Professor Nathan Grills, Professor at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and Senior Research Advisor for Health at the AII, works largely in India on disability, non-communicable diseases and health curriculum development and training. Professor Grills, Dr Lindsey Gale and other colleagues have developed a Community-Based Inclusive Development Course (CBID) with the DEPWD (Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India) and the Rehabilitation Council of India.
This co-designed and novel CBID program, funded by the University of Melbourne’s Disability Institute (MDI) and the Government of India, is built on research that identified practice standards and pathways to vocational competencies in community-based rehabilitation and inclusive development in India.
The CBID course will be piloted this year across 14 sites in India in seven languages, and will be formally launched by Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot (India’s Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment), High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell and Duncan Maskell (Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne) on Wednesday 19 May.
For more information on the opportunities and initiatives between Victoria and India in the disability sector, please read our Very Short Policy Brief authored and published by Professor Grills and Ms Tanya Spisbah in November 2020.