We are an association of higher education institutions in South Africa providing primary and occupational health care services on our campuses.
The South African Association of Campus Health Services is an association of tertiary institutions that provide primary and occupational health care on their campuses. We strive to foster a liaison between members in the interest of campus health care; promote comprehensive primary health care using a patient-centred, multi-disciplinary approach; make an academic contribution through individual and collective research; and promote cost effective practice management and service excellence through ongoing evaluation.
To be recognised nationally and internationally as a professional health care association that aspire to promote the provision of accessible, equitable and holistic health care to communities within universities.
This association of health services supporting academic activities at Higher Education educational institutions in South Africa, strives to:
- Initiate, promote, encourage, organise and foster a liaison between members in the interest of campus health care.
- Effectively promote and facilitate comprehensive primary health care using a patient-centred, multi-disciplinary approach.
- Make an academic contribution through research of an individual or collective nature.
- Encourage and promote cost effective practice management, and service excellence through ongoing evaluation.
Our main objectives of these association are, and shall be:
- To initiate, promote, encourage, organise and foster a liaison between members and other professional organisations with similar interests in campus health care.
- To encourage the exchange of ideas among members with regards to campus health care.
- To undertake and report on research projects of an individual or collective nature.
- To implement evidence based and best practises.
Our Members include almost every public university in South Africa, and we partner with associated bodies such as Higher Health, the South African Nursing Council and the Department of Health. You can view a list on our Members Page.
It seems the plan to start this association was hatched somewhere between the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch in the minds of at least 2 doctors, Dr Phil Slayen (UCT) and Dr Jan van Heerden (Stellenbosch) in 1978. A constitution was drawn up and Dr Phil Slayen was installed as the first chairperson of the fledgling Association of Student Health Services with Dr van Heerden functioning as the vice-chairperson.A FEW OF THE HIGHLIGHTS
Dr Jan van Heerden was given the job of organising the first symposium of the association, Dr Slayen being out of the country at that time. So it was that on Monday 16 July 1979, the inaugural meeting to accept the constitution was held at the University of Natal. Present at that first meeting were representatives from the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Potchefstroom, Orange Free State, Pretoria and the Witwatersrand. Observer representatives attended from the Universities of Natal, Durban-Westville, and Zululand.The purpose of this Association was 'to make a worthwhile contribution to the South African medical and paramedical scene'.FURTHER READINGS:
Dr Francois Malan (Stellenbosch) was appointed the first secretary/treasurer from 1982 to 1988. Dr Jan van Heerden was elected the first Honourary Life Member and Patron of the Association, this one year after he retired from the University of Stellenbosch. He was responsible for drawing up a set of ethical guidelines for the Association. 1985 saw the Association reaching out to the Technikons and Teacher Training Colleges. It took some time before they showed any interest, but by 1988 observers from the Natal Technikon and Northern Transvaal Technikon attended our annual congress.FINAL HIGHLIGHTS:
1986 saw the introduction of our newsletter 'IN CORPORE SANO.' [In a healthy body] 1988 a chain of office was made to be worn by the officiating chairperson. It bore the logo of the Association (Hermes) together with the name of the newsletter. 1989 Dr Jan van Heerden was elected as the first Honourary President of the Association. 1995 marked the beginning of regional meetings and the retirement of our President on account of ill health. 1996 the South African Association of Student Health Services changed its name to South African Association of Campus Health Services, mainly because by this time most institutions had extended their services to staff as well as students.