I studied rehabilitation at Massey University in 2005 thanks to WINZ – they took away all the training incentive allowances – bastards, so I can’t continue with my studies.
Shrawan Kmar is a leading authority on the multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation and his book is excellent, I was just leafing through some of the post it notes I marked in the book and thought I would share them with you. Get a copy of his book if you are needing to know what professional rehabilitation really is. If you have a stress disorder dream a little what this could mean for you.
The first marked page is a flow diagram FIGURE 1.3 Sample flow chart for comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation.
Intake begins while the patient is in acute care (eg you’ve been hospitalised with assistance of police, friends or family)
Admission is preceded by contact between the acute team and the rehab team.
Interdisciplinary assessment is completed along with a daily schedule for the patient
In-depth assessment is completed by each of the team members.
An initial team conference is convened and a plan of treatment is developed
Treatment commences with an interdisciplinary focus
Weekly team conferences are used to share patient progress and modify the treatment plan
A discharge conference reviewing current level of function and ways to maintain it and prescribes for the future services
Once the ‘abuse victim’ ..”is bought into the unit the care team begins its individual assessments. The initial assessments are administered using an interdisciplinary assessment tool. The purpose of such an approach is to ensure that the patient is not forever repeating the same information to the various members of the team (something that traumatises abuse victims). Generally speaking the initial assessments are a fairly cursory view of the patient’s current level of function. Using the daily schedule developed for the patient, individual team members move to complete more detailed evaluations to develop long and short term patient goals.” “the patient and her support team are always contributing to these goals”.
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This is what people are entitled to, this is what we teach in our universities, this is what is not being applied to abused people with stress disorders. This is what I fight for and I will not back down until I get professional rehabilitation using a multidisciplinary approach.
Imagine moving from acute care or from the community into a six week programme, then with support out in the community until independence (accepting that this may not be achievable for some people).