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Penny is a nurse educator who holds a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Penny is currently pursuing many of her special interests which spans education and research in academia and clinical occupational health practice.

Penny is employed, part time, as a Collaborative Online International Learning  (COIL) specialist in the International Education and Partnerships Office at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Penny has an appointment, at DUT, as an Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences with responsibilities for post graduate research supervision, mentoring and coaching academics in the scholarship of teaching and learning and research supervision.

Penny continues to consult in Occupational Health (OH) and does some clinical OH work, most recently related to the chemical fire at Cornubia, Durban. Penny has 16 + years of clinical occupational health experience as well as 14 years of academic OH experience. Her experience has spanned many industries including Nampak and SA Breweries and she worked for herself doing a variety of enterprises. Penny was instrumental in facilitating the legacy Bachelor of Technology (BTech) at DUT into a blended offering and together with Thandi Kumalo curated most of the new Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health.

Penny is an Academy of Nursing South Africa (ANSA) Fellow, a Teaching Advancement at Universities (TAU) Fellow, member of the South African Society of Occupational Health Nurses, treasurer on the ANSA Board and a member of the Board of the African Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN). Penny is a councillor on the 16th SANC, serving on the Impairment Committee, Laws, Practice and Standards Committee, the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) committee and chair of the Research Committee as well as being on EXCO.

Penny moderates the OH programme at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), examines post graduate research for a number of Universities in South Africa and reviews journal articles for a few South African health journals. Penny has graduated many Masters students and 1 PhD student and is currently supervising 2 PhD students, 7 Masters students, and co-supervising 1 Master of Health Sciences (Clinical Technology) at Durban University of Technology.

She has 10 publications and many conference presentations. Penny continues to work on publications with international collaborators and academic staff at DUT.

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