I believe PHASA is a conduit for facilitating the public health debate in South Africa. I have served as the treasurer for PHASA for the past three years. I would like to be re-elected to continue servicing the organisation and so see it strengthen as a key role player in public heath in South Africa and regionally.
André is currently a PhD candidate at the University of the Free State (UFS). He is a recipient of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Clinicians PhD Programme Scholarship and the Discovery Foundation Research Grant. He is doing an interdisciplinary research project focusing on occupational health, public health, medical physics and radiation safety. He is an affiliated lectured in the Department of Community Health (UFS) and involved in training of public health registrars and occupational health practitioners. He held a joint appointment at the University of the Free State medical school as a senior lecturer in the department of community health and as a public health medicine physician at the Free State Provincial Department of Health (2011-2016).
He was involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. He co-ordinated and lectured modules on the advanced postgraduate diploma course in occupational health. He assisted in developing research capacity in the Free State Department of Health and was a committee member of the Free State Protocol Research Committee. He was part of the executive management team at Universitas Hospital and assisted with strategic and operational management of this tertiary hospital. He was also a committee member of the Disability and Incapacity Assessment Committee of the Free State Department of Health.
André worked on several large projects while at the Health Systems Trust (HST). He was a technical specialist in public health at the HST. His expertise includes occupational and environmental health, epidemiology and communicable and non communicable diseases, and climate change. André managed research projects at the South African Medical Research Council’s Environment and Health Research Unit in Johannesburg. André also worked at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the National Institute for Occupational Health. He has worked in the mining industry as a medical officer. André holds a masters degree in community health and a medical degree, both from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a Fellow of the College of Public Health Medicine of South Africa.
He has worked in South Africa and the UK, has strong statistics experience and has presented academic research at major national and international conferences. He served as an executive member on the board of the International Society for Urban Health (November 2011 to March 2015). He is a member of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) and was elected as an executive member (treasurer) 2013 to current.
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