Australian Dental Association News

Changes to the DBA fact sheet on the use and supply of teeth whitening products.

Posted by ADIA on 13 August 2021
Changes to the DBA fact sheet on the use and supply of teeth whitening products.

The Dental Board of Australia (the Board) has updated its fact sheet on using and supplying teeth whitening products for dental practitioners and this is now available on the Board's website.

The significant points of note are:

  1. Only registered dental practitioners can use and supply high concentration teeth whitening products.
  2. No current laws or regulations limit teeth whitening products to in-clinic use.

The fact sheet gives dental practitioners an overview of the laws and professional obligations that apply when they use teeth whitening products as part of their practice.

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Video now available for the August Events Forum webinar

Posted by ADIA on 12 August 2021
Video now available for the August Events Forum webinar

Thanks to our members for joining us for the August Events Forum.

It was great to receive your feedback on previous ADIA events and your suggestions on upcoming events this year and next year.

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Become a member and enjoy access to exclusive webinars, events, training and networking opportunities - including access to previous events via our extensive library of event, forum and training videos.

Discover more about becoming a member and consider registering for our next Events Forum on Wednesday 13 October.

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Vic businesses get $400m in new support

Posted by ADIA on 11 August 2021
Vic businesses get $400m in new support
The Victorian Government has announced a $400 million package, jointly funded by the Commonwealth Government, to provide automatic payments to almost 100,000 eligible businesses in Victoria, including sole traders.

Further hardship funds will be made available to eligible businesses that do not qualify for existing programs.

The new package builds on more than $950 million in support grants paid by the Victorian Government since June.

Key elements of the support package include:
  • More than 90,000 businesses will be automatically paid a Business Costs Assistance Program Round Three grant of $2,800.
  • An additional $54 million will be added to the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund announced last week.
  • Eligible businesses that do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs because they are not registered for GST will be eligible for the Commonwealth's COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Additionally, Victorian businesses that have experienced a loss in turnover of more than 30% during the pandemic are now guaranteed to receive rent reductions through the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, while separate support will be provided to landlords.

For further information on these programs and other funding streams, visit the Business Victoria website.

Updated information on the current lockdown restrictions for businesses and industry is now available on the Coronavirus website. The Authorised Provider and Authorised Worker List is also available.

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Canberra dental practice fined $266,400

Posted by ADIA on 3 August 2021
Canberra dental practice fined $266,400

Canberra dental practice fined $266,400 for alleged unlawful supply of dental implants and bone grafts

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued 20 infringement notices to a Canberra-based dental practice totaling $266,400.

The alleged breaches of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act) include the importation and supply of dental implants (medical devices) and bone grafts (biologicals) that are not approved for use in Australia.

It is alleged that the company imported, supplied and implanted medical devices and biologicals in patients that were not entered into the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

Under the Act, therapeutic goods must be entered into the ARTG before they can be lawfully supplied in Australia (unless a specific exemption, approval or authority applies).

Implanted therapeutic goods cannot be recalled, therefore the TGA has asked the dentist to notify all affected patients.

The advice to patients contains information about the implanted products and the ongoing management of their implants.

Patients who have concerns should seek advice from a registered dental practitioner.

If you suspect non-compliance in relation to therapeutic goods, you can report illegal or questionable practices online to the TGA.

If you have concerns about health practitioners, notify the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
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Australian Dental Health Week - August 2-8, 2021

Posted by ADIA on 3 August 2021
Australian Dental Health Week - August 2-8, 2021

This week is Australian Dental Health Week.

From Monday 2 August to Sunday 8 August, our focus is to increase awareness about the importance of oral health for every Australian and to support our members in enhancing their business and client relationships.

The ADIA supports the work of the Australian Dental Association and its goal to encourage the improvement of the oral and general health of the public, to promote the ethics, art and science of dentistry and to support members to provide safe, high quality professional oral care.

Visit the ADA website for more Australian Dental Health Week information on:
  • Brushing and flossing
  • Finding a dentist
  • Sugar and nutrition
  • Oral health resources (including in-clinic and social media marketing assets)
  • Audio resources (including new ADA podcast 'Watch Your Mouth', which aims to Australians with oral health advice. The first series discusses oral health care for infants and young children).



Did You Know....

1. 68% of Australian adults... Usually visit their dentist when they have a problem?

How do you encourage your clients to make their dental health a priority?


2. 1 in 5 Australian adults.... Do not brush twice daily

ADA has created an Australian Dental Health Week event handbook and PowerPoint to help promote your oral health message to the wider community such as schools and your local media outlet.
Download the files here


3. Only 1/3 of Australian adults... Have a regular dentist

Building loyalty with your clients can be a full time job. The Smile for Life Australian Dental Health Week (DHW) support pack features DHW bunting, posters and colour-in sheets, pull-up banners or wear a Keep your Smile for Life t-shirt to start the conversation about the topic of oral health, and to stand out as a clinician who captures the attention of the kids.


4. Only 1 in 4 Australian adults.... Floss or clean between their teeth at least once each day.

The Smile for Life digital resource kit features a range of great publicity-generating and info-sharing materials to help educate your clients and provide some interest to your clinic walls.
Download digital fact sheets for your clients
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