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Jackie Witthuhn


Jackie Witthuhn is currently a lecturer of Public Health in the School of Health Sciences at Monash South Africa. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Education (obtained with distinction) with specialization in environmental health promotion from Unisa in 2001. She has twenty three years of experience working in the health field.

From 2002 to 2010, Jackie acted as Managing Member/Director of Talking Health, a health promotion consultancy.  Activities and roles included management, budgeting, reporting, but also training of doctors and nurses at healthcare facilities in Gauteng and Limpopo on issues around healthcare risk waste management and occupational health. Other areas of work as a consultant included national policy development on environmental health, as well as research on health promoting schools. This was done in collaboration with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.  From 2004 to 2008, she was a part-time lecturer at Wits Medical School, where she was also responsible for module development.  Jackie was appointed as a material development coordinator and writer for Health Care and Community Health at the University of Johannesburg where she also lectured part-time.

Jackie worked for Gauteng Provincial Health Department from 1991 to 2001 where she also fulfilled the role of Assistant –Director focusing on health promotion and environmental health.   She was an editor and co-editor for several newsletters relating to environmental health. As part of her duties as provincial coordinator for environmental health promotion, she developed, managed the implementation and reported on several research and projects in the field of health promotion and environmental health.  From 1992-1996 she was awarded Class A merits and promotion out of turn. She represented Gauteng Health on radio and television. Between 1996 and 2002 she won 3 awards including the Nelson Mandela award for the best exhibition.

Her current teaching areas include health and social care systems, health promotion as well as health programme planning and evaluation. She is a member of the Project Management Team working on the National Health Insurance research project as part of the Oxfam-Monash Partnership.   Jackie is also a member of the Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee and represents the School with regards to students support issues. She is currently busy completing her PhD. Her topic is: Internationalisation and Africanisation of the Master of Public Health curriculum in South Africa: a case study.

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