Diploma of Community Based Rehabilitation

The Diploma of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) aims to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to competently implement community based rehabilitation strategies as outlined by the WHO at provincial level. The Diploma of CBR will specifically develop graduates in the areas of therapy outreach skills, community rehabilitation skills and community development skills.

Admission Requirements


  1. High school education of up to the level of form 6 or 7, or
  2. Previous education in CBR and disability studies or related fields
  3. Work experience/employment within CBRU Ministry of Health with recommendation for further studies by the Ministry of Health (National Coordinator CBRU).
  4. Verbal and written skills as per the form 5 education standard.

Course Structure


Course Code: CBR
Course Name: Diploma of Community Based Rehabilitation
Duration: 2 years
Core Units: 20 Units
Total Credit Points: 240
Campus: Kukum

Unit CodeUnit TitleSemester OfferedPrerequisiteCredit Point
CB511Foundation in Human Biology112
This unit aims to provide students with basic understanding of the human body and how it functions. The knowledge gained from this unit will be a foundation for learning about disabling conditions and impact on human functions.
CB512Foundation in Human Body Functions112
This unit aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of how the body moves to assist students in understanding conditions that affects the musculoskeletal system. Understanding how disabling conditions affect the musculoskeletal system and functional human movement will assist students to use clinical reasoning to identify when/why/how physical therapy interventions are implemented. Areas of study in the unit include musculoskeletal anatomy, surface anatomy, assessment, intervention and evaluation of range of movement, basic neurology in context of function, childhood development, and prevention of secondary disability.
CB531Introduction to Community Based Rehabilitation112
This unit introduces students to the Community Based Rehabilitation strategy and the social and human rights models of disability. This unit also provide students CBR theory that will aid them in practicing in the community appropriately. Students will learn the role and function of community based rehabilitation, and national, regional and international disability legislation, policy and programs that support disability and community based rehabilitation.
CB532Professional Practice112
This unit will help prepare students with self-management and professional practice skills for application in the classroom and workplace. Topics covered in the unit include; communication skills, study skills, and law and ethics. This unit endeavours to groom professional and successful students and graduates.
CB 533Social Inclusion & Empowerment A112
Using adult learning styles, this unit aims to increase students’ knowledge, skills and challenge personal attitudes to contribute to an inclusive society. The CBR Guidelines Social and Empowerment elements, as well as the United Nations Convention of the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) will be used as a framework to assist students to promote empowerment and social inclusion of persons with disabilities at the community level.
CB571Health Conditions2CB511, CB51212
This unit will provide students with a pivotal understanding of the primary disabilities experienced in the Solomon Islands, such as cerebral palsy, stroke, diabetes and amputation, etc. Areas of study include biomechanical, sensory motor; sensory, cognitive and psychiatric disabilities.
CB591Therapy Skills A2CB51112
Skills learnt within this unit will be important in assisting a person with a disability to have equal access and participation in the community. Areas of study will focus on providing rehabilitation for activities as described by the International Classification of Function and Disability. Therapy Skills A unit will focus on mobility and personal care activities.
CB534Social Inclusion & Empowerment B2CB53312
This unit will teach students specific skills to enabling individual communication with those who have speech and language impairments. Students will also gain knowledge on how to create disability self-help groups in the community to empower persons with disabilities to have a voice in their communities. They will develop skills to facilitate groups to accomplish their goals.
CB536Assistive Devices & Building Modifications212
Skills learnt within this unit will be important in assisting a person with a disability to have equal access and participation in the community. Areas of practical application include making basic homemade toys, as well as designing and making mobility aids, postural aids, daily living aids, and physical environment modifications from everyday materials.
CB541Fieldwork 12CB51212
This unit will be a mixture of lecture, tutorial and fieldwork attachment. The opportunity will be provided to develop professional practice, self-management, communication, documentation and assessment skills in the workplace. Students will also have the opportunity to complete a sports activity and an advocacy intervention.
CB535Project Planning & Community Development312
This unit aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to implement community development projects that address disability inclusion. Community capacity building primarily takes the form of local development projects. Topics that will be introduced include: concepts of community development, the project management cycle (situation analysis, planning & design, implementation & monitoring, evaluation) and social and empowerment concepts.
CB537Education & Livelihood3CB51212
Using adult learning styles, this unit aims to increase students’ knowledge, skills and challenge personal attitudes to contribute to inclusive education and livelihood for persons with disability. The CBR Guidelines Education and Livelihood elements, as well as the Convention of the Rights for Persons with Disabilities will be used as a framework to assist students to promote empowerment and inclusion of persons with disabilities at the community level.
CB592Therapy Skills B3CB512, CB59112
Skills learnt within this unit will be important in assisting a person with a disability to have equal access and participation in the community. Areas of study will focus on providing rehabilitation for activities as described by the International Classification of Function and Disability. Therapy Skills B unit will have an increasing focus on personal care, learning and applying knowledge, communication and domestic activities.
CB542Fieldwork 23CB53512
This unit is intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply community development skills with a relevant community project. Students will be completing a block fieldwork placement of 4 weeks within CBRU, DPO or disability NGO based in Honiara. The project will be specific to disability and/or related topics. Students will be given the opportunity to create, design, implement and evaluate this project.
CB543Fieldwork 33CB54112
This unit will be a one day per week fieldwork and a half day per week tutorials. This unit is an opportunity for students to consolidate their therapy outreach skills with ongoing supervision and accountability to support ongoing good work practices. Students will be expected to case manage three clients with their supervisor’s assistance including a child with a neurodevelopmental condition, an adult with a neurological condition and an adult with a musculoskeletal condition.
CB534Health Promotion and Education412
This unit will equip students with the skills required to facilitate increased awareness and attitude change in the community regarding disability. Graduates will be required to promote human rights, equality and abilities of people with disabilities. Principles of health promotion & health education, educating community groups, education/advocacy with local leaders, educating family members are topics that will be covered in this unit alongside disability prevention.
NU632Primary Healthcare & Health Promotion412
The concepts of Primary Health Care and Health Promotion are developed and explored in this unit. Students will learn the strategies for promoting health including health education, screening for disease and immunization. The place of primary health care within the public health system will be explored and students will learn the format and process for undertaking a community assessment
CB595WHO Wheelchair Service Delivery Training B412
By equipping students with knowledge and skills to maintain or develop functional sitting postures and an understanding of appropriate wheelchair, this will allow graduates to ensure that the person with a disability has maximum opportunity to be included in day-to-day activities and to prevent secondary disabilities. Students will study introduction to seating postures, prescription principles and other relevant information regarding a manual wheel chair.
HP685Research design & Methodology412
This unit introduces students to research as an essential tool for knowledge generation in health service delivery. Emphasis will be on developing basic research designs, samples and analysis plans, as well as how to use and pre-test the types of instruments commonly used in health research and/or surveys with basic statistical applications.
Ethical issues that a health researcher needs to consider when doing research will be discussed in this unit. It will also further develop students’ capabilities in research designs and methodology so that students can formulate small scale research in their work professions. The student will then choose a research topic and, in groups of three design research method, analyse data and report findings. The unit culminates in the student writing and presenting a research proposal.
CB544Fieldwork 44Fieldwork one, three12
This unit will be a one day per week fieldwork and a half day per week tutorials. This unit is an opportunity for students to consolidate their therapy outreach skills with ongoing supervision and accountability to support ongoing good work practices. It builds on from fieldwork three. With their supervisor’s assistance, students will be expected to case manage clients with a range of health conditions as studied in the course.
CB545Fieldwork 54Fieldwork one, three, four12
This unit provides students with the opportunity for integrated application of learning from semesters one, two and three. A six week block fieldwork placement will be offered for students to demonstrate these skills and abilities.