Mental health nurses and their allied professionals in the psychiatric field from across South Africa are expected to gather for the Mental Health Nurses Symposium.

The conference will take place on the 13th and 14th of June 2017 at the Protea O. R. Tambo Hotel in Johannesburg.

The event comes at a critical time following the release of a report by the Health Ombudsman, where more than 100 patients died after they were transferred from Life Esidimeni.

“The conference will explore the critical role played by mental health nurses in ensuring that there is improved service delivery and optimum care given to every person that needs medical mental health care,” said Conference Producer at JP Executive Communications, Nhlanhla Ndlovu.

The conference will address a wide array of pertinent discussions including the Mental Healthcare Act; Mental Health Framework Policy; as well as training and development for psychiatric nurses.

The event will further explore issues around de-institutionalisation of mental health patients; explore the rights of mental health patients; and recognising nurses as patients’ advocates.

“It’s therefore imperative that mental health personnel be part of this unique event,” said Ndlovu.

“The Mental Health Nurses Symposium will serve as a much-needed platform for attendees to share different experiences as well as learn strategies from a diverse speaker line up, and from each other as they work towards improving their critical service to mental health care users,” concluded Ndlovu.

The current speaker line-up includes Healthcare and Legal Consultant, Dr Obed Mphofu; Specialist Psychiatrist and Past President of  the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP), Dr Mvuyiso Talatala; CEO at Witrand Hospital, Naledi Mocwaledi; UM General Ward, Netcare, Portia Magabane; Registered Mental Health Nurse, Oniyide Olukunle; Clinical Head of Psychiatry, City of Johannesburg, Prof Yusuf Moosa; Occupational Health Nursing Practitioner at Townhill Psychiatric Hospital, Purity Zondo; and Principal Psychologist at Bara Hospital, Jasmin Kooverjee.

More information about the Mental Health Nurses Symposium can be found here.

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