Prof Petra Brysiewicz

Category: Clinicians

Area: Emergency nursing

Current position and company: Professor, School of Nursing & Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal


Qualifications: PhD, MN, fANSA, FAAN, ASSAf

Unique contribution/vision: Petra has worked with research and education of nurses in South Africa and Africa for over 25 years, predominately in the area of acute/emergency care. She focuses on developing clinical scholarship and research leadership capacity for health professionals, specifically within acute/emergency care.

Areas of expertise: Emergency & critical care nursing; research capacity development, family-focused care.


Prof Judith Bruce

Category: Educator

Area: Education Unit Development

Location: University of Witwatersrand (WITS)


Qualifications: BA Cur, DNEd; MSc Nurs (with distinction); PhD

Professor Judy Bruce has been an advocate for nursing education and scholarship for over 25 years. She has mentored many nurse academics not only in South Africa, but also on the African continent, and has worked constantly to improve nursing education at universities and nursing colleges. Prof Bruce’s expertise has been recognized at the highest level as evidenced by her appointment on the Ministerial Task Team on Nursing Education and Training, the Standing Committee on Health of the Academy of Science of South Africa, the CHE accreditation committee and the International Academic Nursing Alliance, Chairperson.

Areas of expertise: Higher education; nursing education; programme development; academic mentoring.


Dr Penny Orton

Category: Clinician

Area: Occupational Health Nursing



Dr Penny Orton had been an Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner for 16 years prior to moving into academia. Dr Orton has contributed to occupational  health nursing in South Africa through her involvement in the professional society (SASOHN) since 1989, the education of OH nurse specialists, curriculum design and the development of a blended learning programme for Occupational Health Nursing specialization at the Durban University of Technology. Dr Orton supervises; coaches and mentors post graduate students in various health sciences disciplines and is currently a councillor on the South African Nursing Council. Dr Orton is a collaborative online international learning (COIL) specialist at the Durban University of Technology.


Prof Annatjie van der Wath

Area: Psychiatric Nursing

Location: University of Pretoria


Prof Annatjie van der Wath has been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 15 years prior to moving into academia and a founding member of the Psychiatric Nursing Association. Prof van der Wath contributed to mental health nursing through her involvement in clinical practice, nursing education and curriculum design on an under-and postgraduate level. She acts as a supervisor, consultant and mentor for mental health nurse practitioners, educators and postgraduate scholars


Prof Isabel Coetzee

Category: Scholar

Area: Critical Care Nursing

Location: University of Pretoria


Prof Isabel Coetzee is known for her contributions to the development of Critical Care Nursing. She is an executive board member of the National Critical Care Society of Southern Africa. Prof Coetzee has trained approximately 500 critical care nurses in South Africa. She also supervises Masters and Doctoral candidates in her field of speciality, and has successfully graduated many Masters’ and PhD students. She has published more than 20 articles since 2011, in both national and international peer-reviewed journals. Prof Coetzee is involved on a national level with an international collaborative practice development research project focussing on the improvement of standards and quality of critical care in South Africa. Prof Coetzee is also an external moderator and examiner for various universities in South Africa. She is an expert consultant involved in the development of Critical Care Masters programmes in Africa. Prof Coetzee received the President of the South African Critical Care Societies Award in both 2013 and 2014 for her contributions to the development of Critical Care over the past 19 years. As a result of her numerous achievements, she is recognised both nationally and internationally as an expert in critical care.

Ms Louwna  J. Pretorius

Area of expertise: Occupational Health Nursing/ Safety/ Health/ Environmental (SHE) Management systems( ISO 9001/14001/45001) Nursing Management & Administration

Location: Retired

Qualifications:  B. Soc. Sc. Hon/ Master in Nursing (Occupational Health management


Louwna Pretorius currently serves as a consultant and auditor on Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE), lectures on these subjects and is an accredited facilitator, assessor and moderator. She collaborates with other members in the field on the development of occupational health curricula at various private nursing institutions. Her main aim /passion and commitment lies in the professional upliftment, the general awareness and recognition for the role of the Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner (OHNP) within Industry. Ms Pretorius has extensive experience in the field of ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 management systems and was responsible for the implementation there off in her previous employment with organizations like NOSA/ DEKRA/ SAB/ Corobrik Pty(Ltd).
She is a member of the International Committee on Occupational Health (ICOH) and has been the Chairperson for the Scientific Committee on Occupational Health Nursing (SCOHN) within ICOH during the period 2003-2015. Ms Pretorius is a former president of the South Africa Society of Occupational Health Nursing Practitioners (SASOHN) and served in various capacities as a member of the SASOHN Executive and was a member of the South African Nursing Council (SANC) from 2003 to 2008.

FOUNDING BOARD (2011-2014):

President:                 Prof Dalena van Rooyen
Vice-President:        Dr Sharon Vasuthevan
Treasurer:                 Dr Heilie Uys
Secretary:                 Prof Petra Brysiewicz
Members:                 Prof Marie Poggenpoel &  Ms Louwna Pretorius