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​​​​​​​​​​Project Activity: Designing, developing and implementing a national diploma in family medicine

Activity description:

Designing, developing and implementing a national Diploma level training for existing primary care doctors, from either the private or public sector, to enable them to better support the ward-based primary care teams and to offer services commensurate with the government's PHC revitalisation programme.

This page summarises the process, by providing information on each workshop (in chronological order).

1. National Stakeholder Workshop: 5 - 6 June 2014



To view podcasts of these presentations, please select link.

2. ETC Workshop: 18 - 19 September 2014

The ETC is the the Education and Training Committee of the SAAFP (South African Academy of Family Physicians), and consists of the head and postgraduate training coordinator of each of the eight South African family medicine departments.

Presentations on Day 1:

3. Diploma Workshop: 11 November 2014

  • Summary of diploma design workshop Nov.pdf
  • The purpose of the workshop was to look in more detail at the revisions required by the existing Diploma programmes to align themselves with the agreed national learning outcomes.​

4. National Diploma and Stakeholder Workshop: 
     5 - 6 February 2015

Programme of Diploma workshop 5 Feb 2015 Day 1.pdf

Programme stakeholder workshop 6 Feb 2015.pdf

Reports from each day:

Summary of design workshop day 1_5 Feb 2015.pdf

Summary of stakeholder workshop 6 Feb 2015.pdf

Presentations on Day 1: Diploma workshop (5 February 2015)

Report back on progress from existing Diploma programmes:

Afternoon workshop facilitated by Dr Tilly Moodley (UKZN):

Podcasts of Dr Moodley's presentations are available here.

Useful links:​

​Presentations on Day 2: Stakeholder workshop (6 February 2015)

Published article on learning needs of primary care doctors: 

The self-reported learning needs of primary care doctors in South Africa: a descriptive survey​


Published article on the Design of the National Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine:
R Mash, Z Malan, K von Pressentin & J Blitz (2015): Strengthening primary
health care through primary care doctors: the design of a new national Postgraduate Diploma
in Family Medicine, South African Family Practice, DOI: 10.1080/20786190.2015.1083719​


These activities have been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of these documents are the sole responsibility of Stellenbosch University and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.​