Dr Pravesh Bhoodram is a pioneer in the EAP field in the Public Service in South Africa having assisted 23 National Departments in implementing an EAP.
He has served as an EAPA SA Board member since 1998 in various capacities: president, conference convener, finance chairperson and strategic planner. He became the first South African to receive a Special Recognition Award from EAPA International (Vancouver 2001) for his contribution to the profession in South Africa. As the President of EAPA SA serving two terms (2002 – 2005), Dr Bhoodram received a second International Award for contributing to the wellness field in South Africa by leading the most progressive Chapter among 23 countries. He has served on the International Worklife Committee and was appointed on EAPA International Global task team in 2004.
He is presently serving his second term as a Community Representative on the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa where he has chaired the professional Board for Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Unani Tibb and Acupuncture. He is responsible for Strategic Planning for Council and chairs the Finance Committee. Dr Bhoodram is a Board member of the Leisure and Recreation Association of South Africa and will assist in organizing the 2016 World Leisure and Recreation Conference in South Africa. As the Director of Sport and Recreation of the Department of Correctional Services, he has led the DCS team in International competitions returning with 216 medals(86 Gold) from the World Police and Fire Games in Vancouver in 2009
Hobby or recreational activities
Dr Bhoodram is an avid artist having painted in oils, water colours, and acrylics. He is presently using mandala art as therapy, conducts art therapy workshops and spends some of his time doing angel readings.