Yorke Donald James Rodda

SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Health Education/ Consulting

Pioneering “The Daniel Plan” and Health Journaling, a way of reflecting on lifestyle, motivation and behaviour. Trained in Motivational Interviewing, Lay Counselling and Community Health Education. Qualified as a Certified Banting Coach 2016.

Education/

Teaching/Training

Qualified educator with over 30 years experience in various areas and levels of education.

Research/ Project Evaluation

Presented workshops at local and international conferences. Leader of two large national (South African) research projects. Also involved in a number of smaller projects.

Communication/ Networking

Own Blog and Web site (see thegoodway.org). Founder ‘PretNet’ (Pretoria Education Network). Currently an active member of a local Toastmasters International club.

Management/ Project  Leadership/

Pioneered Computer Literacy and Computer Networking in SA in the 1990s. Managed a computer skills training project in Mamelodi. Managed my own business and various projects including leading a National Research Project while at HSRC.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2012 to date

Independent Health Educator, Researcher and Course Developer. Vision to create Life-Style, Family and Self-Care related Videos to promote and facilitate Health, Healing and Wellness.  Understanding Banting (Low Carb High Fat) and the science behind sustained weight loss.   

2007-2011

Diabetic Retinal Eye Screener/Grader for NHS (UK’s National Health Service). (This involves taking photographs of the retina of the eye of Diabetics).

2002-2006

In the UK (teaching ICT for 3 years) then as a professional photographer.

1997-2001

Computer Teacher at Laerskool Jan Celliers (1997 -2000) and Woodhill College (2001).

1993-1996

Contract Researcher in the area of Education. Teacher/ Trainer and Manager of a “skills for work” project.

1984-1992

Senior Education Researcher, HSRC (Human Sciences Research Council), Pretoria.

1979-1984 

Teacher at Standerton High & St John’s Prep School.

QUALIFICATIONS

2016

Certified Banting Coach by Real Meal Revolution.

2011 and 2014

CDE Five-Day Advanced Course in Diabetes, CDE, Johannesburg, SA. (I did the course x2, passed both)

2011

Diploma - Diabetic Retinopathy, Level 3 NVQ, UK.

2003

QTS (Qualified Teacher’s Status), London, UK.

1987 – 1989

Diploma in Data metrics, 1990, UNISA Pretoria.

1980 – 1981

B.Ed. (General), 1982, RAU, Johannesburg

1976 - 1979 

BSc. Ed. 1980, UP, Pretoria. Major Subjects: Botany and Geography; Method: Biology and Geography

Recent Short Courses, Conferences and Workshops attended

o   Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, 8 week course, Pretoria, October 2013.

o   Protecting Youth Against HIV and STI’s, Federation of Islamic Medical Associations, Pretoria, September 2013.

o   Applied Counselling School, Five days practical training in counselling, Pretoria, July 2013.

o   SEMDSA Congress, Johannesburg, April 2013.

o   Diabetes UK APC (Annual Professional Conference), Manchester, 2013.

o   Advanced Communicator Silver, Toastmasters International, 2014.

o   PMCT (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission [of HIV]), FPD, Pretoria, 2012.

o   Prick and Test (HIV Rapid Test) Course, FPD, Pretoria, 2012.

o   HCT (HIV Counselling and Testing) Course, FPD, Polokwane, 2012.

o   Diabetes UK APC (Annual Professional Conference), London, 2011.

o   Diabetes UK APC (Annual Professional Conference), Glasgow, 2009.

o   Motivational Interviewing Workshop, Diabetes UK, 2008.

o    Diabetes UK South West Regional Conference, Exeter, 2008.

Reports & Publications

o   RODDA, Y.D.J. 1997. Global trends in the use of telecommunications in education. Pretoria: Report commissioned by HiPerformace Systems. 

o   RODDA, Y.D.J. 1997. Interim report on a pilot project into the use of Cell data for connectivity to two rural schools in South Africa. Pretoria: IDRC. 

o   RODDA, Y.D.J., MASEMOLA, C. & MOSELY, R. 1996. Digital Shipmasters of the Zeestar's Report: Case study of using the Internet as part of an anti-racism education project. Pretoria: Own printer for CSIR. 

o   RODDA, Y.D.J. & SIMELANE, J. 1995. Status of the IBM Writing To Read project in South Africa after 9 years. Pretoria: Internal Publication for Reach & Teach, a project supported by IBM. 

o   RODDA, Y.D.J. & MACLARTY, A. 1994. Selection criteria for medical students: Digging for Diamonds in the Dark. Pretoria: Medunsa. 

o   RODDA, Y.D.J., et al 1991. A Productive way of using computers at school: HSRC/IBM Computer Literacy project. Pretoria: HSRC.

Papers Presented and Workshops conducted

o   Playing with Digital Photos, Workshop at Africa Connects Conference; Cape Town; July 2001.

o   Being Creative with Digital Pictures, Workshop at Millennium Minds Conference; Pretoria Boys High, Pretoria; September 2000.

o   Working with digital cameras, Workshop at Millennium Minds Conference; Westerford School, Cape Town; September 1999. 

o   Presenting I*EARN to SA Schools, Internet & Educational Computing Conference; Michael House School; September 1998. 

o   Use of Radio for Data Communications in South Africa, 1997 International Conference in Callus, Spain; I*EARN; July 1997.

o   Status of School Networking in SA, 1996 Conference in Budapest, Hungry; I*EARN; July 1996. 

o   Pretoria Education Network, Internet & Educational Computing Conference; WCSN (Western Cape Schools Network); September 1995

Professional Membership

  • DSA (Diabetes South Africa)
  • DESSA (Diabetes Education Society of South Africa)
  • Diabetes UK

Interests and Activities

Walking, Travel, Nature and Digital Photography. Active Toastmasters International member. Volunteer at Bright Beginnings Day Care, Mamelodi, Pretoria.

Volunteer at a Diabetes UK Children’s camp (age 7 to 10) 2009.

Referees

  • Dr Sieglinda Hanakom, Diabetes Specialist GP, cell: +27(0)83 442 5784
  • Prof GD van Zyl, Kalafong Hospital and UP, cell: +27(0)82 823 2056

Contact Details

Address

PO Box 905-222, Garsfontein, Pretoria, SA, 0042

Telephone

+27(0)791 124 667 (cell)

E-mail & Web

yorke.rodda@realmealrevolution.com    http://thegoodway.org/