8th public service employee health and wellness indaba

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:

  • To launch and present the final draft of the Public Service Employee Health and Wellness (EH&W) Strategic Framework.
  • To provide the basic skills required to initiate department-specific EH&W programmes.
  • To consult on key four policies (HIV&AIDS and TB, Health and Productivity, SHERQ Management, and Wellness Management).
  • To discuss organisational support systems for successful implementation of EH&W Strategic Framework including M&E
  • To discuss Integrated Health Risk Management System for the Public Service
  • To share best practice

Target groups

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:

  • Senior Managers tasked with Employee Health and Wellness responsibilities
  • HIV and AIDS Co-ordinators
  • Occupational Health Nurse and Medical Practitioners
  • Special Programmes Officers (gender and disability programmes).
  • Employee Assistance Practitioners
  • Strategic private sector institutions
  • Peer Educators
  • National and International Experts
  • People Living With HIV and AIDS (PLWHA)
  • People living with disabilities (PWD)

Outcomes: at the end of the Indaba VIII it is envisaged that there will be:

  • One EH&W Strategic Framework for the Public Service lunched for implementation
  • Inputs from Public Servants on Four Policies will have been provided
  • Implementation guides, organisational support systems,
  • One EH&W monitoring and evaluation framework to be applied across the Public Service will be in principle agreed upon.


Day 1

  • Welcome Address
    Mayor of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality
  • Address by Premier of the Eastern Cape Province
  • Responding to Current Determinants of Health through Employee Health and Wellness
    Ms Barbara Hogan, Minister for Health
  • Key note address and launch of the Employee Health & Wellness Strategic Framework
    Mr Richard Baloyi, Minister for Public Service and Administration
  • Building Partnership for effectiveness in EH&W
    Dr Khaya Gobinxa Metropolitan Health Group

Day 2

Plenary session programme director, Ms Colette Clark

  • Opening and Welcome
    Programme Director
  • Result Based Management Framework -basis for Employee Health and Wellness Policy Implementation, Beyond Previous INDABA's
    Prof Richard Levin DG Department of Public Service and Administration
  • Understanding the HIV&AIDS Epidemic: The Know Your Epidemic and Mode of Transmission Studies
  • Understanding the New ILO HIV&AIDS Code of Good Practice and Employment Equity
    Dr Sophia Kistin (ILO)
  • Twelve Components of an Effective M&E System- The HIV&AIDS Example
    Ms Marelize Gorgens-Albino World Bank
  • Launch of TB in Workplace Toolkit: A Toolkit for an Integrated Approach to TB and HIV for Businesses in South Africa
    Dr Shaloo Puri, (World Economic Forum) and Prof Gavin Churchyard (Aurum Health)

    Panel discussion intergrated risk assessment and management

  • Key Health Trends
    Dr Eugene Watson (GEMS)
  • HIV&AIDS and TB Health Risk Assessment
    Dr Johann Pienaar (Anglo Coal)
  • Safety, Environment, Quality Risk Assessment
    Mr Dannie William (National Occupational Safety Association)
  • Chronic Disease and Disability Risk Assessment
    Dr Douglas Baard SOMA Initiative
  • Psychosocial Health Risk Assessment
    Mr Andrew Davis (ICAS)
  • HIV&AIDS Management Standard and TB management Tool kit and SANS 16001
    Prof Gavin Churchyard
  • Behavior Change
    Ms Linzi Smith
  • Communication on Chronic Disease in the Workplace: New terrain for Work Place based Health Promotion
    Prof Setswe (HSRC)
  • Response to Indebtedness of Public Servants
  • National Credit Regulator
    SA Banking Council
  • Mainstreaming Gender, Disability and HIV&AIDS: Beyond Thematic Mainstreaming
    Mr Peter Stegman- (Botswana National AIDS Council)
    Ms Ruby Marks (DoFA)
    Professor Louise M Wallace (Coventry University)
    Dr Eugene Watson (GEMS)
    Ms Dawn Joseph (DOH-Gauteng)
    Mr Machemba (Office of the Premier E. Cape)
    Ms Rhulani Makhubela (DPSA)
  • Plenary Session Programme Director, Ms Sally Rowney
  • Organisational Systems Support QuantifyingInputs for EHW programmes: The dpsa HIV&AIDS costing model
    Rapporteur, Dr Steven Forthsythe Chief Economist Constella Futures
  • "Breast feeding works: The role of employers in supporting women who wish to breast-feed and work in their organisations"
    Rapporteur, Professor Louise M Wallace, Professor of Psychology Faculty Health & Life Sciences Coventry University
  • Public Service as an employer in implementation of the UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities
    Rapporteur, Ms Rhulani Makhubela DPSA
  • Policy Commissions
    Programme Director, Ms Melissa Ntshikila
  • HIV&AIDS and TB Management
    Facilitator, Dr Lindiwe Mvusi (DOH)
  • Health and Productivity Management
    Facilitator, Mr Clive Mtshisa (DPSA)
  • SHERQ Management
    Facilitator, Ms Dawn Joseph (DOH-Gauteng)
  • Wellness Management
    Facilitator, Dr Margaret Crawage (DPSA)
  • Roadmap and Way Forward
    Dr Sipho Senabe (DPSA)

Last update: 31 August 2011

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