Month: August 2013

Clinical Programme Specialist – Johannesburg

To provide medical, clinical and public health expertise to lead and guide implementation of these aspects in district programmes across South Africa.

MMC Programme Manager – Limpopo

The Programme Manager will oversee all MMC programme activities and staff for the purpose of achieving the targets and objectives of the Programme.

Call for applications: Bayesian Biostatistics

Applications are open for the course Bayesian Biostatistics which will be held from 4-8 November 2013 in Stellenbosch

Introduction to the Joint Modelling of Longitudinal and Survival Data, with Applications in R

Applications are open for the course Introduction to the Joint Modelling of Longitudinal and Survival Data, with Applications in R which will be held from 28 October to 1 November 2013 in Stellenbosch.

A District Public Health Unit: experiences and lessons learnt from Ekurhuleni

Preventative/Community/Public Health Medicine (PHM) is recognized as a medical specialty that primarily strives to improve population health while also strengthening health system effectiveness and service delivery through its focus on Comprehensive Primary Health Care and Health Systems Management. Therefore the inclusion in the 2011 national Human Resources for Health Strategy of district and provincial Public Health Units (PHUs) headed by PHM specialists and with other cadres of public health professionals in the health services seems to neatly dovetail into this perspective. This brief narrative explores the experiences of both authors over the last five years culminating in the Ekurhuleni district PHU.

Collaboration to provide Public Health expertise to a provincial health department: The Western Cape story

The aim of the Healthcare 2010 strategy in the Western Cape was to substantially improve the quality of the health service to impact on population health outcomes. It proposed the establishment of a Public Health Unit (PHU) within the Division: District Health Services (DHS) and Programmes. The aim of this unit was to plan, lead, organize and coordinate the provision of Public Health expertise to the entire department in line with key strategic objectives and priorities. This article discusses the engagement of the department with academic institutions leading to setting up the PHU as well as the successes and challenges of this project.

Multiple concurrent understanding of public health: some implications for educators

What is (medical) public health? One approach to understand what is meant by the current usage of the term “public health” is to explore the multiple, complicated and complex understandings of public health among students and public health professionals/educators. The aim of this short communication is to share what a cohort of medical students at the UP considers as public health. It is our intention that this will stimulate other educators to explore their students’ understanding and add to the scholarship of public health.

What is Public Health to me as a student?

I would like to say that public health (PH) is the most important part of medicine that is ignored. If as a country we could embrace the concepts of PH and use them to solve the country’s health problems we would have won the war against poor health outcomes.

Public Health Medicine as a profession – Perspectives of Registrar

Being a registrar in the Discipline of Public Health Medicine has offered me the opportunity to work in an exciting and constantly evolving multidisciplinary environment.

Opinion: PHC re-engineering health care in South Africa is essential

Our current health care system is not appropriately addressing the death and disability in our country – we need a major shift to education and prevention.


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