Geriatricians/Psychogeriatricians | South Africa Geriatricians/Psychogeriatricians | South Africa

15 Aug 2022

It was noted that there were about 8 geriatricians in 2010 for a population of 4 million people of 60 years and older (Lloyd-Sherlock, 2019a). There are an estimated 650 psychiatrists across the country (0.4% per 100 000 in the public sector), with only 3 specialising in old-age psychiatry (psychogeriatricians) (Health24, 2018b).


Health24. (2018b). SA has only 3 psychiatrists specialising in old-age. https://www.health24.com/Mental-Health/News/sa-has-only-3-psychiatrists-specialising-in-old-age-20180813

Lloyd-Sherlock, P. (2019a). Long-term Care for Older People in South Africa: The Enduring Legacies of Apartheid and HIV/AIDS. Journal of Social Policy, 48(1), 147–167. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279418000326