Community based training for an inclusive India
Low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) need well trained local staff to meet the rehabilitation needs of people with disability. The Nossal Institute for Global Health and the Melbourne Disability Institute have worked closely with the Department of People with Disability (DEPWD) to co-design the Community Based Inclusive Disability(CBID) course.
The CBID program is a six month competency-based curriculum for community level workers and will deliver skills to Community-Based Rehabilitation practitioners. The course will be rolled out in 5 different languages across India, increasing the access to inclusive development for those with disability.
The DEPWD and University of Melbourne have drawn on joint expertise in disability to develop this CBID course. It is the first competency based framework program developed through the Rehabilitation Council of India, DEPWD. Development was facilitated by Professor Nathan Grills, Dr Lindsey Gale and Professor Bruce Bonyhady.
The Nossal Institute at the University of Melbourne has a long history of disability research in India. This course will ensure that people with disability in India receive the services and supports they need to flourish. Professor Nathan Grills
The program was launched by The Hon’ble Minister, Social Justice and Empowerment at a virtual event on 19th May, 2021. The event was attended by dignitaries from Government of India and Government of Australia including Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State, Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, Smt. Anjali Bhawra, Secretary, DEPwD & Chairperson, RCI, Dr. Prabodh Seth, Joint Secretary, DEPwD, Dr. Subodh Kumar, Member Secretary, RCI, Prof. Duncan Maskell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne, Hon’ble Barry O’Farrell, High Commissioner of Australia, New Delhi
The Nossal Institute for Global Health will continue to support DEPWD with training and program evaluation.
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The Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed has been running community-based COVID prevention and livelihood support programs, and a free COVID hospital, in one of the poorest rural areas in Maharashtra state, which is among the worst-hit by the pandemic. They are in desperate need of financial support to cover COVID care costs in the hospital, and support grieving and unemployed families with food and basic necessities during the lockdown.
The Nossal Institute has a longstanding research and education partnership with this globally renowned program, including a running a regular residential course on site.
Professor Nathan Grills