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

For Suppliers — Policy Advocacy to Support Business

The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) is a strong advocate for reforms that will allow member businesses to grow, create jobs, and operate sustainably.

ADIA enjoys a reputation at a parliamentary and departmental level as being a sound source of policy advice. This is directly attributed to the considered approach to member engagement with representatives of businesses big and small helping identify those issues important to businesses in the dental industry.

The ADIA Advocacy Agenda sets out the seven key policy priorities that were identified by ADIA member businesses that are set out below:

Cutting business red tape —

The dental industry’s strength rests in the combination of small and large businesses that are profitable and have the freedom to be responsive to changes in the marketplace for dental products. Their capacity to supply quality dental products profitably is highly dependent on a pro-business environment which fosters innovation, minimises red tape, and reduces excessive government taxes and charges.

Streamlined government procurement —

Nationally uniform specifications and procurement infrastructure allows the dental industry to supply products in a timely manner whilst delivering cost savings and efficiency gains for the public sector, thus maximising the outcomes of government expenditure on dental services.

Best practice product regulation —

The Australian community has the right to access, within a reasonable time, therapeutic advances. This is secured when the regulatory framework for medical devices (dental product) is based on a risk management approach designed to ensure public health and safety, while at the same time freeing industry from any unnecessary regulatory burden.

Internationally harmonised product regulation —

The regulatory framework for dental product (and other medical devices) should support the international distribution of products that are proven to be safe and effective by a competent jurisdiction. Inconsistency in medical device regulation at a global level involves significant costs for both manufacturers and suppliers and constitutes a technical barrier to trade.

Complementary practitioner regulation —

The symbiotic relationship that exists between the dental industry, dentists, and allied oral healthcare professionals is best supported by a regulatory framework that supports professionals and their suppliers. Where standards exist that govern the work of dentists and allied oral healthcare professionals, they should reflect the statutory limitations associated with the supply and use of dental product.

Creating jobs in a flexible workplace —

ADIA member businesses recognise that their growth and profitability is underpinned by a skilled and productive workforce that is able to respond to changes in technology and work practices. We seek to create an environment in which vocational education and training is recognised for its economic and social benefits. This underpins the dental industry’s ability to offer quality goods and services that support dentists and allied oral healthcare professionals in delivering superior dental and oral healthcare services.

Attract, recruit and retain a skilled workforce —

The symbiotic relationship that exists between the dental industry, dentists, and allied oral healthcare professionals is best supported by a regulatory framework that supports professionals and their suppliers. Where standards exist that govern the work of dentists and allied oral healthcare professionals, they should reflect the statutory limitations associated with the supply and use of dental product.

ADIA’s success as an advocate for the interests of the dental industry stem from our evidence-based approach to policy making. This allows ADIA to play a useful, even decisive, role in informing policy-makers’ judgements. Significantly, through this approach ADIA is even able to condition the political environment in which those judgements are made.

One of ADIA's great strengths is the support that it receives from the small businesses that are members, who contribute to ADIA's policy development processes.

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. Where appropriate, we leverage the strategic relationship that exists between ADIA and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AusChamber), the nation's preeminent grouping of peak employer organisations.

Member Engagement —

ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results. With respect to the Association's work to support member businesses upskill their employees, the team in the ADIA national office receive advice and guidance from members serving on the ADIA-TCPC Trade & Commercial Policy Committee and the ADIA-PRPC Product Regulation Policy Committee in addition to the members who belong to the special interest groups.

Further Information —

To keep up to date with how ADIA is working to support suppliers of products and services to dental professionals, subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dental.industry. Alternatively, you can contact the Association via email at policy@adia.org.au or by telephone on 1300 943 094.


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