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, […]

Reminder on Online Registration- and Payment of Annual Fees

A reminder to practitioners who have not yet settled their 2017 Annual fees, which was due by 1 April, to please pay as a matter of urgency. These fees form part of the legal requirements of persons registered in terms of the Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act No. 56 of 1974). Failure to pay these annual […]

BHF Conference – Titanium Awards

BHF is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Titanium Awards, which seek to recognise excellence in the public and private healthcare sector in Southern Africa. The Titanium Awards aim to recognise leading performers among medical schemes, administrators, managed healthcare, private and public facilities and the healthcare industry at large. More importantly, to recognise and honour […]

Medical and Dental Professions Board’s Handbook on Internship Training

Just to recap, doctors trained in South Africa need to complete two years of internship, with no exam at the end of their internship, but the completion of a logbook after rotation in all prescribed domains. Doctors trained abroad need to apply to the HPCSA for registration. Some may be exempted from a board exam, while others may have to write the exam. They may subsequently be required to perform […]

Ethical conduct of Environmental Health Practitioners: a constitutional imperative

The fundamental duty of Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) is to serve humankind, to safeguard public health, and to protect them against diseases. This involves: inspecting premises, issuing of certificates of acceptability and business licences, serving notices, building plan approvals, taking water and food samples, and investigating of communicable diseases amongst others. This invariably affects the […]

Patient – Practitioner relationship

In recent months, the HPCSA has been inundated with complaints from patients regarding the lack of empathy from various treapractitioners. The Health Professions Council of South Africa is mandated to protect the public while guiding the profession. The ethical responsibility of practitioners is to treat patients with dignity and respect irrespective of the patients’ race, […]

Scope infringement by “front line” staff in optometry/dispensing opticianry practice

Following numerous queries and complaints received by the Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians regarding the performance of certain clinical and professional acts falling within the scope of the profession of Optometry and Dispensing Optician by persons who are not registered in terms of the Health Professions Act; the Professional Board saw it fit […]