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Department of Family Medicine


Welcome to the Department of Family Medicine



UP Family Medicine Department's Core Purpose is Improving Holistic Healthcare-delivery and -outcomes , especially  Primary Healthcare, in its Geographic Areas of influence.


It  is the academic discipline closely associated with health care delivery in the District Health System (from private medical practitioners to public sector clinics, community health centres and district hospitals and non-governmental organisations). It seeks to help provide holistic biopsychosocial first point care to all patients.

We  strive to support all these sectors from a service delivery as well as an academic point of view, focusing on experiential and self-driven life-long learning and skilling of under- and post-graduates.
Part of our  vision is to build  for  the future, both by training post-graduates in Family Medicine, and  exposing  undergraduate medical students to all these sectors of practice in order  to train  future medical professionals  to better serve the South African populace within a Primary Healthcare-focused,  District-based Health-delivery system.

The Department covers a full spectrum of Family Medicine related activities , inter alia through  district health service delivery in three provinces (Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North-West) , as well as  being strongly  focused on  community-based and innovative education, emergency medicine, pain and palliative medicine and  medico-socially relevant  research .

 

News

Centre of Excellence in Food Security at UP and UWC officially launched - 24/04/2014
“Every South African must be able to develop their full potential and this can’t be done on an empty stomach. This is why this new Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Food Security is so unique – it must lead to interventions that will positively change people’s lives and combat food insecurity in our country.”
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Superhero appointed to help fight malaria - 24/04/2014
Mosquitoes and parasites aren’t the only villains in the battle against malaria. A lack of education, especially in South Africa’s malaria endemic provinces, also does a lot of harm.
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Getting books to our learners by adopting African solutions - 23/04/2014
The biggest challenge facing South African readers is access to books. For everyday South Africans, loading digital texts onto smartphones or tablets isn't a viable solution. You might have heard the saying that we should use African solutions to solve African problems. In this piece, I write about three organisations — Paperight, Siyavula and Worldreader — that offer practical and context-relevant ways of getting books into the hands of South African learners.
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Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu attends doctoral defence of first degree conferred jointly by UP and the Free University of Amsterdam - 22/04/2014
In celebration of the first degree conferred jointly by the University of Pretoria (UP) and the Free University of Amsterdam (VU), Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu attended the PhD defence of Jacob Meiring, a graduate from UP’s Faculty of Theology, at the VU in Amsterdam on 9 April 2014.
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Hellmann Worldwide Logistics South Africa’s ‘#MoreWithLess’ shared value strategy empowers students at the University of Pretoria - 22/04/2014
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics South Africa joined forces with the Department of Business Management to invest in the 21st century ‘knowledge’ currency through their ‘#MoreWithLess’ shared value strategy. This investment is aimed at empowering ten BCom (Business Management) e-business students who presented highly innovative and creative social media initiatives with bursaries and internships for the next academic year at the University of Pretoria, thereby producing world-class graduates.
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UP Architecture graduate wins prestigious national award - 22/04/2014
Heidi van Eeden, a University of Pretoria alumna, was announced as the overall winner of the 27th National Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award. This is the seventh time that a U.P. student has won this prestigious award. Previous winners were Braam de Villiers (1994), Christiaan van Niekerk (2002), Gerald Schulz (2004), Cillié Malan (2005), Marinda Smalberger (2007) and Clifford Gouws (2012).
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The world beyond 2015 - is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
"We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that." This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.
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