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Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem through Healthcare in Disability Management: Malaysians’ Experience

Authors:

Natiara Mohamad Hashim ,

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 47000, Sungai Buloh, Selangor, Malaysia, MY
About Natiara

Natiara Mohamad Hashim serves as a Rehabilitation Physician and Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA. She is involved in an assisted technological innovation project in rehabilitation therapy delivery. She is the Principal Investigator and founder of the MyRehabMaker project, funded by MOE, a social-collaborative initiative in upgrading the current state of rehabilitation medicine services through innovation utilizing feasible, adoptive, and accessible technology. Her areas of interest are neurorehabilitation and pediatric rehabilitation. 

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Noor Ayuni Che Zakaria,

School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia, MY
About Noor Ayuni

Dr. Noor Ayuni Che Zakaria is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia. She is a Healthcare Engineering consultant in the Biomechanical Robotics field. Her research interests are healthcare data informatics & decision support, rehabilitation engineering and technological support. She works with healthcare professionals in rehabilitation medicine.

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Abdul Halim Abdullah,

School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor,Malaysia, MY
About Abdul Halim
Abdul Halim Abdullah is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia. His research interests are biomechanics of the human body and finite element analysis. He has developed and innovated many assistive and adaptive devices in helping people living with disabilities, utilizing 3D printing technology. He collaborates closely with healthcare professionals in rehabilitation medicine and orthopedics.
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Rohana Ngah,

Faculty of Business and Management, Puncak Alam Campus,Universiti Teknologi MARA, 42300, Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, MY
About Rohana
Rohana Ngah is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business and Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA. Her research interests are entrepreneurship, social innovation, youth development and underprivileged communities.
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Mohd Ali Bahari Abdul Kadir

Faculty of Business and Management, Puncak Alam Campus,Universiti Teknologi MARA, 42300, Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, MY
About Mohd Ali Bahari
Mohd Ali Bahari Abdul Kadir is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business and Management, University of Technology MARA. His interests are in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, social innovation, and community development. He is actively involved in many collaborative projects with governmental, non-governmental and corporate stakeholders.
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Abstract

Purpose: MyRehabMaker is a community initiative project utilising technology as an innovative platform to solve the challenges of people with disabilities specifically, and of society as a whole.

Method: Providing an Assistive and Adaptive Device (AAD) is one of the interventions to assist people with disabilities in improving their functional level. The AAD prescription work process was enhanced by forming an expert multidisciplinary team and introducing 3D printing technology into practice.

Results: This project has been recognised and has won a few awards in innovation exhibitions and competitions. The project later expanded into the community to encourage community involvement and contribution. 

Conclusion: The project framework  aims to address the needs and interests of participating bodies and promotes inclusivity by adopting  community-based rehabilitation and social innovation principles on the IR 4.0 healthcare platform.

 
How to Cite: Mohamad Hashim, N., Che Zakaria, N.A., Abdullah, A.H., Ngah, R. and Abdul Kadir, M.A.B., 2022. Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem through Healthcare in Disability Management: Malaysians’ Experience. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 33(1), pp.131–139. DOI: http://doi.org/10.47985/dcidj.526
Published on 15 May 2022.
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