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The Southern African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) is an association of health sciences educators from South African universities, NGOs and government and private sectors. The focus of SAAHE is on improving the quality of teaching and learning in health sciences education so as to enhance the delivery of high quality, affordable and sustainable health care to South Africans in both the public and private sector. The SAAHE community is made up of predominantly physicians but there are an increasing number of professionals in the Allied Health Sciences, including physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses and range of other professional disciplines. All members are committed to improving teaching and learning in medical and health professional education.

SAAHE was conceptualized in 2004 and currently has more than 350 active members across the southern African region. There are six regional chapters in South Africa, each with two representatives who sit on the SAAHE Council. Three Council members constitute the SAAHE Executive which is located in one of the six chapters. The Executive rotates between chapters every three years and is currently located in the Central region.

SAAHE has a number of agendas – to showcase ‘best practice’ in health sciences education, to stimulate debate and discussion regarding the education of health practitioners, and to develop teaching and educational research capacity in health sciences educators. To this end, regional conferences were held in the Western Cape in 2004 – 2007; a National Conference has been held annually since 2008.

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Upcoming events

Date: 25 – 28 June 2024

For more information, access the conference website here

Calling all doctoral candidates and supervisors!

Join us on Tuesday before the conference for this amazing event crafted as a safe space for doctoral candidates to discuss dilemmas and get unstuck!


The SAAHE Doctoral Dilemma Space is an event sponsored by SAAHE Council in the interests of advancing research on health professions education in our region. There is therefore no fee for this interactive seminar where you can share and discuss a dilemma from your doctoral research with other doctoral candidates and supervisors.

The environment is crafted around you and the idea is that it is a supportive space where you present your dilemma to fellow PhD candidates and their supervisors. Everyone works together to discuss options for getting you unstuck.

The expectation is not that you present a beautifully packaged insight from your PhD! This is rather the opportunity to share how you are grappling with conceptualizing a key theoretical concept; or struggling to make sense of your data analysis; or how to present your findings; or any other dilemma you are grappling with.

Feedback from previous events has highlighted the immense value of insights from the discussions, opportunities to get multiple perspectives and to network with others tackling their doctorate.

When: Tuesday 25 June 2024 (Lunch will be provided)

Where: Gateway Hotel, Umhlanga, Durban (TBC)

Click here to register: SAAHE Doctoral Dilemma Space 2024



  1. For the application, you will need to formulate your dilemma in 300 words, so do this before you tackle the application. Here are some guidelines:
    Please provide some context to your study and then describe your dilemma. You might also want to explain why is this a dilemma and how has it come about? At what point in your study did you identify this issue as a possible dilemma? What have you encountered in your reading/research that either contributes to your dilemma, or might provide a way out of it? How are you currently planning to address it? Are you aware of others who have encountered similar dilemmas? What is it that you want from other participants in the Space?
  2. While there is no fee for the seminar, you are responsible for your travel and accommodation costs.
  3. You do not have to be a SAAHE member to take advantage of this opportunity. If you attend the conference, your membership fee for 1 year is included in the registration fee. If you are not going to attend the conference and would like to join SAAHE, please follow the link in the Membership Notice below.

If you also intend to register for the SAAHE Conference 2024, early registration closes on Tuesday 30 April 2024.

Dear SAAHE Members (and other interested parties).
You are invited to attend the hybrid Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Date and Time: 26 June 2024 from 17:00 – 18:00. 
Venue: Hybrid. 
Please go to the link below to join the online part of the meeting

Join the meeting now
Meeting ID: 374 069 302 097
Passcode: aZbQ46
Kind regards
SAAHE National Council

Speakers: Dr Riaan van de Venter,
Dr Teri-Lynne Fogarty, Mr Daniel Brink, and Ms Celeste Naude

In this webinar the concept of game-based learning (GBL) in health professions education will be explored. The application of GBL in a pharmacy and an emergency medical care context will then be discussed.


July 24, 2024 : 18:30 – 19:30

Live via ZOOM

Register at:

SAAHE Webinar invite 24 July