Register As An Osteopath in South Africa
To register as an osteopath in South Africa you will need to have your qualification verified by SAQA - South African Qualifications Authority - their website is - see www.saqa.org.za. Click on services and then on Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications.
Once your qualification has been verified you will then need to register with the Allied Health Professions Council of SA - www.ahpcsa.co.za. You will be asked to do a Jurisprudence Test - this is done via fax or email. Upon registration you will receive a registration number. This will entitle you to register with the BHF - www.bhfglobal.com. The BHF issues you with a practice number which is really important as it is this number that is needed to ensure that your patients can be reimbursed for their consultations/treatments. You also need these registration numbers to be able to obtain Indemnity Insurance.
Registration renewal with both the BHF and AHPCSA is yearly. The fee structure for the APHCSA is on their website.
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Dr Alan Nigel Pitchford was recently appointed chairman of the Osteopathic Association of South Africa.
Nigel gained his honours degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine (UK), in 2002, and was subsequently admitted to the register of the General Osteopathic Council(UK) in 2003.
He was an associate in group practice in Surrey for two years and established a practice in Wimbledon, London. Upon arrival in South Africa in 2006 he setup practice in Scottburgh, and shortly after this opened rooms in Umhlanga. He currently practises in both Westville and Scottburgh, in Kwa Zulu-Natal.
Nigel is registered with the 'Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa' as an Osteopath, and with the 'Health and Care Professions Council UK' as an Operating Department Practitioner.
As a member of 'Pain SA' he assists with pain team clinics at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH), Durban, South Africa. "