The professional development of rehabilitation in Australia, 1870-1981

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[Truncated]The physical rehabilitation of the disabled in Australia is popularly
believed to have originated after the Second World War. This
overlooks the development of a unique and vigorous Australian
context of physical rehabilitation which began to take shape in the late
nineteenth century.
This thesis addresses the 'hidden' history of rehabilitation, by
examining the professional development of rehabilitative practices
such as massage and orthopaedics. It examines the socio-political
context within which these changes took place, analysing the impact of
professional activity on the development of rehabilitation as part of
Australia's health care industry. Changes to the priorities and
expectations of physical rehabilitation took place in this context, and in
turn shaped future confrontations and developments in rehabilitative
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Publication statusUnpublished - 1994

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