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NETWORM NET-BASED TRAINING FOR WORKRELATED MEDICINE-SUSTAINABILITY

Occupation has a large impact on health in Europe. In order to prevent and recognize occupationaldiseases, medical students and physicians should know about the potentially causal relationship betweenprofession and diseases as well as the basic legal aspects of occupational medicine (OM).One possibility to complete and improve traditional training in OM is online case-based learning.NetWoRM (Net-based Training for Work-Related Medicine) provides an opportunity to share elearningcases for occupational medicine on an international base. Between October 2004 andSeptember 2007 the project has been funded by MINERVA (116470-CP-1-2004-1-DE-MINERVA-M).The major aim of this project was case creation, translation, adaptation and integration at the eightpartner universities. Besides 26 cases in a standard English version, up to 10 cases are now availableadapted to the local situation in French, Spanish, German, English, Romanian, Polish and Finnishcovering a broad range of training for OM at the under- and postgraduate level.After successful completion of case creation and local implementation into the curricula, disseminationstrategies need now to be developed in order to exploit the results and guarantee long-termsustainability. The aim of NetWoRM3 therefore is the dissemination and exploitation of the e-learningcases reaching the critical mass of users and developing strategies for the long-lasting success. Theselocal, national and international strategies will be developed jointly by the NetWoRM consortium inclose collaboration with local organizations for occupational health, the WHO Collaborating Centres forOccupational Health, the European Association of Schools of OM (EASOM) and the National Institutefor Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).NetWoRM³ consists of 6 work-packages: Management, Preparation and Design of EducationalProducts, Promotion and awareness rising, Dissemination, Exploitation and Quality and Evaluation.Dissemination and sustainability strategies as well as new evaluation methods will be developed inorder to prove the efficiency of the approach. NetWoRM³ will be managed jointly by four regionalcoordinators for four language regions (English, Spanish, French, and German). The French, English,Spanish and German partners were chosen as language coordinators according to their mother tonguesand their local, national and international contacts. The other partners will focus on their local andnational dissemination plan. The overall coordination will be covered by the Munich Team due to theirprevious experience with the dissemination and coordination of the project achieved so far.In conclusion, NetWoRM³ will guarantee the sustainability of the programme and make the best longtermuse of the results at the local, national and international level. Hereby, the quality of education andtraining in OM will be improved throughout Europe, improving workers’ health in the long-run.
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  • Education and training\Life long learning (2007-2013)\DISSEMINATION AND EXPLOITATION OF RESULTS, AND EXCHANGE OF GOOD PRACTICE (KEY ACTIVITY 4)\Multilateral projects
  • Project on ERASMUS Platform