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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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ADX Brisbane, 27-29 October 2022, is open for registrations

Posted by ADIA on 31 March 2022
ADX Brisbane, 27-29 October 2022, is open for registrations


Australia’s premier dental event is heading to Queensland! 

The ADIA’s flagship event, ADX will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 October.

With more than 10,000 square metres of exhibition space, ADX Brisbane will feature the very best in technology, innovation and services the Australian dental industry has to offer.
The event is free for visitors and packed with opportunities, including business-focused Learning Lab sessions and a complimentary childcare service. 

Alongside ADX Brisbane, ADA Queensland will convene an expert CPD program. Stay tuned for speaker and session announcements in the coming months. 

For further details, visit  

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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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2022 Australian Dental Industry Award Winners Announced at ADX Sydney

Posted by ADIA on 19 March 2022
2022 Australian Dental Industry Award Winners Announced at ADX Sydney

Australia’s top performers in the dental industry have been recognised at a gala event at the Sofitel Magnifique Ballroom, Darling Harbour Sydney on Friday 18 Mar 2022.

An initiative of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, the awards were presented during ADX Sydney, Australia’s premier dental event.

“Australia’s dental industry has a strong reputation for best practice. These awards have become synonymous with excellence. They recognise those in our community who support oral health professionals in improving the health of all Australians,” said ADIA CEO, Kym De Britt.

This year TrioClear took out the Sustainability Award. James Squirrel, CEO of Modern Dental Pacific Group encompassing TrioClear was at the ceremony to help celebrate with his team. “We’re really fortunate to have an incredibly passionate and creative team. The product behind this award was five years in development and has been a long-term priority for us. This award is fantastic recognition for all our team’s really hard work,” Mr Squirrel said.

The awards process, convened by the ADIA and judged by industry experts is designed as a reflective process for businesses and their teams, “The calibre of entries, which is always outstanding, seems to improve year on year. It’s really encouraging to see ADIA members getting value out the submission process itself, which is a really helpful tool to set goals going forward and celebrate your team,” Mr De Britt said.

Tabitha Acret of EMS took home the night’s Outstanding Achiever Award. She saw the awards night as a great way to touch base with others in the industry for inspiration. “It’s wonderful to see businesses awarded in areas like sustainability and community. It’s fantastic to see what other people are doing and exciting to see what you need to do to match that level,” Ms Acret said.

Entries will open for the 2023 Australian Dental Industry Awards later this year.

The ADIA President and Board also took the opportunity to present service awards on the evening, including celebrating four businesses for the enormous milestone of 50 years of membership with ADIA.


Australian Dental Industry Award Winners

  • Oral Health Partnership Award
    Kerr Australia


  • Sustainability Award


  • Tyro Innovation Award
    SDI Limited


  • Educational Initiative Award
    Dentsply Sirona


  • Community Service Award


  • Marketing Award
    Dentsply Sirona


  • EnergyAustralia Service and Support Award
    Simon Donaldson, Gold & Ceramics Dental Laboratory


  • Outstanding Achiever Award
    Tabitha Acret, EMS


ADIA Board Award Recipients

  • ADIA 50-Year Membership Award
    William Green
    Gunz Dental
    Henry Schein Halas


  • ADIA Industry Pioneer Award
    Georges Sara


  • ADIA Meritorious Service Award
    Mike Covey


  • ADIA President’s Award
    Joanne Challinor-Rogers

ADIA congratulates the winners in all categories.


For more information, please contact the Australian Dental Industry Association. P: 1300 943 094   



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