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Position: Chairperson of the Interprofessional Education Unit, Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Co-ordinatator
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.

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

Position: Lecturer Qualifications: MSc (PT), BSc (PT) Tel: +27 21 959 1725 Email: Biography Luzaan is a 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.

Position: Associate Lecturer and IPE Clinical Coordinator Qualifications: MA (Psych), BA Hons (Psych), BA Tel: +27 21 959 2374 Email: 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.

Position: Fieldwork Coordinator Tel: +27 21 959 2062 Email: Biography 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."

Position: Fieldwork Co-ordinator Tel: +27 21 9592062 Email: Biography: My passion for community development started during my high school years, where I was very much involved in leadership roles at school and an active volunteer in my community. I have decided to pursue a degree at Stellenbosch University in BTh Youth Work after I realized the great need within our community. When I completed my studies I immediately started volunteering as a motivational speaker, career guidance mentor and assisting students to apply for tertiary education. I’m also trained in facilitating social development programs such as gender based violence, life skills, self-esteem, entrepreneurial skills and positive parenting skills for people from all walks of life. I believe in generosity, mastery and find fulfillment in empowering people

Position: Administrator Qualifications: BA Degree - UWC Tel: +27 21 959 2062 Email: Biography: Mrs Heather Griffiths is an Administrator in the Interprofessional Education Unit and took up this role in January 2023. Prior to this (February 2020 – December 2022), she was a faculty administrative officer within the EMS Faculty and (September 2009 to June 2018), she was a departmental administrative officer in the department of Religion and Theology within the Arts Faculty. She has obtained a BA Degree at the University of the Western Cape in 2020.