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Aurum Governance

The Aurum Institute is governed by a Board of Directors, supported by governance committees and led by a Group Management Executive consisting of a Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) supported by a Technical Expert Group; a Group Chief Operations Officer (COO) and a Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Ms Lauren de Kock

  • Title: Chair: Technical Directorate
  • Qualifications: Bsc Sociology, MA Sociology of Health
  • Location: Parktown

Lauren has a rich professional career which spans across academia, as a lecturer in public health, an entrepreneur and public health management with specific emphasis on training, mentoring and quality improvement. The past 10 years of her career have been devoted to enabling professionals and their environments to ensure better health outcomes.

Focusing in the fields of HIV and TB, Lauren has a track record of using innovative and diverse methodologies to empower professionals and their organisations acquire, implement and apply knowledge and skills to change their behaviour and the systems in which they work.

Lauren lead the development of and authored numerous teaching aids and educational tools for health care providers, that have been endorsed by the National department of health and are widely used throughout South Africa. She strategically developed and currently heads a National Quality Improvement programme that supports over 500 primary health care facilities around the country.

The department is staffed by 25 trained quality improvement personnel that Lauren has trained and mentored and well recognised in their field. Through her vision and leadership, a unique mentoring programme was implemented that equips professional nurses with training, mentoring and systems improvement skills that enabled them to appropriately and confidently address root causes at primary health care facilities.

She has headed 2 other training departments for other NGOs in South Africa that were widely respected and acknowledged for their impact. She is an acclaimed trainer and speaker and has equipped numerous NGOs around South Africa to develop and strengthen their improvement programmes. She offers extensive support to the National Department of Health through advising on QI interventions and developing training material on their behalf. Lauren is a member of and has assisted in the development of a QI working group that aims to improve QI capacity in South Africa across the private and public sector.

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

• L de Kock, Winnet Chinogwenya, Thabiso Kekana, Khomotso Mahlangu; Small Deeds Done are Better Than Great Deeds Planned; HIV Nursing Matters, June 2016
• Winnet Chinogwenya, Rebone Mataboge, L de Kock; Working Smarter Rather than Harder, HIV Nursing Matters, March 2016
• L de Kock, It’s my Legacy, HIV Nursing Matters,
• L de Kock, P Masike; Seek first to Understand, HIV Nursing Matters, June 2015
• N.P. Masike, L de Kock; The Significance of Root Cause Analysis in Quality Improvement, HIV Nursing Matters, March 2015
• C Parker, L de Kock; The process map: A tool you can use to improve clinical care, HIV Nursing Matters, December 2014, p32
• C Parker, T Gaohose, P Kgatlhanye, N. Situbeng, P. Mbalati, L de Kock; Using Quality Improvement in a health care facility; HIV Nursing Matters, August 2014, p40
• CE Draper, SM Nemutandani, AT Grimsrud, M Rudolph, TL Kolbe-Alexander, L de Kock, EV Lambert. Qualitative evaluation of a physical activity based chronic disease prevention program in a low-income, rural South African setting. Rural and Remote Health 10: 1467. (Online), 2010
• L de Kock, J Wills. Competing or Co-existing? Representations of HIV/AIDS by white women teachers in post–apartheid South Africa. African Journal of Aids Research, Vol 6, No 3, 2007

EDUCATIONAL TOOLS THAT HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED

1. Drugs on the Go (2012, 2013, 2016)978-0-620-54892-2
2. HOW TO Guide for Quality Improvement (2014) 978-0-9922318-0-4
3. HIV for Lay Workers (2016) 978-0-9946566-4-3
4. Isoniazid Preventive Therapy in HIV -Infected Adults (2012, 2016) 978-0-620-53545-8
5. Managing HIV A Clinicians Tool 978-0-9946566-2-9
6. Managing TB In a New Era Diagnostics (2012, 2013, 2015) 978-0-620-53525-0
7. Why Early HIV Testing is Essential in Children (2012, 2016) 978-0-620-54816-8
8. TB for Lay Workers 978-0-620-56793-0
9. MDR-TB for Lay Workers (2016) 978-0-620-70585-1