Pavithra has nine years experience as a clinical and research physiotherapist. She is a silver medallist in physiotherapy from India and a Kinesiology graduate with specialization in community based rehabilitation from Canada. She worked as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer - Research with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India for one and half years. Her most recent assignment was as Research Associate with the Centre for Economic Studies and Policy at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore through Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada. She is a Fellow with the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Calgary, Canada and is currently working as Research Associate with The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, Australia. She is also a Research Affiliate with Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Australia.
Community physiotherapy is unique to every country. The successful implementation of community physiotherapy depends on various factors, such as the local community settings, the availability of resources, the type of health conditions prevalent at the time of rehabilitation, and the national health laws, to name a few. Certain challenges are common to most countries, especially the developing ones. If major challenges like lack of adequate training and research opportunities and inadequate awareness about the importance of physiotherapy among communities, are addressed, community physiotherapy can prove to be cost-effective tool of rehabilitation. The progressive community physiotherapy models that are being used in developed countries can serve as a guide to countries that are struggling to further community health. In addition, cross-country and/or cross-continent collaborations could help in knowledge dissemination and faster adoption and implementation of effective community physiotherapy models. This brief report discusses certain community rehabilitation practices and strategies that have been put to use in different parts of the globe. In addition, some of the effective examples have been highlighted.