Academic Staff

Academic staff in the Discipline

Name Professor Rajen Naidoo
Position Chief Specialist/Head of Discipline
Telephone +27 31 260 4471
Facsimile +27 31 260 4663
E-mail naidoon@ukzn.ac.za
Biography

Qualifications: MBChB (Natal) DOH (Cape Town) MPH (OccHealth) (Michigan) PhD(Ind Health) (Michigan)

Prof. Rajen Naidoo is an occupational health physician who served as Director of the IHU and was previously heading the Occupational Health Programme of the Department of Community Health. Prof. Naidoo received his occupational health training at the University of Cape Town in 1994. He subsequently received a Masters in Public Health (1998) and a doctorate (2002) – both in occupational medicine, from the University of Michigan (USA). His research interests are occupational and environmental respiratory diseases and dose response models. In 2005, when occupational medicine was finally recognised as a specialist medical qualification, Prof. Naidoo was one of the first to be accepted as a specialist by the Health Professional Council of South Africa. In 2005, he was promoted to Associate Professor in Occupational Medicine. Prof Naidoo was appointed Chief Specialist and Head of Department in April 2008. With the restructuring taking place in 2012, the DOEH became a Discipline within the School of Nursing and Public Health and Professor Naidoo became the Head of Discipline.

Name Dr Saloshni Naidoo
Position Lecturer/Specialist
Telephone +27 31 260 4471
Facsimile +27 31 260 4663
E-mail naidoos71@ukzn.ac.za
Biography
Qualifications: MBChB (Natal) DOH (Cape Town) DHSM (Natal) FCPHM (SA) MMed (KwaZulu-Natal), PhD (Utrecht)

Dr Saloshni Naidoo is a lecturer in Occupational and Environmental Health. She obtained her Diploma in Occupational Health at the University of Cape Town in 1996 and in Health Services Management from the University of Natal in 2000. She obtained her Fellowship in Public Health Medicine from the College of Medicine South Africa in 2003. She was recognised as a specialist in Occupational Medicine by the College of Medicine South Africa in 2006. In 2006 she obtained a Masters of Medicine (Community Health) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She recently graduated with a PhD degree from Utrecht University, Netherlands (2011). She is responsible for the postgraduate and undergraduate academic programmes in occupational and environmental health in the Discipline. Her research interests include toxicology, women and child labourers, and Occupational exposure of TB in health care workers. She is responsible for the Occupational Medicine Clinical Consultancy for the Discipline.

Name Mr Nkosana Jafta
Position Lecturer
Telephone +27 31 260 4471
Facsimile +27 31 260 4663
E-mail jaftan@ukzn.ac.za
Biography

Qualifications: BMedSc (Natal) MMedSc (KwaZulu-Natal)

Mr Jafta qualified with a Masters in Medical Sciences degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and his dissertation was on ”Indoor Air Quality” (IAQ). His activities at the University include, inter alia, lecturing undergraduate medical students and post graduate students. Training practising environmental health practitioners on IAQ are some training activities partnered with National Department of Health he is involved in. His main research interest is environmental exposure assessment. He is currently studying for a PhD in Childhood TB and Indoor Air Pollution

Name Dr Shumani Phaswana
Position Lecturer/Specialist
Telephone +27 31 260 1894
Facsimile +27 31 260 4663
E-mail phaswana@ukzn.ac.za
Biography

Qualifications:MMed (UKZN), MBChB (Cape Town)

Dr Shumani Phaswana joined the Department in March 2008 after working as a medical officer at the Prince Mshiyeni Hospital. A former registrar in the Discipline, she passed her College of Medicine Examinations in 2013 and is a qualified specialist in Occupational Medicine. 

 

Name Dr Renée Street
Position Post-doctoral Fellow
Telephone +27 31 260 4128
Facsimile +27 31 260 4650
E-mail street@ukzn.ac.za
Biography

Qualifications: PhD (KwaZulu-Natal) 

Dr. Street obtained her PhD in Botany in 2009. She has been a researcher at the Medical Research Council for the past 2 years and joined the Department in January 2010. Renée has been involved in numerous aspects of traditional medicine research including biodiversity, conservation, quality control and safety – her studies have been published in both international and national journals. Her research experience includes various aspects of ethnopharmacology, plant physiology and analytical chemistry.

Renée is investigating the use of traditional medicine in the management and treatment of diabetes.

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