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federal executive report
MAY 2015 MEETING
The Federal Executive of the Australian Dental Association Inc.
(ADA) met at its St Leonards premises on 21 and 22 May 2015.
The major items covered during the meeting included the following:
Reports as to the financial position of the ADA’s investments
organised through Hillross Financial Services Ltd and the National
Australia Bank were received and reviewed. As a consequence
slight modifications have been adopted to the investment
strategies for these funds.
The Treasurer’s report as to the financial position of the Association
was received and accepted.
aDa Dental DirectorY
Consideration was given as to whether a member’s entry into the
Dental Directory ought to be by way of an ‘Opt In’ or ‘Opt Out’
process. Currently, the Directory is operated on an ‘Opt In’ basis
with members actively confirming with the ADA their wish for their
details to be published in the Directory. An ‘Opt Out’ model would
mean all members’ details were automatically included unless
specific instructions from the member were received to the contrary.
Federal Executive agreed that the retention of the ‘Opt In’ model
be utilised for the 2016 ADA Dental Directory.
Members wishing for their details to be included in the 2016
Dental Directory should ensure they respond promptly to requests
to contact the ADA so their details can be updated and confirmed
for inclusion in this Directory. You can update your details online by
accessing the ‘My profile’ section of the ADA member website.
Seal oF approVal
Federal Executive approved the granting of the ADA Seal of
Approval to the following Philips products:
• Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum electronic toothbrush
• Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Black electronic toothbrush
Federal Executive examined the ramifications of the 2015 Federal
Government Budget (see page 14 for a full report). Particular
concern was expressed in relation to the freezing of the indexation
of the rebates payable pursuant the Child Dental Benefits Schedule
(CDBS) and the continued freezing of the indexation of rebates
payable pursuant to the DVA Scheme. Representations will be
made to government expressing the ADA’s dissatisfaction with
these measures (see Media Release 28 May 2015).
The closure of the Voluntary Dental Graduate Year (VDGYP)
program was also of concern. Federal Executive was of the view
only a cursory review of this program had been undertaken which
had inappropriately formed the basis for justification for the
closure of the program.
national aDUlt oral HealtH SUrVeY
Following receipt of a request from the Australian Research Centre
for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), the ADA has agreed (as
in the past) to provide financial support to ARCPOH to support
its activities in conducting the National Adult Oral Health Survey.
Federal Executive saw this survey as a very valuable activity to help
frame Australia’s dental care programs.
Adjudication of the ADA’s Study Grants for Indigenous Dental
Students took place. Several applications had been received for this
Award. On this occasion, the successful applicants for this Award
are: Michael Baker, Cassey Fogarty, Rakila Lakicevic, Kirrily Phillips
and Scott Preston.
The adjudication of the ADA’s Study Grants for Dental Students
from Rural and Remote regions was also undertaken. This year,
the successful applicants for this Award include: Nicole Perry (TAS);
Benjamin Khoury (SA); Kate Burry (Qld); Amelia Judson (NSW);
Stephanie Mulcahy (Vic) and Jeremy Yu Tang Lung (NT).
aUStralian Dental conGreSS 2015
Federal Executive evaluated the Congress Report and Financial
Reports from the 36th Australian Dental Congress held in Brisbane
in March 2015. Member attendance was favourable and the
associated exhibition was the largest ever conducted at an
Australian Dental Congress.
With the 37th Australian Dental Congress taking place in Melbourne
in 2017, a Working Party will be formed to review the conduct of
both the 36th Australian Dental Congress and future Congresses.
interState GUeSt lectUrer ScHeme
Funding was approved pursuant to the Interstate Guest Lecturer
Scheme to the ADAWA Branch in relation to presentations by Drs
Gerard Clausen and Cossimo Maiolo in Perth in September 2015.
Similarly, approval was provided to the ADANSW Branch under this
Scheme to fund a presentation by Dr Geraldine Moses which had
occurred on 16 May 2015.
ir & Hr aDViSorY SerViceS
An allocation of funding has been provided to assist in the review
of the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010. A
four year Award review is being undertaken by Fair Work Australia.
This funding allocation will support the ADA’s defence of the
benefits achieved when it participated in the initial review and
assist in maintaining these favourable outcomes; as well as rebut
the claims made by employee groups pursuant to the Award.
FDi WorlD Dental conGreSS 2019
A formal letter forwarded to FDI Council confirming the ADA’s
willingness to conduct the World Dental Congress 2019 in Sydney
was reviewed by Federal Executive.
nepal Dental aSSociation
Following the disaster in Nepal, ADA contacted the Nepal Dental
Association (NDA) to seek advice as to what if any aid could be
made available. The NDA advised that a relief fund had been
created and a donation to that fund has been made by the ADA.
Robert N Boyd-Boland
Chief Executive Officer
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