Dr. Luzuko Magula was born and raised in the humbling town of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, the middle of three children to wonderful God-fearing parents. He attended Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha where he earned his medical degree. Having completed his internship at the East London Health Complex in East London, he further worked at psychiatric hospitals in Fort Beaufort and Port Elizabeth where his love and passion for mental health was established and grew stronger. He completed his Fellowship in Psychiatry with Stellenbosch University where he also graduated his Master of Medicine in Psychiatry degree.
In the current times of great challenges both within and outside of an individual, Luzuko specialises in the maintenance of mental health among individuals of all ages, ethnicity, profession and social standing. Should ones mental health status change and be at risk, his expertise are spread in a vast array of areas within the field including neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, Tourette’s Disorder), psychotic disorders (schizophrenia), mood disorders (bipolar and depressive disorders), anxiety disorders, O.C.D., P.T.S.D., sleeping disorders and substance and addiction disorders amongst others. The management of each individual is tailored according to their specific needs within the field’s practice parameters and includes both pharmacological and therapeutic interventions.
Luzuko has also obtained his Diploma in Mental Health from The Colleges of Psychiatry and was the elected two terms serving chief registrar during his training with Stellenbosch University. He continues to impart knowledge and leadership skills to undergraduate and postgraduate students rotating through the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University where he is currently pursuing his Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a Master of Philosophy degree in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He forms part of the multidisciplinary team that assesses and manages the mental health and wellness of children and adolescent and their families at Tygerberg Hospital and endeavours daily in the mastery of conditions that affect and influence the mental health status and well-being of our future generation.
Having attended annual biological psychiatry congresses in Cape Town, Somerset West and Pretoria where he has presented his research paper on iron deficiency in children and adolescents with ADHD, Luzuko remains a passionate academic as he continues to pursue research. He is currently involved in a study that explores the lived experiences of adolescents admitted into a psychiatric facility for the first episode of psychosis. Although well-grounded in knowledge and expertise in the field of general psychiatry, his main interest is in working with children, adolescents, their families and their environments as a whole in ensuring holistically healthy young minds that will shape the future of our world.
Luzuko lives in the northern suburbs of Cape Town and to maintain his personal mental health and keeping in good shape, you may bump into him at your local spinning class or find him blasting through the wind as he explores cycling trails of the beautiful Western Cape.