The South African Society of Psychiatrists is the only professional body in South Africa that represents the interests of the majority of Psychiatrists in South Africa. The Society is also actively involved in South Africa and Internationally to destigmatize Mental Illness and is fighting against discrimination against people who suffer with mental illness. The Society is managed by a team of elected volunteers, all Psychiatrists. Elections take place biannually at the Biennial National Psychiatric Congress. The aims of the Society are to promote, maintain and protect the honour and interests of the discipline of Psychiatry as a medical profession, and to serve the community.
Membership shall be at the discretion of the Executive Committee and shall consist of the following categories:
FULL MEMBERS - Any person who is a Psychiatrist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is eligible for full membership.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS - Any person who is a Medical Practitioner registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is eligible for associate membership.
HONORARY MEMBERS - Honorary membership of the Society may be conferred on a person at a General Meeting on the recommendation of the Executive Committee.
LIFE MEMBERS - Life membership may be granted on application to the Society to a Full Member over the age of 60 years and who has been a member of good standing for at least 15 years on recommendation of the Chairperson of the Subgroup the member belongs to.
INTERNATIONAL FULL MEMBERS - Psychiatrists residing outside the Republic of South Africa and registered with an appropriate professional body may apply for International Full Membership.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATE MEMBERS - Medical Practitioners residing outside the Republic of South Africa and registered with an appropriate professional body may apply for International Associate Membership.