Head of Division: Associate Professor Klaus von Pressentin MBChB Stell MMed (Family Medicine) Stell FCFP SA PhD Stell
Family Medicine has been an independent Division in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine since 2001 and is involved in multidisciplinary community-based teaching and learning with a strong focus on primary care.
According to McWhinney & Freeman (2009), family physicians:
Reference: Textbook of Family Medicine: Ian R. McWhinney; Thomas Freeman (Third Edition) 2009 Oxford University Press pages 13-16.
Teaching within the Division
Becoming a Doctor course which spans the second and third years of the curriculum. The course is comprised of three strands which include Family Medicine, Clinical Skills and Languages (isiXhosa and Afrikaans).
Eight week 4th year MBChB Primary Health Care block run jointly with other divisions in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine.
Four week 6th year block which students spend at a Community Health Facility either in an urban or rural area and at a Hospice for the Palliative Care portion of their training.
The discipline of Family Medicine was registered as a speciality in 2007 and we accepted our first intake of registrars into the MMed (Family Medicine) training programme in 2008. The registrars do their training at regional, secondary and district level facilities. We also offer a postgraduate diploma course in Family Medicine.
The Division is involved in many individual and collaborative research projects.
Palliative Medicine forms part of the Division of Family Medicine and is integrated into the undergraduate teaching programmes. It offers its own postgraduate diploma and degree courses.
There is strong collaboration with all Departments of Family Medicine in South Africa through the Education and Training Sub-Committee of the South African Academy of Family Practice/ Primary Care and the College of Family Physicians in the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. It has established links with other African universities as well as with other international higher education institutions. Family practitioners in private practice also assist with the teaching programme.
You can find more information about our undergraduate teaching, postgraduate teaching, clinical services, research, staff and links.
Division of Family Medicine
School of Public Health and Family Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town
Administrative Assistant: Ms Fundiswa Mpetsheni
Tel: +27 21 406 6510
Fax:+27 21 406 6667
Email: Fundiswa Mpetsheni
Clinical services are provided by a team of Family Physicians, Medical Officers and Registrars at various sites within the Western Cape. Family Medicine principles are incorporated within the range of services provided.
Range of services provided:
Sites of service delivery
Mitchells Plain District Hospital
Vredenburg District Hospital
Community Health Centres:
Cross Roads Community Health Centre
Gugulethu Community Health Centre
Hanover Park Community Health Centre
Heideveld Community Health Centre
Lotus River Community Health Centre
Mitchells Plain Community Health Centre
Retreat Community Health Centre
Vanguard Community Health Centre
The Division of Family Medicine research focus is mainly directed towards action research related to the state health services at the primary and district levels of care. The areas we are concentrating on are:
Collaboration with Other Organisations and Networks
Community Health Services Organization
Klaus von Pressentin, Associate Professor and Head of Division
Phone: 021 406 6510
Mosedi Namane, Associate Professor
Phone: 021 695 8200
Liz Gwyther, Associate Professor
Phone: 021 406 6707
Liz Gwyther has postgraduate qualifications in Family Practice and Palliative Medicine. She is Associate Professor of Palliative Medicine in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town. She is the convener for the postgraduate programmes in Palliative Medicine and is responsible for research supervision and support for publications of the postgraduate students.
Liz was previously CEO of Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa and a director of the African Palliative Care Association. She is a director of e-hospice and council member of the Pain Society of South Africa. She is the immediate past-chair of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance.
Her awards include the SA Medical Association’s Gender Award for Human Rights in Health and the SA Institute of Health Managers Leadership in Health Systems award.
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