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    Opportunities for human resources for health and rehabilitation: a response to Jesus et al.

    Power, Jessica and McVeigh, Joanne and Gilmore, Brynne and MacLachlan, Malcolm (2017) Opportunities for human resources for health and rehabilitation: a response to Jesus et al. Human Resources for Health, 17 (73). ISSN 1478-4491

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    We welcome Jesus et al.’s paper, which makes an important contribution to the under-researched area of the physical rehabilitation workforce. The authors present recommendations to “advance a policy and research agenda for ensuring that an adequate rehabilitation workforce can meet the current and future rehabilitation health needs” (p. 1). We argue that their perspective could however be strengthened by adopting a stronger global perspective, including consideration of the needs of low-resource settings. In particular, we highlight the integral role of more effective sector and inter-sectoral governance, the opportunity to support the development of community-based rehabilitation (CBR), the lessons that can be learnt from human resources for health (HRH) research and practice more generally, and the recent developments in the global provision of assistive technologies. Each of these issues has important implications and contributions to make to advance the policy and research agenda for the global rehabilitation workforce.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: © The Author(s). 2017 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated
    Keywords: Rehabilitation; Workforce; "Global Health";
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10589
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    Depositing User: Joanne McVeigh
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2019 15:13
    Journal or Publication Title: Human Resources for Health
    Publisher: BioMed Central
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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