Facilitation team

The partnership has 23 partners from 12 countries (see below). The mICF project forms part of the strategic work plan of the Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG) of the World Health Organization’s Family of International Classifications Network (WHO-FIC).

Facilitation team

Heidi Anttila, PhD (Public Health), MSc (Health Promotion), PT, National Institute for Welfare and Health (2001-). Senior researcher in Ageing, Disability and Functioning Unit, Department of Welfare. Specialist qualification in management. She has worked as a coordinator and researcher in several comprehensive projects, that developed the European Core Model for health technology assessment (EUnetHTA), evaluated evidence-based Antimicrobial Treatment Strategies (MIKSTRA study), physical therapy after breast cancer surgery, surgical procedures for morbid obesity, obstructive sleep apnoea, and rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy. Research Grant from Academy of Finland 2010-2013 for Nordic Outcomes Study of Electronic Mobility Devices. Member of the Welfare Technology Leader Network in Nordic Welfare Centre (2009-2014). THL International Award 2011. Currently, she is deputy director of the Finnish Center for Evidence-Based Health Care: An Affiliated Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute, manager the Reference Group of Functioning Classification and Information Structures of Functional Outcome Instruments at the National Code Server in THL, coordinator of national ICF network and disability learning network in Innovillage environment www.innokyla.fi, leader of the Editorial Board of the THL’s Functioning website www.thl.fi/toimintakyky, and member of the reference groups of the national TOIMIA network (Measurement and Assessment of Functioning) www.toimia.fi, the Functioning and Disability Reference Group in the WHO Family of International Classification Network. Author or co-author of 60+ publications. LinkedIn: http://fi.linkedin.com/in/heanttila. Her interest focuses on developing user-needs based and accessible health and social services and their needs and outcomes evaluation.

Olaf Kraus de Camargo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. He completed his medical education and pediatric training in Brazil, followed by a residency in Germany where he received training in developmental-behavioural pediatrics and child neurology. Prior to joining the faculty at McMaster, Olaf held positions as a Professor of Social Medicine at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen and as CEO and Medical Director of Kinderzentrum Pelzerhaken gGmbH in Germany, an inpatient and outpatient facility for children with developmental-behavioural disabilities and chronic neurologic disorders.

Dr. Kraus de Camargo is a scientist at the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research and a member of MacART (McMaster Autism Research Team). He continues practicing as a developmental pediatrician at the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, where one of his activities is being part of EFCT (‘effect’), the Eating and Feeding Consult Team.

Since 2001, Olaf Kraus de Camargo has been involved with the implementation of the WHO – International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), initially in neuro-rehabilitation and later in implementing it into Early Intervention Centres in Germany. Together with Judith Hollenweger, he edited the German translation of the ICF-CY (Children and Youth Version) for WHO. With Liane Simon he co-authored the first handbook about clinical applications of the ICF-CY in Germany. An new English edition of this book has added Peter Rosenbaum and Gabriel Ronen as co-editors and was published by MacKeith Press in 2019. He contributes with his expertise with the ICF as a collaborator to the Functioning and Disability Reference Group of the Family of Classification of WHO and since 2016 is in charge of the Secretariat of FDRG.

At McMaster University, Dr. Kraus de Camargo is introducing ICF into education models, clinical practice and research. His goal is to develop an electronic version of the ICF (the ICanFunction App) to empower patients to better describe their needs to clinicians. He also is a co-founder and editor of a knowledge mobilization website called ICFEducation.

ThomasThomas Maribo, Associate Professor, PhD, MHs, PT, head of Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Aarhus University. He has been involved in different kinds of educational tasks and the ICF at bachelor and professional master levels, as well as in continuing education. Currently he is moderator on the ICF Update Platform. He has been a coordinator and researcher in several comprehensive projects, on rehabilitation in Denmark in different aspect of interprofessional and cross sectional  rehabilitation. He is experienced in outcome measures in functioning of persons at varying ages and disabilities. His interest focuses on needs assessment and goal setting in rehabilitation as well as interprofessional education and needs and outcomes evaluation in rehabilitation with a special focus on Patient reported Outcomes (PRO). He is collaborator of the Functioning and Disability Reference Group in the WHO Family of International Classification Network. He is advisor for the Central Denmark Region, the national boards in health and social affairs. Author and co-author of 40+ publications in national and international journals (32 articles last 5 years), 5 contributions in anthologies.


Jaana Paltamaa, PhD (Health Sciences), a planning specialist at JAMK, the School of Health and Social Studies. She has over 20 years’ working experience in multidisciplinary health care team as an expert physiotherapist. She was responsible for co-ordination and implementation of the internal continuing neurological physiotherapy education in the Central Finland health care district and she participated several research projects (e.g. outcome assessment methods, quality management guidelines and statistics on rehabilitation services). Her PhD study focused on assessment of physical functioning in the ICF framework. She has also coordinated and worked on several national projects on functioning assessment, rehabilitation services and innovative solutions, e.g. Rehabilitation development project funded by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), Driving simulator for accessibility and experience – a novel service concept for wellness funded by Tekes, Establishing the ICF classification in medical rehabilitation funded by Kela, and Evidence-based practice in social and health care, case study in Onerva Centre for Learning and Consulting funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. She is an author of several books, articles and systematic reviews. She was a member of the Guideline for Physiotherapy in Parkinson’s disease Writing Group. She is a member of the reference group of the national TOIMIA network, whose aim is to improve the quality in the assessment and measurement of human functioning, and a collaborator of Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG) in the WHO Family of International Classification Network (WHO-FIC).

S Snyman photo 150X150Stefanus Snyman (MB, Ch. B; M. Phil (HealthScEd); DOM) serves as facilitator of the International ICanFunction (mICF) Partnership. He is an occupational medicine practitioner in private practice. He is also a research associate at the Centre for Community Technologies at Nelson Mandela University (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) and project manager of the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre for the African Region (Cape Town, South Africa). He also serves as facilitator of the African Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN), with the remit to advocate for and implement policies relating to interprofessional education and collaborative practice. He is member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Interprofessional Care and serves as treasurer for of Interprofessional.Global, the Global Confederation for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice..

Joanne D. Valerius, Ph.D, MPH, Director Graduate Program in Health Information Management as part of the Biomedical Informatics Educational Programs. Throughout work history has developed coding certificate program, associate, bachelor, and graduate level programs in Health Information Management.


SABINASabina van der Veen is a pediatric physical therapist and has a Master of Public Health. She is working on the development of an ICF application and the education of professionals with  a new perspective on functioning in cure & care

Partner organisations

Partner Name Country Facilitation Team
1.       BigMove Institute The Netherlands Technical & Commercialisation partner
2.       Catherine Sykes Australia Research Partner
3.       CIF Brasil Brazil Research Partner
4.       DEFACTUM, Central Denmark Region and Aarhus University Denmark Research Partner
5.       ESTeSC  Coimbra Portugal Research Partner
6.       Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities Finland Research Partner
7.       First Line Software The Netherlands Technical & Commercialisation partner
8.       Gurpreet Singh Binepal India Research Partner
9.       HAN University of Applied Sciences The Netherlands Research Partner
10.    ICanFunction Health Solution South Africa Technical & Research Partner
11.    JAMK University of Applied Sciences Finland Technical & Research Partner
12.    Lauri Lahti Finland Research Partner
13.    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Germany Research Partner
14.    Mc Master University Canada Research Partner
15.    Medical School Hamburg Germany Research Partner
16.    National Institute for Health and Welfare Finland Research Partner
17.    Nelson Mandela University South Africa Research Partner
18.    Neurology, Public Health, Carlo Besta Italy Research Partner
19.    RealityGate South Africa Technical & Research Partner
20.    SAM Steiner USA Research Partner
21.    Silla University South Korea Research Partner
22.    Southern Illinois University USA Research Partner
23.    Space for Development South Africa Technical partner
24.    Stone Three Venture Technology (Pty) Ltd South Africa Technical & Commercialisation partner
25.    Stratech South Africa Technical & Commercialisation partner
26.    Team HIM USA USA Research Partner
27.    University Medical Centre Groningen Netherlands Research Partner