The mission of the Optentia Research Focus Area is to develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context. The research entity utilises the inputs from various disciplines, including Work, Educational, Clinical, Counselling and Research Psychology, Risk Management, Information Technology, Human Resource Management, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work. These multidisciplinary inputs are used to study the optimisation of potential through an approach of moving “from precarity to capability”.

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COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

For official information regarding COVID-19 and the Corona Virus please visit the COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal. Visit Now.

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Quality of Life Research: Learning from Prof. Valeri Moller

Prof. Valerie Moller, Professor Emeritus of Quality of Life Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa visited Optentia on 21 October 2020. Valerie, who studied at the University of Zurich, Switzerland has lived and w...Read article

Understanding consensual non-monogamy (swinging) from a South African perspective

While some people consider it a taboo, swinging - the act of allowing one’s partner to engage in sexual intercourse with other people - has been practised around the globe for decades. A simple Google search gives thousands ...Read article

Prof. Anne Margriet Pot appointed professor of 'Supervision of person-centered and integrated long-term care'

To give an impulse to the supervision of person-centered and integrated long-term care, the Health and Youth Care Inspectorate (IGJ) in the Netherlands has set up a chair at Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)...Read article

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HSSREC Meeting
Closing of agenda: 21/9/2020



Roundtable: Prof. V. Moller
Topic: Quality of Life in (South) Africa: Beyond the journey and pro...

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