Emergency vehicle transport guidelines

Emergency Medical and Rescue Vehicles responding to cases involving patients and/or potential patients should be staffed by suitably qualified individuals duly registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa within the relevant category registerable under the Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act 56 of 1974). It is permissible for unregistered persons such as firefighters, allied […]

Treatment guidelines of ill and injured

Patients have a right to an appropriate continuum of care. This continuum of care begins within the prehospital environment and extends right through to patient discharge and follow-up. In the emergency care domain, there are various levels of care that can be initiated dependant on the patient’s injury/illness. These various levels of care are related […]

Social media and the use of technology in EMS

Patients have a right to dignity, privacy and confidentiality. This is enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and must always be respected. Emergency Care Providers are reminded that the taking of photographs and/or recording of video and/or audio footage and/or subsequent dissemination (either via personal communication or social media) of incidents […]

New regulations for BAAs, AEAs and OECOs

The regulations relating to the qualifications for the registration of Basic Ambulance Assistants (BAAs), Ambulance Emergency Assistants (AEAs), Paramedics and Operational Emergency Care Orderlies (OECOs) have reference. This letter serves as a reminder that as from 1 February 2018 the BAA, OECO and Paramedic (CCA) qualifications will no longer entitle a person to registration with […]

Nominations for Professional Boards of the HPCSA

Notice is hereby given in terms of the provisions of the Regulations relating to the nominations and appointments of members of a Professional Board as published under Government Notice R1257 in Government Gazette 31633 of 28 November 2008 (“the nomination and appointment regulations”), calling upon all persons registered with the HPCSA to submit nominations of […]

SADA Congress 2017

The South African Dental Association Congress 2017 will be held 04 – 06 August 2017 at Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town.  Click here for more information.  

Young Capetonian Urogynaecologist breaking boundaries

Dr Lamees Ras, 35, of Walmer Estate, is breaking boundaries in the field of gynaecology by setting her sights on becoming one of a handful of certified urogynaecologists in the country. A urogynecologist manages clinical problems associated with dysfunction of the pelvic floor and bladder. Pelvic floor disorders affect the bladder, reproductive organs, and bowels. […]

Inspectorate Office gets tough on unregistered practitioners

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is committed  to ensuring that practitioners provide quality healthcare standards for all. It is mandated to regulate the health professions in the country in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and fostering compliance with healthcare standards. To […]

Unaccredited Arts Therapy training providers

The Professional Board for Occupational Therapy, Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics and Arts Therapy of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has a legislative mandate in terms of the Health Professions Act 1974 (Act no 56 of 1974) to ensure the registration of adequately educated and trained as well as appropriately qualified Occupational Therapy, […]