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 .
UP Professor awarded UNESCO-UNU Chair - 11/03/2014
Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti, associate professor in the department of Political Sciences and Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation at UP, has been appointed as Chair in Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People by UNESCO in collaboration with the United Nations University.
Tuks Camerata gets high recognition - 07/03/2014
Michael Barrett, composer and conductor of the University of Pretoria’s 71-member Tuks Camerata student choir, has been paid the high compliment of having one of his works published by the biggest international distributor of choral music.
Research on the use of information and communication technologies - 27/02/2014
A pilot study was conducted by Prof Felicite Fairer-Wessels of the Tourism Management Division amongst selected non-profit visitor information centres (VIC) to determine whether the information managers have sufficient knowledge management capabilities in terms of tacit or explicit knowledge, the knowledge management information life cycle and knowledge management assets in terms of organisational processes.
UP shines at Solar Energy Conference - 03/02/2014
Lecturers and postgraduate students from UP made a valuable contribution to the Second South African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC), held in Port Elizabeth at the end of January 2014. The focus of the papers was on heat transfer aspects of heat exchanger equipment that contributes to making concentrating solar power (CSP) systems more effective.