Employment equity (EE) and equity in the work place has come under closer scrutiny over the past few years – particularly in answer to the call for staff transformation at the university. In response to this need Letatia Kiewitzs, a member of the Department of Health Science Education’s Transformation Committee and an EE representative, proposed that the Transformation Committee organise an EE Representative training workshop, with an open invitation extended to the whole department.
The Patient Partner Programme, which was reported on in the UCT news (https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2017-06-29-becoming-partners-in-care), is one of three projects funded by the Erasmus + programme of the European Union (http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/node_en) as part of the Caring Society 3.0 (CASO) consortium (http://www.caringsociety.eu/). The CASO consortium is a working partnership between two other South African universities, the University of the Western Cape and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and three European universities; Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, Karel de Grote in Belgium and Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
The Department of Health Science Education is developing a student advising centre in the Faculty of Health Sciences students. It will be a hot spot “learning Hub” that is non-traditional 21st century learning space to provide ‘on the spot’ learning support and advice about various pertinent topics/issues faced by first year students in the Faculty of Health Sciences. A first step is to identify existing academic and non-academic support on offer to students (ad hoc and conventional) through collating information what is available. The second step as indicated previously is to advise students on the learning support of academic and non-academic support on offer in the Faculty using peer facilitators or postgraduate students. The pilot phase will be aimed at the 1st year students.
Hosted by the Department of Health Sciences Education, this year’s 9th Annual CHSE Conference was a space to engage with both innovative practice and research being done in the Faculty. The day-long programme began with a welcome from Acting Deputy Dean Professor Harsha Kathard and a keynote address titled “Decoloniality: Respecting the Sceptics and Challenging the Converted” by Associate Professor Elelwani Ramugundo.