University Of Cape Town Medical School (Health & Rehabilitation Sciences)

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University Of Cape Town Medical School (Health & Rehabilitation Sciences)

University Of Cape Town Medical School (Health & Rehabilitation Sciences)

The Department has strong, accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programs with about 700 undergraduate students and approximately 234 postgraduate students at PG Diploma, Master, and Doctoral levels. We are located in the Old Main Building of Groote Schuur Hospital in Observatory. There are approximately 93 Academic members of staff (including clinical educators) who are engaged in a range of activities at local, national, and international levels and 11 Administrators.
There are a number of committees that function actively to promote the Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Research endeavors of the Department. The number of successful grant applications and research publications continues to grow in this dynamic environment.


The Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences encompasses a range of allied health disciplines, organized into five Divisions or Programmes, namely:

Communication Sciences and Disorders

(includes Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology)
Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists work with people who have difficulty hearing, speaking, and swallowing. The Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UCT is committed to excellence in research and in educating future professionals in the field.

Nursing and Midwifery

Postgraduate Diploma in Nephrology Nursing – This is an innovative researched-based program aimed at preparing specialist nurse practitioners to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and professional values for advocating the prevention of renal ill health and promoting renal health, and meeting the health care needs of the Chronic Kidney Disease population, across their lifespan from birth to age.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists enable people to overcome barriers within themselves or their environment by reducing functional limitations in the body system or addressing barriers within contexts where people live, work, attend school, play, or pursue leisure. Occupational therapists are trained to assess the person holistically, looking at all aspects of function, and analyzing the environments where people perform activities so that they can understand how to improve function or adapt to the environment in order to foster successful performance.


Physiotherapy is an applied discipline dedicated to the study of human movement and function and its relevance to health and well-being. The Division of Physiotherapy strives to be a world-class, African Division of Physiotherapy and is committed to the primary healthcare approach of educating physiotherapists who will be well-prepared to meet the health, rehabilitation, and research needs of our country.

Disability Studies

The vision of Disability Studies Africa is to forge disability inclusion in Africa. We aim to do this by taking an asset-based approach to generate abilities and knowledge on disability inclusion with a specific focus on youth in Africa within a global context. This will be done in partnership with communities, higher education institutions across disciplines, disabled people’s organizations, government, and the private sector.

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Website
General Enquiries:

General Reception
Tel +27 21 406 6401
F45 Old Main Building
Groote Schuur Hospital
Cape Town, South Africa
Division of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Naomi Lenders
Tel +27 21 406 6628
Division of Physiotherapy
Celeste Williams
Tel +27 21 406 6428
Division of Occupational Therapy
Marion Harris
Tel +27 21 406 6324
Division of Disability Studies
Amour McCarthy
Tel +27 21 650 5350
Division of Nursing & Midwifery
Remo Van der Horst
Tel +27 21 650 6205


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