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ISSUE 2 | VOLUME 5 |18 MAY 2016

STOP PRESS: HEALTH PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA CLOSES THE SOUTH AFRICAN ORTHOPTIC REGISTER

Unlike elsewhere in the world where orthoptists are an important part of the eye care team, South African orthoptists face the problem of extinction. Over the past few years, young, dynamic orthoptists have not been able to practise in South Africa, as the orthoptic register at the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has been closed. They have had to leave the country to seek employment as orthoptists elsewhere.

When the HPCSA restructured the Allied Health Professionals, the orthoptists were amalgamated with the optometrists and subsequently the register for orthoptists was closed. The orthoptists are vastly outnumbered by the optometrists and as such have no representation on the Optometry Board at the HPCSA.

Despite repeated correspondence with the HPCSA requesting that the register be reopened so that new orthoptists can be registered, no progress has been made. Ophthalmologists and especially paediatric ophthalmologists and strabismologists in South Africa are appalled by this sequence of events.

In July at the next HPCSA AGM, the South African Orthoptic Society will again present their appeal to have the register reopened. South Africa is a country in dire need of primary healthcare and it seems a great pity that orthoptists are excluded from contributing towards this end.

WSPOS strongly supports the re-opening of register of orthoptists by the HPCSA.We are asking that WSPOS members send an email to: admin@wspos.org with the title 'Re-open Orthoptic Register in South Africa' by 17 June 2016. We will consider this support for the Orthoptic Register at the HPCSA

 

 

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITORS

Welcome to the second WSPOS newsletter of 2016.

We are delighted to announce some exciting new initiatives including our new Ethics Bureau, which will be chaired by Dr Alex Levin.

This newsletter also announces the launch of our new Global Case Quiz reports where a key opinion leader presents a case study which we invite you to read and then send us your observations.

As well as presenting our own meetings we are busy spreading the WSPOS message around the world by attending international meetings including recent meetings in Taipei, China, New Delhi, India and Bahrain.

We are also very happy to announce that Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have joined us at WSPOS.

 

We are well advanced in our preparations for the WSPOS PAEDIATRIC SUB SPECIALTY DAY on Friday 9 September 2016. This will precede the XXXIV Congress of the ESCRS which takes place from 10–14 September 2016 at Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark. Further information on this meeting and all of our activities is available at www.wspos.org and we will be providing regular updates in future newsletters.

We would like to thank you again for your support of WSPOS and if you have any news that you would like included in our next newsletter, please contact us.

 

 

Dr. Nicola Freeman

 

MBChB, FCOphth (SA), MMed (SA)
Head of Paediatric Ophthalmic Service, Division of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

 

Dr. Nicola Freeman

 

Dr. Seo Wei Leo

MBBS (Singapore), MRCSEd (Ophth, UK), MMED (Singapore), FRCSEd (Ophth, UK), FAMS ( Singapore) Fellowship, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, USA (AAPOS)

 

Dr. Seo Wei Leo

 

Dr. Richard Hertle

MD, FAAO, FACS, FAAP (USA), Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Director, Children’s Vision Center, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, Ohio, USA; Professor, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical College, USA

 

Dr. Richard Hertle

 
 

GLOBAL CASE REPORTS QUIZ

Wspos would like to introduce a new feature to the newsletter. We intend to have case reports from around the world included in every newsletter. We would like our members to comment or send their suggestions for the same. Each of these cases will be stored on the education part of the website.

Dr. Monica Samant, from the Laxmi Eye Institute in Mumbai, India, has kindly sent on the first case presentation. The case is about a three-year-old female, who presented with decreased vision in her left eye. She had a history of OD s/p repair for penetrating trauma performed one month ago elsewhere.

Please take a look and reply with your suggestions as to what you feel should be done next. Please send your replies to: admin@wspos.org with the title 'Global Case Reports Quiz'. You could also reply as a comment to the case on the WSPOS Facebook page. The comments we receive will then be compiled and sent out in the next newsletter (July 2016). We will also provide an expert opinion for this case in the next newsletter.

 

 

 

Dr. Monica Samant

 

Dr. Samant completed her postgraduate training in ophthalmology from the D. Y. Patil Medical College, Kolhapur, India. She then pursued a comprehensive Ophthalmology and Pediatric, Squint and Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship from the renowned L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India.

In September 2015, Dr. Samant underwent a Research Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital, University of Pittsburg (UPMC). Her interests include paediatric cataracts, squint and genetics. She is involved in studies on the same and some of her work has been accepted and published nationally as well as internationally.

 

Click here to View Global Case Quiz

 

 


ETHICS BUREAU ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Dr. Alex Levin
Click here for Bio

 

We at WSPOS are in the process of finalising our Ethics Bureau and will publish the finalised list in our next newsletter. We are very happy to announce that Dr. Alex Levin has graciously agreed to chair the WSPOS Ethics Bureau.

We have selected nine bureau members for our Ethics Bureau by combining suggestions from the WSPOS Executive Bureau as well as Dr. Levin’s, in order to have as global a representation as possible. The Ethics Bureau will have the authority to review WSPOS activities regarding research and education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


RECENT MEETINGS

APAO 2016, TAIPEI
WSPOS SYMPOSIUM – ANTERIOR SEGMENT DISORDERS SESSION,

PAEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY & STRABISMUS SUBSPECIALTY
26 March 2016

 

 


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DOSCON 2016: OPHTHALMIC PANORAMA
Organized by the Delhi Ophthalmological Society

15-17 April 2016
New Delhi, India

 

 


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MEACO 2016, BAHRAIN
THE WORLD THROUGH THE CHILD’S EYES

4 May 2016

 

 

 


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FUTURE MEETINGS

 

IOA 2016, ROTTERDAM
NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY DISORDERS

30 June 2016


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APACRS & INASCRS CONGRESS 2016, BALI

WSPOS has two sessions here


 

 

PAEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY & STRABISMUS SYMPOSIUM,
Wednesday 27 July, 10.00-11.30


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WSPOS MASTERCLASS: PAEDIATRIC CATARACT SURGERY

Saturday 30 July 2016

 

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WSPOS PAEDIATRIC SUB SPECIALTY DAY
Friday, 9 September, 2016 in Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Preceding the XXXIV Congress of the ESCRS from 10-14 September 2016

 


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MEMBER SOCIETY MEETINGS

We have received a list of member society meeting updates which are now listed on the website


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We are very happy to announce that Nepal, Sri Lanka & Pakistan have now joined us at WSPOS

While Nepal and Sri Lanka have become chapters with web hosting by us, Pakistan has joined us as a member society. 

 

Nepal

Sri Lanka

Pakistan

 

BARCELONA CONGRESS INTERVIEWS

View interviews by David Granet with WCPOS speakers in Barcelona kindly sponsored by the University of California, San Diego, USA.

 

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Membership

 

 

Graph showing the ever increasing membership of WSPOS

 

 

 

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