Australia Supports the Development and Implementation of Guidelines for Sustainable and Quality Rehabilitation Services

Australia Supports the Development and Implementation of Guidelines for Sustainable and Quality Rehabilitation Services

The Australian Government, in collaboration with Motivation Australia (MA) through the ACCESS Program, supported the Persons with Disabilities Foundation (PWDF) in developing guidelines for Physical Rehabilitation Centers (PRCs). The guidelines aim to guide PWDF, PRC managers and staff in planning and delivering PRC services. They also provide simple information on services available at the PRCs., as well as who can access them.

On 20-21 April 2022, PWDF, ACCESS and Motivation Australia jointly conducted training of trainers (ToT) on PCR Guidelines to build knowledge and skills of focal persons to support the implementation of the guidelines. Participants included to representatives from PWDF, Managers from eleven PRCs, Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation, NGOs, and rehabilitation professional associations.

Mr Connor Floyd, Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy to Cambodia, stated: “The development of PRC Guidelines is one of our recent contributions to strengthen the rehabilitation system through the ACCESS Program”. He added that physical rehabilitation services were crucial in enabling people with physical impairments in all stages of life to seize their right to inclusion and participation in all aspects of life.

Mr Sim Sothun, Director at PWDF stated in his opening remarks: “Today’s training will allow participants to gain deep knowledge and understanding on the management and rehabilitation service provision.” He added, “I strongly believe you will deliver the knowledge to relevant stakeholders in order for them to gain a better understanding of rehabilitation services, as well as train your staff to be able to effectively implement these guidelines.”

One of the participants of the training, Ms Chuon Saraoth, Deputy Department of Prosthesis and Orthosis at the National Institute of Social Affairs and a teacher at EXCEED, said: “When we have clear guidelines, persons with disabilities will receive effective services and they will be able to work when they return home. I will share this knowledge with my students, who will then be ready to provide quality services when they graduate.”

The Australian Government, through the ACCESS Program, supports six out of the eleven PRCs in Cambodia through PWDF, including those in Siem Reap, Kien Khleang (in Phnom Penh), Prey Veng, Kratie and Takeo, while HI manages the PRC in Kampong Cham. ACCESS supports management capacities of six PRCs and the introduction of remote rehabilitation services during the COVID-19 pandemic.