The Australian ICF Disability and Rehabilitation Research Program (AIDARRP) aims to promote high quality research on disability, rehabilitation and health, and is informed by the perspective of the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) in doing so.
AIDARRP provides leadership in research and education, applying or consistent with the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).
The articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provide guidance to all involved with disability, including researchers in our field. Habilitation and rehabilitation require 'effective and appropriate measures, including through peer support, to enable persons with disabilities to attain and maintain maximum independence, full physical, mental, social and vocational ability, and full inclusion and participation in all aspects of life' (Article 26).
The Family Medicine Research Centre at the University of Sydney was established in August 1999 to undertake health services research in general practice and primary care in Australia. The Centre was formed from the Family Medicine Research Unit which has carried out research in the Department of General Practice since 1990. The Centre is part of the School of Public Health and is located on the Westmead Hospital campus of the University of Sydney.
The University of Sydney, through the Faculty of Health Sciences aims to actively contribute to the challenge presented by the World Report on Disability (World Health Organization and the World Bank, 2011) to strengthen and support research on disability for evidence informed policy and practice development. To this end, a Centre for Disability Research and Policy has been established within the Faculty of Health Sciences.
As an organisation at the nexus of research, teaching, policy and practice the Centre for Disability Research Policy plays an important role in innovation and knowledge translation in the field of disability to the benefit of many. The establishment of the Centre is a significant strategic endeavor to bring together the University’s leading expertise within the disability field to create a greater understanding of disability and improve disability services and programs by increasing the use of evidence and research in policy decisions in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.
The WHO maintains the Family of Internatioanl Classifications (WHO-FIC).; The Family includes, as reference classifications, ICD, ICF and ICHI. WHO has establisehd a network of collaborating centres for its classification work, includign the Austrailan Collaborating Centre.
NCCH is an active member of the WHO collaborating centres. The centre comprises of institutions such as research institutes, parts of universities or academies, which are designated by the Director-General to carry out activities in support of the Organization's programmes. Currently there are over 800 WHO collaborating centres in over 80 Member States working with WHO on areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.
The Family Development Committee aims to ensure that the WHO-FIC has a logical structure so that the classifications needed for each health parameter and setting within the health system can be identified. The Committee assesses potential new member classifications that could fill a gap in the WHO-FIC.
The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is a leading centre of learning, research and culture in the community. UWS prides themselves on developing sustainable partnerships with local organisations, residents, government, industry and business. This collaboration enriches and strengthens both the University and thecommunity through the advancement and transfer of knowledge, making a significant contribution to improving the quality and vibrance of life across Greater Western Sydney.
HIMAA (Health Information Management Association of Australia)
The Health Information Management Association of Australia Limited, (HIMAA) began in 1949 as the New South Wales Association of Medical Records Librarians and the Victorian Association of Medical Librarians. In 1955, the Australian Federation of Medical Records Librarians (AFMRL) was established. The profession continued to grow, which prompted constitutional change. In 1975, the AFMRL became the Medical Record Association of Australia. In the 1980s, the profession experienced rapid growth. This led to the establishment of a number of specialist undergraduate health information management degrees in several Australian universities. During the 1990s, the profession flourished, driven by an increasing focus on technology and the growing impact of the profession upon resource allocation decisions in the healthcare sector.
Mindful of the increased importance of the profession, in October 1996, members voted in favour of proposed changes to the Association’s constitution. The Association was re-incorporated as a national company - the Health Information Management Association of Australia Limited. Today, employment opportunities for qualified health information managers abound. HIMAA Limited, through its professional membership, and its branch structures, stands at the forefront of health information management in Australia.