International recognition for HPCSA president

Dr Tebogo Kgosietsile Solomon Letlape, President of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) was elected as Chair of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) at the Association’s 13th International Conference on Medical Regulation, which was held on 7–9 October 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The theme of the Conference was on […]

Final reminder: HPCSA annual fees for 2018/9

Practitioners who have not yet settled their 2018/19 Annual HPCSA fees, are urged to do so before 31 October 2018 to avoid suspension from the register. Practitioners are also urged to use the online renewal and payment portal by following the steps set out below.

Africa’s mid-level health workers need better training

A new study highlights key areas where Africa’s health systems can assist in the reduction of maternal and child mortality, infectious diseases, trauma and violence, HIV/AIDS and emerging chronic diseases in their communities.

Cancellations and no-shows

The nature of certain professions or specialties registered with the HPCSA may make it difficult for practitioners to sustain their practice if patients do not honour their appointments. As a result, some practitioners charge patients for failing to arrive for their appointments. There has been some confusion on the ethical basis of this practice. There […]

Split-billing

Split-billing occurs when a medical supplier provides two accounts for the same service. One is sent to the medical scheme, listing the medical scheme tariff amount, and another to the member or patient. The member will pay the supplier what they think is a co-payment, but the amount paid does not appear on the claim […]

Adhering to scope of practice

All individuals who practise any of the health care professions incorporated in the scope of the HPCSA are legally obliged to register to the Council. The twelve (12) Professional Boards are established for the various professions. Registered practitioners must adhere to the regulations that specify the functions of their professions’ scopes of practice. The Council is aware of […]

Dr Letlape elected AMCOA President

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) congratulates its President Dr Tebogo Kgosietsile Solomon Letlape on his election as the 10th President of the Association of the Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA). Dr Letlape will serve a term of three years until 2021. AMCOA’s primary purpose is to support medical regulatory authorities in the […]

HPCSA’s Health Committee

In terms of the HPCSA’s mandate of protecting the public and guiding the professions. The HPCSA is responsible for ensuring that healthcare practitioners are fit to practice their profession free from any physical or mental impairment. The Health Committee (HC) of Council is sanctioned in terms of Section 51 of the Health Professions Act, 56 […]

Call for evaluators for medical internship training have closed

Medical Practitioners registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) were invited to submit applications to serve on the Subcommittee for Internship Training (Medical) as “Evaluators”. Applications for these positions closed on 17 August 2018.   Any further correspondence can be directed to: Postal address: The Registrar, Att: Ms S Langa P O Box 205, […]

Tribute to medical pioneer

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) on Monday, 30 July 2018, joined South Africans in paying tribute to one of the top cardiologists in the country, Prof. Bongani Mawethu Mayosi. Prof. Mayosi was one of the brilliant minds, a pioneer and a medical giant in the research on heart ailments. His first engagement with the […]

Keeping the record straight

HPCSA registered practitioners are advised to adhere to the following guidelines on record keeping that will also improve clinical outcomes, reduce waste, and ensure stakeholder engagement and satisfaction. Basic patient information requirements: Personal (identifying) particulars of the patient. Bio-psychosocial history including allergies and idiosyncrasies. Time, date and place of every consultation. Assessment of the patient’s […]

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, […]