The Langa community in Cape Town is mourning the loss of their ‘hero’ who helped many with their vision and eye health.
Cikizwa Tiny Matole, 53, was the community’s first born-and-bred optometrist. She was an optometrist for 20 years, having opened her first practice in Langa.
The mother of one died last month as a result of a pulmonary complication and was laid to rest at the Langa cemetery on Saturday 4 September 2021. May she rest in peace. To read the full tribute, click here.
SAOA RESPONDS TO OPPOSITION BY OSSA REGARDING THE EXPANDED SCOPE OF OPTOMETRY - AGAIN
On 8 June 2021, OSSA sent a letter to the CMS designed to damage the credibility of the SAOA and optometry relating to the expanded scope of optometry practice. More recently, the same correspondence was disseminated to medical schemes and administrators. From the perspective of the SAOA, the OSSA correspondence is factually flawed and contains statements such as those presented below.
"While the prerogative does vest in the HPCSA to expand or modify the scope of practice of a particular discipline, such a decision should not be taken as a result of changes to other legislation..”
"This paragraph is, according to our information, factually incorrect” (reference to practice numbers allocated to optometrists to identify those who are permitted to prescribe)
"There is no additional HPCSA registration for a therapeutics course by optometrists – these optometrists are therefore not differentiated from a standard optometrist as far as HPCSA registration category goes ...”
“This claimed expanded scope of practice by optometrists is unregulated...”
To view the minutes of the meeting between OSSA and the SAOA, click here.
The SAOA has taken the matter up with the HPCSA and other bodies. Of relevance is the HPCSA Ethical Rule 12 which reads: “A practitioner shall not cast reflections on the probity, professional reputation or skill of another person registered under the Act or any other Health Act.”
PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT
The Information Officer of an organisation has a dual duty as it relates to the access to information held and processed by the entity. Whilst the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) has been at the forefront of people’s minds in recent months, it is important not to forget the duties of the Information Officer in respect of PAIA. There are a number of offences and penalties for non-compliance listed in the Act.
Whilst POPIA deals with the protection of personal information specifically, PAIA is much broader in that it deals with access to any information held by an organisation. There are prescribed procedures and conditions for a person to apply for access to information under PAIA, and there are also prescribed grounds on which such requests may be granted or refused. Information officers will have to be aware of these provisions and deal with such requests in conjunction with their duties under POPIA.
It is also important to take note of the fact that whilst some (smaller) private bodies may have been exempted from having to publish a Manual in terms of PAIA, this exemption will expire on 31 December 2021 and indications are that it will not be extended further. This means that all organisations will have to compile and publish a PAIA Manual containing certain prescribed information about the entity, on or before 1 January 2022. The head of a private body will be held accountable for this duty, with potential criminal liability attached to non-compliance.
The Information Regulator has taken over the administration and enforcement of PAIA from the Human Rights Commission as from 1 July 2021. It has consequently published new PAIA Regulations (27 August 2021), as well as templates for compiling a PAIA Manual (3 September 2021). Click here to read more.
SAOA INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ALLIANCE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER ASSOCIATIONS (ASAIPA) AWARDS
The SAOA has accepted an invitation to be part of the ASAIPA National Medical Awards (NMA) 2021. ASAIPA welcomed SAOA as one of our four Associations to form part of this prestige event.
SAOA are to put forward recipients in the following categories:
HCP Excellence Award
This award recognises private practice practitioners contributing significantly to improving Primary Health Care (PHC) delivery.
Digital Healthcare Innovation Award
This is awarded to pioneers, innovators and influencers advancing Digital Healthcare in South Africa.
Community Service Award
This award is given to an organisation, group or individual dedicating their time, skill and expertise to assist community advancement by making a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of the community.
Health Science Student Award
This award is given to a Health Science student each year for exemplary dedication, commitment and leadership.
Healthcare Leadership Award
This award recognises organisations, groups or individuals, who exemplifies the qualities of dedicated leadership, to inspire impactful solutions within South Africa's healthcare system that positively affect both patients and colleagues.
THE NEW NORMAL FOR HEALTHCARE AND ITS EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY
“The global economy is projected to grow at 6% in 2021 and 4.9% in 2022. After a year where a new respiratory virus left the world bruised and battered, at first glance these numbers look like the promise of a new beginning and new hope. The reality is much more nuanced and complicated, which became clear when the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revised the detail around its global economic outlook in July this year, "wrote Janette Clark of Money Web (17 August 2021).
According to the IMF’s outlook document, vaccine access and vaccination rollout remains the most critical issue for global economic recovery. To read more, click here.
COVID-19 IS ACCELERATING CHANGES IN HEALTHCARE
Covid-19 has accelerated changes already afoot in the healthcare professions in ways we will probably only really start seeing in five to 10 years, Marion Morkel, chief medical officer at Sanlam in Business Day (23 August 2021).
"The pandemic has laid stark the terrible inequalities in access to healthcare, highlighted issues in supply chains and staffing, opened debates regarding private and public sector responsibilities and left many medical professionals wondering whether they can continue to serve. Already, 20% to 30%t of the US’s healthcare workers are considering leaving the profession. Four in 10 nurses are contemplating leaving their roles as well." To read the full article, click here.
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Neuro-optometric Examination & Eye related Neurological conditions and Management
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Based on repeated requests from members, please note that patient-friendly educational pamphlets are now in stock which are available to Members in Good Standing at low cost. Over the years, such pamphlets have proven to be a valuable assistance to practitioners in terms of patients’ eye health education and awareness. The pamphlets currently in stock, include:
Drivers Guide to Vision
The pamphlets are available in packs of 50, costed as follows: