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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin September 2010
3 SEPTEMBER 2010 FEDERAL ELECTION In addition to advice outlined in the August President's Comments, during the election the ADA was actively involved in media activities and was a key participant in the revitalised National Oral Health Alliance. Many have said this election campaign has been one of the blandest ever and in the sphere of dental health policies from the major parties this was certainly the case. Apart from the Greens inappropriately pushing for the introduction of a Denticare type scheme, the other parties were publicly very quiet as to what they had in mind for dental care. However, all parties did respond to the ADA's questions and their responses are set out on the ADA website. A number of Election media releases were issued by the ADA identifying its solutions to improve equity of access to timely dental care. These releases called on the parties to adopt the ADA's DentalAccess plan along with other initiatives such as the rural incentives for dentists and oral health promotion. These releases obviously met their mark as I was given many opportunities to discuss our proposals to all forms of media. This gave me the opportunity to explain that targeted schemes were a far better solution than the proposed Denticare type universal schemes which do not adequately provide the treatment required to obtain long-term dental health to those most in need in the community. Our focus has consistently been to ensure that funding is concentrated on the disadvantaged (financial or geographic) to deliver to them effective and lasting dental solutions. The ADA also joined forces with a number of like-minded groups in re-launching the National Oral Health Alliance (http://www. oralhealth.asn.au/home). This group also issued a number of media releases similar to those issued by the ADA. Again, I was fortunate to be able to present the Alliance's case to the media in response. The result of the Federal Election was not decided at the time I drafted these comments and both major parties are continuing to discuss the formation of a Government with the currently non-aligned members of parliament. Given the views of the independents the ADA has been just as active post-election to ensure that newly elected members of Parliament were provided information so they were better informed about dentistry and solutions required for needy Australians. Remember you are effective advocates of the ADA's policy position when discussing these issues with your patients -- especially when they are politicians. All the information you require can be found on the ADA website. BRISBANE CONGRESS AND MANDATORY CPD The Brisbane Congress registration is now open and so members and their staff can register immediately to obtain the favourable 'Early Bird' registration fees. If you review the Scientific Program at: http://www.adc2011.com/scientific.html you will be impressed with the calibre of speakers and topics covered. This is a program to meet everyone's interests and needs. I look forward to many members coming to Brisbane to learn more about dentistry and to interact with their colleagues. With the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) now mandating 60 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) over three years, this Congress provides members with the perfect opportunity to help meet those requirements. Again, I recommend the very good system the ADA has on its website where members can record their CPD activities. All the CPD that you have participated in since 1 July 2010 should be recorded this way so a summary if required can be presented to DBA straight away. To use this recording system: 1. Log in as a member; 2. Next click the 'Edit My Profile' button; 3. Then click 'Manage CPD'; 4. After that it is easy to enter the details; and 5. Subsequently you can see your totals of scientific and non- scientific hours for any time span you specify. MEDICARE AUDITS The timing of the election and the creation of a caretaker mode of government has not helped the ADA's pursuit of an administrative solution to the problem confronting members being asked to refund Medicare monies paid to them for non- fraudulent behaviour under the Chronic Dental Disease plan. Scheduled meetings with politicians to discuss the issue were cancelled due to the 'caretaker' status of the government. I refer you to the article published in this News Bulletin on this topic (see page 13). Neil Hewson Federal President president's comments "The Brisbane Congress registration is now open and so members and their staff can register immediately to obtain the favourable 'Early Bird' registration fees."
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