Health Promotions Officer

Lecturer
Alex USA
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Course Description

NQF LEVEL 3

QCTO ACCREDITED. DEVELOPMENT QUALITY PARTNER – HWSETA

DURATION

This is a one-year qualification comprising knowledge subjects, practical skills modules, and work experience modules.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

NQF Level 1 or equivalent competences in Mathematical Literacy and Communications.

Purpose

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to Carry out basic assessments of communities, household’s groups, and individuals. Provide basic health education and referrals for a wide range of services. Support and assist in navigating the health and social services system.

 

Why Choose This Course:

The National Health Council has mandated improvement in the health outcomes and for this to occur significant steps need to be taken in the restructuring of the health system. This is one of the 10 points in the five-year Health Sector 10 Point Plan, noted as ‘overhauling the healthcare system’. It is also the fourth pillar of the Negotiated Service Delivery Agreement as ‘strengthening the effectiveness of the health system’. This qualification will form an integral part of this strategy. It will form the basis for the appointment requirements of the Community Health Workers that will be employed by the various government departments (currently an estimated number of approximately 70 000 people).

 

The caveat for the South African model should be built on the ward system that has been implemented in KwaZulu-Natal. Each ward should have one or more Primary Health Care (PHC) outreach teams. These teams are composed of a professional nurse, environmental health and health promotion practitioners as well as 4-5 community health workers who are expected to serve a population of approximately 7 660 people.