A sustainable approach to community based rehabilitation in rural and remote Australia

Ann Bonner, Julie Pryor, Judith Crockett, Rodney Pope, Ruth Beecham

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Abstract

This paper presents a summary of an extensive review of the health, disability and rehabilitation literature conducted for the purposes of informing the formulation of a sustainable approach to community based rehabilitation in rural and remote Australia. It begins with a review of definitions of disability and rehabilitation, which is followed by differentiating 'rehabilitation in the community' and 'community based rehabilitation'. Finally, a network of community based rehabilitation coalitions is proposed as a sustainable approach to community based rehabilitation in rural and remote Australia. Each coalition would have a community rehabilitation facilitator and community specific database of resources, as well as a register of local community rehabilitation assistants who can support the work of health professionals by providing rehabilitation interventions under the latter's direction. In this approach, rehabilitation is conceptualised as being about people's lives rather than only a series of interventions provided by health care professionals. As such, rehabilitation becomes everybody's business.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRural Health
Subtitle of host publicationThe place to be
EditorsGordon Gregory
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
PublisherNational Rural Health Alliance
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)1921219157
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventNational Rural Health Conference - Cairns, Cairns, Australia
Duration: 17 May 200920 May 2009
https://www.ruralhealth.org.au/10thNRHC/10thnrhc.ruralhealth.org.au/program/index731e.html?IntCatId=4

Conference

ConferenceNational Rural Health Conference
Abbreviated titleThe place to be...
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityCairns
Period17/05/0920/05/09
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