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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin August 2010
3 AUGUST 2010 FEDERAL ELECTION The Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) is actively involved in the Federal Election and has issued several media releases in the lead up to the Election which had variations on the following themes: 1. Urgent direct action is required to provide improved access to dental health delivery to disadvantaged Australians. 2. Adopt the approach outlined in the ADA's proposal, DentalAccess. This will deliver long-term dental care to those within the community who are not accessing such care now. 3. A review of the major dental schemes from all over the world, including the proposed Denticare Australia program, indicates that universal oral health schemes are not appropriate for Australia. 4. Increase investment in university and clinical training infrastructure and retention of academic staff. 5. Progressively introduce a Residency/Foundation year to provide new dental graduates with mentoring and whilst also helping alleviate some problems regarding access to dental services currently suffered by disadvantaged Australians. 6. Introduce rural and regional incentives to help correct the maldistribution of the dental workforce. 7. Develop educational programs that will enable all Australians (young and old) to learn how best to look after their own teeth. The ADA has also requested that the major political parties respond to a list of questions on dental care programs. Responses (or lack thereof) will then be compiled into an ADA Federal Election 2010 Report Card which will be accessible from the ADA website (www.ada.org.au). ADA Policy is well known to all political parties. It represents a realistic and workable solution to governments. Members are encouraged to voice these views to their patients. Further, the ADA has joined with others to re-launch the National Oral Health Alliance (www.oralhealth.asn.au). The Alliance called for: 1. Australia to have a clear national plan with national leadership and coordination to enable Australians to achieve good oral health and the prevention of dental disease to ensure timely, equitable access to preventive and general dental care for all Australians. 2. A well-distributed, appropriate and sustainable dental workforce, in particular, rural training infrastructure and incentives, which are available to medical schools, practitioners and students, should apply equally to dental schools, practitioners and students. 3. The provision of national strategies for good oral health and disease prevention since the best therapy is prevention. National leadership and coordination is needed to ensure this is included in the nation's preventive health strategy. BRANCH VISIT Previously, in the November 2009 President's Comments, I had reported on visits to ADAWA and ADATas and the important role Branches play. Earlier this month Federal Executive travelled to Darwin to: 1. liaise with the ADANT Branch; 2. present an update at the Branch meeting; and 3. to inspect the Darwin Convention Centre which will be the site of the 2015 Australian Dental Congress. The ADANT does a fantastic job with very limited resources due to the dedication of its office bearers and provides a vital service to members in the Northern Territory. Even though recent changes by governments such as the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and Award Modernisation have meant that traditional State and Territory Government functions have now become Commonwealth Government activities and thus the concern of the Federal ADA, Branches have and will continue to have a vital role in dealing with local issues and providing face to face services locally, including some components of Federal ADA services. Neil Hewson Federal President president's comments "The Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) is actively involved in the Federal Election..."
ADA News Bulletin September 2010