The Physiotherapy and Refugees Education Project (PREP) addresses the mismatch between the competence of physiotherapists and the complex rehabilitation needs of a growing population of refugees and migrants in Europe.

This project is a collaboration between educational institutions, organisations and other projects.

Project leader: Maria Nordheim Alme, HVL

Full partners:
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) : Maria Nordheim Alme, Djenana Jalovcic, Kjersti Wilhelmsen, Mike Landry
Bergen municipality, Center for migration health: Egil Kaberuka-Nielsen, Line Giust, Rolf Vaardal
Karolinska Institutet : Anna Pettersson, Carina Boström.
HAN University of Applied Sciences : Joost van Wijchen, Lieke Dekkers, Elvira Nouvens
Physiopedia : Rachael Lowe, Nomi O’Reilly, Lucy Aird
Trinity College : Emer McGowan

Associate partners:
University of Antwerp
Environmental Physiotherapy Association (EPA)
Sunnås Rehabilitation Hospital, Oslo
Tverrkulturelt kompetansesenter, Stockholm
The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
Duke University

Collaboration Projects and organisations:
Swedish Red Cross
Humanity and Inclusion (HI)
International Committee of Red Cross (Lebanon)
Independent Doctors Association (IDA)

PREP network and individual collaborators
Philip Rynning Coker
Una Little
William Hale
Franziska Grünberg-Lemli
Nika Lekovsek
Regina Escher
Whitney Eadon
(this list is increasing, sorry if its not updated 100%)

Over 1 million refugees and migrants have crossed the borders to Europe in recent years. This migration represents a major challenge for health care systems that struggle to provide healthcare services, particularly for non-communicable diseases and disability. Refugees and migrants have complex health needs that are a result of a cumulative trauma experienced in their home countries, during their dangerous journey, or in the period of adjustment in their new country. This diverse and non-homogenous group also comes with resources in terms of resilience that we need to learn from and use in the healing process. However, they also face barriers accessing healthcare services because of language and cultural differences, differences in socio-economic status, and a lack of familiarity with local environment and healthcare system. There is a gap in competence of health care professionals, including physiotherapists to meet their complex needs, many of which can be addressed by physiotherapy. There is a clear lack of definition regarding physiotherapists competencies needed to serve refugees and migrants, and a lack of common strategies to address challenges of migration which has negative implications for health.

The project is divided into four parts (intellectual outputs):

1) European consensus
The aim of the first part of the project is to come to consensus on the knowledge need for phsyiotherapists working with refugees in Europe. A consens process will be performed based on knowledge we get from a scoping review and interviews with refugees, physiotherapists and decission makers in Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. 
Scoping review (if you can not access, take contact)
Consensus report

2) Curriculum
From the consesus, a curriculum will be made. The curriculum will be open available. 
Curriculum (this is an ongoing process, and the curriculum might also develop)

3) Production of e-course
based on the curriculum, an e-course will be made (5 ECTS). Target groups for the course are physiotherapists working in clinical practise and physitherapists taking a masters degree. The course will be made open available. 
This course in under production. More information will come. All material produced will be open available via our page, via Physiopedia and more.

4) Pilot and revision of the course
During spring 2021 a pilot of the course will be held. Evaluations of the course will be used to revise the course.