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Enhancing Expertise in Health Promotion and Occupational Health within Rehabilitation Professionals (EHORP)

Project title Enhancing Expertise in Health Promotion and Occupational Health within Rehabilitation Professionals (EHORP)
Database Data inserted through the NDPHS Project Pipeline
ID in the source database 33
Thematic area
  • Health Promotion, Education and Information
  • Occupational Health and Safety
Topic Increasing expertise and knowledge and facilitating know-how transfer on health promotion and occupational health care within rehabilitation professionals
Project geographical area
  • Finland
  • Russia
Substate level / administrative units /regions St. Petersburg
Lead partner (organisation) no data
Lead partner (owner or/and project manager) no data
Partner organisations
Start date 2008-06-08
End date 2009-11-30
Duration (months) 17
Target audience Direct beneficiaries: the St Petersburg State Medical University named after Pavlov, Degree programmes in Physical Rehabilitation, Adaptive Physical Education and Sports Medicine, and Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia, Degree programmes in Physiotherapy and Master of rehabilitation. The Institute of Healthcare Reform (NGO), postgraduate programmes for rehabilitation professionals, general practitioners and nurses Rehabilitation-educational Center «Physical rehabilitation» (NGO) Students, teachers and professionals in rehabilitation area in Russia and Finland Indirect beneficiaries: rehabilitees and their families, patient organizations, and communities in Russia and Finland Other stakeholder group that the project will target: St. Petersburg region hospitals, health centres, out patient clinics and fitness clubs The Association of Finnish Physiotherapists and The Association of Finnish Physiotherapists in Occupational Health Care, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Summary The conditions that account for the highest disease burden among males in Russia are cardiovascular diseases and injuries, and main risk factors for women are high blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, a low level of physical activity and non-healthy diets are the contributing risk factors in the population in Russia. Many of the work-related injuries and illnesses experienced by workers are musculoskeletal disorders, that may develop from lifting, repetitive motion, or overexertion. Physical activity is a fundamental means of improving people’s physical and mental health. It reduces the risks of many non-communicable diseases and significantly benefits society by increasing social interaction and community engagement. During the Soviet time and in the following years there have not been effective health promotion programmes either on national or local levels. As a result there is not enough knowledge among Russian people how to support their health and physical activity. Healthy life style is not a prioritised area for majority of people. Even the health care professionals do not possess sufficient knowledge and skills to support well-being and health of various age groups. The purpose of the project is to increase expertise and knowledge and to facilitate know-how transfer on health promotion and occupational health care among rehabilitation professionals. As major activities four training seminars on the themes of health promotion and occupational health will be organised in St Petersburg for teachers, students and professionals in rehabilitation area as well as one health promotion conference involving stakeholder groups and other interested parties. The project will be implemented by Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia (1.8.2008 Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences) in collaboration with St Petersburg State Medical University named after Pavlov, Faculty of Sports Medicine and The Institute of Healthcare Reform (NGO). The total budget for the project period (08.06.2008-30.11.2009) is 119 899 euros. The project contributes to promotion of health and quality of life of various age groups and to promotion and maintenance of workers’ work ability in the neighbouring areas in the frame of the Northern Dimension Partnership Programme. The knowledge gained will also benefit the students and teachers at Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia and professionals in rehabilitation area in Finland.
Background The health of the Russian population continues to lag behind that in many neighbouring countries. Among males, the conditions that account for the highest disease burden are cardiovascular diseases and unintentional injuries. Main risk factors for women are high blood pressure and high cholesterol. In addition, a low level of physical activity and non-healthy diets are the contributing risk factors in the population. The Russian Federation people live fewer years overall and in worse health than people in most countries in the Region. It is important that the future increases in life expectancy in the Russian Federation go hand in hand with improvements in functioning, capacity and health related quality of life in general. Physical activity is a fundamental means of improving people’s physical and mental health. It reduces the risks of many non-communicable diseases and significantly benefits society by increasing social interaction and community engagement. Many of the work-related injuries and illnesses experienced by workers are musculoskeletal disorders and there is evidence that the impact of coordinated ergonomic intervention which also includes ergonomic training can be beneficial for employees and employers alike. During the Soviet time and in the following years there have not been effective health promotion programmes either on national or local levels. From 2006 in Russia the National Prioritised Project "Health” covered development of new diagnostic and treatment procedures, but health promotion as a strategy of changing the health situation of the population was not included. There is not enough knowledge among Russian people how to support their health and physical activity. Healthy life style is not a prioritised area for majority of people. Even the health care professionals do not possess sufficient knowledge and skills to support well-being and health of various age groups in public health care and in occupational health care. The future health care professionals are extremely important resource for health promotion and implementation of healthy life style. The health care professionals who on the one hand have to provide ideas of healthy life style during their everyday work but on the other hand they have a high risk of problems with their own health related to their own occupational hazards. Health and rehabilitation professionals meet people from different age groups in their daily work and they need to be equipped with relevant knowledge and skills to meet these challenges. The partners have previous experience of collaboration within an EU Tempus project (2005-2007 to introduce a new educational programme in physiotherapy at Bachelor and Master's level which meets the requirements of the Russian Federation (RF) and is in a harmony with European educational standards. The Russian partners have expressed the need for further training and increase of knowledge in health promotion and occupational health which are new subjects in the curriculum. The project supports the achievement of NDPHS objectives in improving peoples' overall quality of life.
Objectives Assimilation of new approaches and methods in health promotion by developing new competences in the area of health promotion and occupational health. Promotion of health and quality of life of various age groups. Promotion and maintenance of workers’ work ability and well-being at work.
Specific objectives/indicators Curriculum development in the Faculty of Sports Medicine at the St Petersburg State Medical University named after Pavlov Indicators: Bachelor and post basic courses in Health promotion, teaching therapeutic exercise, Occupational Health and Ergonomics, Psychophysical methods in supporting body awareness Enhancing students´ and professionals' expertise on health promotion of various age groups and occupational health care and ergonomics by becoming familiar with promotive, preventive, and curative activities. Indicators: A team of teachers and professionals in the area of rehabilitation applying new approaches and methods in learning and teaching health promotion, occupational health and ergonomics, and use of psychophysical methods especially body awareness therapy Providing learning resources in Russian and English to support the education in both the classroom and the clinical setting. Indicators: Student and teacher handbooks, DVDs and journals and access to relevant information services in use to support teaching and learning within the content areas in question.
Results Approved courses with documented course descriptions and course materials at teachers and students level (both teachers’ materials and students' handbooks). Strengthened skills in teaching methods which are based on active teaching, self-directed learning and participant learning actions. Increased knowledge of effective health promotion methods and their application in various age groups and patient's organizations among professionals in rehabilitation area Use of the produced and provided learning resources in different learning environments.
Total foreseen budget EUR 119,854
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Financing agencies / organisations Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
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Last posted: on 2008-07-03 at 14:33:53

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