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Head of Department Critical Care at Universitas Academic Hospital/University Free State. A surgeon by speciality and an Intensivist in heart and soul. Interests in critical care in antimicrobials, source control, nutrition and expanding critical care knowledge.
Case Manager, Medical Protection
I am a registered nurse who qualified in 2007 and I have gained vast experience working in both the private and public sector with a strong passion for wounds and wound care. I left the clinical area in 2013 to join the corporate world a Managed care case manager working with private healthcare funders to manage costs from hospital admission till discharged and post hospital care. After a successful 4 years in managed care, I joined the medico legal field as a case manager at MPS South Africa and obtained a certificate in Medical law. I am married to Chester for the past 15 blissful years and we have been blessed with 2 boys.
Two years ago Ian stepped away from clinical practice after about a third of a century with Blaine and Associates Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in Somerset West. During this time he served as chairperson of the practice, the Clinical Performance Committee of Mediclinic Vergelegen and the Western Cape Critical Care Society and was awarded the Johnson and Johnson USA Travel Scholarship and the Discovery Health Clinical Excellence Award for Research by SASA. An interest in systems design to optimise performance and safety led to his completing an MSc in Healthcare Ergonomics through the University of Derby, UK in 2010.
Apart from trail running, cycle touring, gardening, and doing woodwork, he now consults and lectures in ergonomics applied to the healthcare domain.
Wandile is a published poet and a part-time lecturer at Stellenbosch University, Centre for Medical Ethics and Law. He presently holds an internal medicine registrar post in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town. He has published book chapters and academic articles in African philosophy, phenomenology, artificial intelligence, epistemology of prejudice and bioethics.
RETIRED – Highly motivated Independent Nurse Consultant with experience in leading and managing quality improvements – where the changes result from 5S and Kaizen application which lead into dimensions of safety, efficiency, and patient-centredness.
Master Study – Students Mentoring Achieving Researching Together (SMART) from University of South Africa
Qualified ICU, Theatre and Midwifery Nurse with over 35 years of clinical and academic experience.
Current Canadian Nurse Educator Certification (CCNE);
Current American Nurses Association Certification of Adult Med/Surg Certification (CMSRN);
Current American Nurses Association Infusion Therapy Nurse Certification (CRNI)
Receiver of Psychology of Mentorship Certification from UNISA
Current International Certified Manager (ICM)
Current Secretary of Association of Perioperative Practioners SA (APPSA) Western Cape Chapter
• Writer of independent newsletter (monthly) for perioperative nurses.
• Writer of children’s creative story book activities.
• Affiliation with rescue dog organisation and foster mother for rescue dogs.
Dr. Chris Ngaka is an anaesthesiologist in private practice in Cape Town with Southern Anaesthetics associates. Chris is a proud village boy, born and bred in a small village in Matatiele, Eastern Cape. Following specialist training at UCT department of anaesthesia and perioperative medicine, he spent some time in private practice in Gqeberha before he returned to Cape Town where he is currently practicing. During his time in Gqeberha he championed an outreach program providing obstetric anaesthesia education and support to rural hospitals in the Eastern Cape.
Chris is the immediate past chairperson of the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists, Western Cape branch and the current Wellness convenor on the SASA national council.
He is a husband, a father of two beautiful children and a ‘mountain goat’ who spends hours on end running on the mountain or riding his mountain bike.
BTech:EMC (CPUT), MPhil:EM (UCT)
Senior Lecturer: Global Surgery Division, Department of Surgery, University of Cape Town
Jo Park-Ross is a paramedic with extensive exposure to urban and rural healthcare in both ground ambulance and aeromedicine across South Africa, with a focus on critical care retrieval. Jo is passionate about improving healthcare and education through simulation-based education and is the founder and director of the Simulation in Healthcare for African Research and Education (SHARE) initiative, which includes a continent wide community of simulation educators under the African Simulation Network. Her focus on systems development and education feeds a keen research interest in quality improvement and capacity building in the African healthcare context.
Medicolegal Consultant, Medical Protection
Dr Zarina Sonday began her medical career by qualifying as a medical doctor from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. She went on to complete her specialist training in Nuclear Medicine and is a fellow of the College of Nuclear Physicians. For the past 10 years she practised as a Nuclear Medicine Specialist with a special interest in Paediatric Nuclear Medicine in both the private and public healthcare sectors within South Africa.
Understanding the importance of ethical conduct as an admirable trait in one’s personal and professional persona and whilst also being studious in nature, she went on to obtain a post-graduate diploma in Applied Ethics from University of Stellenbosch and continued further reading into Applied Ethics (social and political ethics) also at University of Stellenbosch.
Over the years she has amassed vast knowledge and interest into imaging, bioethics and the resolution of ethical dilemmas at the interface of social justice.
She now integrates her expertise in her role of Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection.
Qualification: MBChB, DA (SA), FCA (SA), MMed (Anes), FRCA
•Designation: UCT Professor & Head of Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
•Name of institution: UCT/ Groote Schuur and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospitals
•AREAS OF INTEREST: Adult and Paediatric Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care, and influence of Echocardiography and medical ultrasound on perioperative patient outcome
•Valvular heart disease, especially Rheumatic Heart Disease, and the failing ventricle post-cardiopulmonary bypass
•Congenital heart disease and influence of perioperative echocardiography on patient outcome
•Value and safety of Point of Care Medical Ultrasound in Critically Ill Patients in the Developing World
•Introducing a fair, inclusive Perioperative Medicine Programme to South Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa
•No of Publications: 80
•Special awards and recognition:
•Professor Swanevelder is an international expert in the field of Transoesophageal (TOE) and Transthoracic (TTE) Echocardiography, and has played a central role in the development of this field, and formal guidelines for practice and accreditation in the United Kingdom. He is a prominent member of the European Association of Cardio-thoracic Anaesthesia (EACTA). The important collaborations established during 2013-2014, and research initiatives established involving teaching and research on TTE and TOE by visiting experts (Professors E Sloth, Denmark, A Dennis, Australia and J Ender, Leipzig), have given rise to a major publication which is in press in Anaesthesia.
•Honorary Transesophageal Echocardiography fellowship of the IACTA at the TEE workshop – September 2010
•The value of Cardiovascular Anaesthesia to Perioperative Medicine – IACTON in February 2016
•Name change from Department of Anaesthesia to “Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine”
•Perioperative Medicine Program Fluids and Hemodynamics Seminar (13 – 17 January 2017)
•National Perioperative Cardiovascular Congress November 2015 (Day seminar).•Neonatal Awareness Month (Red Cross Children’s War Memorial Hospital).
•Launch of online Departmental Learning platform (Dr R Duys) – (Webinar and e- learning modules)
•Multidisciplinary instructor training for simulation as educational vehicle – BAISIM (Bistrol Advanced Simulation Instructor Master Course) – (Anaesthesia , ICU, obstetrics, pediatrics, family medicine, emergency medicine and nursing).
•Outreach simulation training – Red Cross Air Medical Services.
•ASOS (African Surgical Outcome Studies) – One week observation of surgical patient outcome in 30 African Countries (Principal Investigator Prof Bruce Biccard)
•Perioperative Pain Management Symposiums – 16 June 2016
•Focused Echo Cardiography Courses
•Several invited speakers from the Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine participating in SASA on Congress (South African Society of Anaesthesiologists)
I am Crystal Gail Visagie, 37 years old, married and resides in Cape Town.
I completed my B. Cur at the university of the Western Cape in 2008, community service in Clanwilliam hospital and started as a registered nurse at Tygerberg hospital in 2010.
In 2014, I’ve completed my post graduate diploma in peri operative nursing at the western cape college of nursing.
I’m currently managing 3 orthopaedic theatres. One theatre is an 24hr orthopaedic theatre. The other is peadiatrics theatre and the rest is elective orthopaedic slates namely spines, shoulders, foot & ankle, arthroplasty, sport and reconstructive surgery, general hands, tumour and sepsis and local hands slates.