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HPCSA registration window for dental assistants closes soon
HPCSA registration window for dental assistants closes soon

Experienced, but unqualified dental assistants have until 7 October 2017 to apply to the HPCSA for a two-year registration period

27 Sep 2017

Announcing the Pan-African Health Tourism Congress 2017
Announcing the Pan-African Health Tourism Congress 2017

The Pan-African Health Tourism Congress, scheduled to take place from 8-9 June at the uMfolozi Hotel Casino Convention Resort, Empageni, Richards Bay, is the flagship event of the health tourism sector...

Issued by Pan-African Health Congress 31 May 2017

Medici medical app launches in South Africa
Medici medical app launches in South Africa

A medical app, Medici, that is said to be revolutionising the doctor-patient relationship, is now available in South Africa...

20 May 2017

Unqualified dental assistants have six months to register
Unqualified dental assistants have six months to register

Unqualified, but experienced dental assistants have six months from 7 April 2017 to register with the HPCSA, or face not being able to practise...

11 Apr 2017

Minister to amend scope of dental therapists
Minister to amend scope of dental therapists

Changes to scope of profession for dental therapists have been forwarded to the minister of health for promulgation...

5 Apr 2016

Unqualified, but experienced dental assistants registration update
Unqualified, but experienced dental assistants registration update

The HPCSA has submitted recommendations to the minister of health regarding amendments to qualifications required to register as a dental assistant...

1 Apr 2016

Dental assistants must register or face prosecution
Dental assistants must register or face prosecution

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) wishes to remind dentists that all dental assistants must be registered with the Council by 31 March 2016 or face criminal prosecution of the dental assistants and the dentists who continue to employ unregistered dental assistants...

16 Feb 2016

Injection-free, pain-free dentistry now in South Africa
Injection-free, pain-free dentistry now in South Africa

The revolutionary Biolase laser technology is now available in South Africa, providing consumers with injection-free and pain-free dentistry...

11 Nov 2015

Second annual Dental Africa Exhibition and Conference in Lagos
Second annual Dental Africa Exhibition and Conference in Lagos

The second annual Dental Africa Exhibition and Conference, organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, will be held at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos, Nigeria on 7-9 October 2015...

1 Sep 2015

Taking the bite out of loadshedding
Taking the bite out of loadshedding

Picture this... You're sitting in the dentist's chair, you've lost all feeling in the left side of your face and you would have drool running down your chin if it wasn't for a regular application of the suction tube...

By Nicci Botha 22 Jul 2015

Reduce cardiovascular disease - look after gums
Reduce cardiovascular disease - look after gums

Research published in the British Medical Journal has shown that people who never or rarely brush their teeth are 70% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who brush twice a day...

21 Jul 2015

New dental scans reduce radiation, improve knowledge
New dental scans reduce radiation, improve knowledge

In dentistry, x-ray technology has enabled practitioners to see beyond the solidity of teeth and surrounding tissues and bone structures, rather than relying on the patient's description...

10 Mar 2015

Nurturing nature can go a long way
Nurturing nature can go a long way

The recent crowning of South African beauty Rolene Strauss as Miss World has opened up the age-old debate about the importance and impact of physical appearance again...

13 Jan 2015

Dental solution for poor sleep
Dental solution for poor sleep

A solution to poor sleep patterns, caused by sleep apnoea and excessive snoring, can be found at the dentist. These sleep disturbances are a cause of fatigue and frustration not only for the sufferers, but also for their sleeping partners.

11 Nov 2014

Refurbishment of TUT dental division leaves staff, students smiling
Refurbishment of TUT dental division leaves staff, students smiling

A massive overhaul of the TUT Dental Technology has resulted in what could now be considered the most advanced dental technology training laboratories on the African continent. It is one of only three institutions in South Africa offering the Dental Technology degree.

27 Oct 2014

Oxbridge Academy responds to false claims about its accreditation
Oxbridge Academy responds to false claims about its accreditation

This article is Oxbridge Academy's response to an HPCSA statement titled Oxbridge Academy in Stellenbosch not accredited that was published on Bizcommunity.com and other media during January.

1 Oct 2014

Augmented Reality is shaping the future of dentistry
Augmented Reality is shaping the future of dentistry

Clinical dentistry is a complex area of medical practice. Dentists need to have exceptional problem-solving abilities in order to combine the information obtained from patients and their experience for proper diagnosis. Now, identifying specific dental ailments and conducting surgeries turns out to be extremely challenging for dentists. This is where Augmented Reality can add value into their practice.

By Sandeep Agrawal 19 Aug 2014

Tips to keep teeth white
Tips to keep teeth white

Teeth can be stained from the outside (extrinsic) and become discoloured from the inside (intrinsic) depending on the cause. Avoiding certain mouthwashes, antibiotics, smoking, watching what you eat and meticulous oral hygiene will help keep your teeth stain free.

By Dr Marc Sher 27 Mar 2014

Oxbridge Academy in Stellenbosch not accredited - HPCSA
Oxbridge Academy in Stellenbosch not accredited - HPCSA

The Professional Board for Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has warned the public that Oxbridge Academy in Stellenbosch is not accredited by the Professional Board to offer Dental Practice Assistant training.

28 Jan 2014

Glass-ionomers fillings not inferior to silver amalgam
Glass-ionomers fillings not inferior to silver amalgam

New findings by Dr Steffen Mickenautsch and Professor Veerasamy Yengopal from the Systematic Review initiative for Evidence-based Minimum Intervention in Dentistry (SYSTEM Initiative) based in Wits University's Department of Community Dentistry/Faculty of Health Sciences indicate that there is no evidence that high viscosity glass-ionomers are inferior to silver amalgams.

16 Jan 2014

Wits medical students excel in specialist examinations
Wits medical students excel in specialist examinations

Wits students towered head and shoulders above the rest in the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa examination held in October 2013.

9 Jan 2014

Guarding against periodontal disease in pregnancy
Guarding against periodontal disease in pregnancy

Periodontal disease can put an unborn baby at risk and pregnant moms must guard against this with increased dental hygiene.

12 Nov 2013

Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Awards 2013/14
Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Awards 2013/14

Pfizer together with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) are offering South African media the 'Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards for 2013/14.

15 Aug 2013

South African dentists show lack of confidence in future

Amongst the key findings of the latest quarterly survey conducted by PPS of more than 150 South African dentists are that they are becoming increasingly concerned about the future of their profession in the country and their ability to earn an income that keeps up with inflation.

8 Apr 2013

If you're content, we're content
If you're content, we're content

"Content" is currently on everybody's lips, with everyone from the existing media to brand owners and individuals being encouraged to become content providers. Bizcommunity has been ahead of the content curve for over a decade.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 18 Mar 2013

HPCSA extends deadline for submissions on medical tariffs
HPCSA extends deadline for submissions on medical tariffs

The Medical and Dental Professions Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has extended by 21 days the deadline for submissions to determine guideline tariffs for medical and dental services.

4 Feb 2013

Dentists turn to court over regulations
Dentists turn to court over regulations

Dentists want the High Court in Pretoria to set aside a government decision to impose regulations on their assistants, The Star reported on Monday (17 December).

18 Dec 2012

Doctors up in arms over council's tariff guidelines

Private sector doctors and dentists have criticised tariff guidelines published by the Health Professions Council of SA last week as unscientific and out of kilter with the reality of running a healthcare business.

14 Aug 2012

HPCSA releases new tariff guidelines for medical, dental services
HPCSA releases new tariff guidelines for medical, dental services

Today, 7 August 2012, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) announced the implementation of new Guideline Tariffs in terms of Section 53 of the Health Professions Act (Act No 56 of 1974) that will serve a dual purpose to protect the public and guide healthcare practitioners on the rendering of accounts in terms of the prescribed ethical guidelines on informed consent by ensuring their clients/patients are fully informed about the cost of the potential service to be rendered.

7 Aug 2012

Preventing bacteria from falling in with the wrong crowd could help stop gum disease
Preventing bacteria from falling in with the wrong crowd could help stop gum disease

Stripping some mouth bacteria of their access key to gangs of other pathogenic oral bacteria could help prevent gum disease and tooth loss.

13 Feb 2012

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