Australia Awards Fellowship

21 March 2013

A new AusAID-funded Australia Awards Fellowship commenced at the Faculty of Health Sciences on Monday 11 March 2013.

Ten Fellows from four Pacific countries are undertaking the program which is focused on Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) Programs for People with Disabilities: Building capacity for monitoring and sustainability. The nine AusAID sponsored Fellows and one additional University of Sydney sponsored Fellow are from the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Fiji.

The Fellows include CBR national program managers, executive officers and officials from Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs), National Monitoring and Evaluation Managers and Provincial Inclusive Education Officers.

The program will run until 27 March 2013. The program involves short intensive training and knowledge sharing between the Fellows and the University of Sydney team. The Fellows will be learning about international frameworks including the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), the CBR guidelines and matrix, Information Design, Knowledge Translation, research evidence for complex interventions including CBR and guest speakers on other key topics.

The goal and expected outcome is to build the capacity in these countries for monitoring of CBR programs, information management on outcomes for people with disabilities and thus contribute to the improvement of services to meet the needs of children and adults living in these countries and the Pacific region. The Fellows will also be visiting six Sydney-based education and employment programs which will expose the Fellows to a range of different community based and outreach service delivery models.

The Director of the Australian ICF Disability and Rehabilitation Research Program (AIDARRP) Ros Madden said the delegates would experience an interesting and focused range of presentations, and that those involved greatly looked forward to working with and learning from the Fellows.