Opioid Substitution Therapy and Substance Abuse Harm Reduction through COPC in the City of Tshwane: A Holistic and Community Based Primary Health Care Intervention Strategy. (City of Tshwane -2016-2019)
Oriented Primary through Ward Based outreach teams in the City of Tshwane: The aim of this initiative is to investigate COPC as a multi-disciplinary, multi-sector service model of integrated district health care. It is supported by the City of Tshwane.
Community Health Education and Research Initiative – CHERI: This is a project funded through the NRF to support the development of research capacity in community health education.
NRASD Training the Trainers – developing the role of faith-based organisations in COPC: This is a project developed with the National Religious Association for Social Development to develop the capacity to implement a basic COPC health literacy programme for religious communities in local congregations.
Real-time food security information for evidence-based policymaking in metropolitan areas in South Africa. This is a project funded through the NRF Centre of Excellence with the IFNUW, Architecture, Human Nutrition and Geography.
A Multidisciplinary Investigation of Authentic Learning in the BCMP Curriculum. This project investigates the BCMP programme in terms of the curriculum, approaches to learning and effects on clinical associate learning.
The Tshwane “Khulelwe” Project. An integrated ICT-enabled community-oriented antenatal care study with Doppler ultrasound (Umbiflow) assessment. This is a project funded by MRC and CSIR done in collaboration between CSIR, MRC Unit for Maternal and Neonatal Health and Family Medicine. This will research the use of Umbiflow in large scale screening as well as an integrated care model.
HearScreen to detect hearing impairment. A project to support hearing health by offering hearing services to people in the communities through ward-based outreach teams as well as at primary health care clinics. The project is led by Professor De Wet Swanepoel (UP Department of Speech, Language Pathology and Audiology).
Early detection of developmental problems in children. This is a PhD project to test screening tools for early detection of developmental problems in children under the age of 1 year.
Inter-professional home visit care in WBOTs. Professionals from a range of disciplines are involved in developing interventions at school and home level through the WBOT’s. Clinical psychology, sports and movement science, architecture, physiotherapy, speech and audiology, occupational therapy, theology and others are involved. These disciplines develop a collaborative manner of working with families and communities.
Implementation of an Integrated Chronic Disease Management programme in a health centre and WBOTs. This project is designed to investigate chronic care integration between the home and clinic in Mamelodi East, at Stanza Bopape CHC and surrounding WBOT's. It follows the ICSM (Integrated Chronic Service Management) process of National DOH as facilitated by FPD in Tshwane using Aitahealthtm integrated with Synaxon at the CHC through the CSIR Data Integration Bus.
Infection Control at Home. In collaboration with the UP Department of Infectious Diseases and the CSIR, community health workers are trained to assess and advise on infection control measures at home.
Integration of patient care in the district health system – to and from community health teams clinics and hospitals. Family medicine registrars working at district hospitals, clinics and WBOTS are responsible for integrating the clinical care of patients through referral and follow up. Several research projects are linked to the process.
COPC practised in Private General Practice. Supported by Novartis, IBM and Vodacom this project supports private GPs and GP organisations to have community health teams (WBOTS) in private practices. The research aims to support an effective way of integrating private practice services and the public health system.
Development of COPC in Old Age Homes in Tshwane. In this project, a number of old age homes (private and public) in Tshwane have been drawn into the ambit of community health platform. Through COPC data and services are linked in each old age home to support the care of residents.
The use of mapping in the development of COPC. A PhD research study is being conducted to investigate the value of maps and map-making for nurses, doctors, community health care workers and allied health care professionals implementing COPC.