Pascalia Munyewende, researcher and 1st year PhD student at the Centre for Health Policy of the University of the Witwatersrand, won the 1st prize for the best oral presentation at the conference. Her presentation was entitled “Health system consequences of agency nursing and moonlighting in South Africa.” This was the first time she attended the PHASA conference. Pascalia said that when her abstract was accepted as an oral presentation she felt very nervous but her supervisor and a colleague from work were very supportive and encouraged her to prepare the slides and to do several mock presentations in preparation for the big day. The session she liked most at the conference was one on injuries, because injuries occur in everyday life and the presenters were very clear in describing and quantifying the problem. Most of the studies that were presented in this session were eye opening and encouraged lively debate between the presenters and the audience. The chairperson was very accommodating of all the views and she gave people a chance to raise their opinions, while ensuring that all presenters did not exceed the allocated time.
Lorato Sebetlela, 2nd year medical student at the University of Pretoria, won the 2nd prize for the best oral presentation at the conference. She was invited to present the study from her research group in an oral presentation entitled: “The levels of burnout in health care workers, the most vulnerable group and the main reasons thereof”. She particularly liked one poster presentation during the conference, entitled Traditional healing as a health care delivery system in a trans-cultural society in Vhembe district, Limpopo province” and found the study very interesting.
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