Liz Gwyther

CEO - HPCA

Dr Liz Gwyther has postgraduate qualifications in Family Practice and Palliative Medicine. She is CEO of Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA); incoming chair of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA); and a director of the following organisations - African Palliative Care Association, ehospice and Pain Society of South Africa. She is a member of the World Health Organisation ad-hoc Technical Advisory Group for palliative and long-term care.

She is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town where she heads the Palliative Care team within the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. She is the convener for the postgraduate programmes in Palliative Medicine and is responsible for research supervision and support for publications of the postgraduate students. Her special interests are women’s health and palliative care (in particular palliative care in HIV/AIDS) and human rights in health care.  In 2007, she was awarded the SA Medical Association’s Gender Award for Human Rights in Health and the SA Institute of Health Managers Leadership in Health Systems award.

She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Pain & Symptom Management published in the USA.