Volume 1 | Issue 2
A quarterly overview of activities, events, achievements and news from the College of Health Sciences.
Colleagues this has been a term of inspiring greatness. I am particularly proud of the women in our College who won prestigious International and National awards. I want to specifically mention Professor Verusia Chetty from the School of Health Sciences (SHS) who is First runner up in the prestigious Department of Science and Technology South African Women in Sciences Awards, in the Distinguished Young Women Humanities and Social Sciences category.
Professor Ncoza Dlova won 2 awards this term. The AfricaBio President’s Excellence award and the Chamber of Commerce ‘Professional of the Year’ award. Also, from the SHS, is Dr Vanessa Raquel Moodley who was awarded an HPCSA Merit Award in recognition of outstanding performance of individual practitioners. Well done to all our outstanding female achievers.
The College hosted a very successful women’s Day programme, themed ‘50 Shades of Pink’. The aim of the day was to empower all women (academic and professional services) in our College through an amazing key-note address by Dr Kgari-Masondo. Pink is a colour of hope. The theme of the day inspired the ladies to be compassionate, caring and considerate in their interactions and to focus on empowering other women by creating opportunities for their growth and career mobility, be it in education, health care, and in the workplace.
This term, the CHS also hosted a successful site inspection of all the MMED programmes offered in the Schools of Clinical Medicine, Nursing and Public Health and Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences. The site inspection followed after the College had presented a self-assessment report to the HPCSA earlier this year. The report was well- received and overall regarded in a positive light. I am proud to mention that the majority of our Departments received full 5 year accreditation. Further details will be provided as soon as we receive the formal detailed report from the HPCSA in a few weeks’ time.
Reaching a milestone in the list of achievements this term, is also the launch of Phase Two of the Multinational Lung Cancer Control Programme (MLCCP). Phase Two is a complement to Phase One, and it will focus on: (1) evaluating lung health, (2) histological subtypes and genetics of lung cancer, (3) clinical presentation, treatment outcomes, and (4) pulmonary rehabilitation, using some evidence which has emerged from Phase One of the study.
I am excited to announce the appointment of Professor Anil Chuturgoon as the Acting Dean of Research. We are indeed proud to have another one of UKZN’s Top researchers as part of our Leadership team. Click here for full story
It is also a pleasure to inform you of the appointment of Professor Willem Hanekom as a new Director of the Africa Health Research Institute. Click here for full story
The School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences made a few senior appointments this term including Dr Marius Van Der Walt as the acting HOD for Anatomical Pathology and Dr Khine Swe Swe Han as the newly appointed HOD for Medical Microbiology. Dr Andile Khathi is appointed as acting Academic Leader of Human Body Form and Function and Dr Michelle Gordon agreed to assist as Academic Leader of Infectious Diseases from 1st July.
I am also happy to announce the appointment of two new biostatisticians to assist staff in the College. They are Ms Nobuhle Mchunu, who is based in Grey’s Hospital Park Home and Mr Partson Tinarwo, based in Room 218 of the Main Building on the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine campus.
Renovations are currently underway to the Discipline of Speech Language Therapy, Discipline of Audiology and the Histologay Laboratory.
HOWARD COLLEGE CAMPUS:
Renovations are underway in the School of Nursing and Public Health Staff Room to enable more filing space
NELSON R MANDELA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE:
The School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences is renovating the Undergraduate Laboratory on the 5th Floor of the Main Building.
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