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SIWHP project – Workplace health promotion as a means of increasing the professional knowledge of the Slovenian occupational, traffic and sports medicine physicians

The aim of the project

The general aim of the project, which is co-financed by the European Commission from the funds of the Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Programme – Transfer of Innovation, is to introduce an innovative educational programme about workplace health promotion to Slovenia, a programme intended for specialists in occupational, traffic and sport medicine, to expand it by means of up-to-date relevant knowledge in cooperation with European partners and to adapt it to the situation in Slovenia. The programme which is used as a source was drawn up by the experts from the most prominent European professional institutions from the field of occupational health. It was first implemented in Romania.

Goals of the project

The project will enrich the offer of professional training intended for specialists in occupational, traffic and sport medicine in the field of workplace health promotion. In 2012, thirty specialists in occupational, traffic and sport medicine are expected to take part in the training, i.e. fifteen participants in each of the two seminars.

Organization of training

Each seminar will last for six days, i.e. for three days in two consecutive weeks. The seminars will be organized as follows:

  • the first seminar: from 17 to 19 and from 24 to 26 May 2012
  • the second seminar: from 27 to 29 September and from 4 to 6 October 2012.

The training starts with e-learning and encourages the participants to study additional literature and to enter into discussions with other participants; the discussions are led by individual lecturers. The aim of e-learning is to devise a plan of the workplace health promotion programme for a particular company, which is also a condition that has to be met if one wants to complete the training successfully.

Benefits for the training participants

  • To acquire new knowledge from the field of workplace health promotion, to brush up some other skills (e.g. from the field of ergonomics, risk assessment), to improve computer literacy in order to be able to find professional information
  • To gain credit points necessary for the promotion at the Medical Chamber of Slovenia
  • To provide better opportunities to co-operate with companies and to give advice on employees’ health

The concept of training

Educational materials:

  • transparencies,
  • case studies,
  • glossary and
  • reference book.

Methods of training:

  • workshops,
  • e-learning.

Evaluation of training:

  • preparation of a seminar paper,
  • questionnaire.

Learning methods:

  • learning at workshops,
  • individual learning,
  • lectures with the help of transparencies,
  • discussions,
  • teamwork,
  • individual work,
  • exercises carried out on the basis of a case study,
  • role plays.

Contents of Training

  • Health promotion and workplace health promotion (WHP)
  • Research and information in WHP
  • Project management in WHP
  • Professional risk assessment and its role in WHP programmes
  • Promoting work ability and its benefits as a means of WHP
  • Work Organization
  • Ergonomics and WHP
  • Mental health promotion
  • Communication from the perspective of WHP
  • Evaluation of WHP programmes

Partners in the Project

  • University Medical Centre Ljubljana; Clinical Institute of Occupational, Traffic and Sports Medicine (project co-ordinator),
  • Romtens Foundation, Romania,
  • University of Perugia, Italy,
  • Prevent, Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Belgium,
  • WRC - Work Research Centre, Ireland,
  • E-works, Grčija.

Experts from the following organizations also participate:

  • Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH), Finland
  • Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Poland,
  • National Institute for Safety and Hygiene at Work, Spain


Clinical Institute of Occupational, Traffic and Sports Medicine

Poljanski nasip 58
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Health Promotion Department
Tanja Urdih Lazar (project manager)
Tel.: +386 1 522 26 92; +386 1 522 43 34
Fax: +386 1 522 24 78

E-mail: tanja.urdih-lazar@guest.arnes.si; institut.kimdps@guest.arnes.si


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This project is supported through the Lifelong Learning Programme. Agreement Number: LLP-LdV-TOI-2007-BE-104

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