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

SuperStream Rollout In Motion

The new SuperStream standard will make paying superannuation contributions significantly easier. Implementation has already begun in businesses around Australia and members of ADIA who employ staff will notice the changes already occurring.
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Former Innovation Australia Chair To Lead CRC Review

The Australian Government has announced a review of its Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) initiative, including the Oral Health CRC, which will be lead by Mr David Miles AM, former Chair of Innovation Australia.
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Minamata Convention Discussed With Environment Minister

ADIA has met with the Minister for the Environment, confirming the dental industry’s support for ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and highlighted the dental industry's need to access mercury for dental amalgam production.
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Communique Highlights Importance of Dental Accreditation

The latest DBA Communique to be distributed by the Dental Board of Australia discusses the guilty plea of a Victorian man to pretending to be a registered dentist, and reminders for dental practitioners to renew their registration.
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Dental Media ― November 2014

Smiles Brighten With New Dental Rig

30/10/2014 Warwick Daily News (Queensland, Regional)

A new school-based dental van is about to hit the road in south east Queensland, featuring the latest dental chair, fibre optics, x-ray equipment, onboard sterilisation equipment and room to secure records.

Rebecca Now Paying Painful Price Of Piercing

8/10/2014 Adelaide Advertiser (Newspaper, South Australia)

Rebecca Bell of Adelaide paid $50 for a tongue piercing. Following complications and infections, she's now had to pay thousands of dollars for dental and oral repair.

All Smiles At Murray Bridge Clinic's Official Opening

8/10/2014 Murray Valley Standard (Newspaper, Regional South Australia)

South Australian State Health Minister Jack Snelling has travelled to Murray Bridge to open a new public dental clinic. The $3.8 million facility, which opened on July 14, includes six dental surgeries, an intra-oral radiology facility, and equipment sterilisation area.

Hockey Positive About Market Despite Falls

12/10/2014 Hobart Mercury (Newspaper, Tasmania)

Following around $34 billion being wiped from the Australian share market on Friday, Treasurer Joe Hockey called for more optimism, saying there was a positive mood about global growth at IMF and G20 meetings he had attended in Washington.

Tassie Dental Crisis

12/10/2014 Sunday Tasmanian (Newspaper, Tasmania)

Almost 15,000 people are currently on Tasmania's general-care waiting list for dental services. The number of adults has grown 3.8 per cent although the average waiting time for public dentistry had fallen from 26 months last year to 18 months this year.

We Can't Handle The Tooth

13/10/2014 Adelaide Advertiser (Newspaper, South Australia)

Modern dental care has come a long way. Dental history shows that people were on to the idea of treating teeth around 7000BC. If you were unlucky enough to be born in the wrong place and time, you might have suffered tooth extraction as a punishment.

Building On Experience: Aboriginal Students Engaged In Indigenous Health Research

13/10/2014 The Age (Newspaper, Victoria)

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science at the University of Melbourne has Aboriginal students across all schools each mobilising change in their respective fields of health. Recognising previous work experience in the field has assisted to bring more Indigenous students to learn specialist skills and enable them to slowly change the health landscape for their communities.

Huge Fake Dental Equipment Haul

17/10/2014 BBC (International)

More than 12,000 pieces of illegal dental equipment have been seized in the UK in the past six months. The products, ranging from drills to X-rays, were counterfeit copies of major brands or sub-standard with fake documentation.

Smile please, a new Calwell dentist has arrived

17/10/2014 Canberra Times (Newspaper, Aust. Capital Territory)

Years of lobbying for a dental practice in the southern Canberra suburb of Calwell has finally paid off, with the new practice being opened by the ACT Minister for Community Services, Mick Gentleman, this week.

Tooth and Justice

18/10/2014 The Global Economist (Magazine, International)

The North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners (NCBDE) is taking their case against unregistered practitioners providing teeth whitening services to the American Supreme Court.

Adelaide Public Dental Clinic Facing Federal Funding Doubt

19/10/2014 7 News Online

The Light Square clinic in Adelaide was set up with government grants, support from the Australian Dental Research Foundation and significant donations from medical companies, but health changes announced in this year's federal budget have put its future in doubt.

Dentists Want 'Opt-Out' eHealth Record

23/10/2014 Government News (Publication, National)

Dentists have sunk their teeth into the slow and frustrated progress of Australia’s attempt to build a national eHealth system, telling the federal government the scheme needs to be switched to an ‘opt-out’ model and have a name change if participation is to increase.

Katter Tells Of Regional Dental Care Urgency

24/10/2014 North West Star (Newspaper, Regional Queensland)

Federal member for Kennedy Bob Katter has pleaded with the government to invest significant funding in dental care in rural and regional Australia, following reports from desperate North Queenslanders, some who have been forced to pull their own teeth out with pliers.

Romans' teeth better than modern Britons'

25/10/2014 Weekend Australian (Newspaper, National)

Despite access to modern dentistry, flossing and mouthwash, a study published yesterday has found that the buffed and brushed mouths of 21st-century Britons are still more likely to harbour gum disease than those of their third-century forebears.

Dentist Who Put Fluoride In SA Water

25/10/2014 Adelaide Advertiser (Newspaper, South Australia)

John Francis Irwin (1924-2014), is credited with the successful lobbying of the South Australian government to agree to the fluoridation of the state's scheme water. Irwin was an active member of the Australian Dental Association at both federal and national level.

Float of Medibank Private Is An Open Wound For Critics

25/10/2014 Sydney Morning Herald (Newspaper, New South Wales)

John Menadue, once the aide of Gough Whitlam, notes that while he does not see any benefit in keeping Medibank under public ownership, he would like to see some of the sale funds raised invested back into a "government dental scheme, or something similar."

The Drill Is, Be Patient If You Need To See A Dentist

25/10/2014 Queensland Times

In the 2013-14 financial year, the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service performed about 34,000 dental treatments and 25,000 school-based treatments for children, but dental waiting times - while they are slowly improving - continue to be a hard issue in the Ipswich, QLD area.

Dental Waiting Pain Up To 12 Years In Some Cases

27/10/2014 Warwick Daily News (Queensland, Regional)

In some areas of Queensland, dental waiting times reached up to 12 years in 2013. Queensland ADA says a lack of manpower did not cause the problem, rather funding and a demand increase.

Katungal Aboriginal Health Service Filling The Gap

29/10/2014 Narooma News (Newspaper, Regional New South Wales)

A regional NSW aboriginal medical service is using innovative programs to boost its dental services. Both the “Closing the Gap” program of the Sydney Dental Hospital and not for profit “Filling the Gap” program have been utilised in recent months to bring dentists to the area from as far away as England and Ireland.

Halloween Dental Health Feature

30/10/2014 The Australian (Newspaper, National)

Half of all Australian six-year-olds have decay in their baby teeth. If your children are out trick-or-treating this week, it might be a good time to think about their teeth.

Dental Industry Seminars & Courses

Cone Beam Computed Tomography

5/11/2014, Waterloo - NSK Oceania

This tutorial evening, presented by Endodontist Dr John Barbat, will demonstrate the impact of high resolution 3D imaging on diagnosis and treatment planning for endodontic cases as well as reviewing cases pertaining to the practical application of this technology.

Some Things Old, True, Borrowed and New

20/02/2015, St Leonards - ADA CPD

This one-day course will provide attendees with a pot pouri of clinical paediatric dentistry - for some confirming their ideas and practice whilst for others new ideas and approaches will be on show. The exciting mix of well known presenters and the new kids on the block promises to deliver a thoroughly original day of listening and learning.

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. 

Managing The Worn Dentition

13/02/2015, St Leonards, NSW - ADA CPD

Restoration of an extensively worn or badly broken down dentition can be complex, costly and time consuming to implement. Because of its complexity and cost, this treatment is often delayed until it becomes essential. Through lectures, clinical demonstrations and participation exercises, Professor Meyers will present four steps to restorative success: - Clinical evaluation of patients - Oral environment - New materials and techniques - Practical Experience

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. This event will be held in conjunction with the quarterly update meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting guests will be served canapes and beverages.

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. This event will be held in conjunction with the quarterly update meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting guests will be served canapes and beverages.

ADIA New South Wales Branch Christmas Celebration

11/12/2014, Sydney - ADIA

The ADIA New South Wales Branch Christmas Celebration is a great opportunity to catch up with your industry colleagues in a social setting over canapes and beverages and reflect on the achievements of ADIA over the past year.

ADIA Western Australian Christmas Celebration

5/12/2014, Perth - ADIA

The ADIA Western Australian Christmas Celebration is a great opportunity to catch up with your industry colleagues in a social setting and reflect on the achievements of ADIA during the year. Ticket price includes a three course lunch with some refreshments, but places are very limited so register now to confirm your seat.

ADIA Queensland Branch Christmas Celebration

2/12/2014, Brisbane - ADIA

The ADIA Queensland Branch Christmas Celebration is a great opportunity 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 some refreshments.

Maximise Chair-Time Utilisation

18/11/2014, Spring Hill - Queensland

The two hour masterclass qualifies for 2 CPD hours and will demonstrate the drivers of practice revenue and the steps required to increase Utilisation. These steps include the establishment of a highly effective recall process, new patient acquisition strategies, Short Notice Cancellation management and a reduction in FTA’s. This workshop will show you the steps required to deal with these issues and maximise your Chair-Time Utilisation.

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