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NEWSFLASH

TOPICS INCLUDED IN THIS EDITION:

  1. TRIBUTE TO CEDRIC BERGMAN
  2. LOVE YOUR EYES: EYE CARE AWARENESS MONTH (ECAM): 21 SEPTEMBER TO 18 OCTOBER 2021
  3. TAKEALOT SETS THE EXAMPLE OF A RESPONSIBLE CORPORATE CITIZEN AND  WITHDRAWS THE SALE OF CONTACT LENSES
  4. POPI ACT: DATA BREACHES
  5. SAOA MEETS THE PROFESSIONAL BOARD FOR OPTOMETRY AND DISPENSING OPTICIANS
  6. SAOA HOSTS STUDENT WEBINAR
  7. CMS PONDERS APPROVAL OF FIRST EVER CUT IN MEDICAL AID PREMIUMS
  8. UNVACCINATED PEOPLE ARE 11 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE OF COVID: CDC
  9. ‘MORE THAN 11001’ WEBINAR SERIES
  10. FORTHCOMING EVENTS

TRIBUTE TO CEDRIC BERGMAN

 

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to an optometrist and SAOA member, a businessman, friend and mentor. Cedric Bergman, may you rest in peace. We celebrate your life with all the great memories!! May God Bless Mrs. Bergman, Michael and Lindy at this time!!

LOVE YOUR EYES: EYE CARE AWARENESS MONTH (ECAM): 21 SEPTEMBER TO 18 OCTOBER 2021


Eye Care Awareness Month commenced on 21 September 2021 and will end on 18 October 2021, with World Sight Day to take place on 14 October 2021. As previously advised, the theme for ECAM 2021 is all about #LoveYourEyes.

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), with the support of its partners, including the SAOA, intends to deliver the biggest and most ambitious World Sight Day campaign yet, by encouraging everyone to take care of their own eye health. The global aim is to get 1 million people to have their eyes tested on World Sight Day, which falls on Thursday 14 October  2021.

To view the ECAM message as delivered by the SAOA President, click here.

The SAOA has arranged for a series of Love Your Eyes posts and patient-friendly media releases to be made available to members, which can be shared with patients via various media. To access the posts and media releases, click here. In addition, during ECAM, radio and TV interview are to be arranged throughout the country. For members who are willing to be interviewed, please contact Lucky Nkosi via membership@saoa.co.za.

TAKEALOT SETS THE EXAMPLE OF A RESPONSIBLE CORPORATE CITIZEN AND  WITHDRAWS THE SALE OF CONTACT LENSES


In response to our letter advising TAKEALOT that the sale of contact lenses via their platform was illegal, TAKEALOT responded:

“We would like to state from the outset that we appreciate your bringing the issue regarding the sale of contact lenses to our attention. As a responsible corporate citizen, we take seriously our responsibility in ensuring that all products advertised and sold on our website are safe and comply with relevant laws and regulations...

In responding to the contents of your e-mail, we have confirmed that the sale of contact lenses by any person other than an optometrist is prohibited by law and that customers must approach their optometrists to ensure suitability and safety of contact lenses.

It is for this reason that we have concluded that it is necessary that we delist the contact lenses being sold by Sellers, as we have already done on receipt of your email. If you are aware of any non-compliance by Sellers in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us......”


To view the full letter, click here.

POPI ACT: DATA BREACHES

 

To be compliant with the POPI Act, apart from protecting your data against data breaches, you must know what is expected of you when and if - despite best intentions - you experience a data breach. Data breaches are almost unavoidable, and it is therefore important to be well prepared for a data breach, when and if it happens. The recent looting and vandalism of practices is an example where computers were stolen which housed personal information of patients, staff members and others.

Section 22.1 of the POPI Act imposes an obligation on responsible parties to notify the Information Regulator of data breaches "as soon as reasonably possible." Under certain conditions, you must also notify the individuals who have been affected by the breach.

To view a comprehensive overview of an incident response plan, which includes a sample notification of a breach, click here.
 SAOA MEETS THE PROFESSIONAL BOARD FOR OPTOMETRY AND DISPENSING OPTICIANS
 
As addressed in a previous News Flash, the relationship between the SAOA and regulator is a symbiotic one and bilateral engagements between the two bodies are regarded as extremely important. In this regard, a formal meeting between the SAOA Board and the PBODO took place on Wednesday 22 September 2021. Issues addressed included online sale of optical devices, tele-optometry, expanded scope of practice, dispensing opticianry, Non-Government Organisations, mobile practices, compulsory indemnity insurance, amongst others.

To view notes of the meeting, click here.
 SAOA HOSTS STUDENT WEBINAR
 

The SAOA hosted a Student Webinar on 21 and 22 September 2021, primarily for final year optometry and dispensing opticianry from all academic institutions. The thrust of the event was to provide insights into the world of optometry and dispensing practice, from a practical perspective.

Topics addressed included ‘Role of the Optometrist and Dispensing Optician as vision and eye health care professional (Casandra Seethal), ‘The SA Optometric Landscape’  (Harry Rosen), ‘The Optometry Practice Checklist’ (Maemo Kobe), ‘Managed Care and the Impact of Medical Schemes” (Dollars Boloka), ‘SAOA Codes and Billing‘ (Marna Pieterse), ‘Indemnity Insurance ‘(Kristy Carr), ‘Managing Finances’  (PPS),  ‘The Basic Principles of Marketing’ (OB Molope), ‘Labour Related Matters’ (Gail Forsman) and ‘An Ethical Perspective’ (Harry Rosen). The event was orchestrated by SAOA Operations Facilitator, Michelle Naidoo and facilitated by SAOA Membership Liaison Manager, Lucky Nkosi.
 CMS PONDERS APPROVAL OF FIRST EVER CUT IN MEDICAL AID PREMIUMS
 
Medical aid role players are looking to the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) to see if it will approve what is described as the “first-ever” reduction in medical scheme premiums.

One of the largest schemes, Bonitas, has announced a reduction of premiums for 2022 for its cheapest option, BonStart, noting increases in the scheme’s reserves.

The CMS recommended an inflation-like increase of 4.2% to all medical schemes. It remains to be seen if the CMS will allow a decrease in premiums, as it is seen as an irresponsible practice to lower premiums through reserves.

To view the full article, click here.
 UNVACCINATED PEOPLE ARE 11 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE OF COVID: CDC
 
Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated, research has found, bolstering evidence that the inoculations continue to provide powerful protection, even against the Delta variant.

Latest studies from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also found that vaccinated people were nearly five times less likely to get infected and 10 times less likely to get so sick they ended up in the hospital.

To view the full article, click here.

Have you registered for the next webinar?

Neuro-optometric Examination & Eye related Neurological conditions and Management

SPEAKERS: Mr D J Bhoola & Prof Anand Moodley

Date: Thursday 7 October 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.

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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.
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 FORTHCOMING EVENTS


Save the date for the following events scheduled to take place during the first quarter of 2021:
 
21 SEPTEMBER to 18 OCTOBER: Eye Care Awareness Month 
7 OCTOBER: Neuro-optometric Examination & Eye related Neurological conditions and Management Webinar
14 OCTOBER: World Sight Day

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