Mental Health Conference

There has been a growing awareness in South Africa of mental disability. Whilst South Africa’s healthcare has made tremendous strides in combating the spread of HIV and AIDS as well as increasing access to ARV treatment, the same cannot be said of mental disability. The country has 22 psychiatry hospitals and 36 dedicated wards in various large scale hospitals. The need for effective leadership and governance has been cited as one of the objectives to be taken to improve and strengthen mental health. Furthermore, the Mental Health Policy Framework set out eight key objectives which include institutional capacity; district-based mental health services; health technology, equipment and medicines and lastly human resources for mental health.

These objectives, to be met, need clearly defined leadership and governance structures so that health priority outcomes are achieved. An inclusive dialogue forum is important for us to rethink strategies around mental health so that we do not relegate mental disability into the dustbins of our healthcare system, but rather, strengthen and broaden the capacity to reach out to all people of South Africa.

Why the need to attend

  • Critically examine the challenges and opportunities for growth and development in mental healthcare administration.
  • Gain an understanding of aligning private and public healthcare mental systems for improved clinical results.
  • Discover the importance of clinical governance and its impact in achieving mental health outcomes.
  • Explore the role of academia in service delivery.
  • Examine the challenges faced by community organizations as well as NGOs in mitigating the challenge of mental health in our society.
  • Share with like-minded professionals over policies regarding patent law in South Africa.
  • Review the impact of the National Health Insurance on mental health.

Target Audience

  • Psychiatry hospitals following personnel
  • Hospital CEOs
  • Clinical Psychiatrists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Clinical Managers
  • Clinical Risk Managers
  • Nursing Managers
  • Psychiatry Ward Managers
  • Quality Assurance Managers
  • NGOs working with psychiatrist patient

Speaker Panel

  • Prof Subramaney, Adjunct Prof, Wits University
  • Jasmin Kooverjee, Principal Psychologist, Bara Hospital
  • Dr Makgabo Manamela, Provincial Mental Health Director, Gauteng Province
  • Dr Mvuyiso Talatala, President, South African Society of Psychiatrists
  • Ms Bharti Patel, Executive Director, South Africa Federation of Mental Health
  • Dr Khomotjo Matjila, Psychiatrist, Papillion Recovery Centre
  • Dr Lesego Mawela, Program Manager, Right to Care

Conference Information

Date: 8-9th October 2015

Conference fee: R 6499 excl VAT

Discounts: 20% discount for NGOs and NPOs

To book contact: Wendy Dlamini or Nhlanhla Ndlovu

Tel: 011 023 4537; Fax: 0865824060

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