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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin October 2010
10 OCTOBER 2010 latest news COnCURREnT USE Of ITEMS 114 AnD 222 The introduction of the Ninth edition of The Australian Schedule of Dental Services and Glossary saw some major changes to the Periodontics Section, namely the change from “per eight teeth or less” for some items, to “per tooth”. From an average user perspective, the most common number to be affected is Item 222 – Root planing and subgingival curettage – per tooth. A common clinical scenario is that while performing procedures implicit in Item 114, one or more teeth may require further treatment, i.e., those procedures defined by Item 222. ADA Inc. has received a number of enquiries from members about the propriety of combining the two numbers, and has also become aware that some health funds have adopted business rules which preclude their combined use. The purpose of this article is to inform members that it is entirely appropriate for Items 222 (by number of teeth) and 114 to be used together, and that alternative interpretation by health funds is incorrect. This will have been communicated to the health funds by the time this article goes to print. Carmelo Bonanno, Chairman Schedule and Third Party Committee nObLEDEnTIST AUSTRALASIAn DEnTIST The Australian Dental Association Inc. has never agreed to endorse or promote the business model promoted by NobleDentist. Readers of a recent edition of the Australasian Dentist (July/August 2010) may have noticed an advertorial piece promoting NobleDentist. The article quoted comments made by the ADA and sought to use those statements as an endorsement of the NobleDentist concept of dental care delivery. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer DEnTAL HEALTH On THE RADAR – AT LAST “Finally someone is listening to the pleas for attention to be given to dental health delivery to disadvantaged Australians. The ALP/Greens statement indicating that attention will be given to improve federal funding for dental care is well overdue. For too long in this campaign most of the major political parties have been silent on resolving problems in oral health.” said Dr Neil Hewson, President of the Australian Dental Association. “The next government should commit to improving timely access to dental services for those who are currently unable to do so.” The ADA has for some time given all sides of politics the solutions to this problem. The ADA has evaluated this thoroughly including assessing a variety of solutions and as the body with the expertise and dedication to the improvement of oral health in the community, strongly recommends the key elements of any new dental strategy must include the following: • Adoption of the ADA’s DentalAccess scheme, details of which can be found on the ADA website (go to www.ada. org.au). DentalAccess will deliver appropriate and long- term dental solutions to those within the community who are disadvantaged and require assistance to achieve better oral health. It will concentrate on delivery to the population groups whose oral health is particularly poor, which include the financially disadvantaged, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons, people living in remote and regional communities and those with special needs. • Progressive introduction of a Foundation (Intern) year to provide new dental graduates with mentoring and at the same time the alleviation of some problems regarding access to dental services currently suffered by disadvantaged Australians. • Introduction of rural and regional incentives, scaled for remoteness, to correct the maldistribution of the dental workforce. • Development of educational programs that will help all Australians (young and old) learn how best to look after their own mouths and so prevent decay, gum disease and oral cancer. “The ADA welcomes the opportunity to discuss these initiatives with politicians so as to demonstrate how these solutions will address the shortcomings that exist now and will improve Australia’s oral health,” said Dr Hewson. Source: Media release, Australian Dental Association Inc. , 3 September 2010. 2011 Australian Dental Congress Secretariat Australian Dental Association Inc. Incorporated in the ACT ARBN 131 755 989 14-16 Chandos Street St Leonards NSW 2065 PO Box 520 St Leonards NSW 1590 Telephone: (61 2) 9906 4412 Facsimile: (61 2) 9906 4676 Email: email@example.com Website: www.adc2011.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/34thADC2011 NOW AND TOmORROW BACk To ThE FuTurE: ADC2011-Letterhead-FINAL.indd 1 3/02/10 9:14 PM
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