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study that explores the capacity of community disability
workers to address the needs of disabled youth. This
study is being conducted in rural areas of Botswana,
Malawi and Mpumalanga, South Africa. Judith Mckenzie
was awarded funding from the Vera Grover Trust for
a study investigating housing and support options for
people with intellectual disability.
Sheila Clow, Una Kyriacos and Nicki Fouché received
Carnegie funding to assist with the completion of their
PhD research. Sinegugu Duma received funding from
the NRF and MRC for conference attendance in South
Korea. Nicola Keeton was awarded an IAPO student
exchange scholarship to study at Emory in Atlanta.
Seyidele Amosun, Theresa Burgess, Gillian Ferguson,
Jennifer Jelsma, Shamila Manie, Lionel Naidoo and Niri
Naidoo received funding from the URC to attend the
World Confederation of Physical Therapists Congress
in Amsterdam.
Based on her contribution to the Human Research Ethics
Committee (HREC) of the Faculty of Health Sciences,
Theresa Burgess was offered a scholarship from the
Fogarty International Centre of the NIH to undertake a
Master’s degree in Bioethics at the University of Toronto.
She has also been appointed as a Deputy Chair of the
HREC, a position she will take up on her return. Romy
Parker was awarded a Thutuka Grant in 2011. Shamila
Manie was awarded a grant from the University Equipment
Committee to enable her to continue with her PhD
Soraya Maart was awarded a contract for disability
epidemiology research, as part of a collaborative
agreement between Department of Health, UWC and
UCT. This research will be used in her PhD and will
also inform policy development for community based
services. Soraya Maart was also awarded the Crossly
Clinical Research Fellowship. Heather Talberg won the
prize for the best presentation at the Faculty of Health
Sciences Education Research Day. The undergraduate
physiotherapy student research was also recognised
in that the two UCT groups presenting at the Regional
Inter-varsity Physiotherapy Research Forum, won first and
second prize for their presentations.
Theresa Lorenzo was awarded funding from the Vice
Chancellor’s Strategic Fund to investigate disability
inclusion in the curriculum of faculties at UCT. Jennifer
Jelsma was awarded a travel grant from the Vice
Chancellor’s Strategic Fund to be used for developing
teaching and learning at Kigali Institute in Rwanda.
Elewani Ramugondo was awarded funding from the
Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Fund for Internalisation with
an Afropolitan Niche to establish occupational therapy
training in African countries, including Lesotho, Malawi,
Namibia and Botswana.
The Department raised its international research profile in
2011. Eight staff member from the Division of Physiotherapy
presented at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy
Congress held in Amsterdam, and further work was
presented at the World Pain Congress, and at the World
Disability Report launch in Sydney. Members of the
Division were active on the local organising committee of
the annual meeting of the World Health Organisation Family
of International Classifications, which was successfully
hosted in Cape Town in November. Jennifer Jelsma
continues to serve as a member of the WHO Functioning
and Disability Group and as a member of the EuroQoL
Quality of Life Group. Romy Parker is the secretary of the
International Pain and Movement Special Interest Group
and was on the Scientific Committee of the 4
Pan African
Pain Congress.
Harsha Kathard presented papers at the American Speech-
Language Hearing Association Conference in San Diego, and
the Fluency Conference, Oxford. Associate Professor Sheila
Clow was the chairperson of the Scientific and Professional
programme committee for the 29th Triennial congress of the
International Confederation of Midwives. Vivienne Norman
was an invited speaker at the National ENT/SAAA/ SASLHA
Conference. Dr Judith McKenzie presented papers at the
International Association for the Study of Sexuality in Culture
and Society in Madrid, and Q Methodology in Birmingham).
She was also a keynote speaker at the Network of African
National Human Rights Institutions in Cape Town, and at the
AfriNEAD Conference in Zimbabwe.
There were numerous collaborative research activities and
scholarly visits in 2011. Sinegugu Duma was involved
in a collaborative research project between UCT, UKZN,
North West University (Mafikeng Campus) on the health
sector’s response to gender-based violence. Doris Khalil
conducted a study on violence in nursing at the Kwame
Nkrumah University of Science & Technology. Una
Kyriacos was the Western Cape coordinator for a nation-
wide RN4Cast research project under the leadership of
Professor Hester Klopper, University of Johannesburg. Pat
Mayers continues to be involved in the UCT Knowledge
Translation Unit on-going Practical Approach to Lung
Health and HIV project. Douglas Newman-Valentine was
involved in the PEPFAR funded national mother to-child
prevention of HIV project in collaboration with UWC.
Lebogang Ramma received funding from the Worldwide
Universities Network Academic Mobility Visit to
attend the University of Western Australia. He also
attended training on public health planning for hearing
impairment at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical
Medicine at the University of London. Tracey-Lee
Cloete visited the University of Queensland to meet
with a research consultant in the area of school-based
hearing screening. Christine Rogers visited Professor
Herdman at the Centre for Rehabilitative Medicine,
Atlanta to work on her PhD proposal.