PhD Study Focuses on Children with ADHD

Dr Gloria Pila-Nemutandani’s PhD in Behavioural Medicine investigated lateralisation and compared gross motor skills in order to establish whether children with ADHD have deficits in fine motor skills. The study also tested the participants’ visuomotor performance. Supervised by Professors Basil Pillay and Anneke Meyer, the study revealed a relationship between Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptomatology, laterality

Master’s in Medical Sciences in Public Health for UKZN Project Officer

Mr Nkosinathi Mncwabe graduated with a Master’s in Medical Sciences in Public Health. Supervised by Drs Themba Ginindza and Khumbulani Hlongwane, his ethnographic study explored cancer patients’ experiences of living with cancer in palliative care and support group settings in KwaZulu-Natal. The study documented patients’ experiences of living with cancer, and explored their knowledge, use of local

PhD Study Aims to Reduce Neonatal Mortality Rate

Dr Adenike Adebola Olaniyi was awarded a PhD in Nursing for her study on a neonatal resuscitation training model for semi-skilled birth attendants to manage neonatal emergencies in Oyo State, Nigeria. Olaniyi, who hails from Nigeria, noted that Nigeria has one of the highest neonatal mortality rates in the world, with most deaths occurring in

CAPRISA Staff Member Completes a PhD in Record Time

Dr Buyisile Chibi, a Research Associate at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), graduated with a doctoral degree in Public Health within two-and-a-half years whilst also publishing six papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and one scientific report. Her study encourages the KwaZulu-Natal health authorities to invest more effort in

Clinical Supervision Workshop at UKZN

UKZN’s Department of Behavioural Medicine, in collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal branches of the South African Society for Clinical Psychology, Psychological Society of South Africa, as well as Durban Practising Psychologists Group (DPPG), hosted a workshop on clinical supervision. Conducted by Professor Carol Falender,the workshop – held in the UNITE Building on the Howard College campus

Doctorate for Research into Infection by Parasitic Worms

Improving knowledge – about schistosomiasis a disease caused by infection of fresh water parasitic worms – in the uMkhanyakude area was the subject of research by Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences (Public Health) graduate, Dr Tafadzwa Mindu (29). The uMkhanyakude area is endemic to schistosomiasis and Mindu’s research was conducted to determine how improved

Concern for Safety of Police in SA Inspires PhD Graduate

Dr Gugu Mona has graduated with a PhD degree in Public Health following research she did into Occupational Health and Safety among police officers in Gauteng. Mona, who aspires to be a social entrepreneur and an academic, was supervised by one of UKZN’s Top 30 researchers, Professor Moses Chimbari. Passionate about improving safety for members

Nursing Students Reach Out to Learners

Fourth-year Psychiatric Nursing students at UKZN held a mini-seminar for Grade 9 to 12 learners at Montarena Secondary School in Chatsworth to equip learners with knowledge to improve their sense of self-efficacy and navigational skills in career pathing. The seminar was part of the students’ community mental health outreach programme and followed a survey they

Seminar Puts Primary Health Care Curriculum Under Spotlight

Primary Health Care (PHC) training is still stuck in disciplinary silos across both health professions and domains within the professions, says UKZN Family Medicine Head of Department, Dr Bernhard Gaede. Speaking at a seminar at the University, Gaede said the current exploration of a PHC curriculum for professional health education at UKZN had strong historical