Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Vision statement of the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Family medicine has made a measurable difference in improving the health of the people of South Africa.
We are growing and developing throughout Africa and making a significant contribution to the strengthening of district health systems and primary health care.
There is a strong district health system in both urban and rural areas of South Africa, which is:
Compassionate, caring and person-centred
Focused on people, in families, from specific communities
Holistic and integrative in its approach
Relational with continuity of care
Able to promote health, wellness and prevent disease,
Relevant to the needs of communities
There is a new generation of family physicians who are:
Delivering a high quality of care
Mentors and capacity-builders
Leaders and change agents
Engaged in collaborative practice
Healthy role models
Committed to staying in the health system
Interconnected across the country
Bringing academia to the primary care “coalface”.
Family 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.