Introducing the new PHASA exec members

Introducing the new PHASA exec members In the PHASA AGM during the 2010 conference, four new members were elected to the executive committee. They will introduce themselves to you.

My name is Waasila Jassat. I am a qualified medical doctor, and have recently specialised in Public Health Medicine. Waasila JassatSince leaving the Wits Public Health Medicine registrar programme, I have taken a post as Senior Programme Manager for Health Systems Strengthening at the Health Systems Trust, based in Johannesburg. My research interests are primarily centred on health system effectiveness, and I also have a passion for women’s health issues. I would love to contribute to improving the organisation of health service delivery and ensuring that the health system is more responsive to its users. As a PHASA exec member, I would like to dedicate my enthusiasm and efforts to improving networking and collaboration both within the public health community and outside, within the country and beyond. I hope to assist in various endeavours including a successful PHASA Conference 2011 and the newsletters. I also hope that PHASA in the future will be used as a voice for the public health community.

My name is Maggie Dimakatso Mokonoto. I received my Master of Public Health from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2003. Maggie Dimakatso MokonotoSince February 2009 I am working as a Senior Lecturer at the same university. My research interests are tobacco prevention, reviewing MPH programs and HIV & AIDS. I have studied KAP of smoking among high school learners for my MPH and currently I am pursuing my Doctoral study in smoking prevention interventions. My passion is to advocate for relevant training and skills for the MPH students who in return will deliver contextual health care service acceptable to all people in South Africa. My plan as a PHASA exec member is to make sure that the current MPH training programmes in the South African tertiary institutions are aligned to the global health needs which address the disease prevention and designing, monitoring and evaluation of the health programmes; and increase throughput by advocating for support of students during their research projects which include both Master’s and Doctoral levels. And also to advocate for an increase in the appointment of lecturers who are qualified in Public Health to reduce the students –lecturer ratio.

Julia MoormanMy name is Julia Moorman. I qualified as a doctor in London, UK and as a public health specialist in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand. I am currently a senior specialist on a joint appointment with the Gauteng Department of Health and the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand. At the SPH I am involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Much of my working life has been in Southern Africa and I have a special interest in the design, monitoring and evaluation of public health programmes. I am also very interested currently in what and how we should be teaching undergraduates to ensure that they understand the role public health (and their role) plays in preventing disease and protecting and promoting the heath of South Africans and the importance of public to their future as clinicians in this country.

My name is Heinrich Volmink. I am originally from Cape Town, but currently a Public Health Medicine Registrar at the University of the Witwatersrand.Heinrich Volmink Before starting the registrar programme, I worked in Glasgow, Scotland: first in an ethnic minority health organisation, then in a health technology company and finally in health improvement in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. I undertook my internship at Groote Schuur Hospital and my community service at Christ the King Hospital (Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal). I completed my MBChB at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and hold a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Warwick. Within PHASA I am the chair of the Registrars Special Interest Group.

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