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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin October 2010
14 OCTOBER 2010 gUiDeline SUmmAry bisphosphonates and osteonecrosis of the jaw (OnJ) Osteoporosis Australia and the Australian Dental Association (through the Dental Therapeutics Committee) have prepared a joint Information Sheet that provides advice to practitioners on the use of bisphosphonates. The information sheet provides up-to-date pertinent information that will assist both medical and dental practitioners in the use of bisphosphonates. The Information Sheet is commended by the ADA’s Dental Therapeutics Committee as essential reading for dental practitioners and is published below. Copies can also be downloaded from the ADA Inc. website. WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS? Osteoporosis is the most common metabolic bone disease. Increased bone fragility results in an increased risk of fracture, particularly of the spine, hips or wrist. Over 2 million Australians are currently affected by osteoporosis; this number will increase as the population ages and it has been estimated that 1 in 2womenand1in3menovertheageof60willsufferan osteoporotic fracture. This is extremely painful and debilitating, with a serious effect on both quantity and quality of life. Females aged over 75 who suffer a hip fracture have been shown to have a 1 in 4 chance of death within the year. HOW IS OSTEOPOROSIS TREATED? There are a number of strategies to manage osteoporosis, starting with prevention early in life. Exercise, dietary calcium, vitamin D and calcium supplements, when required, all play a role (ref 2010 RACGP Guidelines). In patients with osteoporosis, as measured by bone mineral density testing and in those with existing minimal trauma fractures, both oral and intravenous committee report Please refer to website www.racds.org for further details about the College and its programs ABOUT THE RACDS The College provides opportunities for new graduates and experienced dentists to improve their skills, knowledge, and understanding. Participation in College programs is suited to all career paths in Dentistry including private practice, government health services, academia, armed service, and university postgraduate study. Recognition of the College is widening as closer links and alliances are developed with agencies and institutions within Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the U.K, and the Middle East. General Stream MEMBERSHIP This two to three year, structured educational learning program for qualified General Dental Practitioners leads to the award of MRACDS. It is based on the successful completion of appropriate CPD courses and related RACDS assessment components. FELLOWSHIP The FRACDS General Stream comprises a Primary Examination and a Final Examination (holders of the award of MRACDS may present directly for the Final Examination). The Primary Program has six main areas of study and examination and the aim of the program is to enable candidates to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental principles of basic science and their relationship to clinical practice. The Final Examination is clinically oriented requiring demonstration of a broad experience in general dentistry, a maturity of clinical judgement and application of knowledge based on current literature. Special Field Stream MEMBERSHIP This pathway provides existing Fellows in the General Stream and potential Fellows in the Special Fields with the opportunity to become Members of the College in a specialist discipline. Membership is open to specialists in the fields of Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Special Needs Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry, and Orthodontics (holders of the award of MRACDS in a Special Field may then apply for eligibility to present for the Final Examination in their Special Field). FELLOWSHIP Examinations at an advanced level in the Special Field Stream provide a pathway to Fellowship in the above specialist fields in addition to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The College training program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is accredited by, the Australian Medical Council, the Australian Dental Council and the Medical Council of New Zealand. Contact Us RACDS, Level 13, 37 York Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA Tel: +61 2 9262 6044 Fax: +61 2 9262 1974 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.racds.org The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons ABN 97 343 369 579
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