PHASA Profile

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André van Zyl

Organisation: University of Pretoria Email: drevanzyl@gmail.com SIG: Health Information and Technology ( Chair ) Executive Committee: SIGS Committee

Motivation

My vision for PHASA is for the organisation to serve as a central body in South Africa to build the capacity of public health professionals and other organisations, including training institutions, to increase their impact in improving the lives of South Africans. I believe this could be done through forming strong relationships between organisations, knowledge sharing, and training. PHASA should assist its stakeholders in developing their leadership, management, advocacy, and research capabilities and their ability to engage with the general public.

Biography

Since I can remember I’ve been passionate about mental health and people. Therefore, I studied psychology and sociology at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. After my studies, I’ve worked in an addiction treatment facility in Cape Town. I then moved to Pretoria where I worked in a facility for children with developmental disorders. Concurrently, I’ve worked for an eLearning company providing their services to schools. I became very interested in the use of technology for education and health promotion. This led me to enrol for an MPH at the University of Pretoria. I’m currently working as a data manager at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University.

My MPH focusses on determining the availability and use of health education resources amongst life orientation educators. LO teachers play an important role in improving the health of our population. Hence, they should be empowered to succeed in their important role.

I love nature and try to go on at least one day hike every month. There are some beautiful trails around Gauteng and the Magaliesberg. Hiking is a fun way to spend time with friends and family and building relationships with acquaintances.

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