Management Team: Collaborating Centre lead for VBP in South Africa

Individual Partner: Werdie van Staden, Nelson Mandela Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry, Pretoria Medical School, South Africa

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Key Words: Resident in: South Africa/Pretoria; Working in: South Africa/Pretoria; Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Communications, Education, Management, Meeting, Policy/Development, Policy/analysis, Publications/CUP series, Research/philosophy, Research/person-centred care, Services/person-centered, Services/teamwork, Shared decision making/partnerships;Related Area(s) of Interest: Communication skills, Decision theory, Ethics, Medical humanities/philosophy, Health theory/concepts; Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Psychiatry, Mental health, Health Ethics, Health Research.

Brief Description of Work: I am a consultant psychiatrist and philosopher. I have been teaching VBP to 2nd year medical students, MPhil-students and to various medical specialists. My publications in the field of health ethics are mostly related if not directly about VBP. I direct an MPhil-programme in Philosophy and Ethics of Mental Health and supervise several PhD-students. I am chairperson of the Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Pretoria, and editor of the South African Journal of Psychiatry; Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology; International Journal of Person-Centred Medicine; and Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine.

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Partner Links: Division of Philosophy & Ethics of Mental Health, School of Medicine, University of Pretoria

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