Webinars and Events

Fifth ICF International Conference in Taiwan - November 2018

In November 2018 Professor Richard Madden and Dr Ros Madden were invited to attend and speak at the Fifth ICF International Conference in Taiwan.

In Taiwan the ICF framework is being used to underpin national disability evaluation and welfare services (Chiu et al 2013). Since 2007 there has been an extensive and collaborative process of policy development, testing and validation of trial processes and tools, and subsequent refinement and implementation. All components of the ICF are used in the multi-stage and multi-disciplinary Disability Eligibility System. The new assessment tool, FUNDES (the Functioning Scale of the Disability Evaluation System) focusses on Activities/Participation and Environmental Factors (Yen et al 2014). WHO-DAS is supplemented by further d codes. Environmental Factors are considered as part of the assessment of needs for a range of support: economic support, assistance with transport (e.g. parking and public transport), assistive technology, home care support and other services for individuals and families. A FUNDES Child version has been developed (Hwang et al 2015). Persons with disabilities generally have positive attitudes towards the system (Chang et al 2018). By August 2015, approximately 1,250,000 applications had been accepted.

  • Chiu W-T, Yen C-F, Teng S-W, Liao H-F, Chang K-H, et al. Implementing disability evaluation and welfare services based on the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health: experiences in Taiwan. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013;13:416.
  • Yen, C. F., Hwang, A. W., Liou, T. H., Chiu, T. Y., Hsu, et al. (2014). Validity and reliability of the Functioning Disability Evaluation Scale-Adult Version based on the WHODAS 2.0-36 items. J Formos Med Assoc.
  • Hwang, A. W., Yen, C. F., Liou, T. H., Simeonsson, R. J., Chi, W. C., Lollar, D. J., ... & Chiu, W. T. (2015). Participation of children with disabilities in Taiwan: The gap between independence and frequency. PloS one, 10(5), e0126693
  • Chang KH, Chi WC, Huang SW, Chang FH, Liao HF, Escorpizo R, Liou TH: Perceptions of and attitudes towards implementation of a disability evaluation system based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health among people with disabilities in Taiwan. Disability and Rehabilitation 2018, Feb 24:1-9. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1442506. [Epub ahead of print]

ICF Webinar, 20 November 2015 - Disability Statistics and the ICF

This is the second webinar in the series of ICF Education Webinars.

In this webinar, presenters and a panel explored how the ICF can inform national statistics to support the work of people in the Health & Disability sector.

Presented by Ros Madden, Honorary Associate, University of Sydney and Dr Xingyan Wen, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The webinar covered:

  • Why Disability Statistics Matter: and How the ICF Can Help - Ros Madden, University of Sydney
  • The ICF and Australian Population Data - Dr Xingyan Wen, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  • The ICF and Administrative Data - Ros Madden, University of Sydney
  • Questions for the Future - Panel discussion, featuring Professors Richard Madden and Roger Stancliffe and others
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ICF Education Webinar, 19 June 2015

Topics covered by different speakers included: ICF and university education in Australia; ICF education in health and disability practice settings; international developments.

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CBR Seminar at the University of Sydney 6-7 Oct 2011

The Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, hosted a group of colleagues from Vietnam, Laos, and The Phillippines (including ALA Fellows sponsored by AusAID) for a four-week program relating to CBR and related information development acitivites, in September-October 2011. On 6-7 October, we held a seminar around the theme: "CBR: practice and evidence-building in diverse locations", and gathered experts from various backgrounds and disciplines for an interesting and interactive couple of days.


Think Before You Measure Symposium 29-30 June 2011

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Lecture by Professor Tom Shakespeare - March 2011

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Lecture by Professor Sally Hartley - February 2011

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International Day of People with Disabilities Seminars - 3 December 2009

Rosemary Kayess (NGO Representative; Australian Delegation, United Nations Ad Hoc Committee): The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Professor Gerard Goggin (Deputy Director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre, UNSW): 'Disability and the ethics of listening'.
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Lecture by Professor Gerold Stucki - July 2009

The ICF, a unifying framework for human functioning and rehabilitation research"

Human functioning and disability are universal experiences. In human experience body, behaviour and society are inextricably intertwined. Likewise, functioning and disability are neither solely a matter of social construction nor of biological causes of impairment. Therefore, the needs and problems of people experiencing or likely to experience disability exceed disciplinary boundaries.

With the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) approved by the 54th World Health Assembly in 2001 the World Health Organization (WHO) for the first time provides a universal and globally agreed framework and classification which comprehensively addresses human experience in relation to functioning and disability. The ICF, thus, provides a promising starting point for the integrative understanding of functioning and disability and the overcoming of Cartesian dualism as well as both sociological and biomedical reductionism. It is also a promising starting point for human functioning and rehabilitation research.