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Rehabilitation Foundation


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Research and Development Evaluation and Training Communications and information services

The Rehabilitation Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that specialises in developing rehabilitation in Finland. The foundation participates in the production of rehabilitation services through Avire-Kuntoutus, partially owned by the foundation. The operations of the Rehabilitation Foundation are partially funded by Finland’s Slot Machine Association (RAY), and its partners and customers comprise a large and diverse group of organisations.

The foundation’s objectives are to ff develop new operating models for rehabilitation work and respond to the needs of various population groups ff study and assess the effectiveness of current practices ff study and assess the effectiveness of the rehabilitation system as a whole ff provide up-to-date information on rehabilitation to both experts and the general public ff organise further training and education in the field of rehabilitation


Research and development

International connections As a member of the Rehabilitation International Finnish Committee (RIFI), the Rehabilitation Foundation is part of the Rehabilitation International (RI) network. The foundation is a member of the Finnish National Committee of the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), and actively involved in the international networks of several EU projects. The foundation is also a member of The Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network (GLADNET). In addition, the foundation participates in various international events to present its latest research results to international audiences.

The Rehabilitation Foundation carries out research, evaluation and development projects in the areas of rehabilitation, social care and welfare, public health and employment. The foundation produces various kinds of information and practices that relate to people’s ability to work, their functional capacity and coping in life in general. The aim is to apply these results to support wellbeing at work, longer careers and access to employment as well as to prevent processes that lead to social exclusion. The results can also be used in social decision-making on rehabilitation, in rehabilitation planning and in expert training.

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The Rehabilitation Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that specialises in developing rehabilitation in Finland. The foundation participates in the production of rehabilitation services through Avire-Kuntoutus, partially owned by the foundation. The operations of the Rehabilitation Foundation are partially funded by Finland’s Slot Machine Association (RAY), and its partners and customers comprise a large and diverse group of organisations.

The applied approach draws from various disciplines, and innovative projects are an essential part of the foundations operations. The research activities are mostly financed by Finland’s Slot Machine Association (RAY), The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), Finnish ministries and other national sources, and by the European Social Fund. In addition to RAY, Kela and third-sector organisations, the foundation works in cooperation with universities and various research institutions.

The current action programmes are relate to:

The Rehabilitation Foundation publishes report series that also include reports or abstracts in English. The results are made available both in Finnish and international journals.

ff the need for and the allocation of rehabilitation ff the promotion of functional capacity and illness-specific rehabilitation ff the promotion of the ability to work and supporting coping at work.

Publications

Research and development

Promotion of working capacity and supporting continued working

The aim is to promote the participation of people with various working capacities in working life, and also to develop and study the practices of supporting working capacity and continued working in cooperation with various parties involved. A closer cooperation between the workplace, occupational health services and those involved in rehabilitation services, along with more fluent processes, enable early intervention in problems pertaining to working capacity.


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The foundation aims to collect, provide and maintain current information in the field of rehabilitation. The Kuntoutusportti.fi online service contains materials and links related to rehabilitation. The service also features a research database with information on rehabilitation-related studies and publications.

Communications and information services

The scientific-professional journal Kuntoutus releases up-to-date information on the research, methods and new innovations in the field of rehabilitation. The publication also follows up on related social debate and serves as a discussion forum for professionals in the field.


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The rehabilitation library and information service is a public scientific library containing publications in the field of rehabilitation. The collections include books and magazines for those interested in rehabilitation and related fields. The library is publicly available to everyone.

Communications and information services

Evaluation and training


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The Rehabilitation Foundation is an expert organisation and developer of well-being, rehabilitation, health and working life in Finland. The products of the foundation are aimed at public administration, the third sector and corporations, and include ff programme and project evaluations ff intervention, product and service evaluations ff occupational health surveys and researchassisted development of work communities ff designing occupational health processes for corporations and work communities ff project training: observing good work practices and promising methodological practices, project life-cycle thinking, perceiving problem points in projects, project managers’ tasks etc.

The leading principles of the foundation’s services are solid expertise and partnershipbased development through in-depth dialogue with clients. The main training event is The Finnish National Rehabilitation Conference, which is the most significant Finnish annual training event and meeting place for professionals in the field.


Rehabilitation Foundation Pakarituvantie 4–5, PO Box 39, FI-00411 Helsinki, Finland Tel. +358 9 530 41 Website: www.kuntoutussaatio.fi e-mail: firstname.lastname@kuntoutussaatio.fi

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