Project name: Physiotherapy Bachelor Upgrade Programme in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Host partner: Technical School of Medical Care, University of Health Sciences (TSMC-UHS)
Singapore partner: SingHealth
Project aim: To raise the standards and quality of physiotherapy services in Cambodia through more advanced training.
Duration: 2017 - 2019
Outcomes: The project has trained 80 faculty members and physiotherapists from TSMC-UHS, hospitals and institutions in Cambodia. Topics covered included Musculoskeletal, Cardiopulmonary, Neurology and Geriatric, Paediatrics and Women’s Health, Community-Based Rehabilitation, Wheelchair Prescription, Research Thesis and Evidence-Based Practices, and Health Promotion. The training workshops led by the Singapore International Volunteers (SIVs) resulted in increased knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning among the Cambodian health practitioners. They also showed increased confidence to assess, manage and treat patients. This led to improved standards of physiotherapy clinical standards in their place of clinical practice/work. A group of 12 Master Trainers were equipped with relevant skills to further train and share their knowledge with other lecturers, creating a sustainable impact for the project.
The Physiotherapy Bachelor Bridging Programme provides learning path for physiotherapy to be considered as a viable career field, especially with more Cambodians seeking for physiotherapy-related treatments in hospitals and clinics. The project saw 23 students from two cohorts successfully complete the Bridging Programme in February 2019 and 2021.
Overall, the project is expected to sustainably benefit more than 80,000 Cambodian patients annually.