MedVET (2017-2020)


MedVET-VET programme for medical practitioners supporting parents of babies with disabilities and complex needs



Start date: 01 September 2017
Duration: 36 months


  • Marmara University, Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Department, Turkey
  • Asociatia Unu Si Unu Romania
  • National Association Of Professionals Working With People With Disabilities, Bulgaria
  • Specialised Hospital For Active Treatment Of Obstetrics And Gynaecology „Selena“, Bulgaria
  • Spastic Children’S Foundation Of Turkey, Turkey
  • Gazi Universitesi, Turkey
  • Phoenixkm Bvba, Belgium

Aims and objectives

  • support social, emotional and professional well-being of the medical professionals;
  • provide training that addresses holistic aspects of the medical professionals’ daily work which will help them to develop new strategies that they can apply to ensure the support of parents;
  • prevent abandonment – signs and actions at level of the maternity ward;
  • make the medical professionals aware of the essence of the term “child at risk”;
  • enable the medical professionals to support parents to build up their new everyday life strategy in order to ensure a smooth physical, emotional and cognitive development of the newborn family member with a disability.

Target groups

Direct target:

  • Medical doctors within obstetrics, Gynaecology, neonatology department within private and public hospitals
  • Nurses and midwifes working in obstetrics, Gynaecology, neonatology departments
  • Doulas (birth companion and post-birth supporter)
  • Personal care givers of babies and young kids with disabilities and complex needs


  • Parents of babies with congenital disabilities (Down, CP, Sensory, Spina Bifida, etc.) and complex needs or at risk of acquiring a disability
  • Pregnant women diagnosed with disability in the fetus and who would like to keep the baby
  • Professionals working in the field of children abandonment
  • Professionals engaged in early intervention services


  • Holistic framework of socio-medical models for parents support
  • ECVET based MedVET support training curriculum
  • MedVET support Training program and Assessment mechanism
  • Peer support portal
  • Mobile learning app
  • Interactive good practice guide

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