UKZN Psychiatry Registrars scooped MS Bell Awards at the South African Society of Psychiatrists’ Biological Psychiatry Congress held in Cape Town in September.
The awards are bestowed by the College of Psychiatrists of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.
Dr Thejini Naidoo’s presentation on Burnout, Anxiety and Depression in South African Doctors Working in KwaZulu-Natal Training Hospitals: An eThekwini Perspective, received the award for the best oral presentation.
This study established the prevalence of these three adverse mental health outcomes and their associations with practitioner and work-related factors among medical doctors employed at state hospitals in the eThekwini municipality of KwaZulu-Natal. The results of this research, as well as potential modifiable factors and proposed public health interventions were presented at this congress.
The award for the best poster presentation went to Dr Busisiwe Bhengu for her poster titled, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and HIV Status and Substance Use in Pregnancy at a General Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal.
Head of Psychiatry at UKZN, Professor Bonga Chiliza said, ‘We could not be more proud of our Registrars for sharing inspirational stories. We are so grateful for the village that is raising the next generation of African Academic Psychiatrists.’
Words: Lihle Sosibo