The definition of Community Based Rehabilitation states it is a 'strategy
for enhancing the quality of life of disabled people - by improving
service delivery …' Faced with a shortage of rehabilitation professionals
qualified in 'disability' management and CBR services in Malaysia, YSIS
undertook another responsibility by expanding its services into the
field or training.
As a prelude to the launch of our training course in basic rehabilitation
skills a team of international Swedish CBR experts, acknowledged by
the World Health Organisation in CBR was invited in 1997 to tailor an
intensive two month in-house 'CBR; Training the Trainers' course at
YSIS. Their engagement was fully sponsored by YSIS to train, empower
and upgrade the standard of our staff.
In additional to this, YSIS, had a collective accumulated knowledge
in rehabilitation skills over the years and was in a position to easily
provide training to as many staff and caregivers who are attached to
more than 420 welfare and CBR centres in Malaysia with basic CBE skills
and techniques. Ms. Eugenie Tan - Special Projects Officer and Ms. Teo
Hiong Lan Occupational Therapist, programmed the initial CBR course.
The operation of the course was sustained through public and corporate
funding. To ensure quality training the start-up and operational cost
for the first year was at RM280, 000, with a team comprising of proficiently
qualified professionals and trained technicians who were responsible
for the curriculum layout, management of the training courses, therapy
programmes, low cost equipment manufacture, public awareness promotions,
documentation, filing and resource centre development.
This basic course then proceeds to a second level course with added
syllabus, and in-depth knowledge of further skills training. As at today,
the centre has graduated 142 students for the sponsored programme by
Pan Malaysia Pools Sdn Bhd. The sponsored course programme includes
training and accommodation with transport and meal subsidy.
Organisations who are interested in sending their staff and caregivers
may write to us for further details and registration.