Community rehabilitation is a process that seeks to equip, empower and provide education and training for rehabilitation clients, carers, family, community members and the community sector to take on appropriate roles in the delivery of health and rehabilitation services to achieve enhanced and sustainable client outcomes.
It is therefore a broad and diverse area which generally encompasses:
This definition was adapted from "CBR": a strategy for rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities, poverty reduction and social inclusion of people with disabilities: joint position paper 2004", International Labour Organisation, united Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisational and the World Health Organisation.
The Disability and Rehabilitation Research Unit at Griffith University were successful in gaining a tender from the project to conduct and Audit of the Training and Education Needs of Staff Working in Community Rehabilitation in Queensland.
The overall objective of the Education and Training Audit was to define competencies for the CR workforce, identify the barriers to these competencies, the training needs of CR professionals and the support roles they require.
The World Health Organisation's International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) has been identified and promoted as providing an internationally endorsed framework and a common language for use in CR teams composed of professionals from a wide range of professional backgrounds.
The ICF framework and language have been incorporated into all CRWP activities:
It is recommended that the use of the ICF framework continues to be promoted as the underpinning framework of choice for Community Rehabilitation.
For more information on th ICF please follow the links below:
The CRWP undertook a number of literature reviews to establish a competency base, scope, and efficacy of community rehabilitation.