Both Australia and India are committed to improving the lives of people with disabilities. In recent years, the two countries have had the opportunity to join their research expertise after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote cooperation in the field of disability.
Last week, a group of representatives from the University of Melbourne, which is the leading Australian agency, met with the Indian Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar to reflect on their progress and way forward.
Since the signing of the MoU in 2018, the University and India’s Department of Empowerment of People with Disability have co-designed a Community Based Inclusive Disability (CBID) course. The program is a six month competency-based curriculum for community level workers and is being piloted in 16 institutions across India.
Read more about the official visit, including the potential for Australia and India to undertake joint research on mental health rehabilitation, here.
Banner image: Representatives from the University of Melbourne meet with Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar at his office.