Peter deal with a review, commissioned by the
WHO, and written by them on interventions in Primary Health Care
regarding the health of workers.
In this edition, Peter and Frank tell about two good practices, described in
the report (discused in June 2015), where PHC is paying more attention to work issues, coming
from two newly industrialized countries: China and Thailand.