History of rehabilitation medicine

The medical specialty of Rehabilitation Medicine arose largely in response to the needs of those injured in wartime, particularly following the Second World War, and gained momentum in Australia from the 1950s onwards.

Summary of AFRM History

A Brief History of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

A Brief History of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine publication provides a history of Rehabilitation Medicine in Australia and New Zealand. The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) welcomes contributions from RACP Fellows and Trainees on the publication.

Introduction (PDF)

Chapter 1 (PDF) – The Early Years in Australia

Chapter 2 (PDF) – Regional Development of Rehabilitation Services

Chapter 3 (PDF) – Establishing Rehabilitation Medicine as a Specialty

Chapter 4 (PDF) – The Australian College of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM)

Chapter 5 (PDF) – The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM)


Addendum 1 (PDF) – Biographies

Addendum 2 (PDF) – Lists

Addendum 3 (PDF) – Bibliography, Sources and Acknowledgements

Addendum 4 (PDF) – Early History of Rehabilitation Medicine and Rehabilitation in Queensland

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