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Date Released: Wed, 17 July 2013 08:53 +0200

Join South Africa’s top health journalists, medical specialists, policy makers and media studies academics at a three-day symposium (29-31 August) to explore how we can do better journalism (and more journalism) about the rapid increase in 'lifestyle' diseases in Africa.

How are South African health systems, public and private, responding to 'lifestyle' diseases in Africa? How are journalists better able to tell the stories and raise awareness of the 21st century’s rapidly changing health transitions and overlaps between non-communicable diseases and high ongoing communicable disease levels?

To grapple with some of these questions, the Discovery Centre for Health Journalism is hosting a symposium at Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies over three days (29-31 August). A draft symposium programme will be released at the end of July 2013, but already confirmed are:

Dr Vash Mungal-Singh of Heart and Stroke Foundation SA;

Prof Charles Parry of the MRC;

Dr Tracy Kolbe-Alexander, from UCT/MRC Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Research Unit;

Dr Yussuf Saloojee from the National Council Against Smoking;

Dr Candice Christie from the Rhodes Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics;

Prof Roy Jobson, debunker of bad science and head of Pharmacology at Rhodes.

Additional speakers will be confirmed soon. The symposium format will allow for high levels of interactions with speakers, and opportunities to learn from other journalists and journalism academics in workshop sessions.

Registration fees are R1 400 per delegate. Accomodation options are available. Scholarships, including some that cover both registration fees and travel costs, will be offered to journalists. If you would like to pre-register for the conference, please email Harry Dugmore at h.dugmore@ru.ac.za.

The Health Journalism Symposium precedes the annual  Highway Africa conference at Rhodes University, which is the largest annual gathering of journalists from African. For those wanting to attend our Health Journalism symposium and then stay on for Highway Africa, we’ve negotiated a special registration rate for the Highway Africa conference.