Board Members

Prof David Cameron

Chairperson

is a Family Physician with more than 40 years of experience in clinical and academic primary care with special interests in medical education, palliative care, HIV/AIDS, programme evaluation and research. He is a former Associate Professor, Department Family Medicine, University of Pretoria. Dr Cameron currently provides palliative care to people with advanced illnesses along Cape Town’s West Coast from Milnerton to Melkbosstrand.

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Dr Louise Walker

Vice Chairperson

is a medical officer in the Greys Hospital oncology department in Pietermaritzburg. She works within the structures of the oncology clinic to provide oncologic care integrated with palliative care and runs a dedicated palliative care clinic for oncology patients once a week.  She completed her MSc in Palliative Medicine through Cardiff University in 2018 with her research focusing on cross-cultural and cross-language communication, specifically breaking bad news. 
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Dr Margie Venter

Secretary

is a clinical oncologist who after completing the Palliative Care Diploma at UCT in 2016, transitioned to working solely in palliative care. She coordinates a palliative care network in Stellenbosch, bringing together the required multidisciplinary team, caring for patients with advanced illness. She has a special interest in communication around serious illness.

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Dr Julia Ambler

TREASURER

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Dr Teresa Swart

BOARD MEMBER

is an experienced  GP in Durbanville. She completed her Masters in Palliative Care in 2011. She  works with a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive palliative care to patients in Durbanville and surrounds.

She is passionate about educating patients, families, students and health care workers about palliative care and the positive impact it can have on  a patient’s experience of their disease.

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Dr Mark Hosking

Board member

is a family practitioner who has provided Palliative Care in the Helderberg Basin for over 20 yrs. He works closely with all Specialists and can co-ordinate care under the umbrella of Helderberg Palliative Care Centre   (Hospice).

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Dr Colleen Cox

BOARD MEMBER​

is a clinical oncologist in KZN who has studied further in palliative care. She has a particular interest in the provision and co-ordination of holistic patient-centred care to patients with advanced cancer and their families. She works mainly in private practice in Durban North/ Umhlanga but also supports palliative care services in the state sector and in her community, as well as being on the provincial and local district task teams to promote the Department of Health’s rollout of palliative care in KZN.

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Dr Raksha Balbadhur

BOARD MEMBER​

MBCHB (UCT) 2001, DA(SA) 2004, Diploma Pall Med 2014, MPhil Pall Med 2017
She completed her masters on “Understanding the Dignity Experience and Exploring the Impact of Dignity Therapy and Guided Imagery on Patients with Advanced Disease – a South African Perspective.”
 
She fulfils the following roles:
  • Steering Committee Member of Palnet KZN
  • On the Task team for Ethekweni Palliative Care Initiative in KZN (PETT)
  • Chairperson of the Values in Healthcare Association of SA
She is also a meditation teacher.
 
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Dr Thiloshini Govender

BOARD MEMBER​

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Dr Susan de Bruin

BOARD MEMBER​

is a Palliative Care Practitioner at Sungardens Hospice in Pretoria. In 2009 she completed the palliative medicine diploma and been practising palliative medicine full time for the last 10 years.

She prefers seeing patients in their own homes and has a special interest in pain management and emotional care of the patient and family members.

She likes working with colleagues from smaller towns (country side) to guide them in caring for their palliative patients.

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Dr Daleen van Jaarsveld

BOARD MEMBER​

is a Clinical Pharmacologist with special interest in Palliative care and rational drug use in palliative care patients. She obtained a Masters in Palliative Medicine in 2018. Currently she is an affiliate lecturer at the UFS, Department of Oncology. She works as palliative clinician, seeing patients in the private and public sector in Bloemfontein and advises colleagues all over the Free State on symptom management.

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Dr Mfanelo Sobekwa

BOARD MEMBER​

is a general practitioner working at the Gauteng Centre for Palliative Care at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and as a Palliative Care lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand’s Faculty of Health Sciences. He completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine and currently pursuing his Masters. He has great passion for clinical palliative care, teaching and research. 

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Dr René Krause

BOARD MEMBER​

is a Family Physician with a masters degree in Palliative Medicine and a postgraduate diploma in Health Professional education. She is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health (University of Cape town) and convenor of the postgraduate diploma in Palliative Medicine. She is also a new elected board member of APCA, the African Palliative Care Association.

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