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TOPICS INCLUDED IN THIS EDITION:

  1. MEMBERSHIP FEES 2022
  2. WORLD DIABETES DAY: 14 NOVEMBER 2021
  3. HPCSA WARNS THAT ANTI-VAX PRACTITIONERS MAY FACE MISCONDUCT INQUIRIES
  4. SISONKE 2 BOOSTER STUDY: AM I ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN SISONKE 2?
  5. NOMINATIONS: BOARD VACANCIES: 2022
  6. WORLD COUNCIL OF OPTOMETRY PRESENTS ‘EYES AROUND THE WORLD’
  7. OPPOSITION TO COID REGULATIONS GROWS WITH 130 BODIES CALLING FOR SCRAPPING
  8. MORE THAN 11001 WEBINAR SERIES
  9. FORTHCOMING EVENTS
  10. SAOA OFFICE: YEAR END CLOSURE

MEMBERSHIP FEES 2022:
NO INCREASE FOR 8TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR  

The SAOA Board is obviously very aware of challenges facing the professions of optometry and dispensing opticianry in recent times. Nevertheless, the SAOA has ambitious intentions to further advance optometry and dispensing opticians to new heights in 2022. To this end, the SAOA has planned to deploy resources and has arranged capacity to ensure that the interests and needs of members are effectively addressed.

Nivien Subramany, SAOA Finance Director states, “Despite the continued intensification of effort on behalf of and for the benefit of our members, we are pleased to inform members that, for the eighth consecutive year, membership fees will not be increased for the 2021/2022 financial year. Please take note of our Early Bird offer. You will be entitled to a 10% discount if the full membership fee is paid by 31 January 2022."

To view SAOA Membership fees for the 2021/2022 financial year as well as Membership benefits, click here.

WORLD DIABETES DAY: 14 NOVEMBER 2021

 


The year 2021 is significant for the diabetes world, as it is the centenary of the discovery of insulin by Banting and Best in a small laboratory in Toronto.

It is notable that a hundred years after this life-saving discovery, there are millions around the world who do not receive adequate care.

To view our full media release, click here.

HPCSA WARNS THAT ANTI-VAX PRACTITIONERS MAY FACE MISCONDUCT INQUIRIES

The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) is investigating complaints lodged by the public against registered practitioners who have adopted an anti-vaccination stance.

HPCSA spokesperson Christopher Tsatsawane reiterated that a med­ical prac­ti­tioner’s duty was to provide advice to any per­son on his or her phys­ical health status and admin­is­ter or pre­scribe rel­ev­ant treat­ment. “Such advice shall be based on inform­a­tion which is evid­ence-based and sci­en­tific­ally accur­ate.” A com­mit­tee of inquiry would determ­ine if these health­care pro­fes­sion­als would be allowed to con­tinue practising.

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SISONKE 2 BOOSTER STUDY: AM I ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN SISONKE 2?
 

If you received a first dose of the J&J vaccine as part of Sisonke and are over the age of 18 years you will be invited to receive a booster vaccination. Health workers who are pregnant or breastfeeding can safely take part.

If you received the first dose of J&J outside the Sisonke study will not be invited. If you experienced a serious side-effect, serious allergic reaction or neurological abnormality after the first dose of the vaccine, it is requested that you please be in touch with the designated safety team to complete a detailed evaluation and if appropriate, carefully monitored, booster vaccination.

A small number of people have a history of heparin-induced or vaccine-induced thrombocytopenia (low platelets). These people cannot repeat a J&J vaccination.

To view the Sisonke2 Fact Sheet, which includes contact details of relevant parties, click here.

NOMINATIONS: BOARD VACANCIES: 2022

In accordance with SAOA Memorandum Of Incorporation (MOI), Directors elected to the SAOA Board serve for a term of three years. Once the tenure of a Director comes to an end, the Director concerned may make himself/herself available for re-election. A Director may not serve on the Board for more than two consecutive terms. A tenure ‘year’  is ‘measured’ from one AGM to another.

At the end of the 2020/2021 financial year, the tenures of three directors comes to end, giving rise to three vacancies on the Board. The Directors concerned are:

Nivien Subramany has served on the Board, primarily in the capacity of Finance Director but has also served on the SAOA Executive Committee as well as the Coding Committee.

Nivien’s tenure as Director has come to an end but Nivien is available for re-election.
Leané Cilliers has served as a member of the SAOA Board in the capacity of Marketing Director.

Regrettably, due to personal and professional commitments, Leané will not be available for re-election.
Emmah Mahlangu has been A Director on the SAOA Board, responsible for Public Health, for two consecutive terms.

In accordance with the SAOA Memorandum Of Incorporation ( MOI), a Director may not serve for more than two consecutive terms; for this reason, Emmah will not be available for re-election.

A Notice of Nomination has been disseminated by the Ballot Officer which include details of the process and timelines.

WORLD COUNCIL OF OPTOMETRY PRESENTS ‘EYES AROUND THE WORLD’


An exciting continuing education day will encompass 3 time zones over 24 hours on 20 November 2021, with the goal to engage optometrists from around the world.

The conference programme includes speakers from 12 countries with presentations aimed at both practicing clinicians and optometric educators.  Presentations will cover clinically relevant topics such as diabetes, dry eye management, myopia management and speciality contact lenses. Optometric educators will find sessions on navigating the changing world of online clinical and didactic teaching and other valuable topics.

ALL LECTURES will be available online to registrants following the event. Multiple lectures will be COPE & CET authorized and hence CPD accredited for South African Practitioners. NB Registration fees will be waived for the first 1000 ‘Eyes Around the World’ registrants.
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OPPOSITION TO COID REGULATIONS GROWS WITH 130 BODIES CALLING FOR SCRAPPING

Stakeholders representing more than 130 cross-sectoral bodies have called on Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi to withdraw the "irrational" and "damaging" Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) draft regulations.

A statement issued to the Minister incorporates the wording “… We are alarmed by the recent regulations published by the Commissioner that we believe are ultra vires, irrational, unnecessary and if implemented, have the potential to damage the rights of workers, harm medical service providers and impact employers negatively…”

To read the full article, click here.

Have you registered for the next webinar?

Low Vision Evaluation & Sports Vision Evaluation

SPEAKERS: Hazel Sachorowitz & Jannie Ferriera


Date: Thursday 25 November 2021 | Time: 18h30 to 20h30
Completion of the Questionnaire allows you to CHOOSE the Webinars that are of interest to you and MUST NOT be seen as Registration to the Webinar.
REGISTRATION is REQUIRED FOR EVERY WEBINAR to ensure access.

NOTE: Upon receipt of the email with the LINK from marketing@saoa.co.za,  you are required to: 
Step 1: Click button below to view all topics
Step 2: Complete the 3 questions 
Step 3. Submit the form to ensure acceptance of your registration . The unique password will be sent to join the webinar.

REGISTRATIONS ARE MANDATORY AND CLOSE at 4pm on the date of each WEBINAR.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL WEBINAR TOPICS

 FORTHCOMING EVENTS


Save the date for the following events scheduled to take place soon:
 
25 NOVEMBER: CPD Webinar Series - Low Vision Evaluation & Sports Vision Evaluation webinar

Details of each activity/event will be made available in due course.
STAY SAFE

SAOA OFFICE: YEAR END CLOSURE 


Please note that the SAOA Office will be closed from 20 December 2021 to 2 January 2022. Members requiring driver certificates during the holiday period are advised to place orders no later than 14 December to ensure that the orders can be processed and distributed prior to the year-end closure of  the office.

Lucky Nkosi and Harry Rosen will be available to members throughout the  holiday season and can be contacted on 074 243 4261 or 084 482 4517 respectively

QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR CONCERNS CAN BE DIRECTED TO:
Lucky Nkosi - membership@saoa.co.za | 074 243 4261
Harry Rosen - 
ceo@saoa.co.za | 084 482 4517

Please be assured that conversations relating to personal circumstances will be regarded as private and confidential. 
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