Pre-Congress Workshops


Thursday, 31 August, 08:30 – 17:30
(Registration from 07:00)
Space is limited, please register in advance.

The contouring workshop registration closes on 4 August 2023 for those who wish to have interactive preparation sessions in advance. If you register for the contouring workshop after 4 August 2023 there is no way to include you in the homework preparation sessions.
Those who register for the contouring workshop after 4 August 2023 may still attend the workshop itself.


Contouring Workshop

Join us for an educational and practical radiotherapy contouring workshop. Whether you are a junior registrar, seasoned oncologist, or radiation therapist there is always something to learn when it comes to contouring.
Space is limited, please register in advance.

Registrars, medical officers, and radiation therapists will receive a 50% discount for this workshop.

Palliative Care Workshop

Session 1
08:30 – 13:00
Beyond our doorstep: building flexible and sustainable palliative care services in difficult-to-reach, underserviced and rural South Africa.

Chairpersons: Dr Margie Venter and Mrs Linda Greeff

Workshop registration requirements:

  1. Registration is required
  2. Completion of the short pre-workshop questionnaire (Will be send to registered participants about 10 days before the workshop. )

Palliative care support for cancer patients is critical to holistic cancer care. As an oncology community, we must ensure access to quality, coordinated palliative care for all cancer patients. It is easier to do when patients are on our doorstep and more challenging when patients are in far-flung corners of our country or 45 minutes away through traffic in an urban area.

Telepalliative care strategies have become more commonplace since the pandemic, and there is evidence that it is viable and well-received by patients and families if well-coordinated and local resources are incorporated.

This solutions-driven think tank will be an opportunity to explore the challenges of providing outreach and telepalliative care, learn from existing models, and be inspired to innovate. Topics will include team structures, the use of technology for team and patient communication, engaging local resources, establishing a basic framework for the operations of an IDT, and access to medicines.

Who should attend?

Palliative care team members, state and private oncology care teams (managers, oncologists, oncology medical officers, nurses, social workers), MCO and medical scheme operatives, and other stakeholders in expanding palliative care services.


All discussions and outcomes from the workshop will be compiled into a “best practice guide” to support the accelerated expansion of quality palliative care across South Africa.


Session 2
14:00 – 17:30

Chairpersons: Mrs Linda Greeff and Mrs Mariana Lourens

Presenter: Dr Elize Morkel

Professional conversations in grief and bereavement: meaning-making, legacy work and dealing with loss.

Who should attend?

Social workers (seasoned and new), palliative care doctors and nurses, and other interested healthcare professionals

Dr Elize Morkel is a clinical psychologist with many years of experience and a special interest in narrative therapy.

Following the narrative therapy framework, all palliative care team members will be offered the basic skills to support and prepare patients and families for approaching death. Topics will include meaning-making, legacy work and dealing with grief.

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