Qualifications: PhD (UWC), M.Sc. (Health ScEd), B.Sc. (Occupational Therapy)
Tel: +27 21 9592617
Dr Gérard Filies is a registered Occupational Therapist by profession with a B.Sc. (Occupational Therapy) degree from the University of the Western Cape, an M.Phil. (Health Sciences Education) Master’s degree from Stellenbosch University and a PhD in Child and Family Studies from the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The title of his PhD study is: Development of an interprofessional education model that aims to instil the core competencies of interprofessional collaborative practice in allied health students’ curriculum. Research areas of interest include: Interprofessional Education, Service-Learning, Health Promotion, Primary Health Care and Community-Based Education. Current teaching responsibilities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels are: Primary Health Care, Interdisciplinary Health Promotion, Interprofessional Education World Café, Interprofessional Ethics and Interprofessional Research Methods.
Dr Gérard Filies as part of a team was appointed as convenor for driving the process for registration and accreditation of the Postgraduate Diploma in Interprofessional Education and Health – a first of its kind in the Western Cape, if not a first in South Africa. The programme was launched in August 2021.
Dr Gérard Filies has been invited by the Universities of Missouri and Winston Salem State University in the United States of America to develop their Interprofessional Education curriculum in 2018 and 2019. He was also the secretariat of the African Interprofessional Network (AfrIPEN) from 2017 to 2018 and currently a board member of AfrIPEN. Dr Filies is involved with other global organisations like Interprofessional Research.Global (IPR.Global), Interprofessional Global (IP.Global) and was recently selected as one of twenty-five people across the world to present his research at the ATBH X Reinvented Webinar Series. He is currently participating in the review of the Interprofessional Core Competencies developed by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). Dr Gérard Filies is currently exploring with 3D printing and how this could be used in interprofessional education and collaborative practice. This is a joint project with Winston-Salem State University (USA), the Department of Health and the Interprofessional Education Unit in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences.