Editorial Team

All Editorial Team members are volunteers and are academic members of staff from health sciences faculties across Africa.

Dr Astrid Turner 

Editor-in-Chief | University of Pretoria, South Africa | Public health, health economics and health professions education.

Dr Adele du Plessis

Deputy Editor | University of Namibia, Namibia | Blended learning and use of web -based tools, techniques and technology to enhance student perceptions of 3-D and spatial relationships, the first year student experience, histology, curriculum development and anatomy research.

Prof Liz Wolvaardt

Associate Editor | University of Pretoria, South Africa | Health system strengthening, faculty development for health professions training.

Dr Clarisa van der Merwe

Associate Editor | University of Pretoria, South Africa | Anatomy, with a focus on Health Science Education – specifically in the field of human evolution.

Ms Abigail Dreyer

Associate Editor | University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa | Collaborative practice, interprofessional teaching and research that contributes to improving the quality of health care in rural and underserved areas. 

Dr Scholastika Ndatinda Iipinge

Associate Editor | Welwitchia Health Training Centre, Namibia | Contemporary nursing, Public health,contemporary social issues including HIV/AIDS and ethics, gender issues and non-communicable diseases.

Ms Gerda Botha

Associate Editor | Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa | Health professional education, curriculum mapping, module integration, teaching and assessment modalities, and interprofessional medical education.

Ms Ottilie Katali

Associate Editor | University of Namibia, Namibia  | Infectious diseases

Ms Gabrielle Thompson

Research Assistant | University of Pretoria, South Africa  | Information ethics, Fourth industrial revolution, Informatisation, Globalisation and Indigenous knowledge


International editorial board advisors

The URHJ advisors will:

  • Oversee whether the journal is publishing information that is aligned with the global trends in health professions education.
  • Suggest topics for special editions that are of relevance to international audiences.
  • Contribute by writing editorials especially as it relates to global topics.
  • Share information relating to capacity building activities the editorial board members could attend.
  • Advise on policy and scope of the journal.

Prof. Olli Vainio

Prof. Vainio is currently working as a Senior Advisor for the Faculty of Medicine University of Turku, Finland. He has a long international career in working in different professional appointments as a researcher and visiting professor in Switzerland (8 years) and in Finland 1980-2004. 

His collaboration with African Universities started with University of Namibia (UNAM) in 2006 when he was appointed as a member of the Steering Committee to establish the School of Medicine at UNAM. 

Prof. Emmaline Brouwer

Prof. Emmaline was trained as a medical doctor (MD) at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and obtained an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She earned her PhD in Medical Education at Maastricht University’s School of Health professions Education (SHE) in 2022.

Emmaline works as the director for SHE Collaborates, SHE’s office for international collaborations in educational development, coordinating project collaborations globally. Her research interests include globalization and diversity in health professions education.