New PHASA exec members

During the 2011 Annual General Meeting, five new members of the executive committee of PHASA were elected and here they present themselves.

Tracey Naledi

My name is Tracey Naledi and I am a medical doctor and Public Health Specialist trained at the University of Cape Town (UCT). I am currently the Director for Health Impact Assessment in the Western Cape Department of Health. I am responsible for surveillance, health research, program impact evaluations and quality assurance. This Directorate also provides the hands-on training platform for Public Health Registrars from UCT and Stellenbosch University. I have held senior technical and management roles in the public and non-government sectors in South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland in the areas of HIV and AIDS, district health systems and primary health care. My interest is in the use of information to strengthen health systems and the effective translation of research into policy and practice. As an Executive Committee Member of PHASA, I hope to contribute to the identification of research findings that PHASA should be advocating especially with respect to translation into policy and practice and the development of advocacy mechanisms in this regard. I look forward to learning from the very diverse group of professionals within the PHASA.

Saiendhra Moodley

My name is Saiendhra Moodley. I am a Public Health Medicine Specialist and Senior Lecturer at the School of Health Systems and Public Health, University of Pretoria (UP). I qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Cape Town and have worked as a clinician (mainly in psychiatry) in the Eastern Cape and within the NHS in the United Kingdom. I completed my specialisation in public health medicine at UP in 2010. I am currently responsible for the co-ordination of the public health medicine registrar training programme at UP. In addition, I am actively involved in public health teaching within the MBChB programme. My areas of interest within public health include human resources for health, non-communicable disease epidemiology and public mental health. My research focus has been alcohol and illicit drug use. I have previously been involved in PHASA through the Registrars’ Special Interest Group and was part of the organising committee for the 2011 PHASA Conference. Over the next few months, I aim to play an active role in the Scientific Committee for the next PHASA conference and to establish links between PHASA and mental health organisations.

Tladi Ledibane

My name is Tladi Ledibane and I graduated at the Wits Medical School in 1999. I did my internship at Natalspruit Hospital in 2000, and my community service at Potchefstoom Hospital in 2001. I was in general practice in Wolmaransstad from 2002 to 2005. I joined the North West Department of Health as the ARV clinic doctor in 2006 where I helped establish the ARV clinic. In 2007, I was appointed Clinical Manager of Ganyesa District Hospital in the rural North West, the following year I took up a post as clinical manager of National District Hospital until 2010. During my tenure at National District Hospital I completed a Diploma in Public Health: Hospital Management at Wits. Currently I am a Public Health Medicine Registrar at University of the Free State. My interests are TB research and Health management.

Yolandi Swart

My name is Yolandi Swart. I am a qualified medical doctor and received my degree from the University of the Free State. After completing my internship at R.K. Khan Hospital in Chatsworth, Kwa-Zulu Natal, I spent two years in Potchefstroom as a medical officer for the South African National Defence Force. I am currently a Registrar in Community Health at the University of the Free State. I am passionate about playing an active role in improving the health status of communities and feel excited about the possibilities that PHASA offers in this regard.

Ehimario Igumbor

My name is Ehimario Igumbor. I am an Epidemiologist faculty member in the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape (UWC) where I contribute to the post-graduate training programmes in Public Health including supervising Masters and Doctoral students. My research interests include eco-social determinants of chronic non-communicable diseases, burden of disease analyses, routine large-scale health surveys and health sciences teaching/learning. I joined the UWC School of Public Health in January 2007 after teaching for three years in the Walter Sisulu University Medical School. I currently Chair the Masters in Public Health (MPH) Special Interest Group of PHASA and served on the scientific committee of the 2011 conference. I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the PHASA Executive Committee and intend applying myself in advancing the ideals of our association.

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