The 8th Annual Free State Provincial Health Research Day is being held this week at the University of the Free State. The event which is in partnership with the Free State Department of Health aims to bring together industry experts from the private and public sector.
According to department’s spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, the ground breaking project is spearheaded by MEC of Health, Montseng Tsiu. “Research Day will bring together the experts of various fields in health sector and research communities in the Province to share research findings, network and innovative collaborations,” he said.
The health research centred conference ends today at the Faculty of Health Sciences Building at UFS. The provincial department has been hosting a number of conferences around major issues facing the country. One of these was the recent Forensic Nursing Association Annual Conference where gender based violence in the province was put on the spotlight.
The aim of the conference was to highlight the importance of the role of forensic nurses in preventing and reducing the consequences of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
“A viable solution in the form of placing and utilising these nurses is at the centre of the department’s essential capacity and response to gender and sexual violence reduction strategies. It is critical to ensure effective implementation of integration of forensic nursing concepts and skills into the undergraduate nursing curriculum,” said Mvambi.
“In doing so, the Department of Health will enable forensic nurses to in turn prepare other health practitioners to assist in breaking the cycle of violence and close the gap that exists in health care delivery for individuals affected by violence and crime,” he added.