n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Contemporary issues in health professionals' education and research in South Africa - : editorial

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Contemporary issues in the education of health professionals today are so multi-faceted that one journal edition or even one journal cannot do justice to the competing issues with compelling discussions that deserve attention in this era of globalisation of health, knowledge explosion, increasing number of learners, with decreasing number of people willing to take up careers in academic. We are in the era of electronic and computer internet age. There is the changing profile of illnesses, emergence of overwhelming diseases of lifestyle, inequity in access to health care, non-abating problems of communicable diseases, emergence of new and more devastating health problems, shortage of health care personnel, but above all, the need to educate the future health professionals in the best possible way to enable them take up the challenges of health care wherever they may find themselves. These issues can be overwhelming, but like the analogous mountain, we can start to climb this, a little distance at a time until we reach the top of it. Hence the attempt in this edition is to bring into focus some of the issues that the teacher and students in some Universities in South Africa are focusing on at this time for dissemination and to elicit possible responses either in terms of further studies or to stimulate actions suggested by the studies presented in this edition of AJPHERD.

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