Academic collaboration workplaces

Academic collaboration workplace with the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV)

The department of public and occupational health - together with the Coronel Institute of the Academic Medical Center - founded the Research Center for Insurance Medicine (KCVG) in 2005 at the initiative of the Dutch Social Security Agency (UWV). The UWV is hereby appointed as an academic collaboration workplace. The aim of the Research Center is to promote the quality and scientific underpinning of Insurance Medicine by developing evidence-based methods, guidelines and tools for Insurance Medicine and determining the effectiveness of interventions. In addition, the aim is to integrate Social Insurance Medicine into the education of medical students and physicians in training as a social insurance physician. In 2010 the cooperation in the KCVG was expanded with the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG).

In 2016, the Academic  collaboration workplace ‘Work, Participation and Income’ was established between the Work, Participation and Income departments of the City of Amsterdam and the department of public and occupational health of the VU University Medical Center, in which municipal professionals and researchers collaborate intensively in the development and implementation of cost-effective interventions with a great relevance for municipal implementation practice. The common goal is to increase the labor force participation of people with a work disability.

Occupational health and occupational medicine

Currently, we have 2 academic collaboration workplaces, based on bilateral covenants / cooperation agreements between the department of Public and Occupational Health, and different organisations aiming at improvement of occupational medicine and occupational health:

1.Academic collaboration workplace with Tata Steel in March 2011,the department of Public and Occupational Health and Tata Steel signed a covenant to start an academic collaboration workplace. Both organisations join forces with regards to research, teaching and innovation of occupational health to prevent and reduce health problems and sick leave of workers. This matches the ambition of Tata Steel to promote sustainable employability of their workers.

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2. Academic collaboration workplace with ArboUnie

The academic collaboration workplace with ArboUnie was founded in 2016 and focuses on close collaboration between researchers and professionals to enhance quality and evidence-base of the occupational health and occupational medicine.  In this academic collaboration workplace, scientists and professionals of ArboUnie work together to join forces. Professionals are well aware of problems that need to be solved, and needs of employers.  Occupational Health Service ArboUnie benefits from the collaboration as it offers opportunities to investigate the effectiveness of their products. Frederieke Schaafsma, coordinator of the ArboUnie academic workplace says: “Moreover, we contribute to the quality of occupational healthcare by generating new knowledge that matches the needs of professionals in the field.

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Transmural occupational medicine

On the new topic of transmural occupational medicine, the department of public and occupational health cooperates closely with the clinical AUMC departments of Orthopedics, Dermatology, Psychiatry / GGZ BuitenAmstel, Gynecology & Obstetrics and ENT / Audiology. Transmural occupational health care is innovative multidisciplinary care at the cutting edge of socio-medical and curative care by a team with (at least) a medical specialist, a clinical occupational physician and a nurse / paramedic.