The ICF is increasingly widely used in Australia and around the world, and there are many new ICF-related activities, applications and initiatives. Recent developments in the WHO Family of International Classifications have seen ICF functioning content incorporated into the Eleventh Revision of the ICD, and in the International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI), with ICF categories used as targets for interventions.

The ICF Australia Interest Group

In the context of international and Australian efforts and activities, including ICF education, applications, and updating, the objectives of the Interest Group are to contribute to:

  • Knowledge and understanding of, and education about, the ICF and its use
  • The development of practical tools and initiatives to enhance the accessibility and ease of use of the ICF
  • The use of ICF to generate knowledge and to improve policy, practice, services and the lives of people with disability
  • Improvements in the ICF itself, including its cross-cultural relevance and applicability

The Interest Group is guided by the values embodied in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the ethical principles set out in the ICF itself.

Key methods of the Group focus on information-sharing and communication in the first instance, with collaboration as a possible development.