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Special Interest Groups

The WFNR has 37 Special Interest Groups. If you are interested in setting up a Special Interest Group, please scroll to the bottom of the list for guidelines.  The full list of current SIGs, with email contacts for the Chairs, is as follows 


If you have a particular interest in helping some of these special interest groups then please contact the Chair or Tracey Mole. We hope the special interest groups will put on teaching courses and help with the development of our regional and world congresses. Some of the groups may also be putting together best practice guidelines in order to promote that particular interest.



Special Interest Groups (SIGs) constitute an important part of the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation (WFNR).  Special Interest Groups promote the development of their specific area of interest within the general aims of WFNR and this includes engagement in educational activities.  The purpose of each SIG is formulated by that group, within general guidelines provided by WFNR, and subject to approval by the Presidium.  Each SIG elects a Chairperson.  The Chairpersons of all SIGs form the WFNR SIG Committee which should meet at least on the occasion of each World Congress of WFNR.  The SIG Committee elects a Committee Chair, who is also a permanent member of the Scientific Programme Committee and the Presidium.




  1. Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are formal groups approved by the WFNR Presidium whose members have unique interest around a particular diagnostic group or focused practice area.  SIGs are self-directed and have an agenda of work or involvement that sustains the group throughout the year.   Their goals and objectives are compatible with the overall direction of the WFNR. 
  1. SIGs propose courses specific to their interest, for example, at the World Congress of WFNR, contingent upon approval by the Programme Committee.
  2. SIGs must follow WFNR policies and procedures.
  3. SIGs will have a governance structure in place that serve for three years with re-election possible, that includes at least the following:

(a)  Chair

(b)  Chair Elect

(c)   Secretary

(d)  Past Chair

WFNR will support the work of the SIGs by assisting with member mailings and other administrative functions.


Responsibilities of the chair

  1. With input from the SIG, develop a mission and goals, devise an action plan and make assignments to meet the goals for the year.
  2. Prepare an agenda for the SIG meeting at conferences and send copies to the Executive Director.
  3. Plan SIG projects and timelines.  Plan SIG assignments, including responsibility for reporting to membership and responsibility to recommend membership recruitment strategies.
  4. Conduct a SIG meeting at the World Congress. Circulate attendance sheet to collect names and addresses of interested members and send minutes, project timelines and assignments to SIG members and central office.
  5. Submit SIG action plans to Executive Director.  Discuss with President any project requests that may require funding or staff support.
  6. Schedule and conduct additional SIG meetings as approved.
  7. Communicate with SIG members at least twice a year by e-mail.  Communicate with members who have accepted assignments by e-mail or conference calls.  Copy President and Executive Director on correspondence. 
  8. Submit a report to the central office each year by 31 December.  This should include an executive summary for distribution when there is a World Congress and subsequent publication in newsletter.


Criteria for Chair

  1. Demonstrate a special commitment to and experience with the focus area of the SIG.
  2. Ability to accomplish tasks on schedule and to work effectively with other people.


Criteria for Members

  1. WFNR member in good standing.
  2. Knowledgeable about and interested in working on the SIG.   Understand and agree to the necessary commitment of time and activity for SIG projects that may be assigned.



  1. The SIG will meet at each World Congress.
  2. Interim meetings are encouraged and recommended.


Listing of SIGs

          The central office will maintain a listing of current SIGs.


Formation of a New SIG

Requests for the formation of a new SIG should be sent to the Executive Director and will subsequently be considered by the WFNR Presidium for formal designation as a SIG.  An individual should be named as a primary contact person for the applicant group and must send a CV with the application.  The contact person will be notified of about the final decision.  The application should include:

  1. A detailed statement of purpose and rationale showing that the proposed group is unique, pertains to an area of neurorehabilitation, and cannot have its members’ interests served through an existing WFNR component.
  2. Listing of at least five WFNR members in good standing who have indicated an interest in this topic area.


Upon formal approval of SIG status, the group will be added to the SIG listing and published on the WFNR website.  A Chair should be elected by the SIG and, once elected, must send a CV to the Executive Director of WFNR. 

Dissolution of a SIG

If the SIG does not assemble at two consecutive World Congresses, the SIG will be reviewed by the Presidium and may be discontinued by a majority vote.







Name and email address of contact (attach CV)



Names and contact details of 5 people interested in this group



Proposed Name of SIG



Mission Statement





























Who should join?





Please send to Tracey Mole, WFNR Executive Director,

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