Professional Empowerment for Practitioners

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Professional Empowerment for Practitioners

Welcome to the home of the SA Association of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (SAACMA) – the official voice of registered practitioners of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in South Africa.

  • Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is still in a stage of infancy in the overall health arena in South Africa – therefore, one of the Association’s urgent objectives is to supply information and create awareness among the public at large about Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
  • The Association was primarily established to represent practitioners of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in the Republic of South Africa that are currently registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA).
  • SAACMA is a voluntary organization. That means, practitioners are not obliged to belong to the Association. However, membership of the Association will benefit practitioners on a number of levels, because our core objectives are –
    • To represent practitioners of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in the Republic of South Africa and to negotiate on their behalf - nationally and internationally
    • To promote the profession nationally
    • To ensure training opportunities and programmes that will enhance the profession’s standards To create an open exchange of communication among  practitioners
    • To maintain open and direct communication with Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture representation at Council and Professional Board levels

SAACMA Mission statement

As a national professional association we represent and communicate the interests of registered Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture practitioners in an open and transparent manner, we promote and facilitate further development of skills, we maintain an open forum for the exchange of opinion and information and we fully subscribe to the Batho Pele* principles of ‘putting people first’.

*The eight principles of Batho Pele have more to do with human values and dignity than operational processes. Batho Pele is a way of conducting oneself in the presence of others, it is a preparedness to acknowledge their rights and needs and a willingness to help them add value to their lives.