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Season Greetings from SORSA

Dear members,

As we bid farewell to 2020, a year where we, radiographers displayed our strength as frontline workers during the COVID 19 pandemic, let us remember those that will continue to provide an instrumental service over this festive season.

Our heartfelt condolences to those that have lost loved ones this year and our empathies to those that have had wage restrictions due to loss of revenue in radiography services.

You are all valued and appreciated.

SORSA wishes you all a safe festive season and a blessed 2021.

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Tribute to Past President: Brenda Rees

The Society of Radiographers of South Africa (SORSA) wishes to pay tribute to Brenda Rees who died on 28 December 2020. Our condolences to her family and friends. Brenda trained as a radiographer at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. She qualified in 1963 and spent many years working at Mpilo Hospital. After many years she decided to move south and worked for some time in Cape Town. She relocated to Port Elizabeth and then joined the staff at the PE Technikon (now the Nelson Mandela University) as senior lecturer, where she fulfilled various roles and retired several years ago.

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The 16th Annual International Conference on Clinical Ethics & Consultation

Date: 30 Nov – 3 Dec 2021
Venue: Spier Estate, Stellenboshc, South Africa

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SORSA 3rd Vitural Symposium

SORSA is proud to announce our 3rd virtual symposium which will take place on 27 March 2021. Registration is free for all (members and non members). Radiographers are urged to register by accessing here.

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Attention colleagues performing obstetrics ultrasound, kindly find notice for your attention.

Dear colleagues

The ultrasound examination offered by the HPCSA Professional Board for Radiography and Clinical Technology (PBRCT) includes obstetrics, gynaecology, abdomen, small parts and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Of concern it that the examination will exclude those radiographers who provide obstetric ultrasound services at district level health facilities. SORSA therefore requested the HPCSA Professional Board for Radiography and Clinical Technology (PBRCT) to urgently consider the negative impact this exclusion would have on service delivery of obstetric ultrasound to the general public.

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Position Statement
Radiographers are frontline healthcare professionals

The Society of Radiographers of South Africa (SORSA) recognises radiographers in all four categories (diagnostic, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine and ultrasound) as frontline healthcare professionals.

Radiographers directly interact face-to-face with patients of all ages on a daily basis. Radiographers are part of a healthcare-team and their services contribute to the continuing management and treatment of both inpatients and outpatients. In most healthcare facilities radiographers provide a service during normal hours and after hours including public holidays.

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A Message to Radiographers

Dear colleagues

SORSA would like to applaud all radiographers for their role and contribution in handling the current Covid-19 pandemic.
As an essential part of the frontline medical team we commend you on the part that you play in patient management.
We ask that you keep safe and know that you are valued and appreciated. Let's work together to curb this pandemic.

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WHO-ISRRT anti-smoking awareness campaign

As radiographers we have first hand experiences of the impact that smoking has on the health of individuals. In keeping with the theory of behaviour change and professionalism, radiographers should ideally assume a role modelling position by advocating for the elimination of smoking habits among our patients and colleagues. The aim of this campaign is to support the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) by educating and resourcing institutions offering radiography programmes with the view of reducing the impact of tobacco use in the profession as a whole.

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ISRRT Response Document - Appropriate and safe use of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy with infection control measures considered in addition to standard radiation protection procedures.

ISRRT Board of Management approved April 2020

Based on Input to the World Heath Authority (WHO) Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) meeting facing COVID-19 held March 27th 2020 and development of various WHO/IAEA Technical documents including ‘WHO-Rapid Advice Clinical Guide on appropriate use of radiological imaging in COVID-19’ and IAEA/WHO Technical brief for Nuclear Medicine in COVID-19.

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As a result of the strictly regulated medical industry, economic challenges and pressures that we face and the opportunity for various innovative business ventures, we have compiled the below article on the rules and regulations with regards to the sharing of rooms and the HPCSA.

The concept of a medical “one-stop shop”, I.e. a medical centre which hosts a variety of doctors and other medically trained individuals- general practitioners, dentists/ other specialists are permitted.

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