Collaborative effort to increase the physiotherapist’s competency in rehabilitation of torture survivors
Alme, Maria Nordheim; Jalovcic, Djenana; Fricker, Ilona; Peters, Sarah; Vårdal, Rolf; Rocca, Patricia; Hale, William; Alagöz, Esra; Leskovsek, Nika; Benyaich, Aicha; McGowan, Emer; Pettersson, Anna; Boström, Carina; Giusti, Line Merethe; Landry, Michel; Lowe, Rachael; Wilhelmsen, Kjersti Thulin; van Wijchen, Joost
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Original versionAlme, M. N., Jalovcic, D., Fricker, I., Peters, S., Vårdal, R., Rocca, P., Hale, W., Alagöz, E., Leskovsek, N., Benyaich, A., McGowan, E., Pettersson, A., Boström, C., Giusti, L. M., Landry, M., Lowe, R., Wilhelmsen, K. T., & Van Wijchen, J. (2021). Collaborative effort to increase the physiotherapist’s competency in rehabilitation of torture survivors. Torture Journal, 30(3), 61-66. 10.7146/torture.v30i3.121793
Thank you for this opportunity to share perspectives from our work within the Physiotherapy and Refugees Education Project, PREP, an Erasmus+ funded project within the KA2 strategic partnership program. Researchers, educators, students, and clinicians within institutions of higher education, health services and humanitarian organisations, have worked together in this project to define competencies that physiotherapists need in working with refugees. Based on this, we have made a course openly available for physiotherapists worldwide. A central aim of the work in PREP has been the creation of a network in which educators, students and clinicians can meet, discuss, and learn from each other. We welcome everyone who shares our interest to join us in this network. In this perspective paper, we want to share our thoughts and opinions on how such a collaboration can be used for building competence. We will discuss topics that are central for physiotherapists working with victims of torture, and finally, we will discuss what we believe are the important next steps within physiotherapy to be able to support this group.