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 Prof Anthea Rhoda heads a team that aims to strengthen the responsiveness to Primary Health Care Services in the Western Cape

Prof Anthea Rhoda heads a team that aims to strengthen the responsiveness to Primary Health Care Services in the Western Cape

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Prof Anthea Rhoda and Dr Lucia Hess-April were invited to take part in a Community-based Rehabilitation Colloquium hosted by the University of Cape Town’s Disability Studies Programme on behalf of the Western Cape Government: Health Sector. The colloquium was attended by a wide representation of community members and professionals involved and knowledgeable in the field of Community-Based Rehabilitation.

The aim of the colloquium was to engage in dialogue and deliberations on Community Based Rehabilitation developments within the Western Cape. The Community-based Rehabilitation Strategy would be encompassed in the Department of Health’s 2030 vision for health provision in the Western Cape. Core to the provision of rehabilitation services to people with disabilities is the training and employment of the new cadre of worker, namely the Rehabilitation Care Worker.

As convenor of the Work-integrated Practice Module which was core to the recently trained Rehabilitation Care Workers (RCW), Prof Rhoda was invited to do a presentation on the experiences of the RCWs whilst completing this module. Within an Appreciative Inquiry Framework, Prof Rhoda highlighted that health professionals where the RCWs were placed for their practice learning expressed that they were a “valuable resource”, displaying excellent skills in engaging both families and communities during the rehabilitation process.

Prof Rhoda’s presentation evoked lots of discussion about the role of the Rehabilitation Care Worker and the possibilities of expanding the training to districts outside the Cape Metro District.​​

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