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Reconceptualising Health Professions Education in South Africa

dc.contributor.authorAcademy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
dc.identifier.citationAcademy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), (2018). Reconceptualising Health Professions Education in South Africa. [Online] Available at: DOI
dc.descriptionCite: Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), (2018). Reconceptualising Health Professions Education in South Africa. [Online] Available at: DOI
dc.description.abstractThis consensus study was initiated by ASSAf as a response to the ongoing challenge of shortages of healthcare professionals. The study was conceptualised following an ASSAf workshop on the Lancet report titled Health professionals for a new century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world. The study aims to address the full value chain in health sciences education from student selection, through pedagogical developments, unpacking of the current bottlenecks in the system and looking at how the future health sciences education system can be financed and regulated. Objectives of the study are to provide evidence-based information and recommendations to policymakers and relevant stakeholders on how health professional education might be transformed to improve the health of the nation. This includes the various professions in health. Some of the key findings of the study include: barriers in student section; inadequate production and retention of skilled health professionals; urban-rural maldistribution of graduates; core competencies’ challenges; internship and community-service obligations and transition; and shortcomings in financing of health sciences education. Recommendations on how to address the challenges are very practical. It is envisaged that policymakers and relevant stakeholders will implement these for the revitalisation of health professions education in order to improve health of South Africans.en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorshipStellenbosch University Rural Medical Education Partnership Initiative (SURMEPI)en_ZA
dc.publisherAcademy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)en_ZA
dc.subjectHealth Professional Education (HPE)en_ZA
dc.subjectInter-professional education and collaborative practice (IPECP)en_ZA
dc.subjectHealthcare education (HCE)en_ZA
dc.subjectHealthcare professional (HCP)en_ZA
dc.subjectHuman resources for health (HRH)en_ZA
dc.subjectHealth workforceen_ZA
dc.subjectHealth workersen_ZA
dc.subjectCommunity serviceen_ZA
dc.subjectPrimary healthcare (PHC)en_ZA
dc.subjectBurden of disease (BoD)en_ZA
dc.subjectNational Health Insurance (NHI)en_ZA
dc.subjectTransformative learningen_ZA
dc.subjectSkills mixen_ZA
dc.subjectMedical schoolen_ZA
dc.subjectTertiary institutionsen_ZA
dc.subjectHealth Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)en_ZA
dc.subjectRural healthen_ZA
dc.subjectHealth sciences educationen_ZA
dc.subjectFunding health sciencesen_ZA
dc.subjectSustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
dc.subjectSDG 3
dc.subjectSDG 4
dc.subjectSDG 8
dc.subjectSDG 9
dc.subjectSDG 10
dc.subjectSDG 11
dc.titleReconceptualising Health Professions Education in South Africaen_ZA
dc.typeConsensus Study Reporten_ZA

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