Prof Nico Nortje
Research Fellow
IB 40
Psychology Building

Short CV

I did my under-graduate and Honnours work at the University of the Free State before moving on to the University of Stellenbosch where I completed a Masters degree in Psychology, a PhD in Ethics (Philosophy) and another Masters degree in Business. I completed post-graduate work at the University of Glasgow (Psychology); a post-graduate diploma in Medical Law (University of Pretoria and UNISA) and have also attended a UNESCO training in Ethics Education. 

Most of my teaching is focused around health care students and I have also been involved in CPD training for professionals. 

At present I am a co-author and presenter of an Ethics Educators course where 4 universities have come together to develop a course to educate senior lecturers from different disciplines in order to integrate ethics into their subjects. 


My research focus involve morals and ethics at large. 




Article (Peer reviewed Journals)


    1. Nortje, N., Faber, M & de Villiers, A. (2017). School tuck shops in South Africa—an ethical appraisal. Published: South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1:1, 1-6.
    2. Nortje, N. (2016). Attributes contributing to the development of professionalism as described by dietetics students. Published: South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1:1, 1-3.
    3. Hoffmann, W.A. & Nortjé, N. (2016). Patterns of unprofessional conduct by medical practitioners in South Africa (2007–2013). Published: South African Journal of Family Practice, 1:1, 1-6.
    4. Fouché, P., Burnell, B., van Niekerk, R. & Nortjé, N. (2016). The faith development of the anti-apartheid theologian Beyers Naude: A Psychobiography. Spirituality in Clinical Practice. Vol 3(4), Dec, 2016 pp. 276-288.
    5. Nortjé, N. & De Jongh, J. (2016). Client Confidentiality: Perspectives Of Students Engaged In A Health Care Training Programme. South African Journal of Bioethics and Law, IN PRINT
    6. Nortjé, N. & Hoffmann, W.A. (2016). Seven year overview (2007-2013) of ethical transgressions by registered healthcare professionals in South Africa. Health SA Gesondheid, 21, 46-53
    7. Nortjé, N. & Hoffmann, W.A. (2015). Common ethical transgressions by registered Occupational Therapists. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45(3): 55-57 Doi:
    8. Hoffmann, W.A. & Nortjé, N. (2015). Ethical misconduct by registered physiotherapists in South Africa (2007–2013): A mixed methods approach. Published: South African Journal of Physiotherapy 71(1), Art. #248, 7 pages. http://dx.doi. org/10.4102/sajp.v71i1.248
    9. Nortje, N. & Esterhuyse, K. (2015). Changing students’ moral reasoning ability – is it at all possible? Published: African Journal of Health Professions Education, 7(2):180-182. DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.385
    10. Nortjé, N. & De Jongh, J. (2015). Ethical dilemmas experienced by Occupational Therapy students – The reality. Published: African Journal of Health Professions Education, 7(2):187-189. DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.396
    11. Nortjé, N. & Hoffmann, W.A. (2015). Ethical Misconduct of Registered Psychologists In South Africa During The Period 2007-2013. Published: South African Journal of Psychology, Vol. 45(2) 260–270
    12. Nortjé, N. & Hoffmann, W.A. (2015). Ethics Misconduct amongst Dietetic Practitioners In South Africa (2007-2013).  Published: South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 28(2); 77-80
    13. Nortjé, N. & Albertyn, R. (2015). The Cultural language of Pain – A South African Study. Published: South African Journal of Family Practice, 57:1, 24-27
    14. Nortjé, N. & Hoffmann, W.A. (2014). Professional Consequence for Dentists Involved In Unethical Decision-Making In South Africa. Published: Journal Of Forensic Odonto-Stomatology, 32(1): 22-29
    15. Nortjé, N., (2014) Ethical tensions faced by dietetic students during fieldwork. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 6(1): 28-31.

    16. Albertyn, R. & Nortjé, N., (2014) Retrospective assessment of pain and suffering in child abuse and homicide victims. Journal of Social Work, 2014: 50(3): 410-420. 
    17. van Niekerk, A. & Nortjé, N., (2013) Phronesis and an ethics of Responsibility. South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2013; 6(1):28-31.
    18. Esterhuyse, K., Nortjé, N., Pienaar, A. & Beukes, R. (2013). Sense of humour and adolescents’ cognitive flexibility. South African Family Practice 2013;55(1):90-95.
    19. Nortjé, N. (2013) Cultural perspective on euthanasia. Research in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 2013, 1(5): 77-80.
    20. Solomons, N. & Nortjé, N., (2013) Treating an intervention level 1 (IL-1) patient –
      futile or brave? South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2013, 26(4):176-180.
    21. Nortjé, N, Fouché, P & Gogo, O., (2013) The neo-Adlerian holistic wellness of Brenda Fassie: A psychobiography. Online Journal for African Affairs, 2013, August.
    22. Strydom, L., Nortjé, N., Beukes, R., Esterhuyse, K. & van der Westhuisen, J.,   (2013) Job satisfaction amongst teachers at special schools. South African Journal of Education: 32(3), 255-266.
    23. Swanepoel, P., Esterhuyse, K., Beukes, R. & Nortjé, N., (2012) Die rol van coping in die verband tussen geestelike welstand en depressie by predikante. (The role of coping with regards to spiritual wellbeing and depression amongst ministers of faith).  Practical Theology in South Africa: 68(1), 1071-1079.
    24. Fouché, P, Nortjé, N., Phillips, K. & Stroud, L., (2011). Psychofortology of Women undergoing Infertility Treatment. Journal of Psychology in Africa: 21(4), 541 - 548.
    25. Lowe, C., Du Plessis, E. & Nortjé, N. (2011). Perceived Child Rearing Practices as Predictors of Student’s Satisfaction with Sexual Relationships. Journal of Psychology in Africa: 21(4), 595 – 598.
    26. Nortjé, N., de Vos, H. & le Roux, M., (2004). The attitudes of older South Africans towards euthanasia. Social Work – A professional journal for the social worker: 40(3). 


Chapter in book

  1. Ethical Issues in Legal Aspects of Palliative Care  - HPCSA, Cape Town. (2009)
  2. Education: Assessment in Encyclopaedia of Global Bioethics -Springer, New York. (2014)
  3. Critical Illness and care in Encyclopaedia of Global Bioethics -Springer, New York. (2015)
  4. Passive Euthanasia in Encyclopaedia of Global Bioethics -Springer, New York. (2015)



  1. Psychodynamics of Patient care Max Anthony Publishers, Cape Town  (2015)


Articles (Industry journals – non accredited; by invitation)

  1. Albertyn, R. & Nortjé, N. (2012) The non-pharmacological management of pain in infants and children. PEDMED: April/May, 10-11.
  2. Albertyn, R. & Nortjé, N.  (2012) The Noble Wound– Physician Burnout. PEDMED: August. EXTRA.
  3. Nortjé, N. (2012) Defensive medicine vs litigation: What is a doctor to do? PEDMED: November, 6-7.
  4. Albertyn, R. & Nortjé, N.  (2012) Triage pain assessment and measurement in young paediatric trauma patients. PEDMED: November, 20-22.
  5. Albertyn, R. & Nortjé, N.  (2012) Sudden death after trauma: Managing a different kind of pain. PEDMED: Winter, 35.


Papers delivered at Conferences (National and International)

  1. Professional and personal consequence for dentists involved in unethical decision-making in South Africa. (10th International Dental Ethics And Law Society Congress, Cape Town) Sept 2014
  2. Development of Moral Behaviour in a Group of South African University Students (30th International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town). July 2012
  3. Ethics for Psychologists (PSYSSA, Free State Chapter, Bloemfontein). March 2011
  4. Ethics in paediatric oncology (ICPCN International conference Cape Town). September 2009
  5. Cure vs. Care (HPCA National Conference – Johannesburg). September 2009
  6. Nursing Ethics (Western Cape Nurses Forum – Franschhoek). October 2008
  7. Western vs. African Ethics (HPCA National Conference - Cape Town). September 2008
  8. Ethical business conduct in Africa (SAACI Conference – Grahamstown). July 2008
  9. Paternalistic Ethics vs. Feministic Ethics (Ethics of Care) (HPCA National Conference – Durban). August 2007
  10. Hospice’s Code of Ethics: The E Code (International Palliative Care Conference – Cape Town). December 2005



  1. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2014 - 2016)
  2. African Journal of Health Professions Education (2015)
  3. South African Journal of Bioethics and Law (2009 – 2016)
  4. Health SA Gesondheid (2012-2015)
  5. International Journal of Psychology and Counselling (2013)





Area(s) of Interest

  1. Morality and Ethics
  2. Moral development
  3. Moral behaviour and judgment 
  4. Ethics Education
  5. Ethics and Business
  6. Medical Law
  7. Ethics in the Health Care setting
  8. Moral development under students


Community Service

International Ethics Educators Forum

Palliative Care Society of South Africa



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Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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