SADA Membership Categories and Packages Explained

The following Categories of Membership are available. These are determined by selecting the description which best describes your standing on your professional path and are self explanatory.
CANDIDATE
(Dental Student)

Any dental student registered as such with the Statutory Council from the third year of undergraduate study for the duration of their undergraduate status. A student member shall be automatically transferred to any of the applicable categories upon registration as a dentist with the Statutory Council.

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1ST YEAR AFTER GRADUATION

Any dentist in full time salaried employment in the public sector as a community service dentist.

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2ND YEAR AFTER GRADUATION

A dentist registered by the Statutory Council and who is in the second year after graduation whether in private practice, full-time salaried employment in the public or private sectors or in full-time employment in any administrative capacity in the private sector.

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3RD YEAR AFTER GRADUATION

A dentist registered by the Statutory Council and who is in the third year after graduation whether in private practice, full-time salaried employment in the public or private sectors or in full-time employment in any administrative capacity in the private sector.

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FELLOW PRIVATE

A dentist registered by the Statutory Council and who is in private practice, including a practitioner receiving remuneration for services (whether from a private practitioner employer or private hospital or commercial health care provider).

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PUBLIC FELLOW

A dentist registered by the Statutory Council and who is in full-time salaried employment in the public sector, full time postgraduate student at a dental faculty/school or a member in full-time employment in any administrative capacity in the private sector.

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EMERITUS

A dentist registered by the Statutory Council who has turned 70 years of age before the start of the SADA financial year (1st October) of which the application is made, where the member has been in SADA membership for 5 full years directly prior to applying for Emeritus in order to qualify for Emeritus Membership.

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AFFILIATE
Affiliate membership may be granted to:-
A dentist in a foreign country who is in good standing with his/her national dental association;
A dentist in a foreign country where no national dental association has been established;
An overseas domiciled dentist who was previously a Member of the Association.
RETIRED

Any Private Practitioner, Full-Time or Newly Qualified Member who is no longer in active practice.

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ALLIED

An allied oral health care professional registered with the Statutory Council; a person who is not registered on the register maintained by the Statutory Council but who: Is actively engaged in a field allied to dentistry, or falls into such other category as the Board may from time to time agree upon.

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The following Membership Packages are available.
CORE Membership is the entry level of Membership.
EDUCATIONAL and ADVISORY are additional packages which may be added to CORE Membership – these two packages enhance your membership experience as indicated in the descriptions of benefits below.

SADA CORE Membership

(this is the MINIMUM membership benefit module available)
  • Advocacy – including numerous submissions made in respect of policies and funding, oral health studies commissioned by SADA and legal action as may be required;
  • Coding and nomenclature – including the ongoing review of codes and technologies and promotion thereof with stakeholders;
  • Marketing dentistry to the public – referring to SADA’s annual publicity programme and targeted oral health campaigns in order to raise the dental IQ of the public at large;
  • Preferential DPL rates, as well as an ever increasing range of discounted products and lifestyle benefits
  • Member communication (website, e-mails, sms, etc.)
  • Dental mediation services.

EDUCATIONAL

(this is an add-on benefit to CORE membership)
  • Online CPD through SADJ;
  • Discounted branch events (50% indicative);
  • R1000 discount on annual SADA congress;
  • Eligibility for research grants from the DDF;
  • Members in the academic environment furthermore benefit from:
    1. eligibility to publish in the SADJ;
    2. IADR membership (full time academics only).

ADVISORY

(this is an add-on benefit to CORE membership)
  • Telephone and e-mail support in respect of clinical queries, as well as practice management and legal support;
  • Hard copy code book;
  • Quarterly legal bulletin;
  • Assistance with medical aid queries and unresolved issues.