Online Course
Introduction to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)
How to be a GESI responsive clinician

1-1.5 hours





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Linda Thumba
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Linda Thumba is a physiotherapist with a special interest in Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, and capacity building in health systems.

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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Gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) is a perspective that focuses on increasing access and empowering the decision-making and participation of marginalized populations by removing existing barriers. From the perspective of rehabilitation, GESI aims to not only eliminate barriers and expand access but to promote greater utilization of rehab services while enhancing users' experience. This course will explore definitions related to GESI, how to be a GESI responsive clinician and organization and the implications for physiotherapy practices.


The aim of this course is to help clinicians feel comfortable and empowered enough to identify opportunities to integrate GESI considerations into their daily clinical practice.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the role and impact of gender equality and social inclusion on rehabilitation access and use
  • explain GESI responsiveness in rehabilitation
  • identify opportunities to integrate GESI considerations into daily practice
Featured reviews
It was a very informative and engaging course. A must for all rehab professionals working in this day and age. Thank you!
Martina Lukin
I highly recommend this course to anyone who interacts with people. Although this is an introduction to GESI in a clinical context, it has changed how I think about my gendered biases and inclusion opportunities. GESI barriers to rehabilitation care exist at all levels (societal, organisation and individual). This course has helped me be more attentive to the needs, perspectives and potential barriers to care for others. I cannot recommend this course enough, thank you Plus.
Amanda Ager