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UCT Vice-Chancellor to run for mental health
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 12:30

About 75% of people living with mental illness in low- and middle-income countries do not receive any treatment at all – but they will be the focus of a special awareness-raising run by university leaders to commemorate World Mental Health Day. 

FHS gains two new SARChI chairs
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 14:30

Deputy Dean of Research Prof Tania Douglas and Head of Dermatology Prof Nonhlanhla Khumalo have been awarded  prestigious South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chairs in their respective fields, Biomedical Engineering and Innovation and Dermatology and Toxicology. 

Valentine’s delivery a labour of love
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 13:15

The delivery of Africa’s first full-body high-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, on Valentine’s Day 14 February 2015, at the new Cape Universities Body Imaging Centre site (CUBIC-UCT) on the premises of Groote Schuur Hospital, can best be described as the product of a labour of love.

Death by maladministration
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 13:30

Death by administration: an important category of patient mortality. A letter to the editor of the South African Medical Journal...

Teen suicide in the spotlight
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 17:15

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), suicide is the second most common cause of death in teenagers and young adults between 10 and 24 years. According to WHO, around a million people commit suicide each year, and it is predicted that by 2020 this figure will rise to 1.53 million.

Savings in mental healthcare cost lives
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 17:15

With 94+ patients dead and more displaced, the Health Ombudsman calls for justice. The release of the Health Ombudsman, Professor Makgoba’s, report into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of mentally ill patients in the Gauteng province has triggered an outcry.

UCT flag at half mast to honour Esidimeni victims
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 15:30

The scope of the Esidimeni tragedy and the depth of the sadness that it has caused is immeasurable. How do we lose 94 lives so flippantly, so negligently and in such a cruel manner? When students at the University of Cape Town raise awareness of mental health issues, this is the reality that they are pointing to

Madness: Songs of Hope and Despair
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 09:15

Dr Sean Baumann’s stirring cantata Madness: Songs of Hope and Despair comes to the Baxter for a limited season this February.

Pioneering research on drivers with HIV and metabolic syndrome
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 09:30

UCT’s Dr Hetta Gouse will tackle much-needed research and neuropsychological testing for vocational drivers, thanks to a prestigious Emerging Global Leader Award from the Fogarty Institute for Innovation in the US.

University of Cape Town Psychologist Elected to South African Young Academy of Sciences (SAYAS)
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 18:30

Eugene Lee Davids, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from the Adolescent Health Research Unit (AHRU) in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is one of 10 young scientists from across South Africa to be elected a member of SAYAS in 2016.

Mental health care partners join hands to raise awareness
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 13:00

Last year for the first time, organisations from across the Western Cape came together to pool their efforts in raising awareness for mental health care during World Mental Health Month (October). Spearheaded by the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH), this year’s collaboration brings together mental health organisations from across the entire country.

CPMH concerned over unexplained deaths of 36 psychiatric patients
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 12:45

36 transferred psychiatric patients from Life Healthcare Esidimeni are deceased. The Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health expresses concern over the recent deaths and the DOH's response.