Health justice partnerships: initial insights into the delivery of an integrated health and legal service for youth in regional Victoria

Health Justice Partnerships (HJPs) provide an innovative service model offering an integrated health and legal service for a community. HJPs are particularly well suited to meet the needs of young people and those in regional locations experiencing complex legal issues. This paper presents interim findings from research examining the impact on young people, and the implications on practice for staff in the partner organisations, of an HJP in a large regional area in Victoria, Australia…..more


Launch of the first-ever World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 11.35.42 PM.pngDear Colleagues,

The first-ever, World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research, was launched on 25 April 2017, at a special meeting, organized to commemorate the 20th  anniversary of the inception of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. The meeting was co-hosted by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and was co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank.

The report describes the evolution of the field and provides figures on the number of publications produced, funding trends and institutional capacity in LMICs to conduct HPSR. It provides insight into how the multidisciplinary and systems approach used in HPSR can help countries advance the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda.

In the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era, where tackling inequity is centre stage, the report provides practical and insightful recommendations on how to reorient health research so that it may respond more effectively to public health challenges on a national and global level.

To find out more and access the full report, please click here

Best wishes, Neil

Let’s build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare information – Join HIFA:


a00154f01If you trim your toenails too short, particularly on the sides of your big toes, you may set the stage for an ingrown toenail. Like many people, when you trim your toenails, you may taper the corners so that the nail curves with the shape of your toe. But this technique may encourage your toenail to grow into the skin of your toe. The sides of the nail curl down and dig into your skin. An ingrown toenail may also happen if you wear shoes that are too tight or too short….more

Cities are Where the Future is Being Built


The global productivity slowdown and stagnating progress in poverty reduction – alongside risks from climate change and rapid aging in parts of the world – are making the path toward poverty reduction and shared prosperity less deterministic. Countries need new sources of growth to anchor development in a changing global landscape.

Cities and sub-national economic regions can offer just such a potent solution. Why? As rising uncertainties make it impossible to predict the specific sectoral opportunities for development, investments chosen need to be generic, supporting many specific activities. Metropolitan regions provide just such generic capital – virtually whatever niches prove to be viable, they will take place in cities and urban regions, and their success will require that they work efficiently, creating jobs as well as delivering infrastructure and services. In fact, metropolitan regions will provide both the lived environment and the work environment for most people globally by 2030.

Join thought leaders, national and city policymakers, and civil society leaders in a live discussion to highlight the role of cities and metropolitan regions in being vanguards for inclusive and sustainable economic growth – they are where the future is being built….more

PATIENT EDUCATION: Dandruff: Why It Happens and How To Beat It

152844-dandruffThe exact cause of dandruff, also known as scurf or Pityriasis simplex capillitii, is unknown. However, most experts agree that dandruff is not caused by poor hygiene. Dandruff is a condition of the scalp that causes flakes of skin to appear and is often accompanied by itching. In some cases, it can be embarrassing and not easy to treat. In this article, we look at the possible causes of dandruff and potential treatment options…..more

Health department frustrates medical graduates waiting for internships

Doctors who have just graduated are bitter about the department of health’s failure to allocate them jobs and internships.  They need to complete an internship and do community service before they can practice independently. A number of doctors have not been placed because of a shortage of postsand funding for vacant posts. There also seems to be a problem with application processes.

In the first of a series on frustrated doctors, The Daily Vox spoke to Joanne Cunniffe-Miller (27) who graduated last year but, still hasn’t found an internship placement despite applying several times. She remains unemployed in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, a province where only 2 126 of the 3 191 posts available for medical practitioners have been filled…..more

Developing and testing of a screening tool to predict people without IgE-mediated allergy: a quantitative analysis of the predictive value of a screening tool

Victoria S Hammersley, Jessica Harris, Aziz Sheikh, Emma Davidson and Samantha Walker

Exposure of undergraduates to authentic GP teaching and subsequent entry to GP training: a quantitative study of UK medical schools

Hugh Alberti, Hannah L Randles, Alex Harding and Robert K McKinley


Background It has been suggested that the quantity of exposure to general practice teaching at medical school is associated with future choice of a career as a GP.

Aim To examine the relationship between general practice exposure at medical school and the percentage of each school’s graduates appointed to a general practice training programme after foundation training (postgraduate years 1 and 2).

Design and setting A quantitative study of 29 UK medical schools.

Method The UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) destination surveys of 2014 and 2015 were used to determine the percentage of graduates of each UK medical school who were appointed to a GP training programme after foundation year 2. The Spearman rank correlation was used to examine the correlation between these data and the number of sessions spent in placements in general practice at each medical school.

Results A statistically significant association was demonstrated between the quantity of authentic general practice teaching at each medical school and the percentage of its graduates who entered GP training after foundation programme year 2 in both 2014 (correlation coefficient [r] 0.41, P = 0.027) and 2015 (r 0.3, P = 0.044). Authentic general practice teaching here is described as teaching in a practice with patient contact, in contrast to non-clinical sessions such as group tutorials in the medical school.

Discussion The authors have demonstrated, for the first time in the UK, an association between the quantity of clinical GP teaching at medical school and entry to general practice training. This study suggests that an increased use of, and investment in, undergraduate general practice placements would help to ensure that the UK meets its target of 50% of medical graduates entering general practice.

Annual Stakeholder Workshop for Chiawelo Community Practice 10th May 2017

Dear Stakeholder

Chiawelo Community Practice (CCP) is part of the Ward-based PHC Outreach Team (or WBOT) at Chiawelo Community Health Centre (CHC) and a part of National Health Insurance (NHI) and Primary Health Care (PHC) Re-engineering).

Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been visiting residents in their home to register families and do household assessments. A doctor-clinical associate-nurse team at CCP are currently providing registered families in Wards 11, 12, 15, 16 & 19 with ALL health care services daily, by appointment and with a good attitude. CHWs are also involved in many health promotion initiatives. A key element is engaging stakeholders. We are having a stakeholder workshop to engage YOU in building NHI in these wards.


  • Chiawelo Community Health Centre
  • Corner Chris Hani & Rihlampfu Rds, Soweto
  • 9am-1pm Wednesday 10th May 2016

We will briefly provide reports of progress overall. We will then break up into ward groups to develop health priorities and possible solutions. After feedback to the whole meeting, we will develop overall priorities to take the community forward for 2017.

Contact your Ward Health Promotion Coordinator: W10 (Bonnie – (079) 8773223), W11S (Gundo – (073) 1202447), W12 (Janet – (073) 4832046), W13 (Busi – 072) 2632772), W14 (Lebohang – (076) 0895045), W15 (Bongelani – (076) 4892399), W16 (Daniel – (079) 4605711), W19 (Sithembiso – (073) 9264935), W33 (Linda – (062) 0157058). Otherwise RSVP with Thuli (011 9840128).

We are linked to Wits University. We also want to you to become involved in Chiawelo Community Practice as a platform of service, training and research for Wits University.

Yours truly,  Prof. Shabir Moosa, Family Physician (Specialist in PHC)

Chiawelo CP Letter 17-05-10 Annual Stakeholder Workshop

See Annual Report for details: CCP Annual Report 17-01-22