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The ADA has completed a survey of recent graduates to
assess their experience post-graduation in gaining employment.
Members who graduated in the past three years were surveyed.
The response rate of 23% leaves open the likelihood of bias
but is consistent with other recent ADA surveys. The majority
found employment within a few months of graduation; 59% are
working outside a metropolitan area and 37% of respondents
were searching for additional hours of work per week. The large
number of written comments paints a picture of a very difficult
employment market for newly graduated dentists. Federal
Executive believes that this survey, including the written comments,
provides a fair reflection of the dentist employment market.
The survey results, including the comments, have been posted
on the ADA public website under the careers section. Members
providing advice to school leavers considering dentistry as a career
may draw attention to this material.
While of little comfort to those recent graduates, the position
that exists for dentist graduates is similar to that experienced
in other professions. It no doubt reflects the approach taken
by governments and universities to increase the student intakes
regardless of demand for professional services.
PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REVIEW
The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA)
Productivity Commission has released its Research Report on
Mutual Recognition Schemes dated September 2015. The ADA
made two submissions to this review and was unsuccessful in
convincing the Productivity Commission that dentists should
be exempt from registration under TTMRA in the same way as
medical practitioners. See submissions on the ADA website of
19 February and 17 July 2015.
Anyone registering under TTMRA is given deemed registration
immediately on lodging the relevant application forms and paying
the required fee. The Board has one month to decide not to
register the applicant and then full registration is automatic. At
a recent meeting with the office holders of the Canadian Dental
Association, the ADA was advised that Canada had recently closed
a loophole under which the Province of Quebec gave automatic
registration to anyone with French registration. Clearly, this is a
pathway under which it would be feasible for European dentists to
move to Canada, New Zealand and Australia without assessment
of language skills or competency. The Australian Dental Council’s
(ADC) has found the success rate of many European candidates in
the ADC assessment and examination processes is no better than
the rest of the World. The Board should examine this loophole.
One recommendation of the Productivity Commission, the ADA
would certainly support, was that all participating jurisdictions
should require all regulatory authorities to report in their annual
reports information on the number of licences granted under
mutual recognition for that year.
ACCC SUPPORTS ADA VIEW OF PHI
After several years of the ADA advising the Australian Consumer and
Competition Commission (ACCC) that there were problems with the
regulation of the PHI industry, the ACCC report to the Senate for the
period 2013-14 finally identifies issues of concern the ADA has been
raising specifically drawing attention to several passages from ADA
submissions. In particular, PHI advertising and the large number
of policies and variations on offer that make it impossible for
consumers to compare products and the intentional inconsistency in
such things as the definition of major dental. It also highlights the
poor coverage for preventive dental care. A more extensive report
about the ACCC report is published on page 14 of this issue.
SCHEDULE AND GLOSSARY 11TH EDITION
Federal Executive has signed off on the 11th edition of The Australian
Schedule of Dental Services and Glossary. The review has been the
most extensive in the 30-year history of the Schedule. There are new
schedule item numbers for cone beam volumetric tomography, sinus
lifts, dermal fillers and dental acupuncture. A major overhaul of the
orthodontic section has also been undertaken. The Schedule and
Third Party Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr Terry Pitsikas AM
has consulted widely and done well. Federal Executive met with the
Australian Society of Orthodontists, the Australian and New Zealand
Academy of Periodontists and the Private Healthcare Association, all
of whom have made substantial submissions. It is expected the new
11th edition will be circulated with the News Bulletin early in 2016
and will be published on the ADA website. Details of the variations in
the new Schedule will also be included in the News Bulletin.
HISTORY OF RAADC PUBLISHED
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.
World War I also marked the first time dentists were employed in
the Australian Defence Force. Fittingly, Lieutenant Colonel Sven
Kuusk (retired orthodontist) has written the history of the Royal
Australian Army Dental Corps in three volumes. The first volume
covers the WWI period and is now available in limited numbers.
Contact Sven if you are interested. The Federal office has his
Do you want to comment on anything I have written?
Phone: 02 9906 4412 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The large number of written
comments paints a picture of a very
difficult employment market for
newly graduated dentists.”
Rick Olive AM
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