Date: 16 Nov 2008 - 18 Nov 2008
Venue: Feather market convention centre, Port Elizabeth
Repositioning Health and Wellness as an integrated strategic human resource role
To is to launch the Employee Health and Wellness Strategic Framework, Consult on four EH&W policies and identify policy gaps related to EH&W as a strategic human resource function.
For the past six (7) years the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has been hosting learning sessions referred to as "The Public Service Indaba". The IzIndaba have evolved over time from being a consultative forum in 2001 to being platforms for shaping policy directions in 2004.
The past IzIndaba discussed the development of a comprehensive EH&W Strategic Framework. This Draft Employee Health & Wellness Strategic Framework for the Public Service was launched by the Minister for Public Service and Administration, as a consultation document at the seventh EH&W Indaba on 21 October 2007 in Durban.
At the Public Service Indaba VIII the final Employee Health & Wellness Strategic Framework will be launched by the Minister for Public Service and Administration.
A decision was taken at the Indaba VII that the Public Service Employee Health and Wellness Indaba VIII will be hosted by the Eastern Cape Province from the 16th November 2008 - 18th November 2008.
Abouth the Indaba VIII learning session
This will be the eighth learning session convened by the DPSA. Because the first three sessions all had a specific HIV and AIDS-related focus, they were referred to as "Public Service HIV and AIDS Indaba". From the Indaba IV held in 2004, the focus has shifted to a more comprehensive employee health and wellness approach. In line with this expanded focus, the learning sessions are being called "Public Service Employee Health Wellness Indaba". Consequently, it is proposed that the next session continue to be called "Public Service Employee Health Wellness Indaba VIII".
The theme of this year's 2008 Indaba will be "Repositioning Health and Wellness as an Integrated Strategic Human Resources Role"
As reflected above, the main objectives for the proposed learning session can be summarized as follows:
The expansion of the focus to embrace a comprehensive health and wellness approach means that some practitioners who were previously outside the target group will now have to be included. This is because some of the programmes being consolidated through this process have been in place for some time in some departments. These were implemented as stand-alone and sometimes even competing programmes. It is thus important, in the interest of consolidating the programme, that these practitioners also be included. This means that the target group for the learning session will increase from the previous 500 to an estimated 600 and will include:
Outcomes: at the end of the Indaba VIII it is envisaged that there will be:
Plenary session programme director, Ms Colette Clark
Panel discussion intergrated risk assessment and management