National Council

The National Council is the elected representative body of the SAMA membership, and convenes once a year. It is considered the highest decision-making authority of SAMA. The elected membership of the Council comprises of councillors elected by, amongst others, the respective SAMA branches, the SAMA interest groups (for example JUDASA, SEHDASA, ADASA and SARA), general practitioner groups and various speciality groups.

  •    SAMA National Council
    • The National Council is the elected representative body of the SAMA membership, and convenes once a year. It is considered the highest decision-making authority of SAMA. The elected membership of the Council comprises of councillors elected by, amongst others, the respective SAMA branches, the SAMA interest groups (for example JUDASA, SEHDASA, ADASA and SARA), general practitioner groups and various speciality groups.

SAMA Board

The SAMA Board of Directors acts on behalf of the SAMA National Council and is assisted by several standingcommittees (also called operating committees) on a continual basis. These consist of Membership Representative Standing Committees and Professional Affairs Standing Committees. The bulk of the SAMA's work is done through it's standing committees.

  •    SAMA Board of Directors
    • The SAMA Board of Directors acts on behalf of the SAMA National Council and is assisted by several standing committees (also called operating committees) on a continual basis. These consist of Membership Representative Standing Committees and Professional Affairs Standing Committees. The bulk of the SAMA’s work is done through its standing committees. These committees are responsible for making sure that the organisation endeavours to fulfil its aims and objectives and have overall responsibility for the management of an organisation's affairs. Overall, being on a SAMA committee involves: Having a shared sense of purpose (following aims and objectives) Providing direction and leadership Taking collective responsibility Dealing with compliance issues Being accountable to stakeholders (e.g. members, funders, service users, the wider community)"

Membership Committees

SAMA has three Membership Representative Committees - the Committee for Public Sector Doctors(CPSD) representing the interests of all SAMA members employed in the public sector, the General Practitioners in Private Practice Committee (GPPPC) representing the interests of all SAMA General Practitioners, and the Specialists in Private Practice Committee (SPPC)representing the interests of all the specialists groupings in private practice amongst the SAMA membership.

  •    ADASA Academic Doctors Association of South Africa
    • Academic Doctors Association of South Africa (ADASA) is a subcommittee of the Employed Doctors Committee.
  •    Employed Doctors Committee
    • The Employed Doctors Committee addresses conditions of service and remuneration of salaried doctors and is particularly active in representing doctors - collectively and individually - in terms of labour relations legislation and negotiations. The Committee structure has been established to facilitate doctors participation in issues that concern them.
  •    GPPPC General Practitioner Private Pracice Committee
    • The Committee is tasked to act in the interests of the general practitioners in health care delivery and represent the profession in discussions and consultations with health care funders.
  •    JUDASA Junior Doctors Association of South Africa
    • Junior Doctors Association of South Africa (JUDASA) is a subcommittee of the Employed Doctors Committee.
  •    SARA South African Registrars Association
    • The South African Registrars Association (SARA) is a subcommittee of the Employed Doctors Committee.
  •    SEC Social and Ethics Committee
    • The Social and Ethics Committee (SEC) is the only statutory committee in SAMA. It has to play an oversight role in terms of its stipulated functions and has to report directly to the Board of Directors in terms thereof. The Terms of reference of the SEC were adopted by both the Board of Directors and the National Council in 2014.
  •    SEDASA Senior Doctors Association of South Africa
    • The Senior Doctors Association of South Africa (SEDASA) is a subcommittee of the Employed Doctors Committee.
  •    SPPC Specialist Private Practice Committee
    • The Committee is tasked to act in the interests of the specialist disciplines in health care delivery and represent the profession in discussions and consultations with funders of health care.

Professional Affairs Committees

Professional Affairs Committees','At the start of each Councils three-year term of office, seven standing committees are elected and mandated to deal with specific tasks. Professional Affairs Standing Committees, all consisting of six members each, with their own terms of reference regarding their specific responsibility and expertise areas.The committees meet regularly and report to the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis and to their peers annually at the National Council meeting.

  •    Audit and Risk Committee
    • Main functions of this Committee include: Overseeing the effectiveness of SAMA’s internal control system. Reviewing the scope and effectiveness of the external and internal audit functions. Ensuring that adequate accounting records have been maintained. Ensuring the appropriate accounting policies have been adopted and consistently applied. Reviewing and reporting on compliance with the King III Report.
  •    Bursary Committee
    • The Bursary Fund Committee is a sub committe of the Education Science and Technology (EST) committee.
  •    CMC Constitutional Matters Committee
    • This Committee has been instrumental in the continuous evolving of issues such as the restructuring of the Board of Directors and National Council, transformation within the structures of the Association, SAMA branch restructuring processes and centralisation of certain branch functions, revisions of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of SAMA and other governance issues.
  •    CPD Continuous Professional Development Accreditation Committee
    • Continuing Professional Development CPD). The purpose of CPD is "to assist health professionals to maintain and acquire new and updated levels of knowledge, skills and ethical attitudes that will be of measurable benefit in professional practice and to enhance and promote professional integrity
  •    EST Education Science and Technology Committee
    • The EST Committee through its meetings and decisions, wish to contribute to the SAMA vision of empowering doctors to improve the health of the nation.
  •    EXCO Executive Committee
    • The Executive Committee (EXCO) is constituted to assist SAMA’s Board to manage the Association. EXCO assists in acting for the Board in managing the Association when the Board is not in session, subject to any statutory limitations and or the limitations that may be set by the Board in the delegation of its powers. EXCO is subject to the authority of the Board.
  •    FINCOM Finance Committee
    • The Finance Committee's basic responsibilities are the following:Provide direction for the entire Board for fiscal responsibility ,Regularly review the organization's revenues and expenditures, balance sheet, investments and other matters related to its continued solvency. Approve the annual budget and submit it to the full Board for approval.
  •    HPC Health Policy Committee
    • The Health Policy Committee contributes to its vision of empowering doctors to improve the health of the nation through participation in the relevant policy discussions and interrogation of new and existing policies that relate to health. Furthermore, the Committee provides an advisory role to SAMA members and structures on matters concerning health policy.
  •    HRLE Human Rights Law and Ethics Committee
    • The HRLE Committee through its meetings and decisions, wish to contribute to the SAMA vision of empowering doctors to improve the health of the nation. In order to achieve this, the Committee shall identify priority areas upon which they will focus their efforts during their term.
  •    REMCOM Remuneration Committee
    • The Remuneration Committee (REMCOM) oversees the accurate determination of SAMA’s employee remuneration, approves annual increases and decides on other salary-related matters.
  •    SAMAREC SAMA Research and Ethics Committee
    • The South African Medical Association Research Ethics Committee (SAMAREC) was established by the SA Medical Association (SAMA) in 1992 to evaluate the ethics of research protocols developed for clinical trials to be conducted in the private healthcare sector. The main responsibility of SAMAREC is to ensure the protection and respect of the rights, safety and well being of participants involved in clinical trials and to provide public assurance of that protection by reviewing, approving and providing comment on clinical trial protocols, the suitability of investigator(s), facilities, methods and procedures used to obtain informed consent.

Branch Council Members

SAMA's organisational structures commence at local branches in various provinces, in order to serve members at district and geographical levels and promote fellowship among local SAMA members.

  •    Branch Council Member
    • The 20 SAMA branches are, in alphabetical order: Border Coastal, Cape Western, Eastern Highveld, Eastern, Province, Free State, Free State Goldfields, Gauteng, Gauteng North, Griqualand West, KZN Coastal, KZN, Midlands, KZN North, Limpopo, Lowveld, North West, Outeniqua, Transkei, Tygerberg Boland, Vaal River and West Rand.


  
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