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Celebrating 28 years of Early Communication Intervention at the University of Pretoria

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During late June, the Department of Health issued the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill and the Medical Schemes Amendment (MSA) Bill for public comment.

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Discovery Health welcomes the publication of the provisional findings of the Health Market Inquiry (HMI). The HMI has completed a massive task in assessing several complex markets, analysing extensive data and incorporating detailed stakeholder comment, and we believe that the HMI’s findings and recommendations will ultimately strengthen the private healthcare system for the benefit of its consumers.

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Dear SASLHA Member

The Inter-professional Rehabilitation Indaba (IRI) is a grouping of representatives of professional associations and other interest groups for Audiologists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Orthotists & Prosthetists and Optometrists. The IRI was established due to concerns about the low profile of the Rehabilitation professions in NDOH (National Department of Health) policy documents, with the possible resultant difficulty in accessing our services by the general population, especially those in rural and underserved areas.

Two IRI meetings have been held, the first in October 2017, hosted by OTASA (Occupational Therapy Association of SA) and the second hosted by SASLHA on 18 May this year. SASLHA will also host the next meeting, in November this year, and hosting will rotate to SASP (SA Society of Physiotherapists) in 2019.

The first meeting set the scene and examined the issues and processes affecting the inclusion of Rehab in NDOH policies and some of the possible areas where the IRI could impact on these processes and issues. The second meeting confirmed who the regular stakeholders in the IRI would be: the professions named above, representatives from their professional associations, HPCSA boards, the Joint National Rehab Forum and other stakeholders, such as Rural Rehab SA (RuReSA) and Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). The heads of two task teams, one to develop guidelines for an integrated comprehensive rehabilitation service within the priority programmes from primary to tertiary and specialised health care levels, and a second one to improve Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of disability and rehabilitation services, were also identified. During the second meeting a Skype conversation was held with Dr Steve Reid about the possible mandatory exit survey that the IRI would like to conduct with all Community Service therapists, linked to their registration as independent practitioners by the HPCSA.

The second meeting also determined which of the many possible activities of the IRI should be prioritised and which should be deferred until later. At the conclusion of the meeting a letter was drafted that will be sent out by the heads of the associations to Dr Yogan Pillay, the Deputy Director for Health in the NDOH, to request access to the reports by CHAI and the Health Systems Trust that detail what information about Rehab services is not available, so that the IRI can support the government in collecting this information.

Since the meeting a Memorandum of Understanding and Terms of Reference have been drafted and agreed to. The hosting association will represent the IRI for the duration of the calendar year of it hosting the Indaba, so SASLHA will represent the IRI until the end of this year.

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The American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery made the English version of the Guide available for free download at their website

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Dear members of Affiliated Society with the IALP,

We have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the 29th Congress of Union of the European Phoniatricians to be held in Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, Finland from 13-16.6.2018.

The congress will focus on the main four topics of our specialty: the study and treatment of voice, speech and language, hearing, and swallowing disorders. As a multidisciplinary specialty, we would like to welcome phoniatricians,speech and language pathologists, laryngologists, otorhinolaryngologists, audiologists, vocologists, acousticians, singing teachers and all those with interest in communication disorders.

Attached you can find a brochure of the congress and we hope you forward it to the members of your organization along with the website of the congress Also, kindly find from this link the latest newsletter of the congress.

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Ahmed Geneid Anu Jyrkkä and Miia Ruuskanen
President of the congress Secretary of the congress
Helsinki, Finland
The 3rd of March was International Ear Care Day. This event is an initiative advocated by the World Health Organisation to help promote hearing and ear care globally. The theme for this year’s event is “Make Listening Safe” Click here to view.
Dear Members

You will be aware that the HPCSA and the Competitions Commission have been engaged in discussions and negotiations regarding the Ethical Rules. The following information is taken directly from a communication from Mr Clifford Nkuna, Acting Head of Legal Services at the HPCSA in response to a request from the Chairperson of the ESC for clarification of the meaning and application of the Government Gazette 34767 of 25th November 2011.

Only two rules were found to be not in line with the Competitions Act. These are rule 3(2) and 4 relating to Canvassing and Touting and Information on Professional Stationery.

With regards to the other rules, the Commission merely expressed an opinion that depending on one’s interpretation, they may be viewed as uncompetitive but the ruling was that they do not contravene the Act.

With regards to the two rules that were found to be contravening the Competitions Act, the Council has been engaging the Commission over this aspect. We have finally agreed to amend the sections and our proposed amendments were discussed and approved by the Commission. We will finalize that process soon

You may therefore rest assured that the Ruling has no major impact on the Rules as they are at this stage.

Mr Nkuna undertook to keep me informed and advise me as soon as the changes have been made, published in the Government Gazette. Then only will they be enforceable. Until then all of the Ethical Rules apply, and those that are relevant to the practice of our professions are set out and interpreted for you in the Code of Ethics of SASLHA.
Kind regards
Susan M Swart, Chairperson ESC
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