Dates: 15 to 18 April 2024
Venue: Online e-learning Vula Platform
Time: 08h30 to 17h00

Course fees
R4800 medical doctors
R3600 registrars, UCT staff, community service medical officers,
R2880 allied professionals, nurses

CPD points: 24 Level 1 (1 ethics point)

This course introduces the principles and practice of the care of children who have long term and disabling conditions.

Participants in the multidisciplinary care team will receive an approach to this subject that is both theoretical and practical that they can build on in their practices. This course is developed and is presented by the Child Health Unit, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Entry requirements: Health professionals in the following categories: medical doctors, nurses, social workers, allied health professionals, health service managers

Learning outcomes:

  • Ability to identify and respond to the potential effects of the LTHC on children and their families
  • Know how to apply the principles and concepts such as coordination, communication and continuity that underpin LTHC care.
  • Improved practice in screening, and generic and condition-specific treatment approaches including palliative care
  • Ability to use knowledge of school and community systems to optimize service delivery for children and adolescents with LTHC
  • Understanding of the epidemiology of LTHCs in South Africa and Africa

Course content:

  • Insights into the lived experiences of children with LTHCs and their families
  • The non-categorical approach to LTHC care and international classification of function (ICF)
  • Approaches to working out the incidence and prevalence of LTHCs to guide service delivery
  • The organization of health and other services for children with LTHCs
  • Practical approaches for the multi-disciplinary team to care for children and their families through the life course

A Certificate of Completion and CPD points will be issued to participants who attend the course and successfully complete the assignments.

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