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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin October 2010
18 OCTOBER 2010 ADP Jospeh half page OT.indd 1 15/09/10 2:41 PM AbAnDOnInG THE AUSTRALIAn DEnTAL TECHnICIAn Sir, I write to express my concerns over the dental profession’s growing abandonment of the Australian dental technician, a colleague who has been pivotal to the success of the Australian dentist for decades. Probably totally unknown to the patient, more and more laboratory work is being sourced from (in most part) Asian laboratories under the disguise of ‘Australian’ addressed companies. These ‘companies’ (whose advertisements feature regularly within the News Bulletin), are little more than freight forwarding offices that facilitate the passage of goods to and from countries such as China. I have an excellent relationship with my dental ceramist and was stunned to learn that his turnover has fallen 40 % from the same time last year. He further advised that in an effort to compete against the overseas product chipping away at his business, he had visited a number of Chinese laboratories to investigate his offering of a ‘cheaper’ line of lab work. On arrival in China he was stunned by the size of the facilities with one having a staff of 1,500 personnel of which 600 were accommodated dormitory style, on site. The majority of the working staff were young girls who underwent only a few months of training before becoming ‘qualified’. Initial trials of the work by my ceramist proved that the quality was terrible and for now, his ‘cheaper’ line of lab work comes via Japan. Over the last three months I have been conducting a straw poll with my patients on this issue and all of them advised that they would rather have their laboratory work done in Australia, than China or anywhere else. Money was not an issue, but quality of work, quality of materials and personal values on supporting Australian manufacturing was. Clearly, there is a growing number of dentists who put quality, patient consent and the livelihood of our technicians second to their desire to increase their profit margin. However, I am not one of them. John Clark Mt Ommaney 4074 letters to the Letters are published at the Editor’s discretion and customary editorial rights are reserved. We request that letters be brief, of interest to the general membership and signed. Letters published are an expression of a personal point of view of the writer and are not necessarily representative of the policies or opinions of the Australian Dental Association Inc. feedback editor
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