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WSH Institute Visiting Expert Series - Return-To-Work : What's Next?


"Returning to the workforce after suffering from a serious work injury is never easy."

While it is not uncommon to hear this statement in the course of our work, the audience witnessed face-to-face the anguish and challenges faced by Mr. Goh Wei Ming, a burns survivor, at the WSH Institute Visiting Expert Series – Return-To-Work: What’s Next? on 18 November.

Attended by close to 240 participants from various industries, they heard experts from the academia, industry and insurance sectors share their views on Return-To-Work (RTW) management.

Delivering the opening address, Dr. Gan Siok Lin, Executive Director of the WSH Institute, emphasized the importance of RTW and encouraged the participants “to take action and make a difference” in the RTW journey for our injured workers.

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Mr. Goh, from Veolia ES Singapore, then took to the stage and shared his personal RTW journey after suffering from severe burns at work. It was evident, from the many positive feedback received, that his sharing had left an indelible impression on the participants. Mr. Wendell Harms, EHS director from the same company, then elaborated on the incident and injury management approach that his company adopted to facilitate their injured employees, including Mr. Goh, back to the workplace.

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Next, Ms. Rosalind Gan, Head (Knowledge Hub), WSH Institute, presented the research findings from a study conducted by the Institute to understand the social and financial impact of work injuries for local workers. This was followed by Prof. Dr. Thomas Geisen, Professor for Workplace Integration and Disability from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Social Work from Switzerland, who shared his views on disability management based on his research work studying companies in Australia, Canada, Switzerland and China. The last speaker, Ms. Elsa Tsang, Regional Medical Management Services Director from AIG in Hong Kong, gave a lively presentation from the insurer’s perspectives on RTW.

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The session concluded with a panel discussion, moderated by Ms. Heidi Tan, Senior Principal Occupational Therapist from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where both the speakers and the participants discussed on the challenges of RTW and ways to make it successful.

Programme details of the event can be viewed below:

Click here to view the speakers' profile.


  • Click here for presentation slides from Mr Wendell Harms
  • Click here for presentation slides from Ms Rosalind Gan
  • Click here for presentation slides from Prof. Thomas Geisen
  • Click here for presentation slides from Ms Elsa Tsang
  • [New] A report on the forum proceedings is now available. Click here to download.