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Alternative Responses to the Human Resource Challenge for CBR


Pim Kuipers ,

Population and Social Health Research Programme, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, and Centre for Functioning and Health Research, Queensland Health, AU
About Pim

Dr. Pim Kuipers is Associate Professor, Population and Social Health Research Program, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Australia.

With degrees in psychology and rehabilitation, he has worked as a psychologist in disability and rehabilitation services for a number of years.  As a health services researcher, with a focus on improving health and rehabilitation services in community settings, he has conducted and led research in areas of health service delivery, systematic synthesis of qualitative reports, rural and remote primary health care, indigenous health, community-based rehabilitation, and disability services, specifically for people with brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

Dr. Kuipers has worked as a disability services project advisor in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, and has also advised and evaluated numerous CBR projects in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Pakistan. His research interests include the application of qualitative and mixed methods research, community integration after injury, family and patient engagement in health care, allied health practice, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), and particularly disability and development issues in developing countries.

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Huib Cornielje

Enablement, NL
About Huib

Huib Cornielje is the Director of Enablement, Netherlands. He has been Disability Advisor for the Netherlands Leprosy Relief since 2008. He is also a lecturer in Public Health at the University for Applied Sciences in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Earlier, Mr. Cornielje worked for over 10 years in various rehabilitation programmes in South Africa.

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This commentary outlines some ways of understanding CBR and offers corresponding suggestions for responding to the contemporary human resource challenge it is faced with. It is argued that CBR exists within an increasingly complex reality, characterised by new challenges, new approaches to development and numerous international principles and guidelines. In response, the authors advocate the use of multiple research methods, participatory action and contextualised ways of addressing human resource issues. They suggest that new understandings are required, for future CBR workers to be enablers of people with disabilities, agents of change in communities and societies, and champions of human rights. The complex reality of CBR suggests the need for a CBR cadre which is capable of creative and reflective reasoning.  This might be achieved through the participatory development of contextualised training curricula, practical hands-on learning, the use of mentoring, and an emphasis on reflection and adaptability.

How to Cite: Kuipers, P. and Cornielje, H., 2013. Alternative Responses to the Human Resource Challenge for CBR. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 23(4), pp.17–23. DOI:
Published on 05 Feb 2013.
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