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Experiences of people affected by dementia from diverse backgrounds in South Africa - 5 October 2022

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Unit researcher Adele van Wyk presented to an audience of over 50 people on 5 October in the latest in the International Health and Social Care Workforce Research Webinar Series. Adele discussed findings from her PhD about experiences of people affected by dementia from diverse backgrounds in South Africa. The presentation outlined the study recommendations for practice and in particular explored Adele’s positionality as a white, female, social work-qualified researcher. In the discussion, audience members asked questions about South Africa which highlighted the different cultural attitudes to dementia as well as the range (and lack) of service provision in this context. This study was funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission UK.

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Dr Adele van Wyk recently joined the Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit (HSCWRU) as a research associate and will discuss some of her findings and experiences as a white female researcher, conducting research among an ethnically diverse sample of participants in South Africa. The study was funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission UK and explored the lived experiences of people with dementia and their care partners in an ethnically diverse sample.

A social worker by background, Adele has also recently been working as a research associate on the Beyond the Margins dementia support, research project, led by Professor Charlotte Clarke of Durham University and in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh. She is a guest lecturer on the Language and Communication and Identity and Self modules at University of Edinburgh.

International Health and Social Care Workforce Webinar Series

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5 October 2022

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