Becoming a Member

People who work in psychosexual therapy and sexuality education can find themselves working as sole-practitioners in isolation from other therapists and educators. Membership of the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd (SAS) provides you with access to support and like-minded individuals who can offer support in career and professional development.

Members of SAS are committed to enhancing and maintaining the profession of clinical sexology, psychosexual therapy and sexuality education. By becoming a member of member of SAS, you will join a vibrant growing body of professionals where sexuality is a fundamental human right.

Who can become a Member?

The Society welcomes potential members who are professionals engaged in the field of sexology or human sexuality and agree to the aims and objectives of the Society and to abide by the Code of Ethics and Conduct. The Society has members who are GPs, Occupational Therapists, Sexual Health Physicians, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Midwives, Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Students and Teachers.


Benefits of Membership

As Australia’s National and leading body for psychosexual therapy, sexology and sexuality education, membership of SAS brings a number of benefits. Together we can provide a voice for the profession.

  1. Exclusive offers for SAS members
    • Reduced fees for our conferences and training days
    • Reduced fees at linked organisation events and CPD
    • Giving you a forum to express your views through SAS online forum
    • Membership of a longstanding and respected society, representing high standards and a commitment to the discipline and profession of psychosexual therapy, sexuality education and sexology
    • Free attendance at regular Branch meetings (at least four/year; please check your branch website)
    • Free attendance at Branch Clinical education Sessions (at least four/year; please check your branch website)
    • Free Peer/Group Supervision through your Branch
    • Free attendance at Branch Journal Club Meetings (please check your branch website)
  2. Information
    • Networking Opportunities with other members via website, email, attendance at conferences and in-house training days, special interest groups and other events
    • Professional updates through our quarterly membership magazine, packed with the latest news
    • Quarterly SAS Newsletter
    • Website full of information for easy access (ongoing professional development)
    • Quarterly newsletter from Asia-Oceanic Federation of Sexology
  3. Support for Your Continuing Professional and Career Development
    • High quality conferences, CPD workshops, and seminars at member rates
    • Major National conferences every two years on psychosexual therapy and education issues
    • Access to the Oceania Federation of Sexology and World Association of Sexual Health Conferences
    • CPD training activities designed to meet your needs
    • Opportunities to contribute to the development of the profession and to SAS through joining working parties and committees
  4. Professional and Effective Advocacy on Your Behalf
    • Ongoing campaigns for increased community education and access to psychosexual therapy
    • Negotiations for high standards and fair arrangements for practitioners and their training
    • Advocacy for increased and appropriate training and standards
      Representation and advocacy of the profession
  5. Business Development
    • Informing the general public, other professionals and the media about psychosexual therapy and sexuality education
    • Putting clients in touch with you via our website
    • Ensuring the media and decision-makers hear the views of the profession
    • Taking part in national and international research through our links worldwide
    • Together we can provide a voice for the profession
  6. Benefits to Achieving Accredited Status
    • Recognition as a SAS Accredited Member (Associate and Clinical)
    • Facilitating contact between media and accredited members
    • Promotion through the SAS Find a Therapist and Find an Educator service
Categories and Grades of Membership
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    General Member

    This is a general membership category open to professionals who can demonstrate that they are working in sexology, or a related field. A Member has a professional interest in sexology and sexual health e.g. people working in counselling/therapy, education/training, health sciences, teachers, medicine/para medical, mental health, psychology, psychiatry, research, social work and wishes to become a member. General membership is required before applying for Accredited Status with SAS. As a General Member you eligible to participate in Branch activities, including meetings, clinical education sessions, Branch-based professional development activities, and to be elected to positions on the Branch committee. You will also receive discounts to National conferences and professional development activities.

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    Student Member

    Student Memberships are available to members who are currently enrolled in a course of study, whether coursework or research, which is related to the work of SAS, and has not graduated. Broadly this includes areas of study involving human sexuality, sexology or a cognate area. Student Members receive the same benefits as General Members yet Student Members are not eligible to be elected to positions within SAS.

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    Associate Psychosexual Therapist or Associate Sexuality Educator

    General Members who meet the criteria for Associate Status, either as a therapist or educator, may apply. Associate Accredited Members enjoy all the benefits of General Membership plus eligibility to nominate and be elected to National Council and its Executive positions. Associate Accredited Members may also promote their accredited status by using the following:

    [Member’s Name] is an Accredited Associate [Psychosexual Therapist/Sexuality Educator] Member of the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. He / she adheres to the Society’s Code of Ethics and Practice.

    Associate Accredited Members are also eligible to use the SAS Logo (general, not state branch) in their marketing.

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    Clinical Psychosexual Therapist or Clinical Sexuality Educator

    General Members and Associate Accredited Members who meet the criteria for Clinical Status, either as a therapist or educator, may apply. Clinical Accredited Members enjoy all the benefits of General Membership plus eligibility to nominate and be elected to National Council and its Executive positions. Clinical Accredited Members may also promote their accredited status by using the following:

    [Member’s Name] is an Accredited Clinical [Psychosexual Therapist/Sexuality Educator] Member of the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. He / she adheres to the Society’s Code of Ethics and Practice.

    Clinical Accredited Members are also eligible to use the SAS Logo (SAS National logo, not state branch logo) in their marketing.

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    Honorary Life Membership

    Honorary Life Memberships are awarded by the National Council to eminent persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of sexology. This category of membership is not required to pay financial dues and receives all the benefits enjoyed by a Member of The Society and has no voting rights.

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    Life Membership

    Life Membership is the most prestigious award available to Members of SAS. A Life Member may be conferred by the National Council on members who have made an outstanding contribution to SAS and the field of sexology over a period of not less than 10 years. The National Board will award a maximum of two Life Memberships every two years at the Society’s National Conference. Any Member may nominate a candidate for consideration. A Life Member pays no fees (unless accredited) and enjoys the full benefits of SAS, including eligibility for National Council and its positions.

Applying for Membership

To apply to become a General Member or Student Member of the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd you will need to contact your State Branch representative (see below). You will need to complete the application form and pay the respective membership fee. Please forward completed forms and ALL paper work to your State Branch Membership contact person.