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 .
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.
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).
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.