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MEMBERSHIP

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Protect Rights to Practice

In a changing and somewhat turbulent environment, the SAOA is the one and only voice to ensure that the optometrist is recognized as a force and that the rights and interests of optometrists are considered by legislators and policy makers. Success is based on the power of the collective.

Indemnity Insurance

In the quest to ensure meaningful benefits for members, the SAOA secured a comprehensive indemnity insurance policy at very reasonable rates. The indemnity insurance cover, as negotiated, remains an important membership benefit. Due to legislative changes, please be advised that payment arrangements for 2022 will need to be between each individual member and the insurance broker. The SAOA are able to pay on behalf of members. Moving forward therefore, the following points are to be noted:

  1. For 2022, members are to be individually invoiced by the insurance brokers, CFP Brokers, who are authorised financial service providers.
  2. The comprehensive cover provided at reduced rates remains a benefit only for SAOA members in good standing.
  3. Members will be able to renew cover for 2022 via the broker’s Medical Malpractice System, MMONline.
  4. A dedicated email address has been created for SAOA members – insurance-saoa@cfpbrokers.co.za. Members can access all relevant information regarding indemnity insurance including the premiums for 2022.
  5. Taking cognisance of the above, SAOA membership fees for the 2021/2022 financial period have already been reduced to accommodate the indemnity cover premium

Marketing/PR

Programmes are instituted to address perceptions of relevant stakeholders including the public on a deliberate, planned and sustained basis. This includes initiatives to promote ‘Feet through the door’.

Preferential Rates

SAOA members enjoy significantly reduced rates for attendances at seminars and conferences as well as for practice materials.

In addition, arrangements are made for preferential rates for SAOA members across a wide spectrum of services ranging from banking to car hire.

CPD

To ensure that our members are kept updated re developments within the profession of optometry and industry as a whole, SAOA has introduced a spectrum of mechanisms to educate and inform members in the form of publications, newsletters, meetings and annual conferences.

Member Hotline

SAOA boasts a pool of expertise encompassing clinical, ethics, legal, practice management, etc. available to provide assistance and advice to members in various situations encountered in optometry practice.

News & Views

- Regular updates via News Flashes and website postings

- Access to wide variety of online Journal subscriptions.

- World Council of Optometry and African Council of Optometry Platform

MEMBERSHIP FEES

Full Practising Member

R 5 252,00

1st year Employed public (New)

R 1 122,00

1st year Employed(Private)

R 2 022,00

Non-resident/Non-practising

R 1 150,00

Employed Optometrists-Public

R 1 573,00

Employed Optometrists-Private

R 3 062,00

Dispensing Opticians

R 1 622,00

Affiliates (Ophthalmologists)

R 2 400,00

Senior Member 65+ (Practice and Employed)

R 422,00

Part Time Optometrists

R 2 822,00

Academic

R 1 430,00

Full Senior 70+ (New)

R 0,00

1st Year Self Employed

R 3 062,00

Optometric Assistants

R 480,00

Ocularists (OASA)

R 772,00

Associate Members

R 840,00

APPLICATION PROCESS

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New or Re-joining Membership Application

First create a profile. When finished and submitted, an e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address provided with login details. Please follow the instructions in this e-mail to complete the registration process.

Non-member E-User

Create a profile to become an “Event User”. This will allow you to register for congress, webinars and other CPD activities that appear on our Calendar and Event section.

SAOA Member

All current SAOA members, in good standing (no membership fees outstanding) go to the LOGIN tab, choose 'Member Area' to login.

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