People

Stefanus Snyman (MB, Ch. B; M. Phil (HealthScEd); DOM) is Chairperson of AfrIPEN tasked to develop AfrIPEN’s organisational capacity and structure. He is also responsible to create a web-based platform to share IPE learning and teaching resources and to facilitate the development of a collaborative research framework and grant application(s) for AfrIPEN. Stefanus is a health professions educationist and researcher with experience in competency-based interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP). He is passionate to make a valuable contribution towards person-centred care and strengthening of systems for health in Africa by equipping healthcare workers to serve as effective change agents in addressing health needs of communities. He is contributor to WHO initiatives to transform and scale up health workforce education and training. Stefanus is also an mHealth instigator and facilitator of the innovation leading to the establishment of the International mICF Partnership developing the ICanFunction mobile solution (mICF), utilising patient-driven big data and artificial intelligence to inform interprofessional predictive, individualised continuity of care. mICF forms part of the work plan of the Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG) of the WHO’s Family of International Classifications Network (WHO-FIC). He qualified as an occupational medicine practitioner with a special interest in functioning and disability, work-related upper limb disorders, executive burnout, and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. He is member of FRDG (WHO-FIC), Advisory Board of Journal of Interprofessional Care, and In-2-Theory Network for international interprofessional scholarship, education and practice.

Norbert Boruett (Vice-chair) is facilitating at the Masinde Muliro University at the Health Profession Education Department. He is consultant for K4 health and his previous assignment involved the use of interactive voice response (IVR) in the teaching of reproductive health. Thereafter he facilitated the use of social media on the same. Currently he is working on an OER project with K4 health, the idea is to introduce Kenyan Health workers to existing material from Global Health for eLearning. Previously he worked as a Distance Learning Manager with of IntraHealth Kenya. Within this project we worked with health workers and training institutions. Mostly it was building capacity for them in mobile and eLearning. In the earlier part of his career Norbert worked as the local manager for the Belgium Government- specifically-the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance, Belgium (VVOB). He also worked with other consultants in developing the Skills Laboratory method in the government of Tanzania with funding of Nuffic. He has worked in Zambia, Rwanda in introducing innovative medical education to name but a few.

Yvonne Botma (vice-chair) is an associate professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of the Free State. She is leading the AfrIPEN teams developing short courses for IPE facilitators, the development of  a collaborative research framework and the production of a themed edition on IPE in Sub-Saharan Africa for the Journal of Interprofessional Care. She obtained an educational grant from the National Foundation of research to initiate an IPE programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Since the conception and implementation of IPE in 2013 it has expanded to not only include all fourth year students in the seven health profession in the faculty but also some from another neighbouring university. The didactic unfolding simulated patient simulation sessions serve as preparation for the students to practice collaboratively on the rural clinical platform. In addition to interprofessional collaborative practice. Yvonne also conduct research on programme development, critical thinking and clinical judgment, as well as transfer of learning.

Gérard Filies ((secretariat) is a registered Occupational Therapist by profession with a B.Sc. (Occupational Therapy) degree from the University of the Western Cape. He also has an M.Phil. (Health Sciences Education) Master’s degree from Stellenbosch University and currently registered for a PhD in the Child and Family Studies programme at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). His PhD study will be handed in for examination in December 2017. The title of the study is: Development of an interprofessional education model that aims to instil the core competencies of interprofessional collaborative practice in allied health students’ curriculum. At UWC, he is employed as a full time lecturer within the Interprofessional Education Unit in the Faculty of Community & Health Sciences. Responsibilities include: facilitation of faculty development workshops, co-ordination of interprofessional activities with postgraduate and undergraduate students, interprofessional supervision of students; and development of community sites for interprofessional placement of students for fieldwork. Research areas of interest include: Interprofessional Education, Service-Learning, Health Promotion, Primary Health Care and Community-Based Education. Current teaching responsibilities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels are: Primary Health Care, Interdisciplinary Health Promotion, Interprofessional Ethics and Interprofessional Research Methods.

Gerda Reitsma (treasurer) (PhD in Teaching and Learning), treasurer of AfrIPEN, is professor at the North-West University’s Faculty of Health Science. Before that she completed her MSc in Home Economics, with a dissertation on Community Nutrition Education programmes. Her main focus of research is Health Science Education in the Higher Education context, with specific reference to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Professional Staff Development and Interprofessional Education. She has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative research, as both of these approaches were used in her post-graduate studies and other research projects in which she was involved over the past 10 years. Her research projects over the past 10 years included topics such as technology in education, assessment, teaching-and learning innovation, interprofessional education and scholarship of learning and teaching.

Bongi Sibanda (BSc, MSc-ANP, FHEA) is responsible for the Ploicy Development works group. She  is an independent Healthcare Consultant, Educator and Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Zimbabwe and UK. She is a 4th year Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate at Queen’s University Belfast. Her work has focused on leadership, management and policy in advanced clinical practice education. Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer in Advanced Clinical Practice at London South Bank University and a Core Steering Group member for the International Council of Nurses Nurse Practitioner/ Advanced Practice Nursing(ICN NP/APN)  Network. She is also a CAIPE member, a peer reviewer for RCNi Emergency Nurse & Nursing Management Journals and a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

Milika Matiti (PhD in Nursing) is responsible for involving the African diaspora in AfrIPEN. She is co-lead for Interprofessional Education, University of Lincoln, College of Social Science, School of Health and Social Care (UK). Her interests includes patient dignity, interprofessional education, diversity and culture. She developed a dignity education programme for an NHS Trust and is a member of its Dignity Forum. Malika helped develop the Royal College of Nursing Dignity e-Learning. She is member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council working group that developed the Essential Skills Clusters: communication, care and compassion. She is also leading a Collaborative Interprofessional Education Undergraduate project between a health trust and university. Malika is a member of CAIPE and executive/trustee member of Malawi Health Care Support (UK) Charity)

Gaolatlhe Mothoagae (BSc, MPH) is co-lead of the AfrIPEN Working Group for Educational resources. This group is in the process of conducting a survey on what institutions have available – including their own stories – on IPE and what is needed regarding IPE. She is also facilitating Community-based Education at the Centre for Health Science Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand.

 

Firdouza Waggie (MSc (Physiotherapy), PhD) is co-lead in producing a themed edition on IPE in Sub-Saharan Africa for the Journal of Interprofessional Care. She is Head of the Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning Unit at the University of the Western Cape. The main function of the unit is to co-ordinate, develop and evaluate interdisciplinary teaching and learning in the faculties of Community and Health Sciences and Dentistry. Her research interest is in the area of health professions education with a focus on interprofessional curriculum development, community-based education (specifically service-learning) and school-based health promotion.