The 4th International Symposium on ICF Education, with the theme "ICF: Measurement for better participation" will be held on 6-7 April 2019 in Kuwait City.

    The aim is to bring together people from around the world who are teaching about or using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in health statistics and administration, clinical practice and education such as in interprofessional education, research and product development.

    Collaboration and participation from all stakeholders are important. All participants are expected to share their experiences (whether they present an abstract or not) and learn from each other. Participation is required! Accepted presentations will be posted on the www.ICFEducation.org website.

    Symposium topics

    1.       ICF-related tools to evaluate functioning

    The relationship between the ICF and assessment with tools such as surveys, standardised measures, profession specific tests and self-reports, for example is often a source of questions from new comers to ICF. Abstracts illustrating the teaching methods to respond to these questions are welcome.

    2.       Educating on ICF

    Now that the ICF is nearing 20 years of age there have been many examples of introducing the ICF to health professionals and student health professionals. Examples of curricula and methods of teaching ICF are encouraged. Also examples of education for other audiences, such as health policy makers and administrators, statisticians, and people with disabilities, carers and disabled people’s organisations.

    3.       ICF-based evidence informing policies

    Under this topic examples of how ICF based information has informed policy development and the impact of the policies on populations are encouraged.

    Important dates

    ·         Abstract submission opens: 7 December 2018

    ·         Abstract submission deadline: 10 February 2019

    ·         Notification of outcome: 18 February 2019

    ·         Registration deadline: 3 March 2019 (for visa purposes). The information page in your passport should be uploaded with registration.

    ·         Registration deadline: 25 March 2019 (for visa free countries and for those from Kuwait)

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    Dear Colleagues, It was with deep sorrow that we received the news of our dear friend and colleague, Professor Emeritus Björn Smedby.   At the age of 86 he was still working regularly at the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, supporting younger colleagues, working in the area of health classifications.    We received an e-mail with a wise answer on a classification matter as late as 5 pm the day he passed away.   Professor Emeritus Björn Smedby devoted the main part of his professional life to research in Health Care Services and classifications in health care. His work in classifications began in 1964 with the use of a Swedish Clinical Modification of ICD-7 in a pilot study of an in-patient register in the Region of Uppsala. This eventually became the starting point of a national in-patient register in Sweden. He was deeply involved in the translation and implementation of ICD-7, 8, 9, and 10 in Sweden. Björn participated in the Centre Head/WHO-FIC Annual meetings over 25 years and became the first Centre Head of the Nordic WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre, started in 1987. At the Brazilia WHO-FIC meeting in 2012 he was awarded the WHO Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the field of classifications at the international level.

      Björn Smedby was interviewed for a local newspaper in Uppsala in 2012, and described himself as “curious, hard-working and careful”. We believe that these words describe his true character very well. Moreover, we would like to add “generous, friendly and always in development” to the description of Björn. We will always remember his kind and calm voice, explaining complicated matters in an understandable way. In our hearts and minds we will preserve his motto, and try our best to follow it: “A thing worth doing is worth doing well”.

    Our most sincere condolences go to his family at this difficult time.

    On behalf of Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and Nordic Collaborating Center 

    Kristina Bränd Persson Magdalena Fresk Lars Berg

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