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What is Orthopaedic Medicine ?
Thursday, 15 April 2010 08:22

The Society of Orthopaedic Medicine was formed in 1979 to develop the work of Dr James Cyriax and to promote the theory and practice of orthopaedic medicine. Membership consists of approximately 1700 doctors and physiotherapists.

Orthopaedic medicine is the examination, diagnosis and treatment of non-surgical lesions of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopaedic medicine began in 1929 when Dr James Cyriax observed a number of patients where the diagnosis was vague and the treatment non-specific. There appeared to be no satisfactory method for testing the function of soft tissues to achieve a clinical diagnosis. He developed a system of assessment aiming to accurately diagnose lesions of the musculoskeletal system and a non-surgical method of treatment for soft tissue lesions.

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Union Outraged by NHI Study
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 13:24

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) on Tuesday slammed the research by consultancy Econex into the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme.

The research was "yet another guesstimate exercise" purporting to be a credible study on the costs of the NHI, the union said in a statement.

Nehawu said the research had been commissioned by private hospitals --"hardly a reassuring indication of objectivity".

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NHI all About Transformation - Motsoaledi
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 13:20

Government's main priority is to transform the health system, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has assured people who are not convinced about the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme.

Speaking during a debate on President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address, Motsoaledi said NHI skeptics are people who are against change and have no interest in the well-being and security of patients.

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ANC teams proposals for NHI are unrealistic (Bus Report)
Friday, 12 February 2010 13:04

ANC team's proposals for NHI 'are unrealistic' (Bus Report)

Fresh doubts have been cast on the viability of the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI).  Some of the proposals from the ANC's NHI task team were "unrealistic" and it was unlikely that all the deadlines and targets set by this team would be met, a source close to the recently appointed NHI advisory committee said yesterday.  The source said the committee was considering which aspects to take out or change from the original proposals before a policy document could be published. The source said a white paper was still a long way from being published because "we can't publish something that is not realistic". 

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Occupation Specific Dispensation - The SA Society of Physiotherapy Report
Friday, 12 February 2010 12:15

The Occupation Specific Dispensation process has not met the expectations of improved remuneration packages for physiotherapists in the public service, says the South African Society of Physiotherapy.

The South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP) is the recognised professional body, which represents a total membership of 3695, including physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, assistants and technicians working in the private and public sectors.  The Society strives to ensure the quality of physiotherapy services to all South Africans, safeguards the welfare of its members and supports health planners at all levels. Furthermore, it unequivocally supports the provision of accessible physiotherapy services, provided by appropriately qualified, skilled and remunerated practitioners.

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