|Designation||Head of Discipline|
|Biosketch||Dr Bernhard Gaede is currently the Head of Department of family medicine at UKZN. Prior to this appointment he was the director of the Centre for Rural Health at UKZN. He worked in rural settings for well over a decade prior to joining UKZN, the bulk of it in the Bergville area, KZN. He was deeply involved in the setting up of the ART program in the mid-2000’s, working with traditional healers, homebased carers and community structures. He has also been actively involved in the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa and the Rural Health Advocacy Project.
He competed his medical undergraduate studies at Wits University and qualified as a family physician from MEDUNSA in 2004. In 2014 he completed his PhD through the University of Pretoria, focusing on the experiences and challenges of health professionals working in the public sector bureaucracy. Areas of research and publication include health care systems, community-level care and medical anthropology. Recent interests include health professional education, decentralized training and community engagement and is currently the PI on the NRF grant Community Engagement in Training (ComET).