Joint PHASA and RuDASA conference

The joint conference of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) and the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) will be held from 5 – 7 September 2012 in Bloemfontein (President hotel). 

For the first time in history, PHASA and RuDASA will have a joint conference with the theme: “Bridging the health divide: from Policy to Practice’’.

The theme is inspired by the following: persistent inequalities in all dimensions of health, resource availability and in health care between urban and rural areas, the rich and the poor; gaps between policy intentions and community experiences; and the divide between our progressive laws and policies on the one hand, and implementation and practice on the other hand.

The 2012 joint PHASA/ RUDASA conference will have as its core focus a scientific debate and discussion on these various divides, the drivers of these divides, influencing factors, and strategies and mechanisms to bridge these divides, whether through leadership, advocacy, research, education and/or practice. The target audience is policy makers, public health academics, and front-line health professionals, particularly from rural areas, health service managers and non-governmental / community-based health organisations. Parallel workshops will precede the main conference, with wide-ranging topics to suit diverse interests.

The conference will be held from 5-7 September 2012:

  • 5 September 2012: Workshops
  • 6-7 September 2012: Main Conference


PHASA and RUDASA are now calling for abstracts for the 2012 Conference.  Authors should submit abstracts online by no later than 28 May 2012. All abstracts submitted will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Thereafter confirmation of abstracts for oral or posters will be confirmed with applicants.

Please note, this year PHASA and RUDASA will offer a mentorship for new researchers that will assist them in developing their abstracts and powerpoints/ posters for the conference. If you are interested in being mentored by a seasoned researcher, please let us know and we will put you in touch with someone willing to support you. Please contact Deon Salomo by 30 March 2012. 

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