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The Editor Writes…

Welcome to the first SANRA Update of 2015. The committee would like to thank you for your support at the bi-ennial SANRA congress in August 2013. The Congress was an overwhelming success and it is inspiring to see the pioneering work being done in South Africa, in the field of neuro rehabilitation.

The SANRA committee has welcomed a group of new, passionate team members. In this edition, we introduce you to the new committee and briefly describe their portfolios. The website has been updated and you can find information about the committee, updates on CPD events and links to interesting articles and resources.

We value your support and input, so please communicate with our team regarding feedback, suggestions or queries that you may have. We would like our SANRA network to be interactive and to grow from strength to strength.

Please encourage your colleagues to join SANRA. The benefits include massive discounts to the SANRA congress, CPD events and pertinent neuro rehabilitation updates make it well worth the small membership fee that is required.

The team has been hard at work to continue the great strides made by the previous committees and there are some exciting new developments that will be unfolding within the next few months. We look forward to a wonderful 2015 promoting and developing neuro-rehabilitation in South Africa.

The Editor,

Sunaina Lakha


A note from the Chair…

The South African Neurological Rehabilitation Association Congress 2013 was held at the Hilton Hotel, Sandton from 28th to 30th August 2013. 188 delegates attended, with representatives from as far afield as Namibia and Zimbabwe. As well as representatives from the fields of Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Physiotherapy and Speech Therapy, we were proud to host delegates from the fields of Nursing and Biokinetics. A number of delegates also represented the Road Accident Fund, as well as Discovery Health, which SANRA feels is an important step in fostering relationships between health professionals and funders.

Our international speakers included Professor Louise Ada, Professor of Neurological Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. Her engaging presentations were around the area of mobility after stroke. Professor Linda Worrall, Speech Pathologist and co-director of the Centre for Communication Disability Centre at the University of Queensland presented the audience with some unique ideas for the rehabilitation of communication following stroke. Stephanie Tempest, Occupational Therapist, from Brunel University, London, offered some challenging concepts on the use of the ICF in a multidisciplinary setting, as well as on the rehabilitation of apraxia. Dr Giles Yeates, Clinical Neuropsychologist from Buckinghamshire, working in the NHS Trust, engrossed the audience with the emotional aspects of therapy with couples following brain injury and stroke.

The local invited speakers included Professor Alan Bryer, a Neurologist from the University of Cape Town, who addressed the delegates on the future of multidisciplinary stroke rehabilitation in South Africa and Dr Ryan Fuller, Psychogeriatrician from MemoryCare Johannesburg, spoke on memory in older people.

SANRA would like to thank their sponsors and exhibitors for their support in ensuring a successful conference. We look forward to hosting everyone again later this year.

SANRA Chairperson:

Karyn Casey


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