Biokinetics lecturer receives prestigious medical award

9 June 2023

Taking a lead in preventative health care has won Dr Takalani Muluvhu, Biokinetics lecturer and Course Coordinator at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Department of Sport, Rehabilitation and Dental Sciences, the National Medical Award in the category Health Care Leadership at the Alliance of South Africa Independent Practitioners Associations (ASAIPA) National Medical Awards (NMA) function early in June 2023. The NMA has been created as a prestigious platform of honour for independent private health practitioners in South Africa. This event is hosted annually by ASAIPA, with the five practitioner associations participating in the NMA each nominating and selecting its own candidate(s) internally.

Dr Takalani Muluvhu.

Having served in the Biokinetics Association of South Africa as a Director Public sector from 2013 to 2022, Dr Muluvhu also served at the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Board member for the Physiotherapy, Podiatry, and Biokinetics Board from 2017-2022. He is a proud member and active contributor to the Biokinetic Association of South Africa (BASA) and registered Biokineticist with the HPCSA.

Dr Muluvhu has also received recognition for initiating an extraordinary project, “Research in Progress”, for Biokinetics to be included in the public sector. The project will be submitted to the National Department of Health soon. 

Dr Muluvhu has collaborated with Dr A Khovaldia from Nelson Mandela University (Faculty of Health Sciences) on the critical issue of establishing Biokinetic services in the public health sector, recognizing the importance of addressing the impact and management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on people’s well-being. Biokinetics, with its focus on exercise and movement as therapy, play a vital role in the prevention and treatment of NCDs such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity. Their collaboration aims to extend the reach of Biokinetic services to the public, particularly in South Africa, where NCDs pose a significant burden to people’s quality of life. 

By integrating Biokinetics into the public health sector, Drs Kholvadia and Muluvhu aim to improve health outcomes, enhance the quality of life and reduce the impact of NCDs, ultimately contributing to a healthier society.

  • With the purpose to represent all primary healthcare practitioners in independent private practice (IPA’s) to be part of a multi-disciplinary group and referral network of practitioners, ASAIPA is a National Network and Representative Organisation, representing the interest of 13 IPA’s, throughout South Africa.

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