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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin November 2010
9 NOVEMBER 2010 The information you need is now at your fingerti Support the ADA's new membership service. Visit Dental Trade Online regularly to fully understand its potential and view its growth. ps! Register for eNews Why GOOGLE? Find what you want quickly and easily at: www.dentaltradeonline.com.au While there latest news ADA REFUTES PARLIAMENTARY CLAIMS REGARDING DENTAL COURSES The Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) Federal President, Dr Neil Hewson has commented on unfounded statements made in Parliament recently by Dr Dennis Jensen MP, from the Electoral Division of Tangney (WA), accusing the Association of controlling enrolments to dental courses. "Let's get a few facts straight here -- the ADA plays no role whatsoever in determining enrolment numbers for university courses. These comments by Dr Jensen demonstrate a very poor understanding of how dental courses and the number of student places are determined and are simply false", said Dr Hewson. It is the relevant federal government department that provides a funding allocation based on the number of allocated Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) to each University and that department also sets the amount of money per CSP. Furthermore, the dental schools also rely on the provision of clinical training places (dental chairs) by the public dental agencies of their State such that the number of available chairs for training also very often limits student places. Hence, the composition of University Selection Committees is irrelevant to the number of CSP and clinical training places that each dental school can offer. However, it is the ADA's belief that there are no ADA representatives on University Selection Committees for dental courses. Finally, the students are selected into dentistry on merit, the same as with all other University courses and the Universities have very strict rules and regulations on selection procedures. Therefore, student selection is closely governed by the Academic Board of the University. "The dental profession could not in this process influence student numbers or selection processes at Universities as suggested by Dr Dennis Jensen". Dr Hewson concluded "It is disappointing that a member of parliament makes such ill-informed statements without investigating the facts first". Regarding training, before the establishment of three new dental schools the Association argued for increased enrolment numbers and still calls for more funding to dental schools to better train the current number of students. Given the expense of training dentists the ADA has for some time called for proper planning of dental workforce numbers and so has welcomed the establishment of Health Workforce Australia who hopefully will do this. Source: ADA Media Release, October 2010. Other Media Releases can be viewed at www.ada.org.au
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