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Staff Profile

Professor Hellen Myezwa

QualificationsDHT, MSc, PhD, Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Phone 0117172064
Organisational Unit School of Therapeutic Sciences
ORCID 000000345626413

Rehabilitation service delivery models (CBR and institution based concepts)
HIV disability and rehabilitation
ICF and rehabilitation

A ssociate Professor. Myezwa is the Head of Department and a lecturer in public health and community physiotherapy.

Associate Professor Hellen Myezwa began lecturing in the Physiotherapy Department in 2003. She trained as a physiotherapist in the UK and graduated in 1985. She obtained an MSc in 2003 and a PhD in 2008. Her areas of lecturing and special interest are community physiotherapy and public health for both under and post graduate students. Currently she is the Head of the physiotherapy Department and her academic position has teaching, administrative and research responsibilities. She has membership on many faculty committees and serves on an international Trust concerned with health care delivery as a board member. Dr Myezwa has presented papers and posters at local, national and international physiotherapy and multidisciplinary congresses. She has supervised seven MSc students to completion and continues to supervise 5 MScs and 6 Phd students. Her research interests are rehabilitation service delivery models specifically community based rehabilitation, HIV and rehabilitation and management in rehabilitation and physiotherapy especially at a primary health care (PHC) level. She is a member of the South African Society of Physiotherapy, Public Health Association of SA and Rural rehabilitation South Africa.


1. 2013 Taukobong NP, Supa P, Myezwa H, van Geertruyden J. 2013 The degree to which physiotherapy literature includes physical activity as a component of health promotion in practice. Physiotherapy theory and practice. (accepted) 2. 2013 Cobbing S, Chetty V, Hanass-Hancock J, Jelsma J, Myezwa H, Nixon S,2013 Position paper: The essential role of physiotherapists in providing rehabilitation services to people living with HIV in South Africa SA Journal of Physiotherapy 69 (1), 22-25 3. 2012 Myezwa H, Stewart A,Solomon P, Becker P, Topics on HIV/AIDS for Inclusion Into a Physical Therapy Curriculum: Consensus Through a Modified Delphi Technique, Journal of Physical Therapy Education Vol 26, No 2, 50-62 4. 2012 Myezwa H, Stewart A HIV/AIDS in Physiotherapy Education – Mainstreaming Using UN Principles SA Journal of Physiotherapy Vol 68 No 1 5. 2012 Reime B. Janssen P, Farris L,Borde T, Hellmers C, Myezwa H, Wenzlaff P Maternal near-miss among women with a migrant background in Germany Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0412.2012.01390.x 6. 2011 Nixon S, Forman L, Hanass-Hancock J, Mac-Seingm, Munyanukato M, Myezwa H, Retis C,Future of HIV care and support The South African Journal of Medicine 7. 2011 Van Aswegen H, Myezwa H, Mudzi W, Becker P. (2011) Health related quality of life of survivors of penetrating trunk trauma in Johannesburg, South Africa. European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery 37: 419-426 (DOI 10.1007/s00068-010-0071-4). 8. 2011 Myezwa H, Buchalla C M, Jelsma J, Stewart A, 2011,HIV/AIDS: use of the ICF in Brazil and South Africa – comparative data from four cross-sectional studies Physiotherapy 97 () 17–25 9. 2010 Gopal S,Wood W, Myezwa H, Stewart A, Intra- and inter- rater reliability of the knee society knee score when used by two physiotherapists in patients post total knee arthroplasty, SA Journal Of Physiotherapy Vol 66 No 1 10. 2009 Myezwa H, Stewart A, Musenge E Nesara P (2009) Assessment of HIV-positive in-patients using the International Classification Of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg African Journal of AIDS research, 8(1): 93-106.