The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) and the University of Melbourne has received the Haim Ring Memorial Award – Institutional 2020 at The International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) awards.
The award recognised the department’s strong engagement in hosting international visitors and exchanges.
The department has many education/training/capacity building and research programs, with a focus on developing countries. Over the past decade, they have held an international exchange program in low- and middle-income countries for medical, nursing and allied health staff. They also offer an education and collaboration platform with various academic institutions for research activities.
In addition to hosting visitors and exchanges, the department also works on major overseas projects. The team holds an independent Specialised Rehabilitation Cell with the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Medical Team Initiative to contribute in rehabilitative care of victims following natural disasters, including the 2015 Hindukush Earthquake.
Professor Fary Khan, Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Royal Melbourne Hospital said the award acknowledges and supports the RMH Rehabilitation Medicine Department’s contribution to teaching, learning and exchange activities, research and leadership in rehabilitation medicine and disability care.
“The award further expands opportunities for international collaborations to translate clinical research into new evidence-based treatment knowledge and practice,” she said.
The ISPRM, based in Italy, works with the World Health Organization (WHO) as an international umbrella organisation of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) physicians and is the pre-eminent international scientific and educational society in the field of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.