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Professor Liz Gwyther, South Africa
Palliative care in pandemics

Liz Gwyther is an emeritus associate professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where she established the Division of Interdisciplinary Palliative Care and Medicine within the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. Prof Gwyther has postgraduate qualifications in family practice and palliative medicine. She is a senior research scholar at UCT and contributes to the division’s research projects as well as supervising master’s and PhD students. She recently completed a part-time consultancy contract with the World Health Organisation working on development of Primary Care Tools and tools to support the integration of palliative care into health systems.  

Prof Gwyther is chair of eHospice; a former CEO of Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA); past-chair of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA); and past-director on the boards of the National Hospice Palliative Care organisation in the USA, the African Palliative Care Association and Pain Society of South Africa. In 2007, she was awarded the South African Medical Association’s Gender Award for Human Rights in Health and the SA Institute of Health Managers Leadership in Health Systems award. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Pain & Symptom Management published in the USA

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