Family Medicine is the division responsible for the holistic medical care of individuals within the context of their families and the community. The division of Family Medicine and Primary Care puts emphasis on a patient-centred approach to primary care in its teaching, based on a firm foundation of biomedical science and clinical skills. The research activities of the division focus on the development of quality primary care within a district health system, and to develop innovative teaching methods in the health sciences.
See important document: The contribution of family physicians to district health services: a position paper for the National Department of Health (also published in the South African Family Practice journal).
Vision statement of the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care
medicine has made a measurable difference in improving the health of
the people of South Africa.
are growing and developing throughout Africa and making a significant
contribution to the strengthening of district health systems and
primary health care.
is a strong district health system in both urban and rural areas of
South Africa, which is:
caring and person-centred
on people, in families, from specific communities
and integrative in its approach
with continuity of care
to promote health, wellness and prevent disease,
to the needs of communities
is a new generation of family physicians who are:
a high quality of care
and change agents
in collaborative practice
to staying in the health system
across the country
academia to the primary care “coalface”.
physicians are clear about their role and scope of practice and are
role models to the next generation. Family physicians are credible
and respected for their clinical and academic excellence. All medical
doctors pursuing a career in primary care have postgraduate training
in family medicine.