Guarding against litigations

There has been an increase in the number of cases of malpractice litigation against colleagues within the health profession as a result of actual or perceived malpractice. Patients are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about the various treatment options and modalities. However, some of this information may have been obtained from the Internet via Google, Yahoo and […]

Legal “duty to act” explained

It is practically impossible to divorce law from the practice of dentistry. Every patient-oral health professional interaction has legal implications. Say, for example, if an oral health professional stops at the scene of a motor vehicle accident to offer assistance – the health professional is acting out of concern for an accident victim. However, there […]

Protecting communities from bogus doctors

The Council has established an Inspectorate Office whose main focus and primary role is to ensure that registered practitioners comply with the provisions of the Act, as well as all rules and regulations governing the practitioners. Over and above the overarching responsibility of ensuring compliance, the Inspectorate Office will also be responsible for the following […]

Oral hygienists under the microscope

The first formal education and training of Oral Hygienists was introduced in 1972 following extensive debate and negotiations between members of the Dental Association of South Africa. Provision for this profession was made under the regulations of the South African Medical and Dental Council (SAMDC) until 1999, when the first Professional Board for Dental Therapy […]

Medical aid schemes – a dilemma for practitioners

Healthcare practitioners are increasingly challenged by the constraints of medical aid schemes. Emanating from the power that medical scheme managers have in determining the treatment options for the patient, they prescribe what and how much can be done for the patient. This practice of managed healthcare poses a dilemma and a frustration to both the […]

How to care for HIV patients

Healthcare practitioners have a responsibility to protect and promote the health of individuals and they have a commitment to provide quality care. A perceived potential HIV risk to the healthcare practitioner is no excuse for suboptimal treatment. Unilateral decisions, for example, not to resuscitate a HIV patient are violations of the patient’s rights. Practitioners must […]

Good news for emergency care professionals

The Professional Board for Emergency Care (PBEC) established a Research Committee to champion the emergency care research interests related to the profession. It is envisaged that together with its stakeholders, this committee will develop a research agenda for the emergency care profession in order to improve the emergency care knowledge creation, transfer and utilisation. The […]

Dental assistants: register now!

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Professional Board of Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene advises Dental Assistants and other stakeholders that it has submitted recommendations to the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, to promulgate amendments to the regulations relating to the qualifications for the registration of dental assistants. These regulations and recommendations […]

‘Bogus’ practitioners rooted out

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is a statutory body and is committed to protecting the public and guiding the professions. The vision of the HPCSA is quality healthcare standards for all. Council is mandated to regulate the health professions in the country in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct […]

Upgrade, improve and excel

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is considered to be an essential part of educating practitioners and ensuring that levels of expertise continue to improve. It is crucial for all healthcare professionals registered in South Africa to ensure compliance with the set standard of CPD activities each year, of which a certain number must be obtained in […]

Registration of unqualified but experienced Dental Assistants

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Professional Board of Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene advises Dental Assistants and other stakeholders that it has submitted recommendations to the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi; to promulgate amendments to the regulations relating to the qualifications for the Registration of Dental Assistants. These regulations and recommendations […]

Scope for Dental Therapists

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA); Professional Board for Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene advises Dental Therapists and other stakeholders that, after discussion with various stakeholders, including the South African Dental Association; The South African Dental Therapy Association; and The National Department of Health (Oral Health) which occurred at the National Oral Health […]

Registration of dental assistants

HSPCA views dental assistants as a vital profession, which deals with the treatment of patients, allowing for the safe and effective delivery of oral healthcare. There is a global trend to professionalise dental assistants. Based on this, the Dental Assistants’ Association of South Africa (DAASA) approached the Professional Board for Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene […]

Off-site renewal of registration

The HPCSA off-site and renewal of registrations began on 1 March and will continue until 4 May 2016. The aim is to ensure that registration of practitioners is renewed timeously and that practising cards are issued on time. The following payment options are available: Electronic fund transfer (EFT) should be done three (3) days prior […]

Prescribed forms to be used when treating children

Practitioners involved in treating children will occasionally require consent of either the child,  parent/guardian. During the current Council symposiums, it has been noted that most practitioners are not utilising the prescribed consent form when engaging in both clinical and non-clinical interventions involving children. The Children’s Act 38 of 2005 has prescribed the specific form that […]

Partnerships necessary to curb misuse of antibiotics

Is society misusing antibiotics? This seems to be the case based on figures released by the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) warning that by 2015 as many as 10 million people a year could die from antimicrobial resistant infections (AMR). Recent figures show as many as 70% of GP prescriptions for antibiotics in South Africa are […]

Customer satisfaction survey

The HPCSA is currently conducting its first Customer Satisfaction Survey – running until the end of April 2016. The objective of the survey is to: Create and sustain greater awareness of HPCSA among all practitioners registered under the Health Professions Act. Position the HPCSA so that it is relevant to all practitioners. Evaluate the HPCSA’s […]

HPCSA events

To ensure that the HPCSA achieves its mandate of guiding the profession, it is currently conducting nationwide symposia and roadshows. The aim is to educate the practitioners and keep them updated on pertinent issues regarding the HPCSA. In the past symposia, the topic that was presented was the Health Profession and the Law. See table […]

Discontinuation of the Emergency Medical Care programme

2016 started off on a somewhat sour note for the Central University of Technology (CUT), with its accreditation being revoked. In 2014, the Professional Board for Emergency Care, identified concerns regarding the quality of the National Diploma: Emergency Medical Care (EMC) programme at CUT. As a result, the accreditation of the programme was withdrawn due […]

Erratum: The Bulletin 2016

In the printed edition of The Bulletin 2016 magazine, the article on Gift of the Givers contains a map on page 13 where a part of the state of Israel is incorrectly marked as an area of activity of the aforementioned charity organization. We wish to state that neither the HPCSA or Gift of the […]