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

Indigenous Health Initiative Targets Dental Decay

The Assistant Minister for Health has launched the Healthy Bodies Need Healthy Drinks education package this week, which incorporates proactive demonstration of the oral health benefits of drinking water over high sugar drinks.
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Consumer Spending Underpins Manufacturing Sector Growth

In a boost of positive news for ADIA members, today’s release of the ACCI – Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends for the September quarter shows that the manufacturing sector is benefitting from a strengthening of consumer spending.
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Focus on Anti-Bribery in International Business

ADIA member businesses involved in transnational trade and supply are encouraged to attend an information session on Australia’s anti-bribery regime being hosted by the DFAT to inform Australian business of international and domestic legal obligations.
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ACCI Industrial Trends Index Moves To Moderate Territory

The June quarter edition of the 2014 ACCI – Westpac Survey, wholly conducted after the 2014-15 Federal Budget was brought down, reveals that general business is moderating but remains firms as activity continues to consolidate.
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Dental Media ― September 2014

Tooth Fairies Of The Bush

14/09/2014 Sunday Mail (Newspaper, Adelaide)

When you need dental attention and you're a nine hour drive from Adelaide, the RFDS is the bush equivalent of the tooth fairy. Twice yearly, fly-in clinics go to remote communities to bring care to those too far away to get to a dentist.

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.

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 Service Decay Reversed

28/08/2014 The Border Watch (Regional, South Australia)

A new $2.7m public dental clinic has opened at the Mount Gambier Hospital. The clinic includes 10 dental surgeries, an intra-oral radiology facility, sterilisation area, waiting room and reception area, which is part of an overall redevelopment of the Mount Gambier Hospital.

Feature: Special Disability Trusts

1/09/2014 Financial Planning Association (FPA)

A trustee of a Special Disability Trust is able to pay for the beneficiary's dental and medical expenses, including membership costs for private health funds. This article outlines what a Special Disability Trust is and what it can be used for.

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.

Will This e-Generation Be Book Burners?

4/09/2014 Sydney Morning Herald (Newspaper, New South Wales)

University of Sydney's Library restructuring program will force some major changes, including loss of resources in the Dentistry Library.

3D Printing Technology Makes Its Mark In Dental Surgery

5/09/2014 Herald Sun (Newspaper, Victoria)

A Victorian-based dental laboratory has invested in a 3D printer to make models of orthodontic retainers for dental clinics across the country.

Dental Shortage In Rural Australia Sees People Remove Own Teeth

6/09/2014 Herald Sun (Newspaper, Victoria)

A shortage of dental workers combined with poor access to fluoridated water in rural Australia has meant scores of people are resorting to pulling out their own teeth. For those places that do have dental care on offer, low incomes in the bush means many rural residents are struggling to afford it.

Dental Work Set On Crowning Achievement

7/09/2014 Sunday Mail (Newspaper, Adelaide)

University of Adelaide researcher Dr Danijela Menicanin is investigating the possibility of being able to grow your own teeth using stem cells.

Flying Dental Checks For Mallee Community

8/09/2014 The Age (Newspaper, Victoria)

University of Melbourne Bachelor of Oral Health final year students were recently in country Victoria with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) to give free dental advice to locals. The initiative formed part of RFDS Victoria's Mobile Dental Care program.

Biting Hard

10/09/2014 West Australian (Newspaper, Western Aust.)

Our teeth have more of a link to health and major disease than most of us realise. Gum disease (periodontitis), for example, has a link to diabetes; but treatment of gum disease is simple and the sooner people seek help the less chance there is of irreversible damage.

Dental Industry Seminars & Courses

Simplifying Complex Ant & Post Comp Resin

14/02/2015, St Leonards, NSW - ADIA

In current dental practice many patients request the use of non-metallic or tooth coloured restorations to restore their teeth. In many instances this provides a challenge to the operator when the restorations are large or the patient has high aesthetic demands. The course will look at techniques for restoring anterior and posterior teeth with composite resin and how to manage larger restorations to achieve predictable aesthetic and functional outcomes. 

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 SA Branch Meeting & Christmas Celebration

4/12/2014, Adelaide - ADIA South Australia

The ADIA South Australian Branch 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 will be held in conjunction with the quarterly ADIA South Australian Branch Meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting guests will be served a catered lunch.

Hands-on MTA

7/11/2014, UQ School of Dentistry, Brisbane - The University of Queensland, School of Dentistry

The lecture component will cover indications for endodontic surgery, procedural accidents and their repair, and guidelines for the use and placement of MTA, as well as the use of MTA in traumatized underdeveloped teeth. During the practical component participants will prepare root end cavities using ultrasonic instrumentation under microscopy, mix and place MTA into these preparations and repair simulated perforation defects in natural teeth.

Creating a Culture For Your People and Business

25/10/2014, Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney - ADA NSW Centre for Professional Development

This course will assist principal dentists and practice managers with creating an outstanding practice that will attract and retain talented staff. The principles covered in this course have direct application to dental practices and will help you and your staff enjoy your work environment and be more productive.

ADIA-DRC Dental Regulation Committee

16/10/2014, Teleconference - ADIA National Office

The ADIA-DRC Dental Regulation Committee allows businesses within the dental industry the opportunity and contribute to the development of policy and standards for the supply of dental product.

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