Many Australians are now living with long term disability or chronic conditions. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities aims to ‘promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity’. Its articles provide guidance to all involved with disability, including researchers.
It is a growing imperative that researchers and professionals work with people experiencing disability to understand and promote optimal participation. There is a need for improved evidence on outcomes and what works best for people. The International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) articulates a model of disability that recognises that participation and the removal of environmental barriers are of central importance; it provides a framework and classification for research and information capable of promoting the purposes of the UN Convention. It was designed to be relevant to a wide range of purposes, people, disciplines and sectors and is recognised as the national and international standard classification of functioning and disability.
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 ICF in doing so.
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What is the Australian ICF Disability and Rehabilitation Research Program?
To conduct and promote high quality research on disability, rehabilitation and health, and to provide 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).
- Evidence for Community-Based Rehabilitation
- Understanding Participation and Environment in the ICF
- Measurement and assessment of functioning based on or aligned with ICF.
Education: Developing a unified curriculum element around disability, the UN Convention, CBR and ICF aligned with the Faculty of Health Sciences Curriculum Framework.
Collaborative Networking: Supporting both the Research and Education streams