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hcsm Workshop: Federation of Infectious Diseases Society of South Africa Congress #FIDSSA19

November 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Federation of Infectious Diseases of South Africa Society
 8th Congress 2019
Healthcare Communications and Social Media South Africa (#hcsmSA) will be hosting a 2-hour training workshop at the Federation of Infectious Diseases Society of South Africa Conference (#FIDSSA19) on the 7th of November 2019. Join us to learn how to use the web and social media both effectively and ethically.

Workshop title:
Exploring the web and social media for infectious diseases

Facilitator: Vanessa Carter
Founder of hcsmSA
Date: Thursday 07 November
Time: 10h00 – 12h00
Venue: Indaba Hotel & Conference Centre, Johannesburg
Tickets: R450 per delegate
Seats are limited
Book your seat: Email chipo@eoafrica.co.za or call +27 (0)11 325 0020
Congress website: www.fidssacongress.co.za


10:00-10:10 – Welcome

10:10-10:35 – Vanessa Carter (Stanford University ePatient Scholar)
Healthcare social media including the strategic use of hashtags for patient empowerment

10:35- 11:00- Professor Hannelie Meyer (Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University)
Using social media to positively influence vaccination decisions

11:00 – 11:25 – Dr Marietjie Botes (Attorney and Director of Biolawgic)
The ethical side of using the web and social media for healthcare

11:25 – 11:50 – Q&A

12:00 Close

What you will learn during this digital skills training workshop:
Using social media effectively at medical events like #FIDSSA19
Where to find the most relevant global health hashtags
How various social media platforms disseminate information differently
Legal considerations of healthcare social media
A brief understanding of health Twitter chats
How social media impacts analytics and big data
Why social media matters to public health
Debunking medical myths using social media

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email chipo@eoafrica.co.za for further details.


Vanessa Carter
ePatient Scholar and founder of #hcsmSA – @_FaceSA

Vanessa Carter is an ePatient scholar at Stanford University Medicine X. She is also a patient activist for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) which she acquired after a severe car accident and ongoing facial surgeries. She is an advisor to several organisations including Doctors 2.0 and You, Paris, The South African Antibiotic Stewardship Program (SAASP) and ASPIRES (Antibiotic use across surgical pathways). She is also a Civil Society Organisation Champion for the Africa CDC at the African Union and has won several awards including the FIND Voices for Diagnosis award in recognition of her work for digital skills development and advocacy which was presented at the 72nd WHO World Health Assembly in Geneva. Vanessa also served as a patient input stakeholder for the Presidential Health Compact and is currently a co-chair of the Health IT SIG at the Public Health Association of South Africa (#PHASA2019). She is further a patient reviewer for the BMJ as well as for the International Conference for Infection Prevention and Control in Geneva (#ICPIC19). Contact Vanessa at www.vanessacarter.co.za

Dr Marietjie Botes
Specialising in Biolaw and director at Biolawgic – @Marietj72675939
Dr Botes is an attorney specialising in Healthcare and Life Sciences Law and regularly presents on topics such as data sharing and privacy in the context of European and South African privacy legislation. Dr Botes is passionate about genetic, genomic and stem cell research and has published widely on these topics. Her doctoral studies about informed consent for genomic research involving the San populations of southern Africa has won her research awards and resulted in visual communication tools to bridge scientific communication gaps. Contact Dr Marietjie Botes at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-marietjie-botes-71151b55/ 

Prof Hannelie Meyer
Specialising in vaccination as an important pillar of antimicrobial stewardship –@HannelieMeyer
Hannelie Meyer is a Full Professor in the Division of Public Health Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU). As a public health pharmacist, she specialises in vaccine safety and vaccination as an important pillar of antimicrobial stewardship. Hannelie is a scientific advisor on pharmacovigilance, cold chain management and logistics for the South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre (SAVIC) at SMU. She is the chairperson of the National Immunisation Safety Expert Committee, a ministerial advisory committee, and in this capacity, serves on the National Advisory Group on Immunisation. She has a passion for countering vaccine hesitancy through social media, radio, TV, print media and face-to-face communication, in order to positively influence vaccination decisions. Her research aims to strengthen vaccination and other primary healthcare services, improve public health, and contribute towards reaching the sustainable development goal of good health and well-being for all South Africans. Contact Hannelie at hannelie.meyer@smu.ac.za


November 7, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Indaba Hotel
Indaba Hotel
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2000 South Africa


Federation of Infectious Diseases Society of South Africa