Fonds BC1575 - Prison Health Care Research & Policy Papers

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ZA UCT BC1575

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Prison Health Care Research & Policy Papers

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  • 1980s-2000s (Creation)

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27 archive boxes

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(1936-)

Biographical history

Dr Judith van Heerden qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Cape Town in 1961. Dr Van Heerden was awarded the degree MPhil (Med) by UCT in 1996 for her thesis 'Prison Health Care in South Africa: a study of prison conditions, health care and medical accountability for the care of prisoners' (accessible at https://open.uct.ac.za/bitstream/handle/11427/20890/thesis_hsf_1996_van_heerden_judith.pdf?sequence=1 ).
Between 1965 and 1988 Dr Van Heerden worked as a Medical Officer and Senior Medical Officer in various departments of hospitals in East London, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. From 1988 until her retirement in 2001, she worked as a Lecturer / Principal Medical Officer in the Department of Primary Health Care of the Medical School of the University of Cape Town (until 1995, the unit was known Family Practice / Primary Care). In addition to her official work, Dr Van Heerden was active in pioneering research and activism in various fields. Her work regarding in terminal care, hospice care and HIV/AIDS care is documented in the archival collection, the Judith van Heerden Papers (BC1216). She subsequently conducted research in prison health care and the role of the medical profession, and was active in initiatives to bring about improvements and also campaigned against long-term solitary confinement . She lobbied for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to hold a health sector hearing and actively participated in it and subsequent initiatives. The documentation resulting from these activities is contained in the collection Prison Health Care Research & Policy Papers (BC1575).

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Donated by Dr Judith van Heerden, 2016.

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Series A of the collection contains the research on policy and practice in prison health care in South Africa conducted by Dr Judith van Heerden, for which she was awarded the degree MPhil (Med) by UCT in 1996. Her thesis 'Prison Health Care in South Africa: a study of prison conditions, health care and medical accountability for the care of prisoners' is accessible at https://open.uct.ac.za/bitstream/handle/11427/20890/thesis_hsf_1996_van_heerden_judith.pdf?sequence=1 ).
Series B reflects Dr Van Heerden's involvement in calls for a medical sector hearing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, preparations for the hearing, and the proceedings of hearing itself including her own presentation, as well as training initiatives resulting from the hearing.
Series C reflects Dr Van Heerden's involvement in developing post-apartheid human rights and ethical policies for health practitioners involved in prison health care or in conflict situations, and courses she developed and presented.
Series D relates to Dr Van Heerden's research into solitary confinement and her opposition to the development of such facilities in a post-apartheid South Africa.

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BC1216 Judith van Heerden Papers

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