2015 Tax Discussion Paper And Reforms
To Support Australia's Dental Industry

Businesses across the dental industry are being encouraged to think about Australia’s taxation system, the need for reform and what this may look like. This important opportunity stems from the release by the Australian Government of a discussion paper on tax reform.

The ADIA-BAC Business Affairs Committee is liaising to member businesses to ensure tax reform produces an environment which allows businesses across the dental industry to grow, create jobs and operate sustainably.

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Dental Industry News April 2015

Museum Exhibition Explores Dentistry In Combat

To mark the centenary of World War One, a new exhibition housed at the Melbourne Medical School’s Medical History Museum takes an in-depth look into dental and medical practice undertaken during the conflict.
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ADIA Affirms Support For Export Market Development Grants Scheme

Businesses in the dental industry have had their position put forward with regard to the Australian Government’s Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme by way of advocacy on the part of the ACCI.
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Radiation Protection In Planned Exposure Situations

Members of ADIA are encouraged to review the draft Code for Radiation Protection In Planned Exposure Situations, which will apply to radiation exposure in workplace situations and relates to the design of facilities, equipment, and operating procedures.
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New Guidance On ARTG Sponsorship Requirements

New guidance released this week state that changes to the sponsorship of therapeutic goods in an entry on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) must be notified to the TGA within three months.
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Dental Media ― April 2015

Public Dental Patients In Limbo

24/04/2015 Herald Sun (Newspaper, Victoria)

With uncertainty over Victoria's funding for public dental services under the National Partnership Agreement, the services say they have been placed in limbo as waiting lists lengthen.

Royal Flying Doctor Pilot Dental Program TOOTH Seeks Funding

25/03/2015 Brisbane Times (Newspaper, Queensland)

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is usually associated with medical emergencies and evacuations, but since 2012 its new dental program has flown into outback NSW. The program's funding is nearly over and so it is now looking to federal and state governments to continue and expand.

Calls For Better Use Of Overseas Dental Systems In The ACT

29/03/2015 Brisbane Times (Newspaper, Queensland)

An ACT Legislative Assembly report inquiry has stated that improved awareness of the country of origin of custom-made dental devices would give better protection to patients and dental practitioners. Currently there is an implied requirement to inform patients but not a regulatory one.

How Your Life Will Change

29/03/2015 Sunday Telegraph (Newspaper, New South Wales)

The re-election of the Baird Coalition Government for New South Wales over the weekend has set the mandate for reforms such as new health care facilities, training of 96 Aboriginal dental assistants, and more rural-based medical trainees.

Concern Over Imported Dental Devices

30/03/2015 Canberra Times (Newspaper, Aust. Capital Territory)

An ACT Legislative Assembly inquiry report has warned of the risk to patient safety from poor-quality imported dental devices including crowns, bridges and dentures, and has called on the ACT Government to request that the TGA and Dental Board of Australia amend the current regulations.

A Day In The Life Of British Teeth

31/03/2015 The Australian (Newspaper, National)

A surge in interest in cosmetic dentistry has resulted in the income of British dentists rising by more than 20 per cent since 2010, according to research.

Funds Try To Poach From Big Insurers

31/03/2015 Australian Financial Review (Newspaper, National)

As the April 1 deadline looms for health insurance customers to switch providers and avoid rising premiums, it is worth considering that health funds that are owned by their members might be small but they can compete on price and product design.

Review Seeks Competition In Human Services

31/03/2015 Australian Associated Press (AAP)

A landmark review of competition policy in the social services sector called for states to set up trial projects in sectors ranging from child care and health to prisons and schools, citing the example of a Queensland voucher system for dental care which had eliminated long waiting times.

Regional Champion To Head Rural Medical School Bid

1/04/2015 Get Regional (Online News Source, National)

Mr Mark Burdack has been appointed to lead the next stage of Charles Sturt university's Murray Darling Medical School initiative. Previously, Mr Burdack played a key role in the University's successful bids for federal government funding to establish the CSU School of Dentistry and Health Sciences and community dental clinics in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga.

Oral Health Collaboration

1/04/2015 Australian Pharmacist (Trade Magazine)

This oral health position statement provides a foundation for pharmacists and the dental sector to work collaboratively to support better oral health in the community and consequently better general health.

Association Seeks Pensioner Dental Scheme

2/04/2015 The Senior News (Newspaper, National)

An oral health scheme aimed specifically at age pensioners is the focus of the Australian Dental Association’s 2015-16 federal pre-budget submission.

Health Cover's Scant Rebates

5/04/2015 Sunday Mail (Newspaper, Adelaide)

Major private health insurers are leaving some policyholders hundreds of dollars a year worse off because of miserly rebates on hospital and other expenses such as dental and optical treatment. Amid expert warnings consumers need to consider more than just the cost of their premium, new figures reveal substantial differences in how much leading funds return to customers after medical procedures.

Make Sure Dental Choices Don't Come Back To Bite You

10/04/2015 Adelaide Advertiser (Newspaper, South Australia)

Cosmetic surgery has benefits but the Australian Dental Association of South Australia believes it often results in structural weakness as a trade off and is warning against undertaking procedures overseas.

Business Owner Imports High Tech Dental Tools From Sweden

14/04/2015 The Northern Star (Newspaper, Regional New South Wales)

Hans Ravik started TrollDental after he left Sweden to search for something different. He was making a living as a dentist but couldn't get the tools he could in Sweden, so he started importing them.

Is Your Toothpaste Doing More Harm Than Good?

15/04/2015 Daily Telegraph (Newspaper, New South Wales)

The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report into the state of the nation’s oral health reveals half of all six-year-olds have decay in their baby teeth and one in two 12-year-olds has decay in their permanent teeth.

Health Crisis - AMA Slams Hospitals

16/04/2015 Herald Sun (Newspaper, Victoria)

Victoria’s public hospitals are failing to meet targets to treat emergency department patients within four hours, but waiting times for elective surgery have dropped, a new report card shows.

Cut Concessions For Elderly Rich

18/04/2015 The Age (Newspaper, Victoria)

A new survey shows that the nation’s swelling ranks of seniors want better access to affordable dental care, assurances that there will be no co-payment or other ‘price-signal’ introduced to Medicare, more affordable private health insurance and an increase in the age pension to lift it above the poverty line.

Season Of The Germs

18/04/2015 Adelaide Advertiser (Newspaper, South Australia)

With the cold season upon us the Australian Dental Association notes that it’s important to change your child’s toothbrush every three months, recommending coinciding it at the start of each season.

Dentist Attention Needed For Geriatric Patients

18/04/2015 Science Network Western Australia (Online News Source)

A study conducted by the University of Western Australia, Charles Sturt University and The University of Sydney has shown that dental schools in Australia need to adjust their curriculum to better deal with tooth and oral health challenges for an ageing population.

Exhibition On WWI's Medical Heroes

23/04/2015 Special Broadcasting Service (Online)

After Gallipoli it was realised there was a need for dentists, with many soldiers treated in hospital for mouth rot and dental issues. An exhibition opening at Melbourne University on 24 April 2015 looks at the history of dental and medical personnel during World War One

Dental Industry Seminars & Courses

The Art of Reciprocation and Obturation

20/05/2015, Rosebery - Gunz Dental

This course is designed to acquaint and familiarize participants with the use of VDW’s Reciproc and root filling methods using the Beefill 2-in1 unit plus the new Guttafusion technique. The benefits of reciprocation are an efficient, safe and predictable canal
preparation. We will discuss severely curved canals and how to approach them. Participants will be able to see how the devices work on prepared plastic root canals and extracted teeth as they carry out practical exercises using these.

2016 ADIA Victorian Dental Show

17/06/2016, Melbourne - ADIA Victorian Branch

The 2016 ADIA Victorian Dental show combines a regional trade show with the biennial state convention convened by the Australian Dental Association - Victorian Branch. This important eventis widely recognised as the best state-based dental trade show.

Endodontic Trouble-Shooting

15/10/2015, St Leonards - ADA CPD

The course is aimed at general practitioners who want first-hand experience in techniques to reduce the incidence of problems to an absolute minimum. This intensive program will be invaluable for clinicians serious about making endodontics an important and growing part of their practice.


Australasian Osseointegration Society Conference

14/10/2015, Canberra - Australasian Osseointegration Society

This distinctive event is an international meeting of world class standard with highly respected speakers who mix clinical knowledge and ground-braking new techniques with solid scientific background. The event will provide something for everyone: dentists, technicians, hygienists and staff, with multiple parallel sessions, oral presentations, training workshops, and a large exhibition with all the global leading companies offering the latest products and technological innovations.  

ADIA Western Australian Branch Meeting

8/08/2015, Perth - ADIA Western Australian Branch

The ADIA Western Australian branch meeting allows for employees of member businesses to come together to discuss changes to the local commercial and regulatory environment.

The Basics of Clinical Photography

5/08/2015, St Leonards - ADA CPD

Attendees will see reviews of all types of cameras and the armamentarium required to take extra and intra-oral pictures. People easily comprehend visual data and this course will show instant quality images can dramatically improve patient understanding and acceptance of treatment recommendations. . This course will be an invaluable experience for general dentists and specialists and will be useful for general photography as well.

Periodontal Therapy & Implant Maintenance

25/07/2015, Melbourne, VIC - Henry Schein Halas

This workshop is aimed at dentists and hygienists to discuss recent advances in periodontal therapy which have influenced our management of Periodontitis and Peri-implant diseases.
Clinical tips and protocols will be discussed which can improve healing and patient outcomes.
There will also be a workshop which will give participants an opportunity to trial ultrasonic and airpolishing devices on simulation models.

Detection of Oral Cancer and Mucosal Pathology

15/06/2015, Adelaide - Henry Schein Halas

New technologies available for the early detection of sinister pathologies including diffused light illumination, tissue autofluorescence, narrow band imaging and brush biopsy will be highlighted.
Discussion relating to integration of Identafi™ into clinical practice, communication with patients about the use of the device, and referral pathways will be covered


Dental Business Essentials - Appointment Book

23/05/2015, St Leonards - ADA CPD

This course will explain how to manage the practice appointment system for efficiency, growth and maintaining patients.

Modern Mouthguards

22/05/2015, St Leonards - ADA CPD

When a traumatic Dental injury occurs there is acute transmission of energy to the teeth and supporting structures. A custom built pressure laminated mouthguard will stay in position at impact and reduce these destructive forces minimising or eliminating injury.

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