The discipline of Family Medicine, is not a collection of bits and pieces of established speciality disciplines, but encompasses a distinct body of knowledge appropriate to the needs of a changing society. While having its roots in general practice and maintaining a relation to the scientific aspects of the traditional specialities, Family Medicine is centred on the family as the basic social unit. The discipline is person-oriented; health-oriented as well as disease-oriented; it emphasises the importance of disease prevention and health maintenance as well as curative medicine.
Family Medicine is defined by this department as:
‘. . . the body of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for the provision of primary, continuing, comprehensive, personalised, holistic care to individuals, their families and community’