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SAJP Issue 1 2018 now available!

State of the Science Article Ingrid Palmary Psychology, migration studies, and their disconnections: review of existing research and future possibilities South African Journal of Psychology March 2018, 48: First Published January 11, 2017; pp. 3-14...
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HCWG urges Minister to submit Hate Crimes Bill to Cabinet

Hate Crimes Working Group urges Minister of Justice to submit Hate Crimes Bill to Cabinet Cape Town, 21 February 2018:  Despite ongoing racist assaults, crimes against the LGBTQ community, waves of xenophobic attacks, and anti-religious violence, the...
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PsySSA’s Response to the SAHRC regarding ‘Racist’ Limpopo Doctor

PsySSA wrote to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in full support of their actions and sanctions against the 'racist' Limpopo doctor. As the Psychological Society of South Africa,  we are committed to the upliftment of our people and to...
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SAJP Issue 1 2018 now available!

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HCWG urges Minister to submit Hate Crimes Bill to Cabinet

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PsySSA's Response to the SAHRC regarding 'Racist' Limpopo Doctor...

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Current events

With the rest of the nation, PsySSA follows the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings with great interest. Considering the death toll is now believed to be over 140 and some patients still unaccounted for, these are indeed sad days in our country. At the same time it is gratifying to know that the hearings are making inroads in uncovering the truths behind one of the worst disasters in the country’s health care system. While the hearings will not undo the tragedy they will go some ways toward providing closure and hopefully redress for the families of those who lost their lives.

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PsySSA Comments on the Life Esidimeni Arbitration Hearings

The Life Esidimeni Arbitration Hearings With the rest of the nation, PsySSA follows the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings with great interest. Considering the death toll is now believed to be over 140 and some patients still unaccounted for, these are...
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Undesirable, dehumanised and tortured – expert speaks of Life Esidimeni trauma

Johannesburg – A clinical psychologist has testified about the severe social stresses and trauma the Life Esidimeni patients would’ve faced after being transferred to a number of unlicensed NGOs, which resulted in the deaths of 143 people.

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Life Esidimeni Arbitration Hearings

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Esidimeni tragedy dominates Gauteng SOPA debate:

The deaths of 100 mentally ill-patients dominated the Gauteng State of the Province Address (SOPA) debate. Political parties called for Premier David Makhura to resign and rejected his assertions that he would not have approved the ill-advised transfer of the patients...
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How to prevent another Life Esidimeni tragedy – experts speak out

How to prevent another Life Esidimeni tragedy – experts speak out By Suntosh R. Pillay On the surface of the disaster caused by the Gauteng Department of Health, it seems bizarre that vulnerable people were treated with no respect for their human rights, in a country...
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PsySSA Responds to Life Esidimeni Report – February 2017

The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) again condemns in the strongest terms the actions of the health authorities leading to deaths of the patients from the Life Esidemeni healthcare facility. Prior to the ill-advised transfer of the patients, PsySSA was among the organisations who communicated with the Gauteng MEC expressing our concerns about the transfer…

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Deaths of former Esidimeni Care Centre patients

The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) has learned through media reports of the deaths of 36 mentally ill patients who were formerly inpatients at the Life Healthcare Esidimeni Centre. While the exact causes of the deaths are not known at this stage, and it would be unwise to speculate, we have to note our great sadness and concern. Mentally ill persons constitute a very vulnerable group in society and they need care and protection. These are individuals who, due to their illness, are often unable to speak out for themselves.

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PsySSA appeals to Gauteng MEC against planned closure of the Life Esidimeni Care Centre.

PsySSA writes to express concern over reports relating to the planned closure of the Life Esidimeni Care Centre in Gauteng. Such action will affect a large number of patients with chronic mental disorders. Given the nature and chronicity of their illnesses they are vulnerable individuals who are dependent on a structured care environment over the medium- to long-term.

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Membership of the Society is an integral part of being a psychology professional. Our different grades of membership cater for those
who have accredited qualifications, or are pursuing an accredited psychology-training route, as well as those who have an interest in
psychology, but have no applicable qualifications.

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PsySSA is governed by a Council and Executive Committee that are democratically elected. The Society is comprised of Divisions, Interest Groups, Branches, and Standing Committees.

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