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Understanding Rehabilitation as a Health Strategy Programme
Develop your knowledge to effectively integrate rehabilitation into health systems

26-28 hours





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The need for physical rehabilitation services is an urgent and growing global issue. 2.41 billion individuals worldwide live with conditions that would benefit from rehabilitation services, with approximately 1 in 3 individuals requiring rehabilitation services throughout the course of their illness or injury. The proportion of the worldwide population aged over 60 years will double in the next 30 years and injuries for people of all ages are becoming more frequent. There are also approximately 150 million children and adolescents who experience disabilities. These changing health and demographic trends are contributing to rapid global increases in the numbers of people experiencing a decline in functioning, resulting in enormous unmet rehabilitation needs. Rehabilitation is a critical health strategy to optimise everyday functioning and ensure the highest possible standard of health and well-being. The role of the health and social care professional is key in the rehabilitation process and this series of courses provides a comprehensive perspective of rehabilitation and the competencies necessary to deliver quality care across the lifespan.


This series of courses aims to equip health and social care professionals with a comprehensive knowledge of rehabilitation within the current global context, so that they can play an effective and proactive role in global and local efforts to increase access to high quality rehabilitation.


This programme will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Rehabilitation
  2. Rehabilitation in Health Systems
  3. Rehabilitation Infrastructure and the Rehabilitation Team
  4. Competent Delivery of Rehabilitation Interventions

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.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

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 26-28 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 - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and 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 25.7 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this programme of courses 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. Complete each of the required courses
  5. Submit a written assignment that meets that passes the assessment criteria.
  6. Complete a course evaluation form.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

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This was a great programme. The completion of the assignment at the end was a great way to consolidate our knowledge, and share it in a creative way! It would be fun to take another Physiopedia program/course.
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