“During my time in Australia I enhanced my competency in research and development which includes strategic planning to improve capacity of research and publications for the Walter Sisulu University. My responsibilities include lecturing, research work, clinical patient work and academic administrative duties. I am also involved in project seeking to establish a Prosthetic and Orthotic Centre under Public Private Partnership in order to address the limited access to mobility assistive technology for people with disabilities especially in the rural areas. The project began in 2012, however the actual training and education of students started in January 2015. My responsibilities on the project, include planning, development, establishing, managing and monitoring and evaluation,” says Ncedo.
Ncedo says the main goal of the project is to enhance quality of life of people with disabilities. However, the anticipated outcomes for training and education project is to improve prosthetic and orthotic human resource capacity, quality of care and research capacity not only in South Africa but Africa and developing nations.
“The anticipated outcomes of the Prosthetic and Orthotic Centre is to increase access to quality and affordable mobility devices regardless of socio-economic status, and geographical location. Furthermore, it will provide job opportunities for recent graduates.”
Ncedo says the training and education project is a jointly established program by the Provincial Department of Health (DOH) and the Walter Sisulu University, after the national DOH realised the shortage of orthotic professionals in the country as whole.