DESIGN (Decentralised Education SIG)

Chairperson

Dr. Bernard Gaede from the University of Kwazulu-Natal is the Chair of the DESIGN SIG.

Definition

Decentralised training in the health professions is defined as all training that occurs outside of the tertiary academic hospital. It includes community-based, rural, remote, and distributed training.

Aim

DESIG(N) aims to promote decentralised training in the health professions through a community of practice, research and sharing of best practices.

Proposed objectives

  • To link stakeholders in decentralised training in the health professions including the training, research and service fields;
  • To share best practices and evidence on decentralised training in the health professions;
  • To obtain and disseminate input into SUCCEED work on developing a framework for effective decentralised training in the health professions;
  • To develop a research agenda for decentralised training in the health professions;
  • To act as an advocacy body for the promotion of decentralised training in the health professions.

Proposed activities

  • Establish an electronic listserv or equivalent that can serve as a discussion group
  • Establish and maintain an updated list of interested people and organisations
  • Ask SAAHE for a regular space at the annual conference
  • Take part in advocacy actions for promote decentralised training (such as?)