Faculty of Health Sciences, Community involvement


Community Involvement 


Community services in the Faculty are well integrated with the Faculty's research and curriculums, since the Faculty delivers a large number of registered health professionals each year. Students are guided through in-service learning programs (Undergraduate level) and research projects (post-graduate level) to become professional healthcare practitioners, who will serve the communities in which they practice. The following community projects are undertaken in each of the Faculty's Schools: 


School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science
School of Pharmacy
School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences
School of Psychosocial Behavioral Sciences
School of Nursing Science

School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science:

Witrand Hospital: This project aims to deliver service to improve quality of life of patients of Witrand Hospital.

Sport science services rendered to North West sports teams: This project entails the transfer of knowledge and expertise to coaches, athletes and parents.

Africa Cycling Development Project, including the testing of Africa development cyclists: This project forms part of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) initiative in Africa.

Sport science support services rendered to players of the University's Soccer Institute: This project is aimed at capacity building and transfer of knowledge and skills.

Motor development of preschool children: Problems regarding motor development in underprivileged pre-school children are identified.

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School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy students and personnel are continuously rendering services to the community through their involvement in clinics in and around Potchefstroom.

The Research Institute for Industrial Pharmacy is involved in new product development, service and consultation for the pharmaceutical industry. The Medicines Control Council of South Africa assists African countries with the quality assurance of medicine.

This Research Unit: Drug Research and Development investigates areas aimed at healthcare needs in the community such as HIV/Aids and tuberculosis with respect to the pathological, novel drug dosage forms and cost-effective formulation development.

Personnel of RIIP/CENQAM provide consultation services to the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, South African Medicines Control Council, the South African Pharmacy Board, the WHO and the medicines regulatory authorities of various African countries.

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School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences

The growth of infants is monitored at clinics and advice is rendered to mothers on infant feeding.

Mothers are taught how to use oral rehydration solutions for babies with diarrhoea.

The growth of school children is monitored and reported to principals with regard to the nutritional status of learners in schools.

Students visit HIV/AIDS patients and give advice to caregivers about nutrition.

Lecturers and researchers of Consumer Sciences are involved in community work as part of the FLAGH-programme of the Research Unit AUTHeR, where several successful income-generating sewing and crafts skills projects are undertaken.

A special water education and training project was developed to encourage people to make better use of water as a scarce resource.

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School of Psychosocial Behavioural Sciences

Most staff members serve on the executive committees of welfare organisations, inter alia FAMSA, SAVF, Child Welfare, Council for the Aged, Hospice and the NG Welfare.

Members of staff were also involved in the research towards and establishment of a unified association for social workers in SA – in line with the global trend. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) South Africa was established in July 2008.

Staff from Psychology and Social Work act as peer reviewers for various national and international journals, research funding agencies, as national and international external examiners for students’ research and as editors of books.

Intern students in Community Mental Health are involved in community well-being and the facilitation of optimal functioning.

Interventions are also carried out in community contexts, including workshops and presentations for various organisations, and crisis interventions, i.e. to persons with amputations in an acute treatment centre.

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School of Nursing Science

Visits to nursery schools

Visits to hospices

Transnet health promotion project

Ikageng outreach

Visits to old-age homes

Local HIV/AIDS councils

Provincial HIV/AIDS Council

Phelophepa health train

Provincial Curriculum Committee and Selection Committee

Potchefstroom Wellness Forum

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