HEAIDS Conference

HEAIDS Conference 2014

We are currently working on the 2014 HEAIDS Conference. Please check this site soon to get further information on themes, dates and venue.

Every two years HEAIDS hosts a conference tackling the issue of HIV/AIDS in the Higher Education sector that focuses on presenting best practices of HIV/AIDS programme implementation for the South African student community.  

HEAIDS Conference 2012: Applying the Research, Researching the Applied

On 28, 29 and 30 November 2012, HEAIDS convened a national conference at the University of Cape Town of all public Higher Education Institution (HEI) HIV programmes, as well as of Further Education and Training colleges (FETs), under the theme: “Applying the Research / Researching the Applied”. There is an ongoing need to strategically focus, strengthen and deepen institutional responses – and expand them for an effective comprehensive response. This requires that interventions be driven by more profound understandings, and be monitored, evaluated and interrogated for continuously better efficacy. Hence the dynamically interrelated conference theme: “Applying the Research / Researching the Applied”. The conference, rooted in the wealth of experience that practitioners at HEIs have garnered, aimed to make a meaningful and qualitative difference to ongoing practice. Practitioners were encouraged to reflect on their experiences and propose case learnings for presentation to conference.

Conference Topics

The conference programme was driven by the presentation of applied case experiences on the following topics, which speak to the key fronts on which the Higher Education sector is responding to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Topic 1: Evaluating HIV/TB/STI prevention projects (e.g. Peer Education, HIV and TB testing, treatment).

Topic 2: Approaching HIV as an issue of transformation, diversity and   inclusivity (including stigma, sexual orientation and gender).

Topic 3: integrating HIV and AIDS into socially responsive core curricula: Lessons from innovative collaborations in Higher Education.

Topic 4: Models of  Workplace Programmes within Higher Education: Theory, Management and Applied Studies in Health & Wellness.

Topic 5: Innovative social behaviour change communication aimed at young adults (eg: researching the use of social media, art, drama etc).


Please click HERE to download the 2012 HEAIDS Conference Booklet.