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EM 5 - Radiographers' challenges offering imaging services in Africa
General Radiography (Radiographers) Education Management/Leadership Professional Issues EuroSafe Imaging
Friday, March 1, 16:00 - 17:30
Type of session: ISRRT meets Africa
Topic: General Radiography (Radiographers), Education, Management/Leadership, Professional Issues, EuroSafe Imaging
Moderators: D. Newman (Fargo/US), P. Gerson (Paris/FR)

16:00
Chairpersons' introduction (part 1)
D. Newman; Fargo/US
Learning Objectives

1. To recognise the demographics and patient accessibility to health services of a particular African country.
2. To understand the infrastructure of the imaging health services and their contribution to the primary and hospital health services to sustain the population and individual health.
3. To appreciate the radiographers' effort to keep up to date with evidence-based practice in imaging services.
4. To become familiar with the radiology education system and lifelong learning opportunities for radiographers practicing in Africa.

16:04
Chairpersons' introduction (part 2)
P. Gerson; Paris/FR
Learning Objectives

1. To recognise the demographics and patient accessibility to health services of a particular African country.
2. To understand the infrastructure of the imaging health services and their contribution to the primary and hospital health services to sustain the population and individual health.
3. To appreciate the radiographers' effort to keep up to date with evidence-based practice in imaging services.
4. To become familiar with the radiology education system and lifelong learning opportunities for radiographers practicing in Africa.

16:08
Nigeria. Healthcare services in Nigeria: the radiographers' opportunities and challenges
E. Olasunkanmi Balogun; Lagos/NG
Learning Objectives

1. To recognise the demographics and patient accessibility to healthcare services in a densely populated country as Nigeria.
2. To understand the infrastructure of the imaging health services and their contribution to the primary and hospital health services to sustain the population and individual health.
3. To appreciate the radiographers' effort to keep up to date with evidence-based practice in imaging services.
4. To become familiar with the radiography education system and lifelong learning opportunities for radiographers practicing in Nigeria and its environs.
5. To look at the challenges of team work/professional rivalry/nomenclature even in the face of infrastructural challenges.

16:26
South Africa. The South African radiographer: button pusher or creative thinker?
H. Friedrich-Nel; Bloemfontein/ZA
Learning Objectives

1. To learn about the radiography education models in South Africa.
2. To become familiar with continuing education requirements and registration.
3. To share the revised scope of practice.

Abstract

In 2014 two of the Universities of Technology in South Africa implemented four-year degrees in radiography. The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and specifically the Professional board for Radiography and Clinical Technology (RCT) guided this process. Previously the education and training model was a two-year hospital-based diploma and a three-year bachelor’s degree or diploma. Six years after the first universities implemented the revised education and training model, the question lingers: Do universities deliver radiography graduates with the ability to work independently, think critically and creatively? Recently the HPCSA updated the scope of practice of a radiographer to align this with the four-year bachelor’s degree education and training model to offer expanded opportunities to the radiographer who wishes to engage in lifelong learning opportunities. In South Africa, it is a statutory requirement for a health care practitioner to register with the HPCSA. To maintain his or her HPCSA registration each registered healthcare practitioner (radiographer) must pay a yearly registration fee and earn 30 continuing education units (CEUs). Five CEUs must be collected in the category ethics, patient-centred care and patient rights.

16:44
Côte d'Ivoire. Professional practice of radiology and imaging in Africa: radiographers for more commitment and responsibility in patients’ safety
K. B. Yao; Abidjan/CI
Learning Objectives

1. To reveal the challenges faced by African radiographers in practicing their profession.
2. To learn about the different actions carried out by radiographers for radiographers within Africa, in seeking alternatively affordable means of practicing their profession.
3. To appreciate the ISRRT's initiatives and capacity building projects to provide sustainable support to radiographers in Africa.
4. To understand the clues set up by ISRRT regional officers' to improve patient care.

17:02
Kenya. Discovering Kenyan radiographers: past, present and future
C. Muchuki; Nairobi/KE
Learning Objectives

1. To understand the current situation and trend of radiographers in Kenya.
2. To understand the Kenyan health system.
3. To become familiar with Kenyan radiation safety issues; Afro safe Kenyan chapter.

17:20
Panel discussion
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