WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 1996
FOUNDATION'S TWINNING PLAN TO TRAIN THERAPISTS
IPOH, Tues. - The Yayasan Sultan Idris Shah is embarking on an ambitious
programme to provide training in community-based rehabilitation at intermediate
and tertiary level.
Its chairman, Datuk Seri V. Jeyaratnam, told a Press conference today
YSIS would put forward a proposal to both the Ministry of Health and
Ministry of Education on a twinning programme between a local university
and the Uppsala University of Sweden.
"In view of the shortage of qualified professionals trained in CBR,
YSIS has proposed to provide training in CBR at intermediate and tertiary
"The objective of the intermediate level is to train therapy proficiency."
"This measure is to upgrade the skills of the assistants employed at
the more than 100 non-governmental organisations and CBR centres. The
tertiary level is a post-graduate course."
Jeyaratnam said there was an acute shortage of skilled professionals
like occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers and rehabilitation
technicians in the country, YSIS would take the first step in acting
as "a catalyst for practical training" to meet the rising demand.
He said if all went as planned, courses with an initial intake of between
20 and 30 would be start next year. It will be open to students from
all over the country.
"Initially we will bring in lecturers but with the eventual transfer
of knowledge, the courses will be conducted by locals and the YSIS centre
in Bercham will be the centre from which classes would be held."
The New Zealand High Commission through its mission fund had shown its
support of the proposal by granting YSIS a sum of RM10,000 recently
for the purchase of a computer system to facilitate the training and
upgrading of services to people with disabilities.
Jeyaratnam said a global CBR consultant with the Uppsala University
had responded to the proposal and would help formulate a programme curriculum
that would suit the "Malaysian environment".
YSIS, which began in 1982 with four disabled people, has grown to accommodate
about 2,000 disabled people, whose needs are met with the help of about
10 CBR centres, staffed by 32 full-time workers, around the State.