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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin October 2010
5 OCTOBER 2010 The Federal Executive of the Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) met at its St Leonards premises on 16 and 17 September 2010. Major items for discussion at the meeting included: • The draft Budget report for the financial year ending June 2010 was reviewed. The Annual ADA Inc. Financial Statements, the Audit Report and Audit representation letter were reviewed. Federal Executive met with the Auditor and discussed the records. These documents now go to Federal Council for review and adoption. The investments and membership programs of the ADA were evaluated. • Further planning was undertaken for the Federal Council Strategy Day to be held in late October 2010. • Membership Services were considered. The ADA will now negotiate with Virgin Blue for ADA members to be eligible to obtain Virgin Blue Lounge membership at a discounted rate. Details of this service will be available through the Membership portal of the ADA website: www.ada.org.au . Members should also note that due to increased demand for access to the MIMS link through the ADA website, additional licences will now be obtained from MIMS. This should reduce difficulty accessing MIMS. Should members still experience problems accessing the service please contact Jennifer Murphy at the ADA Office on 02 9906 4412. • A number of enhancements to the ADA Library were considered and these will be explored in the coming weeks. Federal Executive will further review the proposed enhancements at its next meeting. • A trial of the new electronic document distribution system for document delivery to be utilized at the forthcoming Federal Council, Executive and Committee meetings was reviewed. • Preparations for the ADA’s Australian Dental Congress 2011 were considered. Interim financial reports for the event were examined. It is pleasing to report that preparations for this Congress are going well for what appears to be an excellent event. Members interested in attending should visit the ADA website as soon as possible as Early Bird registrations close soon – Monday, 15 November – so beat the deadline and register today! • Consideration was given to preparations in relation to the Melbourne 2013; Darwin 2015 and Adelaide 2017 Congresses. • Approval was given for the creation of an independent consumer website to enable consumers to consider the suitability of private health insurance programs on the market – specifically as they relate to the provision of ancillary dental cover. • The Chief Executive Officer provided a report on the outcome of dialogue with the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman specifically in relation to the issue of public/member awareness of health fund business rules. See ADA website for details. • Information was received on the progress of practice accreditation for dental practices. Approval was given for the distribution of a letter to practice owners seeking expressions of interest for owners to participate in an ‘Early Adopters Scheme’. Members will have received correspondence about this with the September issue of the News Bulletin. Further information on the progress of this scheme will be communicated to those who expressed interest. An article by members who participated in a pilot program on Practice Accreditation initiated by the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) appears in this issue on page 20. This article is commended to members who require further information or background on what is occurring in this area. Appointments of ADA representatives were made to a further consultative committee to be formed by the ACSQHC looking into accreditation. Members are advised that there is still considerable work to be done before Practice Accreditation will be implemented. Members will continue to be periodically alerted to developments. • Due to the extent of interest by specialist practices, ADA will be instructing accountants, WHK Horwath to proceed with discussions with the Australian Tax Office to seek a ruling on the operation of Service Trusts in specialist practices. Members will recall that the ATO ruled on trust operations for general practices but wished to defer consideration of specialist practices at that time. Thanks are extended to those specialist practices who have agreed to assist. • A report of the ADA’s participation in the pre and post-election activities was received. A report of this is included in this issue of the News Bulletin on page 8. • Minutes of various Branch Council Meetings and Branch activities were considered and noted. Federal Executive will next meet on 14 and 15 October 2010 at St Leonards. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer September 2010 meeting report of federal executive report
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