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Speaking about health journalism

Date Released: Mon, 22 July 2013 13:11 +0200

Speakers for the Discovery Centre for Health Journalism's three-day symposium have been confirmed. The symposium will run from 29 to 31 August 2013 and it will explore how media practitioners can do more and better journalism about the rapid increase in "lifestyle" diseases in Africa.

South Africa’s top health journalists, medical specialists, policy makers and media studies academics will attend the symposium. The speakers who have already confirmed are:

Prof Debbie Bradshaw of the Burden of Disease Research Unit of the MRC;

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

Dr Sarah Rayne of the Netcare Breast Care Centre of Excellence;

Prof Charles Parry of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit 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;

Candy Day of Health Systems Trust.

A draft symposium programme will be released at the end of July, and 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. If you would like to pre-register for the conference, please email Harry Dugmore at h.dugmore@ru.ac.za.