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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin November 2010
12 NOVEMBER 2010 The 2010 FDI Annual World Dental Congress was held in Salvador, Brazil. The Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) delegation was Dr Neil Hewson (President), Dr Shane Fryer (Vice President), Dr Karin Alexander (Treasurer), and Robert Boyd- Boland (National Liaison Officer). MEETING SCHEDULE The meeting schedule commenced with the Perth Group meeting on Monday, 30 August 2010. The group initially met in Perth, Australia in 2007 and is made up of the American, Australian, British, Canadian, Japanese, Korean and New Zealand Dental Associations. This event was hosted by the ADA. The commonality of issues facing each association is remarkable. Issues covered included access to care; the public's perception of dentistry and dentists; e-Health developments; amalgam; mid- level providers (dental auxiliaries) and various FDI matters such as the departure of FDI's Executive Director, elections, budget and future congresses. An Open Forum was later conducted on 30 August 2010, and the General Assembly A meeting was conducted on the following day. Open Forum B occurred on 1 September and this was followed by the 'Four Country' meeting at which the Australian, New Zealand, Korean and Japanese delegations attended. This meeting was attended by the FDI Speaker, Dr Greg Chadwick. Issues raised with him included problems with lack of communication in relation to the affairs of the FDI including the financial concerns that had been expressed at the Perth Group meeting. Other items of discussion included continuing professional development (CPD) including the ADA NSW visit to Seoul to discuss continuing professional development initiatives with that dental group, collaboration in relation to the provision of CPD to the respective members of each association, and whether a memorandum of understanding could be produced in this respect. It was agreed that this would be progressed throughout the year and at the next meeting. All participants agreed that the Perth Group must remain an ongoing activity for future FDI Congresses. Many of the issues canvassed at the Perth Group meeting were reviewed. The meeting expressed consensus on remaining outside the Asian-Pacific Dental Federation until some significant constitutional changes were made to that group. The ADA hosted the Four Country lunch at the Mercure Hotel which is hosted on a rotational basis. Open Forum 3 was conducted on 2 September followed by the National Liaison Officer's Forum and Dental Editors Meeting. The customary ADA pre-opening ceremony function was held at the Pestana Bahia Hotel at which 30 Australian delegates attended. General Assembly then concluded the FDI program on 4 September 2010. SUMMARY OF MATTERS DEALT WITH IN FDI MEETINGS One of the major items of interest at the FDI meeting was the recent resignation of Dr David Alexander, Executive Director of FDI and its impact on FDI operations and viability. Concern was also expressed in relation to what was perceived to be very poor attendance at the FDI Congress. It transpired that in the month leading up to the FDI Congress, the Brazil Dental Association had conducted a major congress and exhibition on which possibly detracted from members participating in the FDI Congress. A Business Plan for 2012--2014, prepared by the previous Executive Director, was presented and discussed. The plan outlined ways where it was hoped that there would be an increase in the profit margin of the Association from an estimated 4 per cent in 2011 to 15 per cent by 2014. The major thrust of the Plan was seeking an increase in revenues through conducting more financially successful Congresses. The Belorussian, Vanuatu and Egyptian Dental Associations were accepted for regular membership subject to payment of annual subscriptions. Applications by the Academy of General Dentistry, the Latin American Institute of Accreditation in Dentistry and Brazilian Academy of Dentistry were accepted for supporting membership, subject to payment of an annual subscription. It was resolved that the annual subscription fees formula would not be amended and therefore the minimum annual subscription fee would not be increased. The only change to subscription fees was that the currency would change from Euro to Swiss Francs. A VOX Communication Tool was launched. This will provide an interactive communication between all FDI member associations and the FDI Council Committees. It will provide details as to statistics on the status of oral health worldwide through its 'Data Mirror'; it can host online discussion/engage in projects with other member associations in an online collaboration area, and it will update information concerning each individual association. Attempts were made to alter the voting power of members. It was proposed that in addition to National Dental Associations having a vote, regional groups, such as APDF and others would similarly have a right to vote. This resolution was not passed. The election of four Councillors took place with Dr Patrick Hescot (France); Professor Nermin Yamalik (Turkey); Dr Arif Alvi (Pakistan) and Dr Jack Cottrell (Canada) elected. Dr TC Wong was re-elected Treasurer unopposed. Elections took place for positions on the Communications and Members Support Committee, Dental Practice Committee, Education Committee, Science Committee and World Dental Development and Health Promotion Committee. The ADA was pleased to see that Professor Young-Guk Park (Korea) was elected to the Education Committee. Policy statements were reviewed. A number of motions were put for removal of a number of policy statements, the majority of which resolutions were unsuccessful. The FDI policy statements 'Effects of Dioxins on Tooth Development', 'Root Surface Caries in Adults' and 'Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies; Implications for the Practice of Dentistry' were withdrawn from the policy list. Robert Boyd-Boland October 2010 FDI Congress Report Members of the Australian delegation attending the FDI congress in Salvador, Brazil.
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