Faculty of Health Sciences

Promoting a culture of technology transfer, attracting outstanding academics and eminent visiting professors and researchers, increasing its levels of external funding, and attracting outstanding students have enabled the Faculty to enhance its excellence in research and innovation.


The number of visiting professors and/or research fellows to 27 (2017: 16); The Laser Research Centre (LRC) hosted 16 international postgraduate students in addition to the seven appointed postdoctoral fellows; The number of rated researchers decreased from six to three, due to retirements and resignations; The research target changed from 75 to 93 units following an MEC/ELG breakaway 70 units were submitted; Release of the first South African chiropractic journal The Chiropractic Clinician; , two patents registered by the Water and Health Research Centre (WHRC); Completion of the first ever locally produced and towable mobile command post (MCP).


External research and equipment funding was obtained from a number of professional and educational organisations; Research projects included: A simulation learning field guide, the establishment of an AI research group; The Hosting of a DST-NRF SARChI Chair: Laser Applications in Health by LRC, resulting in a number of international publications from the international collaboration.


Full-time academic complement of 114, with 92% master’s, and 31% doctoral qualifications; with student success is linked to Health Training Centre (HTC) clinical practice, 28 212 patients were seen in clinics and satellite clinics, (2017) 31 814; Riverlea Community Project screened and consulted 1 091 patients; Funding of R350 000 per annum was granted by Discovery for three years; Bb used for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TL&A), while software purchased through a Clinical Training Grant (CTG) is used for digital/ online monitoring of work-integrated learning (WIL); Some PG students capacitated in state-ofthe- art technology; Decolonisation embedded in all curricula; Efforts made to incorporate context, content and discussions on indigenous African knowledge, as appropriate.


A state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory, a Human Anatomy and Physiology complex as well as a virtual teaching platform established; High technology ocular coherence tomography available for optometry students; The Simulation Assessment Tool to Limit Assessor Bias (SATLAB) system was profiled by EMC and funded through U21; Bb posting of lecture notes and access to e-learning guides; Challenges include lack of hand-held devices for students, slow WiFI access, lack of laptops and laboratory computer infrastructure, equipment affordability for students.


Gross third-stream income from SLPs was R1 538 840 and R74 105.71 for continuous professional development (CPD), totalling R1 612 945.71 in 2018, (2017: R1 695 255.04); Only four departments offered SLPs; Fourteen female and four male designated academic staff members participated in the Accelerated Academic Mentorship Programme (AAMP), with 13 non-designated staff participated in AAMP, including two international appointees.


There were a number of initiatives, including: Inbound and outbound Saima University (Finland) exchange funding through Erasmus+; Training for African rescue workers; Funding approval for the first integrated on-campus rescue simulation centre in Africa; Department of Homoeopathy exploring collaboration with U21 and collaboration contemplated with other global universities; MoA with Evelyn Hone College (Zambia) for delegation visits: Upgrading of laboratory space and implementation of ISO17025 QC to create trusted, fast, reliable and reproducible research; Eight-year full accreditation for the Chiropractic Programme by European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE).