The South African Oncology Social Workers’ Forum was founded by Linda Greeff (currently Oncology Social Work Manager at Cancercare) and the late social worker, Hannetjie Opperman, in 2000 with branches in Johannesburg and Cape Town. A few years after its inception, SAOSWF approached the South African Society of Clinical and Radiation Oncology (SASCRO) – now known as the South African Congress of Oncology (SACO) – to become part of their annual meetings. Since then SAOSWF has been responsible for managing and organizing the social work programme at oncology conferences such as ICON (Independent Clinical Oncology Network) and SACO.
Earlier this year, Linda Greeff and Clare Manicom, who have been managing SAOSWF for the past few years, decided to
hand over the reins to a new generation of
oncology social workers.
Meet the new management committee
Chairperson: Memory Munodawafa is an oncology social worker and a member of the multidisciplinary oncology team at Cancercare. She consults at the Cancercare units at Rondebosch Hospital, Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital and Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. She recently submitted her PhD thesis to the University of Cape Town’s psychiatry department. Outside of work, Memory enjoys taking part in various road running races. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-chairperson: Nadia Booysen works as a social worker at Mary Potter Oncology Centre in Pretoria where she is primarily involved in counselling patients and their families from diagnosis to end of life. She has a keen interest in palliative care and the value it adds to the treatment of patients. Mental health is a field of interest that is often neglected for which Nadia advocates as much as possible. E-mail: email@example.com
Treasurer: Lauren Smith is a registered social worker in private practice. She consults at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital and in the Winelands. She is part of Chariot Health’s interdisciplinary palliative care team in the Western Cape, focusing on the West Coast. When she is not working, Lauren loves the outdoors, spontaneous weekend getaways and being close to the ocean. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications: Avril de Beer is a social worker at Alberts Cellular Therapy (ACT), the largest private practice in Africa dedicated to the treatment of blood cancers and disorders of the blood. She is primarily involved in the preparation and counselling of stem cell transplant patients and their families. Before she joined ACT, she worked at Sungardens Hospice in Pretoria where she provided end-of-life counselling to hospice patients. E-mail: email@example.com
Secretary: Welly den Hollander is an oncology social worker. She obtained her MMed and PhD degrees at UKZN and is currently completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine at UCT. She works with private oncologists in the palliative field. Welly facilitates art therapy groups and retreats for patients and caregivers. She used to work at McCord Hospital and Siyahlanganisa where she provided community HIV/AIDS training.