New medical health officer joins Northern Health

Northern Health has named a new medical health officer for the Northeast Health Services Delivery Area. Dr. Charl Badenhorst will oversee a host of population health programs and services that protect the health and safety of northern British Columbians.

Dr. Badenhorst’s responsibilities include:

· Assessing the health of the NE population and assisting NH with the development of responsive health programs and services; · Overseeing NH’s responses to communicable disease outbreaks and environmental threats; and · Ensuring the safety and security of restaurants, water systems, and community care facilities in the Northeast.

“Dr. Badenhorst brings extensive qualifications and experience to the MHO position, and I’m very pleased that he has joined Northern Health,” said NH Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. David Bowering.

Dr. Badenhorst is originally from South Africa, where he earned degrees and experience in basic sciences, epidemiology and community medicine. He was a family practitioner in his home country for seven years. He later became a senior medical research officer at the Medical Research Council in Cape Town, South Africa. During these years, he continued his studies in epidemiology and biostatistics and was involved in various local and national research projects in the country.

Since Dr. Badenhorst has been in Canada, he has practiced as one of the regional medical officers of health in Nova Scotia for the past four years.

“I look forward to working with health providers and all communities in the region to improve overall health and to applying research to improve the effectiveness of public services that impact the health of northeast residents,” said Dr. Badenhorst.

Dr. Badenhorst will work at the Fort St. John Health Unit. His practice will include the communities of Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St.

John, Hudson’s Hope, Pouce Coupé, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge.

Media contacts:

Dr. David Bowering

Chief Medical Health Officer

(250) 565-7424

Dr. Charl Badenhorst

Medical Health Officer: Northeast

(250) 263-6000