PalliCHAT #5 - Medical Assistance in Dying in our African context

Join us for PalliCHAT #5, a one-hour webinar hosted by Dr. Margie Venter and PhD candidate Mr Sonwabiso Ngcowa, discussing Medical Assistance in Dying within the African context. Both will share their recent presentations at the ICON 2024 conference which will be followed by a panel discussion co-facilitated by Dr Julia Ambler and Dr Shannon Odell. With growing media interest, this session will also address PALPRAC's recent statement on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, providing a framework for a broader discussion on these ethical and legal issues. Don't miss this important conversation.


  • Dr Margie Venter (Clinical Oncologist and Palliative Care Specialist)

    Dr Margie Venter

    Clinical Oncologist and Palliative Care Specialist

    Dr. Margie Venter is a Clinical Oncologist and Palliative Medicine Specialist with over a decade of experience in oncology. She now dedicates her clinical practice exclusively to palliative medicine. Dr. Venter runs a private palliative care network in Stellenbosch, providing care in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and homes. As co-founder and Clinical Director of PALPRAC, she is committed to expanding palliative care access in South Africa. She has a special interest in serious illness communication and innovative health systems solutions.

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  • Mr Sonwabiso Ngcowa (PhD Student)

    Mr Sonwabiso Ngcowa

    PhD Student

    Mr Sonwabiso Ngcowa is currently pursuing his PhD studies in Palliative Care and Global Health at the University of Cape Town. He holds a Masters degree in Anthropology, achieved with distinction, as well as an Honours degree and a Bachelor of Social Science degree, with majors in Anthropology and Social Development. As a writer, Sonwabiso has contributed to both fiction and non-fiction genres, with two of his works translated into German. Sonwabiso continues to make strides in his research interests which are on the role of culture and society on palliative care.

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  • Dr Julia Ambler (Palliative Care Practitioner and Chair of PALPRAC)

    Dr Julia Ambler

    Palliative Care Practitioner and Chair of PALPRAC

    Dr. Julia Ambler is a palliative care practitioner specialising in paediatric palliative care. She completed her PG Diploma in Palliative Medicine from Cardiff in 2006 and currently serves as the Chair of PALPRAC. Dr. Ambler is the co-founder and clinical director of Umduduzi – Hospice Care for Children in Durban and provides paediatric palliative care at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. Additionally, she is a sessional lecturer in paediatrics and family medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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  • Dr Shannon Odell (Palliative Care Provider and PG Dip Lecturer (UCT))

    Dr Shannon Odell

    Palliative Care Provider and PG Dip Lecturer (UCT)

    Dr Shannon Odell is a Palliative medicine specialist and GP, working in private practice in the southern peninsula of Cape Town. Additionally, she is a PALPRAC Executive board member & part-time lecturer at UCT in the division of Interdisciplinary Palliative Care and Medicine.

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