IMASA Convention 2016

IMASA Western Cape Branch is proud to announce that they will be hosting the 36th Annual Convention 2016 on

Saturday 30th April 2016 & Sunday 1st May 2016

The event attracts +- 300 delegates including family members from all parts of South Africa and hosts both local and international speakers. The convention is certified by the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) which allows Medical Professionals to earn CPD points. It provides the platform for both academic and social interaction between healthcare professionals and their families.

Our theme for the upcoming convention is:

“Integrated Healthcare, Ethical, Spiritual, Holistic” The Context :

The WHO gives the following definition: Integrated care is a concept bringing together inputs, delivery, management and organization of services related to diagnosis, treatment, care, rehabilitation and health promotion. Integration is a means to improve services in relation to access, quality, user satisfaction and efficiency.

The ideal health system would take into account all the above-mentioned factors. It is a worldwide trend in health care reforms and new organizational arrangements focussing on more co-ordinated and integrated forms of care provision. Distinction is also made between horizontal integration (linking similar levels of care, e.g. multi-professional teams) and vertical integration (linking different levels of care, e.g. Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Care).

In their translation of the Quanun (Canon) of Avicenna Abu-Asab and Micozzi state that the Canon is not merely a medical history of its time, but rather a basis for understanding human health and disease in an integral, panoramic approach. In our era of reductionistic medicine and thinking, the need for an integrative medical model, to balance the reductionistic modern medical paradigm, cannot be overstated.

This further goes to show that Intergrated healthcare has an Islamic basis. Islam further is based on ethical and spiritual practice of professions, medicine being one of them. Taking all this into account, the spectrum of papers that can speak to the theme is vast and can cover a range of topics. This is the essence of an IMASA Convention.

ALL THIS will be hosted at the beautiful conferencing & accommodation facilities of Lagoon Beach Hotel, Milnerton in Cape Town.


Author, Life Coach, Corporate Consultant, specializing in Leadership Development helping technical specialists transition into Management and Leadership roles. He believes that we need to learn to take charge of our own destinies and not wait for others to decide how we should live. He draws on his extensive experience of over 28 years in consulting with Multinational Corporations, Government and business entrepreneurs on 3 continents where he’s taught more than 200,000 managers, administrators, teachers, technologists and clergy on 3 continents. He combines Eastern values with Western systems to transcend cultural boundaries. Yawar’s style reflects openness, commitment to quality and value-based professionalism. Yawar speaks five languages. He writes blogs, articles and books focusing on applying learning to create models of excellence.

Dr Razeen Gopal received the MBChB and MMed(Int Med) degrees in medicine and internal medicine, with honours, through the University of Stellenbosch and subsequently subspecialised in Cardiology, obtaining the College of Medicine’s Certification in Cardiology through Cardiac Clinic and Groote Schuur in 2004.

After a highly successful stint in private practise as a general and interventional cardiologist he decided to follow his passion and superspecialise, for the past 4 years, as an Electrophysiologist (EP) (a doctor specialising in the treatment of heart rhythm disorders as well as devices used in their therapy such as defibrillators and heart resynchronising pacemakers) in leading centres in Europe and the UK. Initially embarking on his fellowship at the University of Gasthuisberg in Leuven, Belgium, he trained in classical EP under the directorship of Prof Hein Heidbuchel (a prodigy of the great Sunny Jackman).

Following this, he moved to St Bartholomews in London, where he was mentored by the world-reknowned Prof Richard Schilling, one of the pioneers of electro-anatomical mapping. St Bartholomews runs one of the largest and busiest electrophysiology units in Western Europe, especially with regards to complex ablation, such as ablation for atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.

Dr Gopal has written a number of articles for journals and has a special interest in under and postgraduate teaching and various aspects of cardiac research. He has been invited to join the Panorama Heart Unit where he offers a general cardiology and EP service. He travels both internationally and nationally serving as a proctor for the device and EP industry and mentoring both junior doctors and cardiologists on a very regular basis.

Currently Razeen remains one of only 2 electrophysiologists in the private sector in the Western Cape offering the full range of complex ablative procedures, catering for a population base in excess of 10 million people, but also receiving regular referrals from within the rest of the country as well as outside of its borders.


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