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JAMK University of Applied Sciences Ltd. Chairperson I MP

Centre of excellence provides new solutions for the challenges of the rehabilitation field

"It is incredibly exciting that our very own university of applied sciences will, together with Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, form the future Finnish centre of excellence for the rehabilitation field. The centre of excellence will develop education in the sector, as well as cooperation related to research and development. This is an important task as the cluster will support the implementation of the national reform in social welfare, health care and rehabilitation services."

It is incredibly exciting that our very own university of applied sciences will, together with Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, form the future Finnish centre of excellence for the rehabilitation field. The centre of excellence will develop education in the sector, as well as cooperation related to research and development. This is an important task as the cluster will support the implementation of the national reform in social welfare, health care and rehabilitation services. JAMK will also have a stronger role in projects, such as the development of the Kukkula hospital and the Hippos area. The clear goal for 2020 is to become an acknowledge expert in multidisciplinary rehabilitation,    

which entails rehabilitation through exercise, rehabilitation for work, at-home and remote rehabilitation, customer-oriented rehabilitation processes, guidance regarding rehabilitation services, and the development functional capacity and participation. A wide range of national cooperation partners is involved from the new hospital, City of Jyväskylä and the University of Jyväskylä to the National Institute for Health and Welfare, The Rehabilitation Foundation and Gerocenter, just to mention a few. International collaborators include universities, such as Utrecht, Northampton, San Jose State, Taipei NU and Takasaki University. This pool of knowledge and expertise is sure to generate workable concepts for rehabilitation, which is becoming increasingly essential in all societies.  

The process accelerators created with The Rehabilitation Foundation provide platforms for shaping rehabilitation products and services, along with related processes. They provide rehabilitation patients, developers, service providers, students and companies with a framework for meeting each other. These activities began in October 2016. The aim is to create a “Knowledge Triangle” to consolidate studies, actual work and the continuous development of services and operations. This will also serve to bolster customer understanding.

The examples produced by RDI activities meet some of the most demanding challenges of our time. The Serpa project promotes the employment of young people through engaging trial arrangements, the Suunta (Direction) project aims to guide young parents towards a career, Hyvinvointikioski (Well-being kiosk) focuses on strengthening the work-related and functional capacities of the long-term unemployed, and Pelaten osalliseks (Participation through gaming) utilises gaming to promote rehabilitation among mental health rehabilitation clients. In addition to this, digital means and a culture of experimentation are being employed to develop network efforts in network efforts in children’s occupational therapy, research of the rehabilitation of elderly patients with multiple conditions, and occupational well-being in home care. Another excellent example is the Kukoistava kotihoito (Thriving home care) project, which seeks to provide new ways for senior citizens to be able to live longer.

The preventive promotion of health and exercise in all age groups is our shared duty. Stronger efforts are required to encourage and support people to maintain their health and well-being, independently.  

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