Media Release: Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) on roadshow in the Garden Route
For immediate release
11 October 2023
Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) roadshow focused on the Garden Route
The Health Professional Council is a statutory body established in Terms of the Health Professions Act, 56 of 1974, to protect the public and guide professions related to the Act.
As part of their yearly roadshow, board members of the Environmental Health Profession visited the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) on Monday, 2 October 2023, to engage with management regarding the future of Environmental Health. In attendance were also the GRDM Municipal Manager, Monde Stratu, Chief Financial Officer, Rian Boshoff, Manager, Municipal Health and Environmental Health Services, Johan Compion and GRDM Chief Environmental Health Practitioners of the various regions within the Garden Route. This engagement discussed the scope of the profession of Environmental Health, continued professional development (CPD) and Community Services for students.
On Tuesday, 3 October 2023 a conference was held as part of the roadshow, which was also attended by Environmental Health Professionals. The event took place at Oubaai Hotel and Resort, George. The programme included presentations on current issues affecting the health and wellbeing of communities and the issue if illegal dumping, especially the illegal dumping sites, which is a country wide challenge. The need for research regarding illegal dumping was identified.
The rest of the presentations included ethical behaviour and decision-making by Environmental Health Practitioners registered with the HPCSA.
The HPCSA in conjunction with the twelve (12) professional boards that function under its jurisdiction including Environmental Health; and the Association is committed to:
- Promote the health of South Africa’s population.
- Determine standards of professional education and training.
- Setting and monitoring fair standards of professional practice.
Feature Image: Environmental Health Practitioners attended the HPCSA roadshow in George.