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Organising Committee

QHR Executive

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

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Professor André Swart

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Professor André Swart

Professor André Swart is Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Johannesburg. After a stint in industry, he joined the then TWR in 1987. He is an elected member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (the Professional Board for Environmental Health Practitioners) and was a founding member and served on the executive of the Public Health Association of South Africa. Professor Swart previously served on the Gauteng Branch of the IWMSA as an elected member. He is on the Management Committee for the WHO Collaborating Centre for Urban Health and served on an Advisory Committee to the Minister of Health, with specific reference to Environmental Health. He has also been a nominated member of the SGB’s for Public Health and Environmental Science, Environmental Management and Waste Management respectively; and the first chairperson of the SGB for Environmental Health. He has sourced, or was part of groups that received funding, both locally and internationally, for a number of research and community orientated programmes. Funding was obtained from, including but not exclusive to, AUSAID, WHO; Royal Danish Government, MRC; European Union, European Community, British Council and DfID. His international liaison included the following projects:
  • the Hillbrow Community Partnership for Health Personnel Education, funded by the Kellogg Foundation; of which he was the Chairperson;
  • a rural water and sanitation project funded by AUSAID from Australia;
  • an international study regarding housing quality in inner city area, funded by the European Commission;
  • the Gauteng Health Care Waste Management Project, funded by DANIDA; and
  • a HIV study, jointly with the University of London, and funded by the British Council.
Professor Swart serves on the Editorial Board of an accredited journal, has published, and had various presentations accepted at international and national conferences. He also facilitates international and national workshops, evaluates courses and programme delivery for the WHO in Africa, and is a specialist advisor to the National Department of Health and the SABS – Certification Services (environmental management systems).
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Dr Charlene Downing

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Dr Charlene Downing

Charlene Downing  is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing since 2015. Dr Downing lectures research methodology to the undergraduate, post-basic, Short Learning Programme: Research Methodology (Masters level) and co-ordinates and facilitates the Doctoral Programme. She is currently part of Plume Programme: Cohort 2, an initiative driven by FUNDISA, Atlantic Philanthropy and the National Research Foundation, to enhance the development of a Research Intensive Culture and Researchers in Nursing Science.   A postdoctoral student in Caring Science at the Watson Caring Science Institute, Dr Downing acts as a supervisor and co-supervisor for PhD and Masters students within the Department of Nursing. Dr Downing loves her portfolio of teaching and shaping the future of nursing and caring through research.
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Dr Mmasethunya Temane

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Dr Mmasethunya Temane

Annie Temane is a senior lecturer in psychiatric nursing at the Department of Nursing, University of Johannesburg. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the then University of Bophuthatswana, now called University of North West.   She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychiatric nursing at the University of Johannesburg. Dr Temane serves on the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics committee, as the Deputy Vice Chairperson, as well as on the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Mental Health, appointed by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, and also acts as consultant for qualitative research at the Steve Biko Bioethics Centre at the University of Witwatersrand. Dr Temane serves on the editorial board of the Health Gesondheid Journal.  She facilitates research workshops for the Doctoral programme at the UJ Department of Nursing Science, trustworthiness and ethics at DUT and qualitative research at University of Limpopo and also for the Ethics Capacity Development Training course under the auspices of Unisa and TUT.  Dr Temane respected for her passion for mental health, supervision, research, ethics and coaching.
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Professor Marie Poggenpoel

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Professor Marie Poggenpoel

Marie Poggenpoel has been a tenured professor in Psychiatric Nursing Science at the University of Johannesburg since 1989 and is an expert regarding qualitative research methodology. Her focus in research together with Professor CPH Myburgh is “Aggression in the South African Society”. She had published more than 150 articles in international and national journals. Professor Poggenpoel was the supervisor/co-supervisor of more than 120 doctorates and 150 master’s candidates. In South Africa she is rated as an established researcher by the NRF. She has received several awards for excellence in research, the most recent award recent awards being the “International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame” awarded by STTI in July 2013 in Prague and the “Women in Science Award” in May 2014 in South Africa.
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Professor Chris Myburgh

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Professor Chris Myburgh

Professor Chris Myburgh is a postgraduate supervisor at the University of Johannesburg for BEd (Hons) – Research Theories and Methods (Quantitative).  He has supervised more than 170 completed masters and more than 110 completed doctorate candidates.  He is since 1989 a tenured professor in Psychology of Education and is an expert regarding quantitative as well as qualitative research methodologies. Professor Myburgh has published more than 170 articles in international and national journals. In South Africa he is rated as established researcher by the NRF since 2002.
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Mrs Irene Kearns

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Mrs Irene Kearns

Irene Kearns is a Lecturer and Head of the Department of Nursing Science at University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She has 26 years combined experience in nursing education and teaching in midwifery, gynaecological, medical / surgical nursing, critical care nursing, research and nursing dynamics and leadership. Mrs Kearns' research capability is in professional nursing, midwifery and critical care nursing. In the last seven years of her employment with the university employment, she has co-supervised and supervised seven completed Master students and currently co-supervises four students, moderates undergraduate nursing programmes at four universities and examines Masters students for two universities. She is on the editorial board of two publications. Mrs Kearns is a member of NEA Nursing Education Association; NLN National League of Nursing (USA); STTI (Sigma Theta Tau International) Honor Society of Nursing; SANAC (SA National AIDS Council) Women's Sector; Cochrane Nursing Care Field, Nursing College’s Council Committee’s and Senate Boards on Nursing Policy and Curricular Development. She is a representative of the Critical Care Nurses Forum of South Africa (CCSSA). Her areas of interest are nursing education, nursing research, critical care nursing and midwifery nursing .
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Mrs Nompumelelo Ntshingila

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Mrs Nompumelelo Ntshingila

Mrs Nompumelelo Ntshingila is a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. She received her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of the Witwatersrand. She received her Master’s in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from the University of Johannesburg. She is currently busy with her PhD in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Her study title is “A model for psychiatric nurse practitioners to facilitate the mental health of women living with borderline personality disorder”. She currently lecturers nursing communication to first year undergraduate students. She also lectures fourth year undergraduate students’ psychiatric nursing and supervision of the master’s clinical skills. She is also involved in clinical accompaniment of the undergraduate students. She also a supervisor to masters’ students towards the completion of their minor dissertations. Prior to joining the University of Johannesburg she has extensive experience in working in the psychotherapy unit and biochemical units at Tara Hospital.
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Ms Lerato Matshaka

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Ms Lerato Matshaka

Lorato Matshaka is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Lerato completed her Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude in Nursing at the University of Johannesburg in 2013.  Lerato obtained her Research methodology for non-degree purposes Cum Laude at the University of Johannesburg in 2015. Lorato is currently busy with her master’s degree in Ethos and Professional Practice, the title of her study is “Mindfulness and Caring”. Lorato was one of the eleven students that represented the University of Johannesburg at the Appalachian State University at the United States of America on a student exchange program in 2012. Lerato was the first recipient of the Albertina Sisulu Award at the University of Johannesburg. Albertina Sisulu was known as the “Mother of the Nation”, a stalwart amongst women in South Africa. Albertina Sisulu was known for her humble spirit and great leadership skills. She was caring, loyal and nurturing. She empowered the needy and women at large. The Albertina Sisulu Award is awarded to the student who has demonstrated and lived the spirit of Albertina Sisulu. Prior to joining the Health Science Faculty at the University of Johannesburg, Lorato worked at a community health clinic from 2014 January till October 2016, where she was responsible for child health and mental health and was also a member of a school health team.
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