WA To Be Pushed On Digital Imaging Reforms
12th Jan 17
Australia's dental industry is renewing efforts to cut the red tape associated with ownership of CBVT/CBCT digital imaging equipment in Western Australia, a move that will improve access to this vital technology for dentists across the state.
Key Issues For The Dental Industry —
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) / Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography (CBVT) digital imaging is changing the way dental practitioners view the oral and maxillofacial complex as well as teeth and the surrounding tissues. CBCT / CBVT has been specifically designed to produce undistorted images similar to computed tomography (CT), but at a lower equipment cost, simpler image acquisition and lower patient radiation dose.
This leading-edge technology offers many benefits for patients. However, its use in Western Australia is constrained as a result of outdated and unnecessarily restrictive licensing policy that means virtually no dentist in Western Australia can use this technology.
The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) is recommending that the Western Australian Government, through the Radiological Council of Western Australia (RCWA) review the current policy in order to reflect contemporary approaches in the ownership and use of CBCT / CBVT imaging equipment.
The proposed solution is akin to that adopted by the South Australian government which requires dental professionals, including dentists, dental surgeons, orthodontists, endodontists, hygienists and assistants, hold complete appropriate levels of operator training and hold a licence if they wish to operate ionising radiation apparatuses.
A reference group of comprising representative of ADIA member businesses has been formed to provide advice and guidance to ADIA staff on this issuel. If you'd like to be a part of this complete and download the form below:
It is important to separate the issues of CBCT / CBVT ownership and operation from image interpretation and diagnosis. The solution being sought by ADIA allows appropriately trained dental and oral healthcare professionals to use the equipment (i.e. take an image) and then permit the second step of allowing other healthcare specialists such as radiologists in addition to dentists, oral / maxillofacial with appropriate training surgeons to interpret the image. However, the second step is a separate regulatory matter that will be appropriately dealt with at a later stage by the Dental Board of Australia (DBA).
Although the Western Australian government reviewed its regulatory arrangements in 2015, this process was compromised due to lack of adequate stakeholder consultation. ADIA will therefore be a strong advocate for a more comprehensive review of the regulatory arrangements.
Member engagement —
ADIA has formed a member-driven ADIA WA Digital Imaging Task Group that brings together members to provide advice and guidance to staff responsible for negotiating reforms. This group operates under the auspices of the ADIA-DRC Dental Regulation Committee with the support of the ADIA Western Australian Branch.
Further Information —
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