Metropolitan College successfully organized the 1st International Rehabilitation Conference. The conference’s main theme was “Advancing interdisciplinary rehabilitation to improve lives” and it attracted the interest of international academics, esteemed rehabilitation specialists, students and representatives of some of the most important Rehabilitation centres in our country including: ANIMUS, ANAPLASI, ELEPAP, Theseus, Filoktitis etc. The scientific and organising committee of the conference was composed of the Metropolitan College’s Health School scientific staff.
Hosting more than 100 prominent international speakers and over 400 delegates from Greece and abroad, the 1st International Interdisciplinary Conference on Rehabilitation has fulfilled the goal of being an interdisciplinary platform for discussion and exchanging ideas on recent innovations, trends and clinical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the field of Rehabilitation. The three full day Conference took place at the state-of-the-art facilities of Maroussi Campus.
Dr Eirini Manara, Head of Faculty of Health Sciences, Metropolitan College and Mr Dimitris Diamantis, Director General, Metropolitan College opened the conference.
“I am really moved to be opening this conference today because it has taken many years for this idea to mature and materialize. It has taken the gradual expansion of the School of Health Sciences, which counts today 11 Programmes of study, in collaboration with 3 distinguished Universities, thousands of students and hundreds of academics on 7 campuses across Greece, more than 200 contracted clinical placements. The great response to this conference has far exceeded our expectations and this, of course means one thing, that rehabilitation is a topic the scientific community cares deeply about”, as stated by Dr. Eirini Manara. Following her speech, Mr Dimitris Diamantis addressed the delegates, highlighting the importance of inter-professional education: “The inter-disciplinary approach is in the heart of almost all participants and delegates of the Rehab Conference. In fact, Metropolitan College is the only Greek institution which offers its students a real inter-professional education experience, as the vast majority of the allied-health programmes have one module in common: the IPE module. I trust this conference will justify to all of us the need for further enhancing this approach and the value of instilling it to all health practitioners and clinicians with a view to improve the lives of their patients”.
The 1st International Interdisciplinary Conference on Rehabilitation was attended by the following International keynote speakers:
• Professor Brendan McCormack – Head of the Divisions of Nursing, Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies, School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University (UK).
• Professor Fiona Coutts – Dean of School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University (UK).
• Professor Anand Pandyan – Professor of Rehabilitation Technology & Head of the School of Health and Rehabilitation, Keele University (UK) και
• Professor Helen Dawes – Director of the Centre for Movement, Occupational Sciences (MOReS) & Scientific Manager of the Oxford Clinical Allied Technology and Trial Services Unit (OxCATTS).
The Conference invited interdisciplinary papers and round tables on current rehabilitation themes such as:
Neurological Patient Management | Musculoskeletal Patient Management | Cardiopulmonary Patient Management | Biomechanics and Motion Analysis | Technological Advances in Rehabilitation Science | Psychology of Patients/Caregivers | Pain Management.