Concern about unrest at tertiary educational institutions

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has a responsibility to ensure that it protects the public and guides the professions. Council takes this responsibility seriously to ensure optimal healthcare for all people through the provision of safe healthcare and practitioners that have been educated to the highest professional standards. The HPCSA’s mandate is […]

Benefits of registering with the HPCSA

The responsibility for maintaining high professional standards rests with the practitioner, who is in turn supported by the office bearers of the Council. Registering with the HPCSA confers many benefits on practitioners, including ensuring overall standards within the professions. Practitioners who practise any of the healthcare professions registerable with the HPCSA are obliged to register with […]

What you need to know about fees

Most practitioners enquire how their annual fees are structured. The determination of annual fees for each Professional Board is based on the size of the Board and the activities carried out by the particular Board during the course of the financial year. Annual fees also include the amount needed to cover all indirect financial costs […]

A dental assistant by any other name…

The Professional Board for Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene (PBDOH) has over the years received enquiries from Dental Assistants to change the Board name to include the profession. These attempts were met with much resistance and this resulted in the Supreme Court of Appeal decision in November 2015 that Dental Assistants should be professionalised and […]

Advertising guidelines for practitioners

In the modern attention-economy, marketing has reality for any practitioner involved in running a sustainable practice. However, we urge professionals to stay within ethical boundaries when trying to acquire patients to make use of their services. The HPCSA provides guidelines that assist the practitioners on best practice: A practitioner shall be allowed to advertise his/her services […]

Rules for sharing offices

The sharing of rooms amongst practitioners is the most cost-effective mechanism to ensure that all services are provided under one roof. However, a practitioner may not share his/her rooms with a person or entity not registered in terms of the Health Professions Act, No.56 of 1974. A practitioner may employ as a professional assistant or […]

Confidentiality fundamental to sound healthcare

Effective medical care depends largely on the free flow of information between patient and healthcare professional, possibly only if patients are assured of confidentiality when they disclose anything. The National Health Act makes it an offence to divulge information about health service users without the user’s consent. The only permissible exceptions are when the law […]

Take care with sedation and painkillers

All healthcare professionals participating in the assessment, administration, monitoring and recovery of patients requiring sedation are accountable for safe practice. The patient is entitled to the same standard of care, whether the procedure is undertaken in a physician’s office, a remote facility, or in an operating theatre. These guidelines are for use by all medical […]

New vaccines on the way

Few people remember the polio epidemics in Johannesburg in the first half of the 20th century, or the many thousands of child deaths attributed to whooping cough in South Africa during the same time period. Thanks to vaccines childhood killers are a thing of the past in South Africa. Smallpox has been eradicated, polio largely […]