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Introduction to Rehabilitation in Disaster and Conflict Situations

Online Course: Introduction to Rehabilitation in Disaster and Conflict Situations

Discover the role of rehabilitation professionals in preparing for and responding to catastrophic events

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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Rehabilitation professionals have played a role in responding to disasters and conflicts throughout history. The care needs generated by various global events have been intertwined with the development of many rehabilitation professions. This course will explore what conflicts and disasters are, the role of early rehabilitation and the rehabilitation professional.


The aim of this course is to increase your knowledge about disasters and conflict, including recognition of injury patterns, the role of early rehabilitation and the importance of preparedness for the rehabilitation team.


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

  1. What are Disasters and Conflict?
  2. Injury Patterns in Disasters and Conflicts
  3. What is Early Rehabiliation in Disaster and Conflict?
  4. What is the Role of Rehabiliation Professionals within Disaster and Conflict?
  5. Emergency Medical Teams in Disasters and Conflicts

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

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