2015 national conference update

This year the SAAHE national conference will be jointly run by SAAHE and The Network / Towards Unity for Health. This meeting offers a wonderful opportunity, not only for South African health professions educators to come together and share their experiences, but to connect with international colleagues as well. The 2015 conference is the culmination of an exciting collaboration with The Network / TUFH and we are excited to see you all in Pretoria in a few months time.

Conference details:

See the conference website for additional information and registration.


2015 Conference: Abstract submission extended until May 1

The deadline for submission of abstracts is extended until May 1. You can submit an abstract here.

Participants can submit their abstracts and select one of the following formats:

  • Poster
  • Student poster
  • Oral Platform Presentation
  • Mini-workshop
  • Pre-conference workshop

There are 7 main sub-themes for the conference:

  1. Partnering for change
  2. Changing education and society through technology or simulation
  3. Creating health systems that promote/enhance change;
  4. Communities changing students / students changing communities
  5. Building human resources as agents for change
  6. Measuring change / managing change
  7. Transforming health professions education

Registration for the Conference

The registration page will be launched very shortly and you will receive a personal invitation to start your registration. You can find the most updated information concerning the program, the key-note speakers and the fees on the website.

2015 SAAHE conference abstract submissions are open

Abstract submissions for the 2015 conference are now open. The theme of the 2015 SAAHE / The Network: TUFH conference is “Education for change“. Participants can submit their abstracts in one of the following formats: Poster, Student poster, Oral Platform Presentation, Mini-workshop and Pre-conference workshop.

In addition, there are 7 main subthemes:

  1. Partnering for change
  2. Changing education and society through technology or simulation
  3. Creating health systems that promote/enhance change
  4. Communities changing students / students changing communities
  5. Building human resources as agents for change
  6. Measuring change / managing change
  7. Transforming health professions education

All information concerning the abstract submission process can be found here. Please note that the deadline for the submission of abstracts is April 13, 2015.

SAAHE conference 2015: Save the date


12-16 September, 2015

The 2015 SAAHE conference will be hosted jointly with the international organisation The Network: Towards Unity for Health from 12 to 16 September 2015, at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Gauteng, near to OR Tambo International airport.

This will be an exciting opportunity to share and network with colleagues from across the globe around the conference theme of EDUCATION FOR CHANGE .

The call for abstracts and registration will be opening very soon so please save the date and watch the SAAHE and/or Network websites for updates.

Looking forward to welcoming you in the spirit of BAMBANANI – Working together.

Click here to download the conference flyer.

Last minute announcements for SAAHE 2014

Well, we’re almost ready to kick off (sorry, couldn’t resist) with SAAHE 2014 and so I thought I’d take the opportunity to update you on a few last minute items before we start.

The abstract book is now available for download. If you have registered for the conference, you should receive this by email. Please note that we will only have a limited number of printed copies of the abstract book at the venue, so if you do not receive the book by email in the next few hours, you should either download it here or view it through the conference app.

Abstract book.

If you have not yet downloaded the conference programme, you can do so here. Note that the programme and abstract book are both available in the conference app, which you can install by searching for “saahe” in either the App store on iOS or Play store on Android. If you are viewing this page from your mobile device, clicking on the previous links will take you straight to the entry in the store). There is a lot of content available in the book, so we encourage you to use the bookmarking feature (see below), which allows you to bookmark abstracts that look interesting, and to which you might want to return. Touching the page number in the Bookmark menu – after pressing Edit – allows you to rename bookmarks so that they are relevant to you.


If you are unable to come to this year’s conference, we encourage you to follow events on Twitter, using the #saahe2014 hashtag. You can also see the live stream of tweets from within the conference app.


Finally, we’ve just found out that the hotel is giving us free, uncapped wifi for all delegates during the conference, so we’re also pretty excited about that.

And that’s it. If you’re traveling from far away (actually, if you’re traveling from anywhere) we wish you a safe journey and are looking forward to welcoming you in Cape Town for the 7th National SAAHE conference.

Mobile app for the SAAHE 2014 conference

We’re very happy to announce that the conference app is live in both the App and Play stores, and is available for download. You can search for the app in either store using “saahe” and install from there. If you’re reading this page on your mobile device, you can use the links below to install the app:

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What you should see after searching the App store for “saahe”.

Once you’ve downloaded the app and opened it, you will find yourself in the “Store”, which is simply the list of available content. You will need to be online in order for the content items to display when looking at the Store. Selecting an item shows a description of the document and enables you to download it (see below). Once documents have been downloaded, they appear in your Library. Once content has been downloaded to the library it will be available when you’re offline. Note that not all content is currently available. For example, the abstract book is undergoing final preparations and will be added as soon as possible. It will appear in the Store as soon as it is ready to be published.

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When you know exactly what (or who) you’re looking for, remember that each document is searchable, which means a lot of saved time when it comes to finding the presentation (or topic) you need.

Searching for "reflection" in the programme. Clicking on results will take you to that page.
Searching for “reflection” in the programme. Clicking on results will take you to that page.


We should emphasise that, while the app can be installed and used on mobile phones, the user experience is poor because of the small font size. This is particularly noticeable when viewing the programme. We therefore recommend that you install the app on a tablet instead. Alternatively, you can also view the available content through your desktop or laptop browser, at http://saahe.snapplify.com/.

Conference content is available through the browser, as well as through the app.
Conference content is available through the browser, as well as through the app.

The conference app is brought to you by Snapplify, who have been great in terms of helping us to set up the platform and providing a really high level of service. They will have an exhibit at the conference and will be happy to discuss any mobile publishing ideas you may have.

Update – 2014 SAAHE conference in Cape Town

I thought I’d write a little progress update on the SAAHE conference, just in case you’re considering registering but hadn’t made up your mind. If you’ve been following on the mailing list, then there’s probably nothing new here for you.

The SAAHE conference is perhaps the largest annual gathering of health professions educators on the continent, represented by academics, researchers and clinicians from many of the higher education institutions in the country. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share insights, research findings and experiences with colleagues who are passionate about teaching and learning in the context of health care.

We’re really excited to announce that our mobile app is coming along nicely. This is the first year that we’re actively promoting the use of mobile devices for our delegates to keep up-to-date with the conference proceedings. The app runs on all mobile devices, as well desktop and laptop machines, so no-one is left out. It’s not quite ready to be published yet, but here’s a sneak peak.

Mobile conference app running on an iPad.
Mobile conference app running on an iPad.

We’re also really pleased that, for the first time in SAAHE’s history, we are having a South African keynote speaker along with our international speakers. Steve Reid joins Debbie Murdoch-Eaton and Jason Frank, along with the winner of the SAAHE Distinguished Educator award (still be announced), in the lineup of keynote presenters.

This year the conference will be held off campus at the DoubleTree Hotel, due to planned renovations that would make hosting on site logistically complicated. The hotel is a great venue, conveniently located near the city and also able to provide accommodation to out of town delegates.

Entrance lobby at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Entrance lobby at the DoubleTree Hotel.

If you are interested in attending the SAAHE conference, please visit our information page, or contact the conference manager, Debbie Rorich, for additional details. We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 SAAHE conference in Cape Town.

2014 conference venue and accommodation

We were disappointed to find out that the only venue on campus that could accommodate the number of delegates expected at SAAHE would be closed for renovation during June. However, we were lucky enough to book a great venue with accommodation included, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Woodstock.

Hotel Lobby

Twin Deluxe Room

The DoubleTree Hotel is conveniently located near the city, with easy access to many attractions that you might want to visit when not participating in conference activities.

Please contact Debbie Rorich for additional information about the venue.