ADIA Meets With Health, Environment &
Foreign Affairs Ministers To Secure Reform

As the peak representative body for suppliers of quality dental products our policy is developed by, and on behalf of, members in pursuit of a vibrant dental industry where government supports business growth and workplace innovation whilst removing excessive and sometimes redundant regulation.  To secure reforms to achieve such an environment, this month ADIA has met with a number of senior Ministers.

Issues discussed include dealing with dental products imported via the internet then supplied illegally, the Minamata Convention on Mercury and how public sector e-procurement disadvantages many small and medium-sized businesses.

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Dental Industry News November 2014

ACCI Reviews Innovation & Competitiveness Agenda

Today’s meeting of the ACCI General Council afforded the dental industry the opportunity to positively influence the policy debate on key issues including business taxation, workplace relations and international trade.
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Small Business Concerned About State Of Economy

The latest ACCI Small Business Survey results reveal overall business conditions have remained tough throughout the September quarter with small business pessimistic about the state of the economy.
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Medical Device Review Discussion Paper Released

A landmark review of the TGA will identify areas of unnecessary, duplicative, or ineffective regulation that could be removed or streamlined without undermining the safety or quality of therapeutic goods available in Australia.
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ANZTPA Initiative Shelved

The Australian Government together with the New Zealand Government has announced that efforts to establish a joint therapeutic products regulator, Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA), have ceased.
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Dental Media ― November 2014

#VicVotes: So Many Health Promises, So Little Vision

27/11/2014 Crikey (Online, National)

In a contribution to the Crikey health blog, Dr Christine Walker of the Chronic Illness Alliance notes that in the promises being made by candidates for the Victorian election, mental health figures well in all promises across Greens, Labor and the Coalition; however only the Greens recognise the need for more funding for dental services.

New Port Lincoln Dental Clinic Open

4/11/2014 Port Lincoln Times (Newspaper, Regional South Australia)

Investment into dental services around regional South Australia has seen the opening of a new clinic in Port Lincoln, the latest in a series of new facilities and upgrades to existing dental clinics.

TGA Red Tape Reduction Supports Local Manufacturers

4/11/2014 Australasian Dental Practice (Trade Publication)

Australian manufacturers of medical devices are better positioned to compete locally and globally thanks to regulatory change that cuts red tape according to the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of quality dental products.

Red Tape Reduction Helps Local Firms

6/11/2014 Bite Magazine (Trade Publication)

Australian manufacturers of medical devices are better positioned to compete locally and globally thanks to regulatory change that cuts red tape according to the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of quality dental products.

Tendon Grown In Lab

7/11/2014 Herald Sun (Newspaper, Victoria)

An Australian company working with four universities have announced the successful growth of whole human tendons in a laboratory.

'Major Improvement' In Children's Oral Health

7/11/2014 7 News Online

More New Zealand children are benefiting from the free services provided by the Community Oral Health Service, with an encouraging decline in tooth decay which brings lifetime benefits.

Health-care Complaints Soar In WA

8/11/2014 Weekend West (Newspaper, Western Australia)

Complaints in Western Australia currently amount to just over one complaint for every 100 of WA’s 64,000 health-care workers, including doctors, nurses, chiropractors, dentists, psychologists and pharmacists, according to the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency's recent Annual Report

Students All Smiles After Dental Van Visits

10/11/2014 Cowra Guardian (Newspaper, Regional New South Wales)

The Australian Mobile Dental Care van is a federally-funded program where eligible students can receive $1000 worth of free dental work every two years until they turn 17.

Pregnant Travellers Face A Bouncing Bundle Of Bills

11/11/2014 Canberra Times (Newspaper, Aust. Capital Territory)

Medibank customers have waiting periods start at two months, which covers most services. However for services such as obstetrics, pre-existing conditions, orthodontics and major dental work, there is a 12 month waiting period.

Shortfall In Dental Funding

11/11/2014 Central Western Daily (Newspaper, Regional New South Wales)

While the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) federal government funding initiative has had a positive impact on the number of people accessing treatment in Orange, NSW, in the past, a current freeze on funding is creating a challenge for the public dental service to keep up with demand.

Mystery Rubber Just Keeps Bouncing Back

12/11/2014 The Australian (Newspaper, National)

Thousands of blocks of gutta percha, used in root canal treatments, have been found over the past couple of years, washing up on beaches from Cornwall to Sweden. It is thought to be from a ship that sunk before World War Two.

Fat Chance Of Healthy Diets

16/11/2014 Herald Sun (Newspaper, Victoria)

A study has shown that only one in thirteen Victorians eat enough vegetables to meet the minimum standards to remain healthy and are guzzling more soft drink. This is having chronic effects on the overall health of the population.

Woman Wins $808,114 Payout After Dentist Botched Tooth Extraction

18/11/2014 Canberra Times (Newspaper, Aust. Capital Territory)

A woman has won more than $800,000 in damages after a piece of tooth was forced into her sinus during a botched molar extraction. The woman had visited a Canberra dentist with a toothache in December 2009.

Dentist Shortage In Nhulunbuy Fixed With Federal Government Programme

20/11/2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Online)

An ABC article looks in depth at the fantastic outcomes being achieved in the Northern Territory by a dentist who received funding as part of the Dental Relocation and Infrastructure Support Scheme (DRISS). The programme is administered by ADIA member Rural Health Workforce Australia.

Grins Out On Smiles First Trading Day

22/11/2014 Sydney Morning Herald (Newspaper, New South Wales)

Pacific Smiles' market value climbed 35 per cent on Friday, a huge result for its stock exchange debut.

Horror Week Erases Year's Gain As Iron Ore Slumps

22/11/2014 Australian Financial Review (Newspaper, National)

Dental chain Pacific Smiles was the best performer of the day, when shares were ending sharply lower for the week, erasing the year's gains in the process.

Budgetary Cutbacks In Dental Services Are Hitting Rural Communities

24/11/2014 Crikey (Online, National)

Improving dental health for people in the bush is an important issue in its own right. The current state of dental and oral health care in rural areas, and the impact that budget cuts to public health services is having in these areas, is comprehensively covered in this article

This Should Leave You Smiling

25/11/2014 Adelaide Advertiser (Newspaper, South Australia)

Lidums Dental in Adelaide is realising a vision to build the ultimate centre of excellence in dentistry for people demanding better quality and health outcomes. Dr Lidums, a prosthodontist, wanted to establish a dental centre that would improve patient experience, and ultimately, improve their health and quality of life.

Spike In North Coast Public Dental Waiting List

25/11/2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Online)

Dentists in the north coast of New South Wales are reporting that vouchers that allow public patients to be treated for free by private practitioners have not been issued since the start of July. Despite waiting lists in the area jumping more than 50%, the private sector is unable to help out due to the lack of vouchers being issued.

Kids Get Dental Help

25/11/2014 PS News Online (Public Sector News Website, Western Australia)

A special exemption from the Chief Pharmacist means Western Australian health workers will soon be able to apply fluoride varnish to help prevent tooth decay among children in remote communities.

Dental Industry Seminars & Courses

ADIA Victorian Branch Christmas Celebration

3/12/2014, Melbourne - ADIA

The ADIA Victorian Branch Christmas Celebration is a great opportunity to catch up with your industry colleagues and reflect on the achievements of ADIA during the year in a social setting. Ticket price includes canapés and drinks.

Clinical Local Anaesthesia

23/10/2015, St Leonards - ADA CPD

This program aims to improve your understanding of local anaesthetic agents and help you to master techniques that are seldom taught in undergraduate training.
In this workshop you will review relevant neuro-physiology, the pharmacology of local anaesthetic agents, complications and systemic overdose.


The Exceptional Dentist: Patient Communication

31/07/2015, Melbourne - Momentum Management

Build relationships with your patients, create loyalty to your practice and encourage acceptance of comprehensive treatment without selling or pushing.

The Exceptional Chair Side Assistant

23/04/2015, Sydney - Momentum Management

Teach your Chair Side Assistant to be much more than a person who does suction! You will learn how to: Set your day up for success with a well run morning meeting; Be prepared and learn to anticipate your dentist's needs before they know what they want; Provide the fundamentals of four handed dentistry; Learn to support your dentist in communicating with your patients; Build relationships with your patients; Run efficient sterilisation procedures; and Make your dentist happy!

Practical Endodontics

11/03/2015, St Leonards - ADA CPD

This course is designed for general dentists who wish to provide excellent endodontic care for their patients through advanced rotary instrumentation, effective irrigation and masterful obturation. This exciting program covers clinical solutions and suggestions on how to treat simple to moderately complex endodontic cases as well as hands-on workshops designed to enhance the clinicians’ practical skills.

Aesthetic Smile Correction in Composite Resin

20/02/2015, St Leonards, NSW - ADA CPD

This one-day program will focus on the direct placement of composite resin for the correction of aesthetic issues, ranging from mis-shaped or mis-aligned teeth to discoloured teeth. The morning lecture will highlight the important aspects of smile design. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to select shades of composite and how to manipulate and place layers of different shades of composite to produce an improved aesthetic outcome. 

Four Handed Dentistry for the Dental team

18/02/2015, St Leonards, NSW - ADA CPD

This program will provide training for the dental team to help them work together in a productive and efficient way. It will demonstrate how to lessen fatigue, stress levels, improve posture and to work together as a cohesive team. It will also improve the dental assistant anticipation of procedures. Participants will be shown how to make minimum movements throughout the procedure to facilitate four handed dentistry. 

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 New South Wales Branch Meeting

11/12/2014 - ADIA New South Wales

The ADIA New South Wales 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 over canapes and beverages.

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