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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


Associate Professor Firdouza Waggie is the Deputy Dean: Clinical and Community Engagement and Director of the Interprofessional Education Unit (IPEU) in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

Her field of expertise and research areas are interprofessional education and collaborative practice, community engagement and service-learning, public and school health. She is an advocate for collaborative practice and community engagement in higher education and in the health and social services. She provides leadership, manages and contribute towards the interprofessional education and collaborative practice niche at UWC through facilitating the development of interprofessional curricula and programmes, capacity building, initiating and conducting collaborative research and networking and forging collaborative partnerships with national and international stakeholders.

She has contributed to building a regional interprofessional education network to share best practices, challenges and opportunities through the Africa Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN) of which she is a founder member and vice-chairperson.  She also serves on the executive committee of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF), is a board member of the UKWANDA Centre for Rural Health and serves on the advisory board of AfroPHC. These organisations aim to foster equitable community-oriented health services and education, research, and policy.

She aims to build personal and leadership capacity needed for sustainability and success in higher education. Her postgraduate supervision and research record reflects several national and international publications and conference presentations.

Associate Professor | Teaching and Learning Specialist
PhD (UCT), M.A (SRES) (UWC), B.A (SRM) (UWC)
Tel: +27 (0) 21 959 2609


Prof 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).

Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Co-ordinatator
PhD (UWC), M.Sc. (Health ScEd), B.Sc. (Occupational Therapy)
Tel: +27 (0)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.

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.

Associate Lecturer
MSc (PT), BSc (PT)
Tel: +27 (0) 21 959 1725


Luzaan is an associate lecturer in the Interprofessional Education Unit. After practising 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


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


Mr Joseph Appolis worked for 14 years in the private sector as a warehouse and floor manager. Thereafter he worked for five years as a police reservist. He 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."

Qualifications: Higher Certificate in Forensic Examination - UWC
Tel: +27 (0)21 959 2062


Ms Maryam Salie is an Administrative Officer in the Interprofessional Education Unit and took up this role in July 2018.

Prior to this (January 2007 - June 2018), she was a postgraduate student administrator for the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) which is an institute within the Science Faculty.

She has obtained a certificate in administration at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and completed a Higher Certificate in Forensic examination at the University of the Western Cape in 2019.