Managing anxiety & depression during lockdown

Since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, many of us had to adhere to lockdown regulations at home regardless of the fact if we had been infected with or affected by the virus. Capsized travel plans, indefinite isolation, panic over scarce re-sources and information overload could be a recipe for…

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COIDA – All you need to know

There are just over 10 million people in South Africa currently engaged in some form of employment that run the risk of sustaining injuries or contracting diseases while they are on duty.  According to the most recent Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey, November 2019 Minor injuries – an employee can return to work after a…

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Creating a culture of Occupational Health and Safety

Creating an effective workplace health and safety culture has the single greatest impact on accident reduction. While the health and safety challenges may change in the future, the need to cut costs, keep workers healthy and at work, while reducing company risks, remains. Use these eight practices to build a robust health and safety culture…

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Survivor’s Poem

The 16 Days of Activism campaign is admirable and necessary to open up the conversation that can really make one pay attention about the extent of abuse in our communities. Abuse, however, is not limited to a time frame and so while these 16 days are vital, the education and provision of details of where…

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Children and their rights

Children are among the most vulnerable members of society and need special protection. Nearly 20 million children live in our country, and it’s our shared responsibility as parents, families, communities and government to ensure that all of our children are safe from harm and grow up in nurturing environments. To ensure this, children have special legal…

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PTSD – Women at Risk

Research indicates that women are twice as likely to develop PTSD, experience a longer duration of posttraumatic symptoms and display more sensitivity to stimuli that remind them of the trauma. Although women are at greater risk for negative consequences following traumatic events, many often hesitate to seek mental health treatment. Survivors often wait years to…

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Cyber Bullying

When it comes to online safety, the Internet is becoming a nastier and scarier place for many people, especially for women and children. The list of crimes committed against women and children keeps growing and points out a problem that didn’t get much attention when society rushed to embrace the modern Internet and its many…

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Human Trafficking

The number of “modern slaves” in the world is estimated to be in the region of 30 million to 40 million, about a third of whom, mainly women and children, are used and abused in commercial sex trafficking.  Adult women account for nearly half (49%) of all human trafficking victims detected globally. Women and girls…

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Celebrating World AIDS Day – Sunday 1 December

According to recent report by the United Nations (UN), more than 7 million people in South Africa are living with the virus. World Aids Day was launched 31 years ago, the first ever global health day. World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite…

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Understanding Sexual Assault & Consent

Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity or contact that you do not consent to. Sexual assault can happen through physical force or threats of force or if the attacker gave the victim drugs or alcohol as part of the assault. Sexual assault includes rape and sexual coercion. It can also include non-contact activities,…

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Dating violence

Dating violence is physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a romantic or sexual partner. It happens to women of all races and ethnicities, incomes, and education levels. It also happens across all age groups and in heterosexual and same-sex relationships. Some people call dating violence domestic abuse, especially when you live with your partner.…

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Relationship – Healthy or Not?

Relationships are a necessary part of healthy living, but there is no such thing as a perfect relationship.  Relationships, from acquaintances to romances, have the potential to enrich our lives and add to our enjoyment of life.  However, these same relationships can cause discomfort, and sometimes even cause harm. What makes a healthy relationship? A…

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Femicide in South Africa

What does femicide mean?  Stats SA defines femicide as: “The intentional killing of females (women or girls) because they are females.”  South Africa has reeled with shock over the last couple of years with a number of high profile murders such Uyinene Mrwetyana,  Karabo Mokoena and Hannah Cornelius amongst others. These and several other cases…

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We need more than 16 days

Imagine if, for 16 days, there was no rape, no child abuse. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one. For the 18th year, South Africa is taking…

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Outsourcing Occupational Health

Keeping on top of your Health and Safety in the workplace can be time consuming but this does not necessarily mean that you need to employ a person or a team on a full time basis to do so.  Successful outsourcing of Health and Safety related services have become a necessity with many employers, leaving…

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Medical Surveillance, an occupational necessity

Occupational health is becoming an increasingly complex field. In a dynamic environment where requirements for occupational health and safety at work are continually evolving, the need for specialist knowledge and understanding of policy, compliance requirements and strategy for effective implementation becomes critical. At Incon Health our professional team of occupational health practitioners are able to…

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What is the heart of customer retention?

For any business that provides a product or service to customers, the act of finding, targeting and obtaining new customers is always going to be among its top priorities. But what many businesses tend to forget is that once a customer makes the first purchase or commitment, there is much more to be done in…

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Why is an Employee Assistance Programme necessary?

The Oxford Dictionary defines wellness as “a state of being healthy”. It further defines the associate concept of well-being a “a general state of emotional, physical, psychosocial health and happiness”. Companies adopt Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) in order to maintain a productive, effective and functional working environment. The goal of an EAP is to ensure…

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Executive health – a business imperative

If it is true that most organisations regard their employees as their biggest asset, it is important to recognise that health is no longer just the absence of disease, but rather the presence of a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing. (World Health Organisation) Human capital is an increasingly scarce organisational resource on…

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