Important Dates

Abstract submission closes

- 31 Jan 2018

Provisional programme available

- 15 May 2017

Early bird registration closes

- 30 November 2017

Online registration closes

-14 February 2018

Preferential booking rates for
accommodation closes

- 31 January 2018


Sawubona, Dumela, Molo, Thobela, Ndaa/Aa, Avuxeni and Hello

Greetings from a warm and most beautiful South Africa – the heartland of Africa and the mecca of ubuntu. Ubuntu reflects the belief that a person is a person through other people.

In the words of Nelson Mandela:

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
It always seems impossible until it’s done.

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

The above words embody the soul of our hearts, and reflect how fundamental education is in bringing about change in the world and that through education and your courage to learn new things much can be achieved. In other words, nothing is impossible provided you educate yourselves!

The University of Johannesburg will be hosting the 6th Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research (QHR) in March 2018. The Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research is a forum where a group of qualitative researchers gather together to learn, communicate and share information on qualitative inquiry as it pertains to health.

The theme for this year’s Congress is Pan-African Unity in Health for All: Globalisation of Qualitative Health Research.

Join us for a  journey into the future where qualitative research sets the worldwide trends of our research destinations and guides us on the research journey towards establishing landmarks of care, in the era of globalisation, to form specific measures for caring and health for all. A network of professionals in the world of qualitative research across the world will be sharing best practices and research to strengthen all health initiatives in a coordinated approach to health care for the 21st century in SA, Africa and the world. Topics will include the latest trends in qualitative research, health care, nursing and caring, allied health professions and other related topics.

The objectives of the congress are:

  • To create and provide a platform for forming lasting networks and establishing new bonds and friendships to further develop the exciting world of qualitative research;
  • To deliberate innovation ways for deliberate transformation of practice guided research and positive application for transformation of healthy living as a reality in society
  • To explore innovative application of qualitative research method to advance health competency and life style patterns, and
  • To promote the practice and application of qualitative research, translating results and recommendations in real-life informed practice approaches for all.

View the Call for Abstracts page for the sub themes for which research abstracts are invited.

The warmth of the African sky and the vibrant energy of the continent will help to create a platform for forming lasting networks and establishing new bonds and friendships to further develop the exciting world of qualitative research.

By joining us at this congress you will be privileged to experience a most memorable moment in your life, and your presence will contribute to the success of the event.

Welcome to South Africa

Siyakwamukela eMzansi Africa

Steering Committee: 6th Global Congress for Qualitative Health


Professor Andre Swart
Professor Marie Poggenpoel
Professor Christoffel Myburgh
Ms Irene Kearns
Dr Mmasethunya Temane
Dr Charlene Downing
Ms Nompumelelo Ntshingila
Ms Lorato Matshaka