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Position: Associate Professor and Director of the Interprofessional Education Unit (also Deputy Dean: Clinical and Community Engagement)
PhD, M.Sc. (PT), B.Sc. (PT)
Tel: +27 (0) 21 959 3627
Email: fwaggie@uwc.ac.za

Biography

Professor Firdouza Waggie is the Deputy Dean: Clinical and Community Engagement and the Director of the Interprofessional Education Unit (IPEU) in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences (FCHS) at the University of the Western Cape. As the Deputy Dean, she contributes to the collective leadership of the FCHS, by driving and facilitating the clinical and community engagement strategic objectives of the FCHS. She is also the Interim Vice-Chairperson of the African Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN).

Prof. Waggie is an ardent advocate for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) in higher education, health and social services. Her contribution to advancing IPECP has grown over the years and has afforded her with collaborative and network opportunities. She believes that building a regional IPE network to share best practices, challenges, and opportunities in the African context is essential. The establishment of the Africa Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN), of which she is a founder and board member, has contributed in this regard. Her efforts to pioneer new interprofessional education courses/programs and expand her networks have and will continue to provide UWC with opportunities to not only participate at different levels in capacity building of health professionals but also to enhance and expand the field of IPECP locally and globally.

Through building on her strengths as a leader and in collaboration with others, she aims to advance the agenda of transformation in health professions education at UWC and beyond. She continues to strive and endear to uphold the ethos of collaboration, teamwork and transformative learning in the way she leads, manages and in her teaching and learning, research and community engagement endeavours.

Senior Lecturer
PhD (UWC), M.Sc. (Health ScEd), B.Sc. (Occupational Therapy)
Tel: +27 (0)21 9592617
Email: gfilies@uwc.ac.za

Biography

Gérard Charl Filies is a registered Occupational Therapist by profession with a B.Sc. (Occupational Therapy) degree from the University of the Western Cape. He also has an M.Phil. (Health Sciences Education) Master’s degree from Stellenbosch University and a PhD in Child and Family Studies at 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.

At UWC, he is employed as a full time senior lecturer within the Interprofessional Education Unit in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences. Responsibilities include: co-ordination & teaching on the primary healthcare module, facilitation of faculty development workshops, co-ordination of interprofessional activities with postgraduate and undergraduate students, interprofessional supervision of students; and development of community sites for interprofessional placement of students for fieldwork. Research areas of interest include: interprofessional education, service-learning, health promotion, primary healthcare and community-based education. Current teaching responsibilities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels are: primary healthcare, interdisciplinary health promotion, interprofessional ethics and interprofessional research methods.

Teaching and Learning Specialist
PhD (UCT), M.A (SRES) (UWC), B.A (SRM) (UWC)
Tel: +27 (0) 21 959 2609
Email: sititus@uwc.ac.za

Biography

Dr Simone Titus is the Teaching and Learning Specialist in the Interprofessional Education Unit (IPEU) in the Faculty of Community and Health Science at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Her current portfolio entails developing teaching and learning strategies in health science education and interprofessional education. Her special research interests are focused on game-based learning and using emerging technologies to foster cross cultural interaction, learning, and engagement in higher education. Simone has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students and she has a growing number of Master's and PhD students who are under her supervision.

Simone has been the recipient of, amongst others; the South African and Netherlands Programme for Advanced Development (SANPAD) award, AESOP Mobility to the University College of Dublin and has been awarded grant funding for various other projects. She is currently the recipient of the Black Academic Advancement Programme where her specific research focus is on the use of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality on Health Sciences Education. She is the current chairperson of the Western Cape Region’s - Southern African Association for Health Educationists (SAAHE).

Associate Lecturer
MSc (PT), BSc (PT)
Tel: +27 (0) 21 959 1725
Email: lkock@uwc.ac.za

Biography

Luzaan is an associate lecturer in the Interprofessional Education Unit. After practicing almost two years in the private health sector, she felt that a move to a different sector could help her make a greater contribution to the physiotherapy profession. In her current position, she is involved in the development and implementation of an interprofessional curriculum. She is actively involved in interprofessional collaborative practice supervision offered to senior undergraduate health science students, and she teaches and convenes interprofessional modules to entry-level health science students. The multi-faceted exposure at UWC helped her unveil a passion for developing innovative teaching and learning opportunities for student health professionals.
 
She is currently enrolled as a doctoral student in physiotherapy with the goal of completion in August 2021. Her study aims to develop interprofessional guidelines for the incorporation into a proposed rehabilitation model in primary health care. The intended impact of her study is two-fold. Firstly, the development and enhancement of interprofessional core competencies serves as lifelong learning opportunities for health professionals in the field. Secondly, the successful implementation of an interprofessional model of health care creates a realistic platform for students to shift the theory of interprofessionalism into practice.

Associate Lecturer and IPE Clinical Coordinator
MA (Psych), BA Hons (Psych), BA
Tel: +27 (0)21 959 2374
Email: ljaffer@uwc.ac.za

Biography

Labeeqah is an associate lecturer in the Interprofessional Education Unit, and took up this role in 2017. She teaches on the first year primary healthcare module, and has both taught and convened the second year health promotions module. She is actively involved in ongoing curriculum development of the core modules, as the learning and teaching space evolves with time.

Additionally, her capacity includes the IPE supervision of CHS students at various state health facilities in the Western Cape. Her role is rooted in the provision of interprofessional education and training so as to ensure the emergence of a skilled, team-functioning health professional.

Labeeqah has a background in Psychology, having obtained a BA degree cum laude (majoring in psychology) in 2011, a BA honours degree (cum laude) in Psychology in 2012 and a Master of Arts in Psychology in 2015. She remains passionate about mental health, and is in the proposal phase of her PhD, focusing on maternal mental health and first-time parenting.

Fieldwork Coordinator
Tel: +27 (0) 21 959 2062
Email: jappolis@uwc.ac.za

Biography

I worked for 14 years in the private sector as a warehouse and floor manager. Then worked for five years as a police reserve. I completed my grade 12 in 2005 and studied theology for a year at the South African Theology Institute. My training and courses I attended include: director training short course in 2017 through the Institute of Directors in South Africa, involved with the Health and Welfare Committee from 2004 in the Overberg District Municipality, participated in the Group Voice and Power-speaking programme at the Voice Clinic, leadership  in strategic planning, project management, committee administration, financial policies and procedures, trainer/mentor course through?? Micro MBA, fieldwork coordinator for IPEU at UWC, board member of Bontebok mines as director, sectary of CO-OP Genedendal Agri providers, Chairperson of Genadendal Saai Boere KO-OP, chairperson of Friends of Genadendal non-profit company, chaplin of Order of Free Gardeners Society. Organisations which I have been involved in are: Genadendal E forum, Child Welfare of Genadendal, Moravian Church council, Genadendal legal info desk, projects school exchange program as well as various festivals and farming.

Fieldwork Coordinator
MPH (UWC) , BPsych(UWC)
Tel: +27 (0)21 9594099
Email: ladavids@uwc.ac.za 

Biography

Lameez is currently a pre-doc at the School of Public Health. Her research focus is adolescent pregnancy prevention. She completed her Master's in Public Health in 2019. Her research focus was on adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Before this, she completed her BPsych Degree in 2013 during which her focus was adolescent substance abuse and adolescent pregnancy. Lameez’s internship was at the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre, where her focus was youth and rehabilitation through programmes aimed at complete wellbeing. Thereafter, she got involved with research in conjunction with the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention and the University of Cape Town. The research was based on child abuse and neglect and was done all over the Western Cape Area. During this time she was doing field research as well as capturing data and supervising the process. Thereafter Lameez started doing teenage pregnancy prevention workshops with disadvantaged youth in areas such as Steenberg and Manenberg. She also volunteered on the Phelophepa train as it embarked on a journey to De Aar in the Northern Cape. Whilst on the train she worked with at risk youth at rehabilitation centres as well as with adults, and even within the prison.

Lameez then started working at Hout Bay High School with PASCAP Trust doing both counselling as well as running after school programmes. With that, she also mentored and guest lectured child and youth care workers who were in the process of getting their qualification. As part of her job description she also developed and implemented programmes within the schools to promote wellbeing, academic excellence and abstinence from substances.

Lameez is currently working for the Interprofessional Education Unit at The University of the Western Cape as a fieldwork coordinator, where she coordinate student placements within the Mitchell’s Plain area. In addition, she has also facilitated and assisted with assessments and teaching on two courses (health promotion and primary healthcare).

Administrator
Qualifications: Higher Certificate in Forensic Examination - UWC
Tel: +27 (0)21 959 2062
Email: marsalie@uwc.ac.za

Biography

Ms Maryam Salie is an Administrative Officer in the Interprofessional Education Unit and took up this role in July 2018. Prior to this she was a postgraduate student administrator for the South African National Bioinformatics Institute which is an institute within the Science Faculty from January 2007 - June 2018. She has obtained a certificate in administration at CPUT, I completed a Higher Certificate in Forensic examination at the University of the Western Cape in 2019.