Thursday, October 11, 2012

Spinal Cord Injury e-learning

Dear all,
I would like to advise members that the Spinal Cord Injury elearning will be launched on 4 September 2012 by The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS).

"Recognising the need to disseminate information about comprehensive management of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) has taken the initiative to develop, a web-based teaching and educational resource. will specifically address the current lack of professional development opportunities for medical and paramedical professionals involved in SCI Management due to the limited access of up-to-date SCI training and learning materials/ resources. Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN), Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), Livability and University of Sydney are partnering with ISCoS in developing this resource with financial support from Access to Health Care.

The aim of this resource is to provide comprehensive information on SCI management to all medical & paramedical disciplines involved in SCI care. There are 7 core modules each with various submodules. The 'Overview for the whole team' module provides basics of SCI Management in which all disciplines involved in Spinal Injury Management need to be trained. Thus it would be preferable for all users to go through this module. Five other modules cater to the needs of various disciplines i.e. Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists / Assistive Technologists, and Psychologists/ Social Workers /  Peer Counsellors. The 7th module will provide information on various aspects pertaining to prevention of SCI.  Each submodule covers a specific component of SCI management and includes:

A presentation giving an overview of the topic
Activity based learning exercises
Self Assessment questions

The project was approved in October, 2010 during the ISCoS Annual Scientific Meeting inNew Delhiand work began immediately thereafter. 264 experts of ISCoS and various affiliated societies from 24 countries have been involved in compiling the resource through 28 subcommittees, each working on a particular submodule. This wide spread participation has given it a global perspective.  The consensus document for each submodule has been reviewed by the Education Committee and Scientific Committee of ISCoS. An Editorial Committee comprising 23 ISCoS experts met in New Delhi to review and edit the submodules. is to be launched during the International Spinal Cord Society's 51st Annual Scientific Meeting in London on 4th September 2012. The website is presently under construction but all will be able to access the website free of charge after its launch.

As you can see it is a wonderful resource!
Many thanks,
Fiona Stephenson
Member of the Haiti SCI Working Group

HIFA2015: Healthcare Information For All by 2015: With thanks to our 2012 Financial Supporting Organisations: British Medical Association (main funder), Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Commonwealth Nurses Federation, European Association of Senior Hospital Physicians (AEMH), European Federation of Salaried Doctors (FEMS), Global Health Media Project, Haiti Nursing Foundation, International Child Health Group (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health), International Clinical Epidemiology Network, Joanna Briggs Institute, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust, Network for Information and Digital Access, Partnerships in Health Information, Public Library of Science, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Nursing, UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative. We urgently require additional funding to implement the HIFA2015 strategy in full, as recommended by the recent HIFA2015 External Evaluation. If you can help or advise, please contact the coordinator: To send a message to the HIFA2015 forum, email: To join or unsubscribe from HIFA2015, email: with your name, organisation, country of residence and brief description of professional interests. Join our sister forums: CHILD2015 (child health); HIFA-Portuguese (collaboration with WHO ePORTUGUESe network); HIFA-EVIPNet-French (collaboration with WHO Evidence for Informed Policy Network) ; HIFA-Zambia (collaboration with the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance)

Information Courtesy  : Mrinmoy Karmakar M.O.T(Rehabilitation)
Senior Occupational Therapist
The Leprosy Mission, Premananda Memorial Leprosy Hospital, Kolkata

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