Clinical Service and Social Impact
Community interaction and service mission statement
The Division supports the concept of service learning with an emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, family and community-orientated primary care. There is a commitment to working with communities at the local level, critically reflecting on health needs, prioritizing and supporting change. Engagement with community resources and projects looks at how we can support local initiatives but also what we can learn from communities. Intersectoral collaboration is an important principle.
In relationship with the province there is a clearly defined cohort of joint staff and a focus on building their academic skills and capacity. Operational research assists with the implementation of evidence and policy as well as improvement in quality of care. Academia actively engages with the debates on the future of primary health care at a provincial and national level. Student learning and service delivery are aligned where this is possible.
The Division provides training on behavior change counseling / motivational interviewing.
The Division engages with partners in other African countries to help develop family medicine and primary care.
The contribution of family physicians to district health services
An important consensus document on the role of family physicians was produced towards the end of 2014: The contribution of family physicians to district health services: a position paper for the National Department of Health.
The document is available on the SAAFP website: http://www.saafp.org/index.php/news/48-national-position-paper-on-family-medicine.
The position paper was also published in the South African Family Practice journal during 2015.
Prof Bob Mash presented this position paper at the Annual General Meeting of the SAAFP on 4 December 2014 - see podcast of his presentation: http://fmhspod.sun.ac.za/Podcasts/FamilyMedicine.aspx?moid=13239.