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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin September 2010
5 SEPTEMBER 2010 The Federal Executive of the Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) met at the Darwin Convention Centre on 5 and 6 August 2010. The meeting of Federal Executive was conducted in Darwin to enable Executive members to review the Darwin Convention Centre facilities in anticipation of conducting the ADA Dental Congress and Exhibition 2015 in Darwin. During the Federal Executive Meeting, the following major items of interest were considered: • The financial position of the Association was reviewed in detail. Income, expenditure and return on investments were in accordance with budget estimations. • Further preparation was undertaken for the strategic review of the Association, to be carried out by Federal Council in October 2010. Ms Anne Skipper AM was appointed as the facilitator for the Strategic Planning Day. Federal Executive reviewed certain suggestions provided by Ms Skipper and considered an outline of the process. • ADA's Membership publications were reviewed. Certain enhancements will be introduced in future months. These enhancements will enable better review of the News Bulletin on the website and also the utilisation of tools to assist in the production of the ADA Dental Directory. • A report from the Special Purpose Committee on Sedation in Dentistry was received. This included review of a meeting held between representatives of the ADA and the Dental Board of Australia on the issue. • The ADA's Dental Health Week Campaign was reviewed. Federal Executive extended its thanks to the Oral Health Committee for its work in the preparation of the Dental Health Week information. Federal Executive considered the Oral Health Committee's suggestion that in 2011 a special mini campaign on oral health education will be undertaken addressing the effects of tooth bleaching. This will be reviewed by Federal Council at its November 2010 meeting. • The oral health messages produced by the Group Monitoring Implementation of the National Oral Health Plan were considered. Federal Executive considered certain aspects of the health messages which it felt should be altered. Representatives of the ADA will now be meeting with ARCPOH to discuss the oral health messages. • Federal Executive considered a report from the Rural Health Advisory Panel which met on 24 May 2010. Dr Simon Sheed was reappointed as the ADAVB's representative on the Panel. • Consideration was given to an invitation for the ADA to participate with the Australian Centre for Health Research in undertaking dental research projects. Federal Executive agreed to report back to the next meeting with ideas in relation to research. Members' ideas would be considered by Federal Executive. • A discussion paper submitted by Health Workforce Australia to the ADA was considered. The paper sought input regarding strategies on clinical training supervision capacity and competence. ADA will explore the issue and if appropriate lodge a submission. • Detailed consideration was given to ADA Inc.'s role in the provision of Continuing Professional Development to members. A draft discussion paper had been prepared by ADA Inc. and submitted to Branches for comment. Executive have arranged for a meeting of Branch representatives to discuss the ADA's role in Continuing Professional Development which is anticipated to take place in late September 2010. In conjunction with this, a proposal from Best Practice Productions regarding the provision of services pursuant to a digital media library was reviewed. This proposal will also be the subject of discussion at the Branch meeting. • Correspondence was reviewed between the ADA and nib Health Insurance in relation to nib's proposed provider web portal. Copies of the correspondence between the organisations can be viewed on the ADA website. • Dental practice accreditation was considered including the arrangements with Quality in Practice (QIP). Federal Executive discussed a proposal for an 'Early Adopter Scheme' being implemented in relation to practice accreditation. Correspondence in relation to this is included with this News Bulletin. Practices are invited to participate in an Early Adopter Scheme to assist in the formulation of relevant accreditation of dental practices. • A report from ADA Human Resources revealed that as a consequence of the Award Modernisation process and the work of Fair Work Australia calls to the HR Hotline had increased by approximately 100 per cent. ADA HR Hotline is doing all it can to assist members with timely responses. Due to the increased demand for advice, such advice may on occasion be delayed and members are asked to appreciate that the delay is attributable to the increased workload. • Due to increased membership numbers the Australian Dental Association Inc. has been successful in obtaining a further delegate vote for participation in the forthcoming FDI World Dental Congress. ADA Inc. will now have three delegate votes. Preparations for meetings of the 'Perth Group' (being members of the Dental Associations of Britain, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and United States) were undertaken. • The Federal pre-election activities of the ADA were reviewed by Federal Executive. Members are referred to the ADA website for details of media releases and comment provided by ADA on political party's' dental proposals. In the lead up to the election a dental report card was prepared and placed on the ADA website setting out the various policies of the major parties concerning dentistry. • A report was received from the Special Purpose Committee on e-Health. As a consequence of this, discussions will now take place with software providers and providers of internet services as regards ensuring the dental profession is in a position to proceed with the introduction of e-Health. Federal Executive will next meet in St Leonards on 16-17 September 2010. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer If you wish to obtain any further information on any matter referred to in this report, please contact Robert Boyd-Boland on firstname.lastname@example.org AUGUST 2010 MEETING Report of federal executive report
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