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Mental illness and human rights: Implementing ethical practices
Mental illness and human rights: Implementing ethical practices

The events surrounding the Life Esidimeni tragedy, where 91 mental health patients died in the Gauteng province of South Africa while under government care, is a shocking reminder of the gap between the lawful rights and harsh realities of mental disorder sufferers in South Africa...

7 May 2019

A University of Cape Town medical student doing yoga for a project that draws on ideas from medical and health humanities. Third Year Yoga SSM
New ways of thinking on health, arts and humanities are emerging in Africa

Imagine bringing the best of all academic disciplines, artistic creations, activist experience and healthcare knowledge to bear on understanding and addressing current healthcare concerns...

By Carla Tsampiras & Nolwazi Mkhwanazi 3 May 2019

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Irish study: Why fewer female medical students choose surgery

Just 6.9% of female students say they never felt intimidated during their surgical training, compare to 15.8% of their male counterparts...

18 Apr 2019

A woman receiving an oral cholera vaccine in Beira, Mozambique. Celeste Mac-Arthur
Cyclone Idai is over - but its health effects will be felt for a long time

People in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have started trying to rebuild their lives after the devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai...

By Kerrigan McCarthy & Lucille Blumberg 15 Apr 2019

Festival of Learning: highlighting 'Education for Social Change'
Festival of Learning: highlighting 'Education for Social Change'

Education, whether formal or informal learning, is the key driver of the social change we would all like to see in South Africa...

Issued by SACAP 8 Apr 2019

Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?
Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president's go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

By Roxy de Villiers 5 Apr 2019

'It's ok not to be ok' - that's the message behind new film Skemerson
'It's ok not to be ok' - that's the message behind new film Skemerson

Mental illness, and the stigma surrounding it, is a critical issue in South Africa. It's the central theme in 'Skemerson' ('Sun Cry Moon'), the new film directed by Phillip Rademeyer and written by Pietie Beyers, which opens nationwide on 3 May 2019...

Issued by Cipla 5 Apr 2019

Introducing the e-patient
Introducing the e-patient

Almost half the South African population has access to the internet, including 8-million Twitter users and 16-million Facebook users...

4 Apr 2019

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Ask Dr Google. The pros and cons of online diagnosis

Pop symptoms of a headache into a search engine and it will come back with a myriad of diagnoses, varying from a sinus headache to a tumour...

1 Apr 2019

Mental health education in the spotlight
Mental health education in the spotlight

Don't miss an interesting educational session about the mental health challenges impacting men...

Issued by Cipla 28 Mar 2019

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Safeguarding healthcare professionals from burnout

South Africa's chronic medical human resources shortage puts overloaded healthcare professionals at greater risk of burnout, endangering both them and their patients...

27 Mar 2019

Bridging the mental health gap
Bridging the mental health gap

There's a significant mental health equity gap in South Africa. Only a small portion of those in distress can afford the available care, which is concentrated in the private sector...

19 Mar 2019

South African free diver attempts world record to tackle stigmas around mental health
South African free diver attempts world record to tackle stigmas around mental health

An icy lake in Finland is set to be the stage for a South African free diver's daring attempt to beat a Guinness World Record...

Issued by Cipla 7 Mar 2019

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Gauteng Health signs MoU with medical aid schemes

The Gauteng Department of Health (GDOH), in partnership with medical aid schemes and their administrators, has officially signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a public-private partnership...

7 Mar 2019

Gauteng Health MEC, Gwen Ramakgopa
Gauteng Health in search of 16 Life Esidimeni patients

The Gauteng Health Department has traced five more Life Esidimeni patients, bringing down the number of unaccounted patients to 16...

4 Mar 2019

A screen grab from Nike's 'Get crazier'.
#FairnessFirst: Nike 'dreams crazier' with Caster and Serena

Nike's 'Dream crazier' taps into the inclusion and equality mindset, and shows that girls who want to play like boys need to dream crazier, while serving to destigmatise and reframe the world's interpretation of 'crazy'...

By Leigh Andrews 4 Mar 2019

Why sleep-deprived employees are costing the country billions
Why sleep-deprived employees are costing the country billions

South Africans need more sleep. Sleep-deprived employees are at higher risk of life-threatening chronic illness and disability, more likely to cause workplace accidents, less productive and more absent - adding up to an economic liability in the billions...

25 Feb 2019

Cipla aims to promote awareness around mental health in SA
Cipla aims to promote awareness around mental health in SA

Research suggests that the attitude towards people with mental illness became more stigmatised over the past few decades...

Issued by Cipla 5 Feb 2019

Brain health to take centre stage in 2019 - expert
Brain health to take centre stage in 2019 - expert

Brain health is set to take centre stage in 2019 with research showing that nutrition, sleep and stress management are among the most important factors influencing mental wellness...

Issued by Leap Communications 28 Jan 2019

Risk of suicide - as well as depression - found in the genome
Risk of suicide - as well as depression - found in the genome

Researchers have discovered several genetic variants that signal the risk of serious suicide attempts and noted some variants have also been linked to major depressive disorder...

24 Jan 2019

How sensory rooms ease anxiety in dementia sufferers
How sensory rooms ease anxiety in dementia sufferers

Sensory rooms, an innovative new international concept in the care of people with dementia has been incorporated by a Johannesburg facility to reduce anxiety in its patients...

21 Jan 2019

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Why are magazines Glamourising suicide?

NEWSWATCH: The quick-fire spread of social media means infamy is almost guaranteed if you step a foot wrong, even if the incident took place years ago. Such is the case for Glamour España, which included a pink gas stove in a market guide fashion spread inspired by Sylvia Plath...

11 Jan 2019

Professor Bonga Chiliza
SA needs stronger leadership and increased budgets in mental healthcare

The psychiatric profession should play a greater role in advocating for patients' rights and improving management of mental health in the public sector...

11 Jan 2019

Financial woes add to stress among SA professionals
Financial woes add to stress among SA professionals

Financial stress has increased among South African professionals when compared to last year, where previous numbers were attributed to work stress, according to the 2018 Profmed Stress Index...

4 Jan 2019

Fighting the rise of workplace depression and suicide
Fighting the rise of workplace depression and suicide

A recent report from the CDC showed that the USA is in the grip of a sustained rise in the suicide rate for both sexes and across all age groups. From 1999 to 2014, the suicide rate rose by 24%. A database from the OECD also shows that the recent uptick is mirrored in Britain and the Netherlands, among other countries...

By Eugene Yiga 31 Dec 2018

#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Healthcare site over the past year below...

18 Dec 2018

Stress, booze and late nights pack on pounds - report
Stress, booze and late nights pack on pounds - report

Persistent stress is directly linked to overeating, lack of sleep, reduced exercising and increased alcohol intake - all contributing to weight gain, research shows...

Issued by Leap Communications 11 Dec 2018

Mental health clinics exist in South Africa’s public health sector, but children with ADHD often never reach them. Shutterrstock
South Africa's children aren't getting the mental health care they need

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has received increased scientific, clinical and public attention over the past few decades...

By Renata Schoeman 6 Dec 2018

There are concerns that Africa may be excluded from advances in genetic brain research. Shutterstock
Mental health genetics: African solutions for African challenges

Over the past two decades, mental health research has advanced markedly. But most mental health studies haven't included African people

By Benyam Worku Dubale, Celia van der Merwe & Nathani 6 Nov 2018

R3m upgrade for Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital complete
R3m upgrade for Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital complete

The new occupational therapy and sports facilities at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital were opened this month, coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Month...

29 Oct 2018

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