2014 ADIA Parliamentary Meeting —
Strengthening Dental Industry Advocacy

Creating a pro-business environment where the dental industry can grow, create jobs and operate sustainably was the major focus of a recent meeting in Canberra at Parliament House convened by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). The dental industry's leadership met with key stakeholders including:

     Assistant Minister for Health
     Minister for Small Business
     Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
     Shadow Minister for Health
     Shadow Assistant Minister for Health

A major focus of discussions was on initiatives that cut red tape in order to allow businesses across the dental industry to grow, create jobs and operate sustainably.

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Dental Industry News September 2014

Policy Reform The End Goal At Today’s ACCI Meeting

ADIA will back ongoing efforts to cut government red tape, reduce business taxation, improve workplace flexibility and enhance economic competitiveness at today’s ACCI General Council meeting in Adelaide.
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Member Briefings On Proposed New Code

ADIA members are invited to comment on a proposed new ADIA Code of Practice that seeks to ensure that decisions made by dentists concerning health needs are based on sound clinical evidence, not driven by incentives offered by the dental industry.
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TGA Targets Selected European Notified Bodies For Audits

Applications for inclusion of medical devices in the ARTG that use supporting evidence from selected European notified bodies will be experiencing delays as the TGA audits all applications from these bodies.
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2014 ACCI National Red Tape Survey - Respond Now

To determine the extent to which red tape affects impedes the ability of the dental industry to grow, create jobs and operate sustainability, ADIA member businesses are being invited to participate in an annual red tape survey.
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Dental Media ― September 2014

Colgate Sinks Teeth Deeper Into Australia For $83m Profit

1/09/2014 Canberra Times (Newspaper, Aust. Capital Territory)

Colgate have delivered a 15 per cent rise in annual profit to $83.2 million. This is the second-successive year of double-digit profit growth for Colgate-Palmolive, who are estimated to have a 60 per cent share of the toothpaste market in Australia.

Committed to helping the people of New Guinea

3/07/2014 The Age (Newspaper, Victoria)

Jessie Williamson, who gave selfless humanitarian service as a medical missionary in The western portion of the island of New Guinea for 35 years, has died aged 75. She was an excellent nurse, being awarded a Surgical Nurse of the Year prize at the former Footscray District Hospital. She became a triple-certificate nurse and also undertook a short course in dentistry.

More To Retirement Than Just Filing Time

7/07/2014 Daily Telegraph (Newspaper, New South Wales)

Dr Niven, a dentist for 47 years, and his wife were on a holiday climb through Tibet three years ago when their Nepalese tour guide mentioned his village did not have a dentist. The Nivens did not hesitate to offer their services and, a few months later, were on their way to Junbesi, a tiny village on the original route to Mt Everest, with a bag full of dentistry supplies.

Caring for others was her forte

8/07/2014 Sydney Morning Herald (Newspaper, New South Wales)

Over time, Pam Hession became an ambassador for dentistry and Australia. The elegant young girl of the 1950s with the north shore "style" (twin-set and pearls, knee-length skirt and sensible shoes) evolved into the perfectly dressed hostess and mother and accompanied her husband, Reg Hession, around the country and world in his work as a dentist and head of the Academy of Dentistry International - Australasian Section.

Dentistry to property

9/07/2014 Australian Financial Review (Newspaper, National)

Sydney dentist David Penn has set up a new business, Oatley Property Company, with his former employee, Belinda Askew. Askew was an accountant at Southern Cross Dental Laboratories, through which Penn made his millions developing new medical supplies.

$325m for WA regional health

9/07/2014 West Australian (Newspaper, Western Aust.)

Manjimup will get a new $31.4 million hospital to replace the ageing Warren District Hospital as part of a $325.8m regional health spending spree by the WA State Government. The projects include expanded cancer services, dental clinics, pathology facilities, rehabilitation units and outpatient services.

All smiles as dental list empties

11/07/2014 Courier Mail (Newspaper, Queensland)

The Newman Government has completely eliminated Queensland's dental long wait list which had more than 60,000 patients languishing on it just 17 months ago. New figures reveal not a single patient left on the list has been waiting more than two years for treatment while the overall number of people seeking public dental services has fallen 37 per cent to 71,000.

Medical Device Incident Reporting

15/07/2014 ADA News Bulletin (Magazine, Australia)

Dentists and allied oral healthcare professionals are encouraged to report to the TGA adverse events that have involved actual harm to a patient / care giver or could have resulted in harm.

Landmark Advocacy Agenda For The Dental Industry

15/07/2014 Associations (Magazine, National)

The Australian Dental Industry Association has shared its experience in developing its advocacy agenda. Representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, ADIA makes a positive contribution to the national policy debate across areas as diverse as business taxation, workplace relations and workplace health and safety, in addition to international trade.

Dentist's patients await HIV tests

16/07/2014 The Australian (Newspaper, National)

Hundreds of patients of a dentist in eastern Victoria still need to be tested for HIV infection after the practitioner contracted the virus this year. Fewer than 90 of 399 at-risk patients have been cleared of contracting the virus in regional Bairnsdale after the dentist recently alerted authorities to the presence of HIV in his system.

Patients favour plan for quick HIV tests during visit to dentist

16/07/2014 Canberra Times (Newspaper, Aust. Capital Territory)

Eight out of 10 patients would be willing to get a rapid HIV test during a visit to their dentist. A study to be released at the Sydney University HIV Testing Symposium on Wednesday reveals widespread support for dentists being able to offer HIV testing to patients.

HIV Alert Took Six Months

17/07/2014 The Australian (Newspaper, National)

THE HIV-positive dentist in eastern Victoria alerted authorities to his status in January, raising questions about why health officials took so long to alert 399 people potentially exposed to infection. Victorian Health Minister David Davis yesterday defended the response time, saying the investigation into the dentist's work was lengthy, complex and required careful examination.

Spa Just The Drill

25/07/2014 Courier Mail (Newspaper, Queensland)

Arural Queensland dental service may well boast highly trained staff and world-class equipment, but what puts this operation in the winner's circle is its innovative and well-researched business model. Trehan Stenton, principal in DentalCareXtra, and his partner Dr Aziz Hany, spent four years developing an entirely new concept of dental care before opening their first office in Moranbah in 2013.

Bloody Gnawer - Teen Has 232 Teeth Out

25/07/2014 Courier Mail (Newspaper, Queensland)

Surgeons in India have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of a teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation. Ashik Gavai (pictured), 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw and the case was referred to Mumbai's JJ Hospital, where they found he was suffering from a condition known as complex odontoma, head of dentistry Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar said.

Passion Will Beat Brains

4/08/2014 Sydney Morning Herald (Newspaper, New South Wales)

Recent graduates with degrees in the arts, humanities, journalism, marketing and languages are struggling to find jobs in their field in the first year after graduation. However, it's not all doom and gloom on the job front, though as almost all full-time workers with degrees in health science fields, such as nursing, medicine, dentistry and physiotherapy, had found a job in their sector within a few months of graduating.

Gold Coast Health Allocates More Than $12.5 Million To Proposed Southport Health Precinct

18/08/2014 Gold Coast Bulletin (Newspaper, Regional Queensland)

Gold Coast Health has announced more than $12.5 million in funding has been allocated to transforming the former Griffith University Medical and Oral Health School into the new Southport Health Precinct.

Dental Services Pulled From Indigenous Clinic

19/08/2014 The Australian (Newspaper, National)

A Queensland clinic has reduced its dental outreach services amid an ongoing Medicare fraud investigation.

Dentists Take Molar Opposite Approach To Teeth Care

20/08/2014 Sydney Morning Herald (Newspaper, New South Wales)

Advice on how we should brush our teeth is ‘unacceptably inconsistent’, finds a new study comparing recommended methods in Britain, Australia and elsewhere. It found a ‘worrying’ lack of agreement between dental associations and even textbooks used to train dentists on how we should brush teeth or even for how long.

Uni Facing Trouble At The Top

25/08/2014 The Australian (Newspaper, National)

An impasse between the University of Adelaide and the South Australian government on providing extended hours to the 11,500 public patients treated by the university’s dental students each year, led to the government on 20 August 2014 putting services, handled for many years by the university, out to a public tender with all higher education providers.

Adelaide Faces Competition From London To Run Dental School

27/08/2014 The Australian (Newspaper, National)

ONE of Britain's leading universities, University College London, is poised to make a bid to supplant University of Adelaide to provide a public dental service and school, possibly in partnership with the University of South Australia.

Dental Industry Seminars & Courses

Oral Fungal Infections

8/09/2014, UQ School of Dentistry, Brisbane - The University of Queensland, School of Dentistry

This course is designed to provide an update in the latest information regarding oral fungal infections, a problem which is not only important in terms of oral health but which can be a sentinel of disruption to the patient's underlying health concerns. This course will increase your awareness of the importance of oral fungal infections and provide new insights and strategies to aid appropriate management.

ADIA Introduction To Dentistry Course

17/04/2015, Melbourne - ADIA National Office

For those who have recently gained employment in the Australian dental industry, the ADIA Introduction To Dentistry Course is an excellent program to develop an understanding of dentistry and the many individuals and groups that contribute to oral healthcare. This two day course provides an understanding of how the dental industry and profession work and also builds an understanding of the language, terminology and techniques used in dentistry.

ADIA Western Australian Christmas Party

5/12/2014 - ADIA Western Australia

The ADIA Western Australian Christmas Celebration is a great opportunity to reflect on the achievement of ADIA this year and catch up with your industry colleagues in a social setting. This event is preceded by a brief branch update. At the conclusion of the update, guests will be served lunch.

ADIA Western Australian Christmas Party

5/12/2014 - ADIA Western Australia

The ADIA Western Australian Christmas Celebration is a great opportunity to reflect on the achievement of ADIA this year and catch up with your industry colleagues in a social setting. This event is preceded by a brief branch update. At the conclusion of the update, guests will be served lunch.

ADIA Western Australian Christmas Party

5/12/2014 - ADIA Western Australia

The ADIA Western Australian Christmas Celebration is a great opportunity to reflect on the achievement of ADIA this year and catch up with your industry colleagues in a social setting. This event is preceded by a brief branch update. At the conclusion of the update, guests will be served lunch.

Medical Emergency Certification Training

22/10/2014, St Leonards - ADA NSW Centre for Professional Development

This hands-on program leads to certification in Advanced Life Support for dentists and staff. The training is designed to provide the practitioner and their support staff with a simple algorithm for the management of medical emergencies within the practice. Participants will learn about the most common life threatening medical conditions, how to recognise them and how to conduct a quick and accurate clinical assessment and lead the practice team in providing effective treatment.

Diagnosing & Intercepting Orthodontic Problems

26/09/2014, UQ School of Dentistry, Brisbane - The University of Queensland, School of Dentistry

Appropriate & timely interception of various orthodontic anomalies can result in favourable outcomes in carefully selected cases. It is important for any treatment modality to be justified from the cost-benefit perspective. This course will cover the following orthodontic anomalies: anterior crossbites, posterior crossbites & transverse discrepancies, ectopic canines , digit sucking, space maintenance, compromised first permanent molars, missing teeth & class II and III interceptive treatment.

ADIA New South Wales Branch Meeting

24/09/2014, Sydney - ADIA New South Wales

This is the only regularly scheduled meeting of New South Wales’ dental industry which allows businesses to receive updates on changes to the commercial, technical and regulatory environment.


Customized Partial Aesthetics & Characterization

24/09/2014, Melbourne - Heraeus Dental Australia Pty Ltd

The Course will show you a new revenue stream based on total Denture and CoCr par-tial frame work customization, involving Tooth, Gingiva Tinting and Tooth Coloring of Metal Clasps. Incorporated into the course fee is a chrome framework and model that each attendee will be able to work on and characterize. This can then be used to gauge interest once back in the clinic when consulting patients on their treatment.

Advances in Preventative Dentistry

15/09/2014, UQ School of Dentistry, Brisbane - The University of Queensland, School of Dentistry

This course is designed as an update in preventative dentistry for dental practitioners. The topics are divided into two groups so that that those of greater interest to oral health therapists, dental therapists and dental hygienists are in the morning, and those for dental prosthetists are in the afternoon, however the subject matter is of interest and relevance to all dental clinical team members. All content is relevant to dentists.

Australian Dental Industry Association Website Overview —


News & Issues

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ADIA An Introduction

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