Clare Manicom has 17 years of experience as a social worker in an oncology setting. She previously worked at Groote Schuur Hospital in the oncology wards and has been employed by GVI Oncology in Cape Town since 2000. She currently works with 6 oncologists, a chemotherapy treatment room and radiation therapy facility, and in-patients at the Rondebosch Medical Centre.
Prior to entering the field of oncology, Clare worked in the Cape Town community as a case worker with physically disabled people and then was employed as part of a pilot project multi-disciplinary team focusing on stroke rehabilitation.
She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Cape Town (which she obtained as a mature student), and did all her early social work training at UCT (Honours degree in Social Science). She studied for and completed a Bachelor of Administration Degree by correspondence through UNISA and holds a Diploma in Development Studies from UNISA as well.
Teaching, training, learning and sharing knowledge are some of her greatest passions. She has had papers published in local academic journals and also in Palliative and Supportive Care, an American based peer-reviewed journal. Clare has reviewed article submissions for the International Journal of Women’s Health, the International Journal of Palliative Nursing and the Annals of Oncology. She has also been a reviewer of abstracts for the IPOS international conferences. Currently Clare is assisting with moderation of blog pieces for the Advocacy for Breast Cancer blog. She was appointed a co-editor of the IPOS newsletter which is due for launch in July 2015.
Clare has presented at conferences and trainings in various centres around South Africa over the years, and has been very fortunate to present short works at four overseas conferences, including IPOS, MASCC and AOSW conferences.
She’s been involved with the SAOSWF since its inception and is excited to be involved in the re-launch of this professional group in South Africa.
Linda Greeff is an Oncology social worker for the last 35 years in South Africa and is an ovarian cancer survivor of 30 years. She has a passion for oncology and has dedicated her life to the development of psycho-oncology in this country, including being the co-founder of SAOSWF in 2000.
She studied at the University of Stellenbosch and holds a Masters degree in Psychiatric Social Work. Linda is employed by the GVI Oncology group where she is currently the Oncology Social Work Manager and has worked in many of the group’s units over nearly 20 years.
Some of her career highlights include:
- Development and pioneering I Can Cope / Hoping is Coping Program for cancer patients and families in South Africa, which has been successfully run in many centres in both the public and private health care sector.
- Linda has attended and presented papers at many international conferences in the USA, Europe, Africa, Australia and China about various aspects cancer care and cancer control.
- She launched the first Cancer Survivors’ Day in South Africa in 2000 and this day is now nationally celebrated and is featured on the South African National Health department’s calendar of Health Days annually.
- She is a member of the AOSW in the USA and maintains strong links with senior members of that organization.
- Linda is a co-founder and Director of Cancer NPO People Living with Cancer (plwc.org.za) which provides social contact and support to people who have been diagnosed with cancer. The PLWC group is responsible for the Cancer Buddies initiative where volunteers are trained to mentor others facing similar cancer and treatment.
- Linda is an established cancer advocate and served on the organizing committee of the first Cancer Survivor Forum held in South Africa in May 2011. This forum led to the formation of the Cancer Alliance, an organization representing various NPOs within the country to present a united voice to lobby for improved cancer prevention, education, treatment and management in this country.