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ADIA CEO Update: Minamata Convention on Mercury

Posted by ADIA on 14 April 2022
ADIA CEO Update: Minamata Convention on Mercury

The Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Australian Dental Industry

In late March, the Minamata Convention on Mercury had its fourth Conference of the Parties (COP4) in Bali, Indonesia. This was the first COP since Australia ratified the Convention late last year. The meeting mapped out additional annex inclusions for phase-down and/or phase-out items containing mercury. There were several items of interest and I encourage you to read the Report to Stakeholders to get an understanding of the kinds of changes on the horizon.

Of particular interest are the Annex A Part II changes relating to dental amalgam. You can read about the latest proposed phase-down measures at the bottom of this email. You can also read Annex A Part II (Dental Amalgam) in its entirety here.

It is important to note, as of 7 March 2022, Australia is now bound by the decisions of the Convention.


What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury?

The Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted in October 2013 and has the objective of protecting human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.

Australia ratified the Minamata Convention on 7 December 2021 and is legally bound to both the treaty obligations and decisions of the COP.

The Convention entered into force for Australia on 7 March 2022.


Changes to the use of Mercury in Dentistry
(Annex A Part II Dental Amalgam)

Additional phase-down actions (by 2025) for dental amalgam:

- exclude or not allow, by taking measures as appropriate, the use of mercury in bulk form by dental practitioners; and

- exclude or not allow, by taking measures as appropriate, or recommend against the use of dental amalgam for the dental treatment of deciduous teeth, of patients under 15 years, and of pregnant and breastfeeding women, except when considered necessary by the dental practitioner based on the needs of the patient.


Quick Links

The Minamata Convention on Mercury

The Minamata Convention on Mercury text including Annex A Part II

The Minamata Convention on Mercury COP4 Report to Stakeholders

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ADIA CEO Update: Budget Reply and Oral Health in Aged Care

Posted by ADIA on 7 April 2022
ADIA CEO Update: Budget Reply and Oral Health in Aged Care

Budget Reply and Oral Health in Aged Care


Late last week, Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese gave the Australian Labor Party’s official Budget 2022-2023 reply speech. A cornerstone of the response was improvements to aged care.

Mr Albanese highlighted five key areas the Opposition would fund should they win the election next month.

1. A commitment to have a registered nurse on-site at each RACF (Residential Aged Care Facility) 24/7

2. Mandated minimum of 215 minutes of face-to-face care per resident per day

3. A wage rise for aged care workers

4. Mandatory nutrition standards in all RACF

5. Integrity and accountability - increased powers to the Aged Care Commissioner

This focus from Labor, along with Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt’s promise of continued funding of the Dental Services for Adults scheme last week means ADIA, along with other relevant associations can continue the work we are doing in the aged care sector, regardless of the outcome of next month’s election.

Improving the oral health of Australians in aged care

Following the recent results from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and budget promises from both major parties, the ADIA, along with several other associations and stakeholder groups look forward to continued advancement in the mission to improve the oral health of older Australians.

Currently, there is $107.8 million allocated to the Dental Services for Adults scheme each year. The Australian Oral Health Collaboration (AOHC) made up of ADIA, the University of Sydney, NSW Council of Social Service, ADA NSW and Rural and Remote Health, is working with stakeholders on both sides of politics to ensure some of this funding is earmarked for programs within aged care.

The allocated funding will ensure regular, ongoing healthcare in RACF. The scope of this care will include work placement of tertiary qualified dental hygienists via a pilot program being created with the University of Sydney, with a focus on prevention and non-emergency care.

Regular contact with a dental professional and prevention education will be integral to providing Australians in RACF with care in a way that minimises cost and pain, and ensures they are treated with dignity.

The ADIA as part of the AOHC looks forward to continued dialogue and further federal commitment to this plan during and beyond the election campaign.

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ADIA CEO Update - 2022-2023 Federal Budget

Posted by ADIA on 31 March 2022
ADIA CEO Update - 2022-2023 Federal Budget

2022-2023 Federal Budget

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered the Government’s annual budget on Tuesday night. The Treasurer declared the Coalition’s budget supported a “dramatic and material improvement to the bottom line”.

In the lead-up to the federal election, the spending package focused mainly on individuals and “cost of living relief in a targeted and temporary way”. The relief measures included one-off payments and an immediate 50 per cent cut to the fuel excise, which should trickle down to the user in the next fortnight, lasting until September.

You can read the Government release on the 2022-2023 Budget in full.

With a forecast deficit of $78 billion in 22-23, the package also included some incentives for business, relevant to ADIA members.



Technology Investment Boost

Small businesses with annual turnover of less than $50 million will have access to a new bonus 20  per cent deduction for the cost of expenses and depreciating assets that support digital uptake, up to $100,000 of expenditure per year. The boost is available immediately until 30 June 2023.

Skills Training

Small businesses with annual turnover of less than $50 million will have access to a new bonus 20 per cent deduction for the cost of external training courses delivered to their employees by providers registered in Australia. The initiative is available immediately until 30 June 2024.

The Instant Asset Write-off rule is still in play

The Government highlighted savings from previous deregulation including a reduction to the company tax rate and increased access to small business tax concessions. Though no new reform was announced Tuesday.

The increased Instant Asset Write-off is also still available. Originally released in March 2020 until June of the same year, the purchase threshold increased from $30,000 to $150,000 (per asset) and expanded access to include businesses with aggregated annual turnover or income of less than $5B. The instant asset write-off is available until June 2023.

Read the ‘Delivering for Small Businesses’ package.


COVID-19 Winter Response Plan

The Treasurer briefly outlined the COVID-19 Winter Response Plan, including a $6 billion spend to ensure the transition to an open economy is insulated from increased cases of COVID-19 and Influenza during the colder months. The spend includes priority access to treatment for vulnerable populations, maximising access to vaccinations and testing, health system resilience, public communication, and a sizeable PPE investment for the National Medical Stockpile.

The Healthcare Package

Immediately following the budget announcement in Parliament, the Department of Health released further information outlining the healthcare package. You can find this here. 

Included in this information, Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Greg Hunt confirmed the ongoing funding of dental services to eligible Australians in Tuesday’ s budget, ‘Dental and oral health is a key part of primary care and the Government is supporting the continuation of the Federation Funding Agreement (FFA) on Public Dental Services for Adults with $107.8 million, for an additional 12 months, to 30 June 2023,’ Minister Hunt’s release stated.

As well as the COVID-19 strategy, the main healthcare focus on Tuesday night was the continued measures taken following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, along with a substantial package for mental health support services.

Healthcare and hospitals were also a key part of the Regional Accelerator Program, outlining heavy investment in several regional areas across Australia.

At a glance

Further line items that will no doubt be of interest to members include more affordable childcare, changes to paid parental leave and the Regional Accelerator Program, which includes funding for modern manufacturing and the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative.

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ADIA CEO Update - ADX Sydney Roundup

Posted by ADIA on 29 March 2022
ADIA CEO Update - ADX Sydney Roundup

On behalf of the ADIA Board, we would like to thank you for your support of ADX Sydney and SIDCON22.

With 193 exhibitors and a significant increase in the number of custom booths, stand activation programs and mascots, feedback from visitors attending ADX Sydney was that it was exceptional.

With 7485 visitors through the door, approximately 78% of visitors came from New South Wales. You can see the full breakdown of visitors in the table below.

NSW    78%
VIC    11%
QLD    6%
OTHER    5%

The total visitor numbers exceeded the ADIA forecast of attendance. This shows an engaged community of dental professionals that continues to enjoy the value of ADX. The 2204 registered Exhibitor staff members managed to capture 12984 leads.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the People's Choice Award Winners at ADX Sydney.

Best Mascot - SDI Ltd
Best Activation - MiniMax
Best Small Booth - Primary Dental
Best Medium Booth - Curaprox
Best Large Booth - SDI Ltd

The effort, enthusiasm and imagination put into each individual stand is paramount in creating the buzz, attendance and engagement that leads to a successful event.

We would also like to thank the sponsors of ADX Sydney, all of whom played a large part in creating a safe, engaging and enjoyable show.

After the results of ADX Sydney we are really excited about ADX Brisbane to be held in 27th - 29th October 2022 at the Brisbane Convention Centre. The ballot for ADX Brisbane will open on the 30th March 2022 with the draw commencing on the 3rd May.

Please keep an eye on your inbox for the ADX Sydney post-event survey. We look forward to incorporating your feedback into our next event.

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ADIA CEO Update: Update on ADX Sydney 2022

Posted by ADIA on 17 February 2022
ADIA CEO Update: Update on ADX Sydney 2022

Latest NSW COVID-19 News - a boost to consumer confidence

From today, NSW will see restrictions eased ahead of schedule following Premier Dominic Perrottet’s announcement yesterday.
  • Working from home orders will be scrapped and left to “employer’s discretion”
  • QR Code check-ins will only be required for nightclubs and music festivals with more than 1000 attendees
  • Density limits in hospitality settings will be lifted
  • Singing and dancing will be allowed at all venues
From next Friday, 25 February:
  • Face masks will only be compulsory on public transport, planes, airports, hospitals, prisons, and disability and aged care facilities. Masks will still be recommended for other indoor settings.
  • The 20,000-person capacity of music festivals will be removed, with singing and dancing permitted

Seeing the stabilisation of COVID cases over the last couple of weeks indicates to the public that we are tracking well and should see a further boost in confidence.

Read the full media release

COVID Safe Preparation for ADX Sydney 2022

To ensure that ADX Sydney is as safe as possible, ADIA has conducted an updated risk assessment and will be implementing all recommendations at ADX Sydney.

ADIA will notify ADX Sydney attendees that:

  • They will not be admitted to ADX Sydney if they have any COVID symptoms
  • They should reconsider their attendance at ADX Sydney if they fall into any of the high-risk groupings of age over 85, obesity, diabetes and cardio-respiratory diseases.

Anyone attending ADX Sydney in any capacity will need to fill out a declaration that:

  • They are double-vaccinated
  • They have no COVID symptoms
  • If they become a close contact or develop COVID symptoms, they will immediately report to the ADX Sydney organisers (ADIA)

ADIA will Supply Rapid Antigen Tests to all ADX Sydney exhibitors:

  • ADIA is sending each exhibitor sufficient Rapid Antigen Tests so that each registered exhibition staff member can test themselves each day that they are going to be on-site
  • Tests will be sent out over the next two weeks
  • Please ensure that you have registered all of your staff via the exhibitor portal by Friday 25th February, so that we can issue the correct number of tests to your company
  • We highly recommend exhibitor staff complete the test daily at home or in their hotel room, before entering the exhibition

ADIA will Implement internal control measures that comply with current NSW government control measures:

  • Hand washing guidelines will be published in handwashing areas
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be installed throughout the hall - thanks to Whiteley
  • Masks are recommended for indoor settings but are not compulsory. ADIA is providing free face masks - thanks to Medicom, for those who wish to wear them
  • Maintain physical distancing in small, enclosed spaces
  • Exhibitors are encouraged to disinfect benches and flat surfaces (including any touch screens) regularly
  • ADIA and venue staff will be attending to surfaces such as registrations screes and flat surfaces in shared areas like the cafes

NSW Government guidelines are subject to change and precautions will be updated accordingly


ADX Sydney

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