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The SAMA 2019 conference will be held in August, with around 30 specialists and experts examining various aspects of leadership and quality in healthcare in SA. The theme of the conference is "Leadership and quality in healthcare: Let's close the gap", and both local and international speakers will address this theme in different streams over 3 days from 8 to 10 August. The conference will be held at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. Prof. Morgan Naidoo, chairman of the SAMA Education, Science and Technology Committee, says that this year's programme promises to be informative and educational for all participants. "It will encompass oral presentations, posters and workshops led by experts in the field. We are also proud to announce that this year's programme will include international speakers from the USA who are actively involved in making a difference in healthcare," he notes. The two international speakers from Washington, DC are Prof. A Latif and Prof. S Bhagwanjee. They will speak on an opening day under the track on leadership and management, and organisers say these presentations are not to be missed. In his welcome to delegates, Prof. Naidoo also noted that this year's theme resonates well with the future direction of healthcare. "It speaks to the accreditation of sites by the Office of Health Standards Compliance and various initiatives of the national health insurance NHI. It also resonates with the discussions emanating from the private sector in SK Dr Angelique Coetzee, SAMA chairperson, says she is excited about the theme of the conference as it touches on one of the critical elements of providing quality healthcare in SA: leadership. "Doctors are leaders in the community and are well placed to provide expert and professional insights into the provision of quality healthcare. This conference offers medical professionals a unique opportunity to engage with experts and specialists, and in so doing, expand their clinical knowledge base and, ultimately, provide better quality healthcare to all our citizens: she says. The opening session on Thursday will set the scene for the conference, under the banner of "Leadership in healthcare". Dr Jonathan Broomberg, CEO of Discovery Limited, will explore this topic, outlining where current attitudes and approaches are failing. Addressing issues of quality in private practice, Prof. M N Chetty, chairman of the IPA Independent Practitioners Association Foundation, asks "How does accreditation of GPs improve quality?", while Dr S Kabane, CEO of the Council for Medical Schemes, will look at medical scheme measurement of doctors' quality, and asks how"Funding decisions and alignment with clinical guidelines" support quality healthcare services. Prof. Carol Ann Benn, a surgeon at the Netcare Breast Care Centre of Excellence in Johannesburg, and one of the country's top breast cancer experts will open the Friday programme under the track focusing on women's health. She will speak on "Breast cancer: Focusing on the quality of care in prevention, detection and treatment the Flamingo Project". Ms Lisa Vetten, PhD Fellow at the Wits City Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand will conclude the morning session with a discussion on gender-based violence. Dr Anban Pillay, deputy director general at the National Department of Health, will provide an update on NHI, including providing some insights on its implementation in SA. Other topics to be covered at the conference include quality in healthcare, mental health affecting doctors, mentorship of junior doctors, the legal implications and medicinal purposes of cannabis and a session on malpractice claims against practitioners, to be presented by Medical Protection Society. The opening function of the conference will be held at uShaka Marine World on Thursday night. A significant announcement regarding a joint wellness programme between SAMA and Discovery Health will be made at this event. One of the highlights of the conference will be the gala dinner and the merit awards announcements, which recognise excellence in healthcare in SA. This event will be held at the Durban International Convention Centre and will have an exciting carnival theme with lots of surprises in store for all attendees. "Durban is an exciting venue for this conference as it offers delegates the opportunity to also bring their families if they want to; there is so much to do and see in this great city that no one will feel left out. Importantly, though, the theme of the conference is something we believe is appropriate and significant in SA now, and I encourage all healthcare professionals with an interest in taking healthcare in SA forward to register and attend, “concludes Dr Coetzee.
Created at 2019/07/08 10:26 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/07/08 10:26 AM by Mediclinic