Online Course
Strengthening Rehabilitation in Low-Resource Settings
Becoming a leader in remodelling global health systems

1-1.5 hours





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Cliona O’Sullivan
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Cliona has a keen interest in global health and endeavours to foster an awareness of global health issues among students

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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The United Nations has the vision to improve the quality of life and living standards for all of mankind by 2030. This vision is far-reaching and includes issues ranging from ending poverty, spurring economic growth, tackling climate change, and improving health and education. Rehabilitation has a role to play in meeting these goals, by improving health and well-being for all people worldwide. This can be achieved by setting attainable goals, recategorising how rehabilitation fits into health systems, and providing support and infrastructure to rehabilitation education and professional development in low- and middle- resource areas.


The aim of this course is to familiarise the reader with this global initiative to improve the quality of life and living standards of all people, and how rehabilitation will play a role in this vision.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions 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 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.


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 0.9 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 UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 and the role rehabilitation will play in meeting it
  • list the six components of the WHO Building Blocks Framework for health systems
  • discuss the growing need for rehabilitation within health systems
  • justify the need to increase the rehabilitation workforce in low-income regions
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An introductory course to the global initiative to improve the quality of life and living standards of all people has been very interesting and enjoyable. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in expanding knowledge within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Brilliant introduction by Cliona O'Sullivan.
Ruben Dario Hidalgo Agudo
United Kingdom
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