Continuing Professional Development

Ongoing professional development is not only a key requirement of the HPCSA licensure, but also enables practitioners to grow their skills and ability to serve the well being of patients and their professions. The concept of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), which has been around in some form for centuries, is essentially about learning to earn […]

Cross-border initiatives and projects towards malaria elimination in Southern Africa

Malaria is a very complex, widespread and particularly lethal human infectious disease. The disease is both preventable and treatable, but control, management and elimination of the disease is impeded by its complexity and other challenges. The epidemiology of malaria is greatly affected by rapid environmental and social changes. These changes affect both parasite transmission and […]

Caution against teeth whitening procedures

The Beauty salons are advised to refrain from performing teeth whitening procedures which they have not been educated and trained to perform. The Professional Board for Dental Assisting, Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene, under the ambit of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), is cautioning the public against teeth whitening by Beauty Salons. […]

Withdrawal of nominations for members to the Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians

The Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians represents healthcare practitioners registered with the HPCSA in terms of the Health Professionals Act, (Act No. 56 of 1974) and are tasked with determining and maintaining the standards of professional education, training and practice in South Africa. The Board hereby wish to withdraw Notice given in terms […]

The Medical Schemes Amendment Bill

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi took another step towards the introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) with the amendments to the Medical Schemes Act. This is aimed at aligning the Act with the envisaged financing system providing essential healthcare for all South African citizens. The minister pointed out that the amendments in the Medical Schemes […]

Caution against locums practising illegally

Medical practitioners in private practice using locums when they are not available to practice are urged to ensure that the contracted locum are registered with the HPCSA in compliance with the Health Professions Act. Illegal practitioners are not only breaking the law, but are putting people’s lives at risk resulting in far-reaching reputational risks affecting […]

Prevention is cheaper than cure

The oral disease burden in South Africa has been well documented. Next to the common cold, dental caries is the commonest disease affecting man – yet it is preventable. Good oral hygiene practices and a balanced diet, accompanied by professional dental care, are central to preventing future dental caries. Professional preventive dental care includes counselling […]

The effect of methamphetamine use on our teeth

The rise in illegal drug use is a source of concern – specifically the production and use of methamphetamines, which is a strong stimulant drug, given its impact on society. Crystal, meth and tik are just some of the common street names for this highly addictive drug. Use of this drug can and will cause serious […]

Clever chair

Researchers from Stellenbosch University’s Division of Physiotherapy have developed a multi-function innovation for learners that encourages healthy habits from a young age. The KUZE is the result of years of research in the area of posture and ergonomics by Prof Quinette Louw, Executive Head: Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and other Stellenbosch University researchers, […]