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Disaster Medicine


The University of Cape Town reserves the right to cancel the course and cannot be held liable for any risk related to travel and accommodation due to cancellation.

Dates: 17 to 21 May 2021 (Monday to Friday) (Provisional dates)
Venue: Cape Town TBA
​Time: 08h00 to 16h15

Course fee is
UCT Registrars: R 2 750 per person
Africa: R 6 050 per person 
International students: R 8 800 per person

CPD points = 30 Units  | Level 2 

Presented by: Dr Wayne Smith. Head of Disaster Medicine and Special Events at the Western Cape Department of Health.

The management of the medical effects of major incidents and disasters is one of the most difficult tasks to be performed by medical practitioners. The incidents of such events are increasing world wide and medical staff are often at the forefront of dealing with the effects.

This 5-day course will provide an approach to dealing with such incidents in terms of both incident management and medical management. Table Top simulations as well as Case Studies and a live exercise will be used to prepare the students for dealing with such an eventuality.

The course builds on the basics as taught in the MIMMS (Major Incident Medical Management and Support) and HMIMMS (Hospital Major Incident, Medical Management and Support) courses and provides first responders as well as heath management with the insight and skills required to deal with major incidents.

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at doctors, nursing sisters and paramedics involved in providing emergency care to patients.

Entry requirements: Medical officers (working in emergency centres); paramedics (BTech or ALS); nursing sisters (working in emergency centres)

If you do not meet the criteria mentioned, you are still eligible to apply. Each application will be considered individually based on experience.

Course Content:

  • Principles of Disaster Management
  • Development of a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
  • Pre-hospital preparedness and response
  • Hospital preparedness and response
  • How  to develop and implement a disaster plan

A Certificate of Completion and CPD points will be issued to participants on successful completion of the course.

For more information or to register email ce.administration@uct.ac.za

Only participants registered for the course will be eligible to attend.