South Africa

The Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health is seeking to appoint a lecturer or senior lecturer to be course convenor of the MPhil in Public Mental Health, and to conduct other postgraduate supervision and research in the Centre. Students in the MPhil programme are drawn from 6 African countries, and supported through the AFrica Focus on Intervention Research for Mental Health (AFFIRM) research hub ( They attend coursework in research methodology for 3 weeks in January-February each year, after which they return to their home countries to conduct their research under supervision. This will be a 3-year fixed term contract.

Requirements for Lecturer level:

  • A completed Masters degree in public health, psychology or social sciences. 
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in public health or mental health research in low resource settings.
  • Experience in teaching and supervision at postgraduate level.
  • Evidence of a publication record in peer-reviewed academic journals. 

Requirements for Senior Lecturer include all of the above and

  • A PhD degree in a relevant discipline.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in student teaching and supervision at Masters level.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Coordinating the annual recruitment and selection of students for the MPhil in Public Mental Health.
  • Coordinating and contributing to teaching for the coursework component of the MPhil programme.
  • Distance supervision and support for students in the MPhil programme in their home countries, including providing oversight of protocol development, literature reviews, data collection, analysis and write-up for publication. 
  • Supervision of other postgraduate students in the Division of Public Mental Health and Department, including Masters and Doctoral students, depending on the successful applicant’s qualifications.
  • Participation in ongoing research conducted by the Centre, as part of existing local and international collaborations.
  • Developing funding proposals for future research grants. 
  • Strengthening relationships with local and international academic partners.

The annual remuneration packages, including benefits, are as follows:

  • Lecturer:  between R341 717 and R457 223 
  • Senior Lecturer: between R389 967 and R562 173

To apply, please e-mail the completed UCT Application form (HR201) and all other relevant documentation as indicated on the form, with the subject line “Lecturer/Senior Lecture: Psychiatry and Mental Health” followed by the reference number to Ms Edith Graham at


The application form can also be downloaded at 

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. 

Address: Staff Recruitment and Selection, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa.

Tel:  +27 21 650 5405

Departmental website:  

Centre for Public Mental Health website: 

Reference number for this position: SR555/13

Closing date for applications: 18 October 2013

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Aim: To provide a thorough grounding for researchers and health professionals

interested in developing competence in the planning, design, and execution of 

randomized clinical trials for psychological, psychosocial and pharmacological 

interventions in the field of mental and neurological disorders.

Dates: 4 – 8 November 2013 (full day)

Cost: R3500 per person, including registration, course notes, tea/coffee and lunch

Venue: To be confirmed (within UCT)

If you are interested, please contact us by Friday 4

Marguerite Schneider:; Ph work: +27 21 686 1186 


Songelwa Mobo:; +27 21 685 9625

The course can accommodate 30 participants. If we have more than 30 participants 

interested we will select to ensure a good representation across departments and countries.

If you are interested and cannot afford the fees, please contact us. Limited funding 

is available to subsidise a few participants.

Only a quarter of the people with a diagnosable mental disorder are receiving treatment

Briefing parliament's select committee on social services yesterday, the Department of Health's chief director of non-communicable diseases, Melvyn Freeman, said research showed that 16.5% of the adult population had a mental health disorder.

He said another study had found that 17% of children and adolescents in Western Cape had a mental disorder.

In addition, 43% of the people living with HIV/Aids suffered from a mental disorder.

"If you are not recognised as needing care, then the conditions deteriorate to a point at which people have less control of their actions ... If you don't control the disease then you may need to hospitalise a person and they might well become a major disruption in their societies and communities," he said.

Between 1% and 2% of people with a mental illness were classified as having a serious pathology, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

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