NWU Mafikeng: International Conference on Health Science Education a huge success

Koos Degenaar -- Sun, 04/19/2015 - 18:02

NWU Mafikeng: International Conference on Health Science Education a huge success

The Department of Nursing Science on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently hosted a very successful international conference on Health Science Education, Leadership and Practice.

The Conference took place from 15-17 April 2015 at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg.

Dignitaries attending were, among others, the MEC of Health in the Gauteng Province, Ms Qedani Mahlangu, the MEC of Health in the North West Province, Dr Magome Masike, and the Executive Manager: Strategic Planning in the Department of Education of the North West Province, Ms Daphney Mohube.

Prof Wendy Sword, one of the keynote speakers and director of the School of Nursing and associate dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Canada, addressed delegates on trends in higher education and preparing practitioners of the future. Dr Jabulile Makhanya, a chief nursing officer from South Africa, spoke about capacity development in health care sciences. Prof Fhumulani Mulauzi, the head of Nursing Science and chairperson of the School of Health Care Sciences at the University of Pretoria, addressed innovation in scholarship, leadership and nursing practice: an Ubuntu-informed approach.

The conference, funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies, was officially opened by the campus rector, Prof Mashudu Davhana-Maselesele. “This conference afforded health practitioners, educators, leaders, human and social scientists, as well as other scientists and students across the globe the opportunity of sharing their knowledge, practical experiences, research and network with one another through concurrent abstract sessions, plenary sessions, workshops and social functions," she said.

Different medical and health companies such as Respiratory Care Africa (which deals with monitoring medical equipment and consumables) and Anatomical Parts and Charts (involved with simulators for health care education) had the opportunity to exhibit their products during the three days of the conference.