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BSc (PT) (UWC), PhD (PT) (UWC), BSc (Hons) (PT) (SU). MSc (Med Sci) (Rehab) (SU)


Professor Anthea Rhoda was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences (CHS) in 2017. She holds a Professorship in the Department of Physiotherapy and has completed a BSc Physiotherapy and a PhD in Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She also completed a BSc Honours in Physiotherapy (Neurology) and an MSc in Medical Sciences (Rehabilitation) at Stellenbosch University.

Her research interest focuses on neuroscience within the field of disability and rehabilitation, and specifically the rehabilitation of adults with neurological conditions caused by stroke or spinal cord injuries. She also conducts research in the area of faculty development and interprofessional education.

Prof Rhoda is a South African National Research Foundation-rated researcher and a faculty member and facilitator of the Southern African FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellowship. The programme focuses on developing leadership skills in academics who teach health sciences programmes in Southern Africa. She was also part of the consortium that developed the Physiotherapy Programme at AHFAD University in Sudan.

Her interest in building capacity in African scholars has seen her supervise a number of PhD and Master's students from across the African continent. Prof Rhoda is dedicated to developing a critical mass of next generation, emerging academics through her Capacity Building Programme for Associate Lecturers (junior lecturers) within CHS. She also facilitates a Mentoring for Academics Programme where established academics mentor emerging academics.

Prof Rhoda an Associate Editor for the African Journal of Health Professions Education and the current (2020) Chair of the South African Committee of Health Sciences’ Deans.

Research output

  • Rhoda A. (2018) Clinical education and training: Have we sufficiently shifted our paradigm? African Journal of Health Professions Education 2018;10(1):2.DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2018.v10i1.1080.
  • D Conradsson, A Rhoda, N Mlenzana, LN Wikmar, Kerstin Wahman, Claes Hultling,
  • C. Joseph - Frontiers in neurology, (2018) Strengthening health systems for persons with traumatic spinal cord injury in South Africa and Sweden: a protocol for a longitudinal study of processes and outcomes
  • Elloker T, Rhoda A, Arowoiya A and Lawal U (2018): Factors predicting community participation in patients living with stroke, in the Western Cape, South Africa, Disability and Rehabilitation, DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1473509:
  • Moshi H, Sundelin G , Sahlen K, Rhoda A, Sörlin A (2018) Coping Resources for Persons With Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in A Tanzania Rural Area, Global Journal of Health Science; 10 (5): ISSN 1916-9736 E-ISSN 1916-9744.
  • Chimatiro G, Rhoda A, De Wit L. (2018). Malawi Medical Journal (3) 152-158 Stroke patients’ outcomes and satisfaction with care at discharge from four referral hospitals in Malawi: A cross-sectional descriptive study in limited resource.
  • Elloker T. & Rhoda, A (2018), The relationship between social support and participation in stroke: A systematic review’, African Journal of Disability 7(0), a357. 10.4102/ajod.v7i0.357.
  • Frantz, JM and Rhoda AJ. (2017) Implementing interprofessional education and practice: Lessons from a resource-constrained university. Journal of Interprofessional Care 31 (2), 180-183.
  • Ennion, L, Johannesson, A, Rhoda, A. (2017). The use of a direct manufacturing prosthetic socket system in a rural community in South Africa: A pilot study and lessons for future research. Prosthetics and Orthotics International 0309364616683982.
  • Mji G, Rhoda A, Statham S, C Joseph C. (2017). A protocol for the methodological steps used to evaluate the alignment of rehabilitation services in the Western Cape, South Africa with the National Rehabilitation Policy BMC Health Services Research 17 (1), 200.
  • Ayorunde IA, Elloker T, Karachi F, Mlenzana N, Khuabi L, Rhoda A. (2017) Using the World Health Organization’s Disability Assessment Schedule (2) to assess disability in community-dwelling stroke patients. South African Journal of Physiotherapy 73(1), a343. DOI: /10.4102/sajp.v73i1.343.
  • Joseph C. Conradsson D, Hagströmer M, Rhoda A. (2017). Objectively assessed physical activity and associated factors of sedentary behavior among survivors of stroke living in Cape Town, South Africa, Disability and Rehabilitation.DOI:10.1080/09638288.2017.1338761
  • Groenewald R and Rhoda A (2017). African Journal for Physical Activity and Health Sciences (AJPHES), (Supplement 1:2), pp. 267-276. Multidisciplinary rehabilitation outcomes of stroke patients in the Western Cape of South Africa.
  • Tawa N, A Rhoda, I Diener, I. (2017). Accuracy of clinical neurological examination in diagnosing lumbo-sacral radiculopathy: a systematic literature review. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 18 (1), 93.
  • Frantz JM, Filies G, Jooste K, Keim M, Mlenzana N, Laattoe N, Roman, N Rhoda, A. (2016). Reflection on an interprofessional community-based participatory research project: research-Interprofessional education, practice and research supplement. African Journal of Health Professions Education 8 (2), 234-237.
  • A Rhoda, F Waggie, GC Filies, JM Frantz. (2016). Using operative models (ICF and CBR) within an interprofessional context to address community needs. African Journal of Health Professions Education 8 (2), 214-216.
  • Julie H, Hess-April L, Wilkenson J, Cassiem W. Rhoda A. (2016). Academics’ knowledge and experiences of interprofessional education and practice African Journal of Health Professions Education 8 (2), 222-22
  • Rhoda, A., Laattoe, N., Smithdorf, G., Roman, N., J Frantz, J. (2016). Facilitating community-based interprofessional education and collaborative practice in a health sciences faculty: Student perceptions and experiences. African Journal of Health Professions Education 8 (2), 225-228.
  • Rhoda A. (2016). Introducing interprofessional education, practice and research in a higher education setting: editorial-Interprofessional education, practice and research supplement. African Journal of Health Professions Education 8 (2), 213.
  • Rhoda A, N Cunningham N, Azaria S, G Urimubenshi G. (2016). Provision of inpatient rehabilitation and challenges experienced with participation post discharge: quantitative and qualitative inquiry of African stroke patients. BMC Health Services Research 15 (1), 423.
  • Lawal I, Hillier S. Hamzat T. A Rhoda (2016). Augmented duration of circuit class therapy in the rehabilitation of muscle strength and spasticity post stroke: a randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Stroke 11 (supp 3), 188- 188.
  • Ennion L, Rhoda A. (2016). Roles and challenges of the multidisciplinary team involved in prosthetic rehabilitation, in a rural district in South Africa. Journal  of multidisciplinary healthcare 9, 565.
  • Tawa N, Rhoda A, Diener I. (2016). Accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging in detecting lumbo-sacral nerve root compromise: a systematic literature review. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 17 (1), 386.
  • Lawal I, Hillier S. Talhatu K. Hamzat T and Rhoda A. (2015). Effectiveness of a structured circuit class therapy model in stroke rehabilitation: a protocol for a randomised controlled trial BMC Neurology15:88 DOI 10.1186/s12883-015- 0348-7.
  • Rhoda A (2015). Participation restrictions experienced by patients with stroke explored within a model of participation. Physiotherapy. 101: supplement 1: e1277.
  • Rhoda A, Cunningham N, Azaria S. and Urimubenshi G. (2015). Provision of inpatient rehabilitation and challenges experienced with participation post discharge: quantitative and qualitative inquiry of African stroke patients. Rhoda et al. BMC Health Services Research 15:423 DOI 10.1186/s12913- 015-1057-z.
  • Pickel-Voight A. Rhoda A, (2015). Knowledge of nurses regarding dysphagia in patients post stroke in Namibia. Curationis 38(2), Art. #1564, 7 pages. h p:// cura onis.v38i2.1564.
  • Kumurenz, A, Goliath C, Mji G, Mlenzana N, Joseph C, Stathum S. , Rhoda A. (2015), Experiences of patients and service providers with out- patient rehabilitation on services in a rehabilitation on centre in the Western Cape Province, African Journal of Disability 4(1), Art. #164, 7 pages. h p:// ajod.v4i1.164.
  • Wegner L. & Rhoda A. (2015). ‘The influence of cultural beliefs on the utilisation of rehabilitation services in a rural South African context: Therapists’ perspective’, African Journal of Disability 4(1), 128, 8.
  • Kingau N, Rhoda A, and Mlenzana N. (2015). Barriers experienced by service providers and caregivers in clubfoot management in Kenya Tropical Doctor 45: 84-90. doi:10.1177/0049475514564694.
  • Singogo C, Mweshi M. & Rhoda A. (2015). ‘Challenges experienced by mothers caring for children with cerebral palsy in Zambia’, South African Journal of Physiotherapy 71(1), Art. #274, 6 pages. h p://dx.doi. org/10.4102/sajp.v71i1.274.
  • Tawa N, Diener I, Rhoda A (2015). Correlation of self-reported Leeds assessment of neuropathic symptoms and signs, clinical neurological examination and MRI findings in diagnosing lumbo-sacral radiculopathy. Physiotherapy. 101, supplement 1. e1492-e1493.

Projects with international collaborators

  • Collaboration between UWC and Karolinski Institute, Sweden. Improving Health Systems for Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in South Africa and Sweden: A novel investigation of processes and outcomes.
  • Collaboration between UWC and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, AHFAD University for Women and Comprehensive Community-based Rehabilitation Tanzania. NIBRAS-S Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Education in Norway, Sudan, South-Africa and Tanzania, Capacity building in physiotherapy education in Sudan Bergen University College, Norway, AHFAD University Sudan and Community-based Rehabilitation Project Tanzania.
  • Collaboration between UWC, Neu Ulm University of Applied Sciences, Kenya Methodist University, Muhimbili University of Health and Applied Sciences: Development of a Masters in Health Data Analytics.
  • Collaboration between UWC and University of Missouri: Publishing a book on Self- Management: An empowering strategy for health. 

Position: Deputy Dean - Research and Postgraduate Studies
Tel: +27 (0)21 959 2453
Fax: +27 (0)21 959 3515


BA (UWC), BA (Hons - Psych) (UWC), MA (Psych - Research) (UWC), PhD (Psych) (UWC)


Prof Andipatin currently serves as a staff member of the Psychology Department at the University of the Western Cape. She is one of the founding members and currently the co-ordinator of the Master's research programme. Prof Andipatin has extensive supervision experience at postgraduate level. Her areas of interest and expertise are as follows: Women's health, reproductive health, gender-based violence, mother/mothering/motherhood, alternative health paradigms, feminisms, masculinities. She is an NRF grant holder and the area of funding focuses on high-risk pregnancy.


  • Dekel, B; Stoekl, H; Andipatin, M; and Abrahams, M. Mapping the scientific evidence of infant homicide: A systematic review. Child Maltreatment. [Article under review].
  • Dekel, B; Abrahams, N and Andipatin, M. Exploring adverse parent-child relationships among filicidal fathers and mothers in South Africa. (2017). Plos One. [Article under review].
  • Magodyo, T, Andipatin, M; Jackson, K. (2017)  The role of Xhosa traditional circumcision in constructing masculinity. South African Journal of Psychology.
  • Ismail, K; Pedro, A, Andipatin, M (2016). Exploring a sample of university students’ perceptions of menstruation. Journal of Psychology in Africa.
  • Dekel, B; Andipatin, M. (2016). Abused women’s understandings of Intimate Partner Violence and the Link to Intimate Femicide. FQS Forum: Qualitative Social Research.
  • Pedro, A; Andipatin, M (2014).  Exploring the barren body.  Open Journal of Preventative Medicine.
  • Lambert, C; Andipatin, M. (2014). Exploring students’ perceptions of the risk and protective factors associated with child sexual abuse and incest in the Western Cape, South Africa. African Journal of Safety Promotion
  • Roomaney, R, Naidoo, A, Andipatin, M. (2014) An exploration into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of women who experienced HELLP syndrome in Cape Town, South Africa. SA Health-Gesondheid

Position: Deputy Dean - Learning and Teaching
Tel: +27 (0)21 959 2417
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BOT (SU), MPhil (UWC), PhD (UWC)


Prof Jo-Celene de Jongh completed the following qualifications: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Advising (University of the Free Sate and Pretoria, 2020); PhD. (University of the Western Cape, 2009); M Phil. (University of the Western Cape, 1997); Management Certificate (University of Stellenbosch, 1991) and B. Occupational Therapy (University of Stellenbosch, 1981). The focus of her teaching is student-centred and foregrounds transformative learning that validates personal experience, learning that is more critical, inclusive and self-reflexive. Her leadership skills aim to direct, influence and motivate people and to get them all on board to work collaboratively towards a common goal. She is committed to academic excellence in her teaching by taking into account the role and purpose of Higher Education in preparing students to be able to practice in diverse contexts and at different levels of Health Care with individuals, groups and communities. As Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University and previous Head of the Department of Occupational Therapy for 16 years (1992-2008), she has 38 years of experience as a leader, educator, academic and manager. As an occupational therapist, she has extensive experience in the areas of physical rehabilitation, education, management, ethics and research. She has lectured and supervised students both at undergraduate and post graduate levels. Her research interest focuses on education, ethics and training in occupational therapy and she has published several articles in these areas. She has collaborated with various colleagues from universities in Missouri, Alberta, Canada, Netherlands, Perth, United Kingdom and Germany. Currently, she is a co-researcher in various interdisciplinary research projects for health professionals in the Faculty. She has been the principle researcher in an international collaborative project on ethics with the University of Missouri (USA). Her leadership and teamwork skills are recognised by the Profession of Occupational Therapy on a National level in that she has held the position of Chair of the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA) National Ethics Committee since 2013 to present. She is regularly invited by other universities to be external examiner for both under- and post-graduate occupational therapy students.


  • De Jongh, J.; Brandt, L. & Wegner, L. (2019) Occupational Therapy students’ perspectives of ethics in two countries: South Africa and the United States of America. International Journal of Health Sciences (IJHS).13 (4):40-48.
  • Smith, J., De Jongh, J. & Cook, R. (2018). The facilitators and barriers encountered by South African parents regarding sensory integration occupational therapy. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy (SAJOT).48 (3):44-51.
  • Soeker, M. S., De Jongh, J., Diedericks, A., Matthys, K., Swart, N. & van der Pol, P. (2018). The experiences and perceptions of persons with disabilities regarding work skills development in sheltered and protective workshops. Work, A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation. 59: 303-314.
  • Nortje, N. & De Jongh, J. (2017). Professionalism – A case for medical education to honour the societal contract. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy (SAJOT). 47 (2): 41-44.
  • Hess-April, L., De Jongh, J., & Smith, J. (2016). Occupational justice as a framework for practice: Constraints experienced by occupational therapy graduates. African Journal of Health Professions Education (AJHPE). 8 (2):184-188.
  • De Jongh, J., & Nortje, N. (2016). Client confidentiality: Perspectives of students engaged in a health care training programme. South African Journal of Bioethics and Law (SAJBL). 9 (1): 31-34.
  • De Jongh, J., & Nortje, N. (2015). Ethical issues experienced by Occupational Therapy students – The reality. African Journal of Health Professions Education (AJHPE). 7 (2):187-189.
  • De Jongh, J., Frantz, J. & Rhoda, A. (2014). Integrating research into teaching: Needs assessment for staff development African Journal of Health Professions Education 6 (2):124-128.
  • De Jongh, J., Wegner, L. & Struthers, P. (2014). Developing capacity amongst adolescents attending a leadership camp. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 44 (3): 6-10.

Position: Deputy Dean - Clinical and Community Engagement
Tel: +27 (0)21 959 3617
Fax: +27 (0)21 959 2606


BSc (PT) (UWC), MSc (PT) (UWC), PhD (UWC)


Dr Firdouza Waggie is a registered physiotherapist a senior lecturer and holds a BSc (PT), MSc (PT) and PhD degree from the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She completed a postgraduate certificate in project management at Cape Town University of Technology. She worked as a physiotherapist at Groote Schuur Hospital, where she became a senior physiotherapist. She is currently the Director of the Interprofessional Education Unit in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape. The unit is responsible for developing and coordinating interprofessional core courses and service-learning in both rural and urban communities for health science students. Her expertise and research areas include: health professions education, school health, interprofessional education and collaborative practice and health promotion.


  • Cole C, Sánchez L, Sekoni K, Wixson C, Waggie F, (2018) How low socioeconomic factors influence TB drug resistance in South Africa: A Scoping Review. Undergraduate Journal of Public Health,University of Michigan, 1(2).
  • Naidoo, D., Van Wyk, J., & Waggie, F. (2017). Occupational therapy graduates' reflections on their ability to cope with primary healthcare and rural practice during community service. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 47(3).
  • Jooste K, Frantz, JM & Waggie F (2017). Challenges of academic healthcare leaders in a higher education context in South Africa. Educational Management Administration & Leadership · February 2017 DOI: 10.1177/1741143216688468
  • Jooste K, Frantz, JM & Waggie F (2016). Re-Designing the Leadership Development of Academic Healthcare Leaders in a Higher Education Context.
  • Rhoda A, Waggie F, Filies G & Frantz M (2016). Short Report: Using operative models (ICF and CBR) within an Interprofessional context to address community needs. November 2016 DOI: 10.7196/AJHPE. 2016.v8i2.85
  • JM Frantz, G Filies, K Jooste, M Keim, F Waggie…(2016). Reflection on an interprofessional community- based participatory research project. AJHPE.2016.v8i2.85
  • Ahanonu EL, Jooste K, Waggie F (2016). Barriers to leading youth victims of violence towards wellness at a community in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery,Volume 17.
  • von Pressentin K, Waggie F & Conradie H (2016). Towards tailored teaching: using participatory action research to enhance the learning experience of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship students in a South African rural district hospital. BMC Medical Education.2016, 16:82 DOI: 10.1186/s12909-016-0607- URL:
  • Ahanonu, E.L. & Waggie, F., (2015). Expectations of youth victims of violence regarding health care professionals leading them to wellness in South Africa. Curationis 38(2), Art. #1547, 10 pages. Http:// curationis.v38i2.1547
  • Waggie, F. (2015). The development of an evaluation matrix for a community-based interdisciplinary health promotion course. May 2015, Vol. 7, No. 1 AJHPE
  • Waggie, F., and Laattoe, N. (2014). Interprofessional exemplars for health professional programmes at a South African university. Journal of Interprofessional Care, Early Online: 1–3, 2014 Informa UK Ltd. DOI: 10.3109/13561820.2014.891572
  • Waggie, F., Lazarus S., & Mpofu R. (2014). The perceived impact of an interdisciplinary health promotion course on stakeholders at a South African University. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance (AJPHERD) Supplement 2:1 (October), 2014, pp. 107-120.
  • Waggie F, Laattoe N & Filies G.C (2013).  Moving from conversation to commitment: Optimising school-based health promotion in the Western Cape, South Africa. African Journal of Health Professions Education. Vol 5, No1.
  • Tawa N, Frantz . & Waggie F (2011). Risk factors for chronic non communicable diseases in Mombasa, Kenya: Epidemiological study using WHO stepwise approach. African Journal of Health Science. 2011; 19:26-32?


  • Southern African Faimer Institute (SAFRI)
  • Africa Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN)
  • Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH).
  • Missouri University (USA).
  • South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

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ND (HPCSA), BMan(CPUT), PGD Ind Eng Man (UCT), MPhil Eng Man (UCT)

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