ADIA is the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. Our vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians...................... — ADIA Strategic Plan

Parliamentary Engagement — Annual roundtable

Australia’s dental industry faces a number of challenges arising out of changes from the commercial, technical and regulatory environment as a result of international and domestic influences. To ensure that Australia's political leadership understands the issues face by the dental industry, each year the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) convenes a meeting at parliament house in Canberra.

This annual meeting allows the ADIA National Executive and representatives of major manufacturers and suppliers to meet parliamentarians and senior bureaucrats in order to share ideas and identify a pathway that allows the dental industry to grow, create jobs and operate sustainably. The meeting is coordinated by the ADIA Chief Executive Officer within the context of the ADIA Parliamentary Engagement Strategy.

ADIA is recognised across the nation as an authoritative source of policy advice and each year the meeting is as keenly attended by external stakeholders as it is ADIA member representatives.

Parliamentarians who have attended past meetings —

Hon. Sussan Ley MP - Minister for Health & Ageing
Sen. Hon. Fiona Nash MP - Minister for Rural Health
Hon. Peter Dutton MP - Minister for Immigration
Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP - Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Hon. Catherine King MP - Shadow Minister for Health
Mr. Stephen Jones MP - Shadow Assistant Minister for Health
Hon. Shayne Neumann MP - Shadow Minister for Ageing
Sen. Richard Di Natale - Greens Health Spokesperson
Hon. Tony Abbott MP - Former Prime Minister*
Hon. Bruce Billson MP - Former Minister for Small Business*

The parliamentarians denoted with ans asterisk (*) attended when they held the portfolio listed. In addition, senior agency heads have attended including the heads of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the now disbanded Health Workforce Australia (HWA). The opportunity has been taken to meet with representatives of key stakeholders including the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AusChamber) and the Consumers Health Forum (CHF).

This meeting is a key outcome of the 2016-20 ADIA Strategic Plan which envisages a more active role for the Association in influencing the commercial, technical and regulatory environment in which the dental industry operates.

Member Engagement —

ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results. The issues that ADIA staff progress progresses at a parliamentary and departmental level are identified by members serving on the ADIA-BAC Business Affairs Committee and the ADIA-DRC Dental Regulation Committee. Updates are provided online at to members attending ADIA State Branch Briefings.

Further Information —

If you have an interest in ADIA's work at a parliamentary and departmental level to secure the policy reforms that support businesses in the dental industry, for updates subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental or follow us on Facebook at Alternatively, you can contact the Association via email at or by telephone on 1300 943 094.

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