Thriving in Rural Health RuDASA Retreat 2019



Our first ever RuDASA Doctors Retreat is on Saturday, 8 February 2020 in Chintsa, 30km from East London. We are inviting doctors who work in rural care or see patients from rural communities, as well as local clinical mentors and experts, to join us for a CPD accredited event on THRIVING IN RURAL HEALTH, which will look at three aspects important to thriving as a doctor in a rural health setting: 

  • Tools to strengthen resilience in yourself and your colleagues

  • Simplified approaches to improve and change inefficient systems in the workplace

  • Practical and legal aspects of healthcare worker reporting (VOICE)

Facilitation will be by Family Physician, Dr Madeleine Muller and the Rural Health Advocacy Project. The workshop will be at a cost of R200 and qualifies for 4 CPD points, of which 2 will be for ethics. It is open to ALL doctors - either already working in rural areas or providing services to hospitals and patients from rural areas. We also hope that you will bring your families , and get to know each other and some of our beautiful local sites. So in the afternoon we will create a social space for outdoors fun and games for the whole family with Tom from Tom's Circus and Games.  Games will be inclusive and voluntary, creating a space for doctors and their families to relax and interact.

To book for the Retreat (day events only) please complete our online form and pay by 31st January. The once the form is submitted there will be a "Pay Now" button, alternatively 



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Our gorgeous venue will be Buccaneers Lodge and Backpackers, set on the exotic Chintsa beach of Eastern Cape. They are offering a 10% DISCOUNT on ACCOMMODATION to doctors and their families that wish to join us for the weekend (or longer). Buccaneers offer a wide selection of different packages from camping to beautiful cottages, and self catering to all meals. Enjoy a braai on the Friday evening and a gorgeous traditional Xhosa meal on the Saturday night. There is a wide range of activities to choose from . To qualify for the discount please book directly through JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING and specify that you are attending the Rural Doctors Retreat. Accommodation options at Buccaneers Lodge will be on a first come, first serve basis.

As this is our first ever event and the venue size means we have limited it to 50 doctors  We hope that eventually this can grow into an event that can encompass the larger rural health team. We encourage districts to host their own camps / events where we can interact socially and strengthen the local networks so essential in a rural health setting.



Dear Colleagues,

For those of you that are keen to come and relax, get some CPD points and be inspired - here is a quick summary of what is happening on the 7-9th of February a the georgous Buccaneers Lodge and Backpackers in Chintsa in the Eastern Cape. (for when you get that on-call roster) . Buccaneers Lodge and Backpackers

8 February 2020 (Saturday): 8:30 to 2pm: In conjuction with SAMA a CPD workshop: THE THRIVING DOCTOR (2 clinical and 2 ethics points), come discover  exciting tools for personal resiliance, the cheat sheet on QIP and the infromative  VOICE workshop - advocacy in healthcare. It includes lunch for the participants. (R200) To book:

8 February 2020 (Saturday): 2-5pm: Family activities with Tom from Tom's Circus and Games (Free): We will meet a the pool at Buccaneers Backpackers and Lodge. No confirmation necessary. For more information: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING 

9 February 2020 (Sunday) from 10am: Focus group with University College London on developing an app for DRTB based on the new WHO guidelines. (Free). Please RSVP to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING This is a seperate stand-alone event.


7-9 February 2020 (Friday to Sunday): Family retreat at Buccaneers Backpackers and Lodge at 10% discount on accomodation. For doctors and their partners / families (or on their own) attending either the Saturday or Sunday event. Contact Sal on JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING  to book


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