ADIA Parliamentary Roundtable Progresses Reform
11th Nov 16
The annual ADIA Parliamentary Round Table saw meetings with the Minister for Health and Minister for Small Business focus on cutting red tape and boosting private sector investment in dental care.
Key Issues For Consideration —
Each year the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) convenes a roundtable that brings together the dental industry’s senior leadership with Ministers and other senior parliamentarians.
This year’s meeting convened on 9 November 2016 had a focus on major reforms announced by the Australian Government that will cut red tape for dental product manufacturers and suppliers.
Minister for Health —
The major focus of a positive discussion with the Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, was on the current negotiations between the ADIA and the Australian Government to make it easier for the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to enforce legislation associated with the illegal supply of dental products. ADIA’s discussions with the Minister highlighted the importance of strengthening enforcement as a means of ensuring that the industry, profession and patients have confidence that the TGAs regulatory framework is both enforceable and enforced.
Discussions with the Minister also focussed on the new 2016-20 ADIA Strategic Plan which recognises that the long-term sustainability of the dental industry will be achieved only when a great many more Australians take responsibility for their oral health.
Minister for Small Business —
The discussions between ADIA and the Minister for Small Business, the Hon. Michael McCormack MP, focussed on the need to reduce compliance costs for businesses associated with employing people and the supply of dental products. The need for a new wave of workplace relations reform was addressed that will allow businesses to grow, create jobs and operate sustainably.
The meeting also placed emphasis on ADIA’s ongoing engagement to provide the Australian Government with instances of where government regulation gets in the way of Australian businesses wanting to innovate. ADIA’s approach has been to work at a Ministerial and departmental level to not only identify such roadblocks, but also provide recommendations on alternative regulatory approaches that can be taken-up by the Australian Government
Shadow Assistant Minister for Medicare —
With portfolio responsibility for oversight of the TGA, ADIA’s discussions with the Shadow Assistant Minster for Medicare, Mr Tony Zappia MP, were an opportunity to provide advice and guidance on the dental industry’s support for the current reform of the medical device regulatory framework. Not unsurprisingly, ADIA also introduced a key outcome of the new 2016-20 ADIA Strategic Plan that will see the commissioning of research projects will be used to develop a new understanding on how Australia can achieve a sustained increase in the demand for dental services, with the natural positive flow-on for dental product manufacturers.
Australian Greens Leader—
The discussions with the leader of the Australian Greens, Sen. Richard Di Natale, addressed an underpinning tenant of the new 2016-20 ADIA Strategic Plan, this being an appreciation of the symbiotic relationship that exists between the dental industry and the dental profession. ADIA’s objective therefore is to create an environment in which the industry and the profession work collaboratively to build sustainable businesses as a result of a nation that makes a greater investment in its oral health.
In response to a question from the Senator, ADIA said that it was opposed to a ‘sugar tax’ as a matter of principle on the basis that it is incompatible with ADIA’s stated policy objective of minimising an increase in the tax burden and that from the perspective of business it will add to the complexity of the tax system and raise compliance costs.
This annual meeting is the centrepiece of ADIA’s advocacy strategy that’s designed to foster an understanding of, and action on, changes that will allow businesses in the dental industry to grow, create jobs and operate sustainably. The meeting complements ongoing engagement by the ADIA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Troy Williams, with parliamentarians of all political persuasions.
ADIA members can be proud of the profile and reputation that ADIA has in Canberra. The association’s level of access is unique in the dental sector allows ADIA will combine the excellent contacts and negotiating expertise of our staff with the practical experience of member businesses to invigorate the policy debate, a key outcome of the new 2016-20 ADIA Strategic Plan.
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