The South African Reflexology Society [TSARS] was established in 1985 as a non-profit national professional society to promote the professional development of its members and be a supportive network for therapists who are registered as Therapeutic Reflexologists with the Allied Health Professions Council in South Africa [AHPCSA].
In 2007 TSARS registered as a non-profit organisation [053-289-NPO].
The Society was instrumental in gaining statutory recognition for therapeutic reflexology from the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) in 2007 and obtaining Procedure Codes for the Therapeutic Reflexology profession in 2015.
By June 2016 there were 13 Medical Schemes and 3 Medical Scheme Administrators that included the treatment in their benefit plans.
As an independent entity TSARS acts in the interest of its members and on professional matters relating to the therapeutic reflexology profession.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE SOCIETY:
Protection and representation
- To protect and support the professional interests of the full members by addressing the professional needs of the members to enable them to practise as therapeutic reflexologists.
- To liaise with the Allied Health Professions Council or any other authority on legislation and or any matter relating to the profession of therapeutic reflexology and members of the Society.
- To negotiate with the Allied Health Professions Council or any other authority so as to place greater emphasis on the professional practice of the profession Therapeutic Reflexology, in the private and public health sectors and community centres.
- To represent full members of the Society on any matter falling within the scope of the mandate.
- To institute and defend legal actions in the name of the Society.
Govern, administer and set policy
- To govern, administer and set policy relating to the role and functions of the Society.
- To promote professional ethics amongst members according to the Guidelines of the Allied Health Professions Council.
Membership is open to therapists who meet the Society’s requirements for membership.
TSARS is managed by a National Executive Committee consisting of elected office-bearers and 5 branch chairpersons. The positions are honorary.
An appointed part-time administration officer in TSARS head office deals with the general administration of TSARS, queries from members and the public via e-mail and telephone.
The National Executive Committee has monthly meetings via the internet and reports are submitted on portfolio activities. Annual reports are submitted at the Annual General Meetings.
As a national professional body, TSARS is committed to activities which include the following:
- Information: Members are assisted with their queries regarding the profession and practice.
- Website: The public utilizes the website of TSARS to obtain information and contact details of registered therapeutic reflexologists (sareflexology.org.za).
- Promotion of the profession: TSARS promotes therapeutic reflexology as a profession by means of the national media, i.e. articles; TV and radio talks, editorials and advertisements.
- Liaison: TSARS liaises with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa, the Professional Board of Therapeutic Reflexology and any other relevant statutory body or organization.
- Professional Practice: TSARS aims to uphold and further the standing of the profession among TSARS members.
- Annual General Meetings (AGM):Annual General Meetings play a vital role in the organization of TSARS where the National Chairperson, National Treasurer and Branch Chairpersons submit their reports.
- National Congress: The first Congress took place in 1991 in Durban. National and international speakers address members on the latest developments in the profession and numerous workshops are held. The Congress also affords all members from across South Africa the opportunity to meet and network.
- Branch Meetings/Workshops: TSARS Branches: Cape Town. Durban, Johannesburg Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Port Elizabeth arrange regular meetings and CPD workshops. Therapists have the opportunity to discuss case studies and to listen to different speakers on various topics relating to health care.
- Journals: The Journal aims to keep members informed, inspired, encouraged and enlightened. It highlights developments in the profession, both on the national and international level, and provides information on other health related issues and forthcoming events.
- Training: TSARS is not affiliated to any reflexology training institution.
For more information visit the website of AHPCSA for registered training institutions.
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