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As a physiotherapist, the Meaning of Rehabilitation and Rebuilding

Qhayiya Mudau

Event: Oxford Peace Talks 2019
Location: The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Mansfield College
Date: 16/05/2019

“Access to physiotherapy services, I believe, has a such a crucial role in building and rebuilding the lives of individuals after disease or disaster. Access to physiotherapy services provides individuals with the opportunity to answer the question of ‘what happens now, after disease and conflicts have been resolved?’ What happens now? Rehabilitation services are about rebuilding.”

Physiotherapist and Rhodes Scholar, Qhayiya Mudau, talks about being a physiotherapist who rebuilds the lives of individuals. Qhayiya reminds us that the power of injured individuals reintegrating into society is the way of rebuilding peace.

Oxford Peace Talks 2019. Recorded at the The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in Mansfield College on May 16, 2019.


Qhayiya Mudau

Qhayiya Mudau (nee Magaqa) is a physiotherapist and Rhodes Scholar currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Oxford. Qhayiya’s research focuses on how to improve access to health rehabilitation services, such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy, for people with disabilities in rural South Africa. In particular, she analyses opportunities for health policies to be best translated into practice in a way that facilitates inclusion and participation in every day life for people with disabilities. Her conviction is that people with disabilities should also have the opportunities to live the kinds of lives that they themselves find valuable. Outside of her research, Qhayiya teaches on the East Africa Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.