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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin October 2010
11 OCTOBER 2010 latest news DEnTAL fILES – EDITIOn 5, 2010 The fifth program of Dental Files this year (see cover CD) features interviews recorded at the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons 20th Convocation held in Perth. Integrat I ng I mplantology Dr Sonia Leziy is a periodontist and Dr Brahm Miller a prosthodontist. Theirs is a very special specialist relationship as they are married and practise together in Vancouver, Canada. In this interview with Dr David Sykes, Sonia and Brahm discuss their unique team approach to implant dentistry. SuSSIng Sleep apnoea Dr Paul Sillifant is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon practising at Princess Margaret Hospital in Western Australia. Correctly diagnosing sleep apnoea can potentially have a profound, even lifesaving result for a patient. How to find it; and what to do about it; is the topic of this segment with interviewer Dr Paul Sambrook. onl I ne SecurIty e-Health and online records are an increasingly common part of dental practice. But as with all things technical, the devil is in the details. Just how confidential and secure are digital records? Dr Patricia Williams talks tech with our interviewer, Dr Chris Wholley. mak I ngm I n I mal more For some, the word ‘minimal’ carries implications that not much is being done. Dr Hein Ngo wants dentists to consider minimal intervention (MI) dentistry as an overarching approach to treatment that brings more into the equation, not less. He spoke with Professor Ian Meyers about the philosophy and practicalities of MI dentistry. perSpect I ve on preServat I on Ivan Darby is Associate Professor and Head of Periodontics at the Melbourne School of Dentistry. In this interview with Dr Ross Bastiaan, Ivan discusses what he sees as an important consideration every time a tooth is extracted – ridge preservation and bone regeneration. underStand I ng cementum Dr Dieter Bosshardt is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Laboratory for Oral Histology at the University of Berne, Switzerland. Dieter is recognized worldwide for his research in tissue regeneration. In this interview with Professor Saso Ivanovski, he discusses the role of cementum in studies aimed at improving periodontal therapies. the v I rtual pat I ent? There is growing concern that students have insufficient opportunities to develop clinical skills while at dental school. Use of virtual reality tools may provide a way to improve teaching and learning outcomes for oral surgical education. Professor Paul Abbott explores the potential of virtual reality in this interview with Professor Andrew Smith, Head of the School of Dentistry at the University of Western Australia. Patrick Meaney OffICE Of THE HEALTH SERvICES COMMISSIOnER REPORT 2010 The Office of the Health Services Commissioner has made some interesting observations regarding dentists in its Annual Report for 2010. There was a substantial increase in the number of complaints received regarding dentists compared to the 2009/2010 year. The Commissioner will be analyzing these and will report further at a future date. It reports that most complaints made about dentists refer to treatment or consent issues. The largest area for complaints was in respect of “inadequate treatment” and “unskilful/ incompetent treatment”. It recognized that while most dentists advise patients of treatment options, risks and costs, complaints continue to be received each year about lack of adequate informed financial consent for dental procedures. The report surmises that this may, in part, be due to the complications which can arise in dental treatment which may not have been anticipated when treatment commenced. Specific mention was made to the number of complaints made in relation to the extended dental care programs funded through Medicare. It reported that dentists had been very helpful in resolving these complaints. Most of these centred on complaints relating to patients having used up their Medicare entitlement but remained dissatisfied with their dental treatment. In some instances refunds had been paid to allow patients to complete their dental work. Robert Boyd–Boland Chief Executive Officer 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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