Head of Department: Associate Professor Harsha Kathard
The Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is a multi-professional Department, and offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Audiology, Speech and Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, and Physiotherapy. The Department also offers Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters and PhD programmes in Disability Studies and Nursing. The Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences maintains a high standard of productivity with regard to research and graduation of postgraduate students.
This productivity has been recognised. Professor Jelsma received an NRF C2 rating. Roshan Galvaan obtained her PhD in 2010. Two staff members were promoted to senior lecturer (Dr Lebogang Ramma) and Associate Professor (Eve Duncan). Associate Professor Duma and Professor Jelsma were invited to present papers at regional conferences. Ms Parker was awarded the Best Presentation Prize at the Pain SA Congress. Professor Jelsma was appointed to the World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning update review committee, and she is also a Member of Local Organising Committee of the WHO International Family of Classifications Annual Meeting which is to be held in Cape Town in 2011. Ms Rogers and Professor Jelsma continue to participate in World Health Organisation Hearing and Functional and Disability Reference Task Forces respectively.
The School continues to contribute to the development of the professions. Associate Professor Duma is Chair of the Accreditation Committee of the South African Nursing Council. Associate Professor Singh is the Chair of the Professional Board for Speech, Language and Hearing Professions. Dr Pascoe is Chief Editor of the South African Journal of Communication Disorders. Ms Fouche remains as the Editor for Nursing Science for The Southern African Journal of Critical Care. Professor Amosun and Professor Jelsma are on the Editorial Board of the South African Journal of Physiotherapy, and Dr Burgess is on the Editorial Board for the South African Journal of Sports Medicine. Professor Jelsma was also appointed as a World Confederation of Physical Therapy Mentor to assist in the development of proposals for the International Congress. Most staff members are requested to act as peer reviewers of local and international journals.
Associate Professor Duncan was awarded R215 000 from SANPAD to continue research into service delivery for disabled people in rural areas. Associate Professor Duma and Dr Mayers were awarded R1 136 472 from the JHPIEGO Corporation, a non-profit affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University, for the training of mentors of professional nurses initiating ARVs in primary health care settings. The Division of Nursing was also awarded R20 000 for collaborative proposal development with four other Universities in psychiatric nursing. Ms Parker was awarded a $ 10 000 grant from the Developing Countries group of the International Association for the Study of Pain for pain education in South Africa. These funds were used to run a Pain Ambassadors pain education programme.
Professor Jelsma received funding (approximately R100 000) from the EuroQoL Foundation to continue research into the development of a child friendly quality of life measure and incentive funding from the NRF as a rated scientist. Associate Professor Lorenzo was awarded funding from the VCs Strategic Fund to investigate Disability and Social inclusion at UCT. Professor Jelsma (Physiotherapy) was awarded a travel grant from the VCs strategic fund to be used for developing teaching and learning at Kigali Institute in Rwanda. Professor Amosun was also awarded funding from the VCs Strategic Fund to assist with curriculum development at the University of Malawi. Ms Kyriacos received a PhD Completion Grant and a URC Research Development Grant. Dr Burgess and Ms Parker also received URC Research Development Grants. Ms Buchanan and Ms Landman received a R 20 000 Teaching with Technology Grant. It is anticipated that all of these activities will be translated into research in the future.
The School makes a concerted effort to encourage undergraduate research. All students are expected to have a basic understanding of research through doing a relevant project. The topics of these projects tend to fall within the research interests of the supervisors and this strategy yielded approximately five publications/submissions generated from undergraduate research in 2009.Physiotherapy students were awarded first, second and third prizes in the regional South African Physiotherapy Research Presentations. Physiotherapy student were also awarded second place in the oral presentation category and first place in the poster presentation category at the Faculty of Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Day. Postgraduate students are encouraged to convert their theses into publications and a writers workshop is being planned to facilitate research outputs from Masters and Doctoral candidates.
Peer-reviewed journal outputs increased by approximately 30% compared to the previous year. There was also a 20% improvement in the number of graduates from 2009, with one PhD and 10 Masters graduates in 2010.