SQM project
CONTACT US
Dr Bronwyn Myers
T: +27 21 938-0350
F: +27 21 938-0342
bronwyn.myers@mrc.ac.za
SERVICE QUALITY MEASURES for
SOUTH AFRICAN SUBSTANCE ABUSE
TREATMENT SERVICES
Measuring up to excellence in
substance abuse treatment

ABOUT OUR MEMBERS

Bronwyn MyersDr Bronwyn Myers, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist (at the level of Specialist Scientist) in the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council. She heads up the intervention and treatment systems research stream within this unit.  Her research focus is on interventions for substance use disorders and on improving substance abuse treatment systems, particularly access to and the quality of treatment services. She is currently involved in several large intervention projects that address HIV risk among substance users including an NICHD-funded Women’s intervention project focusing on substance use disorders and HIV, an NIAAA-funded intervention project that addresses HIV risk among couples who misuse alcohol, and a CDC-funded treatment service improvement initiative that aims to improve the integration of HIV services into substance abuse treatment settings. She has acted as a technical consultant to the WHO on substance abuse prevention and treatment systems in South Africa, is a core member of UN working group on HIV and injection drug use, and has contributed to several national policies on substance abuse prevention and treatment.  She has also authored or coauthored more than 30 journal articles and book chapters on substance abuse. [top]

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Charles ParryProfessor Charles Parry is the Director of the Medical Research Council’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Research Unit (ADARU). He also has an academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University. He received graduate training in South Africa (MSc) and in the USA (MA, PhD) in clinical and community psychology and mathematical statistics and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Services Research at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic in Pittsburgh in 1989/90. He has authored more that 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored two books: Alcohol Policy & Public Health in South Africa (1998) and Alcohol and the Developing World: A public Health Perspective (2002). He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Addiction; Substance Abuse: Treatment, Prevention & Policy; and the African Journal of Drug & Alcohol Studies. ADARU is directly involved in running more than 20 research projects funded by the South African government and the US National Institutes of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the past two decades he has engaged with a variety of government department on substance abuse policy matters and he served on the South African Central Drug Authority as an Executive Committee member from 2000-2005 and was actively involved in the formulation of South Africa’s first National Drug Master Plan and in its revision in 2005.  In 2006 he was appointed to the World Health Organization’s Expert Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems. [top]

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Rehana KaderRehana Kader. M. Psych. completed her studies at the University of the Western Cape.  She is a scientist in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit at the MRC. Ms. Kader has extensive experience and knowledge in program management, HIV/AIDS and substance abuse, and the organization and delivery of community-based services. During 2000-2003, she practiced as a Clinical Psychologist in the Child and Family unit at Lentegeur State Psychiatric Hospital.  From July 2003 - March 2006 she worked as the Director of Positive Muslims, an awareness raising, research and support group for Muslims living with HIV and AIDS in the Western Cape.  In 1997, she was awarded the Mellon Research Fellowship. In 2004, she was awarded the British Commonwealth Fellowship which focused on organizational development and project management and was based in the United Kingdom for three months.  More recently, in 2006-2007 she was awarded the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship and was based at the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States of America.  Her main focus during the Fellowship was on substance abuse, performance measures and quality improvement methods for community-based addiction treatment programs, and the identification of evidence-based practices that could be adapted to the South African context.  She is currently the project manager for this project. [top]

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Nuraan FakierMs Nuraan Fakier is a Scientist at the Medical Research Council’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit. She has a Master’s degree in Psychological Research from the University of Cape Town, where she also received training in programme evaluation and monitoring. She works in the Unit’s substance abuse services research stream. Specifically, she has worked on studies examining factors that facilitate and restrict the utilisation of substance abuse treatment services for substance abusers from historically disadvantaged communities, national audit of treatment centres, developing a surveillance system for substance abuse services provided by district social welfare offices, and developing a system of Service Quality Measures for South Africa’s substance abuse treatment services. Her research interests include research ethics, substance abuse treatment, community interventions and trauma. [top]

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