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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin December 2010
8 DECEMBER 2010 latest news DENTAL FILES TRAVELS TO VICTORIA NEW AUSTRALIAN CONSUMER LAW Dental Files travels to Victoria for the cover CD (Program 6, 2010) this month, with seven audio interviews from the ADAVB Convention. And don't miss the bonus video from Dr Luke Villata on surgical draping in general practice. BACK TO (CLINICAL) BASICS -- EVERYDAY RULES FOR DRILLING AND FILLING Professor Charles Goodacre loves reading literature and applying the evidence to basic wet-finger practice. In this fast-paced interview he tells Patrick Meaney how long patients think crowns should last, preparing ceramic crowns to last that long, choosing a rigid or flexible post system, plus much more. THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT -- AREN'T THEY? Perhaps, but you might be surprized at some of the philosophy and evidence-based notions advanced by Dundee-based UK paediatric specialist Dr Dafydd Evans. Talking to Patrick Meaney, he discusses fluoride-dosing for young people, sealing fissures with your finger and parental responsibility for children's care. ADA VB CEO ON H2O Garry Pearson of the Victorian Branch of the ADA talks to John Matthews about the recent clean water initiative in that state, e-Health and implications for encrypted patient record transmission, advertising under the Dental Board of Australia guidelines, and accreditation. ONLY BRUSH THE ONES YOU WANT TO KEEP Dental Files is pleased to welcome dental hygienist, Ms Leann R Keefer in conversation with Pamela Dalgliesh. Leann covers maintenance, soft-tissue care and instrumentation for in-office implant care. DOES IMPLANT SURVIVAL EQUAL IMPLANT SUCCESS? Questions, questions: It looks bad, but works good? Teeth out, implants in? (because patients find implants easier to maintain than teeth). What to do about finding a dormant lesion during a radiographic survey? Endodontist Dr David Figdor speaks to Georges Fast about endo, implants and the challenges of diagnostic interpretation. JUST WHAT DOES NORNA HALL THINK SHE'S DOING?! No LA, caries left in cavities -- is the world coming to an end? Hear Dr Nicola Innes revealing the fascinating story of this obscure Scottish dentist and her unique caries' management strategies with Patrick Meaney. JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE... It's not the material of the future, but how long has amalgam got left? Patrick Meaney elucidates the finer points of the never-ending square-off between amalgam alloy and composite resin with Professor Michael Burrow from Melbourne Dental School. Patrick Meaney MEMBERS NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH NEW LEGISLATION From 1 January 2011, Australia will have a single, national consumer law -- The Australian Consumer Law (ACL). At the same time, the name of the Trade Practices Act 1974 will change to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Members will need to be familiar with the new legislation. Laws to apply the ACL as a law of each State and Territory have been introduced into parliament or enacted in the following jurisdictions: Queensland (Bill); Tasmania (Bill); Victoria (Act); Western Australia (Bill); South Australia (Bill); Northern Territory (Bill); and Australian Capital Territory (Bill). The WA Government is committed to implementing the ACL. However, the WA Government has decided to adopt the ACL through a slightly different mechanism to ensure that the WA Parliament has the opportunity to consider any changes to the ACL before they are made. This reflects previous WA Government practice for other national legislative schemes -- such as the recent national law on registration and accreditation of health professions. The Australian Consumer Law replaces 20 existing Federal, State and Territory laws with one national law. The ACL is said to represent one of the most significant reforms in the history of Australian consumer protection. The ACL provides a wide range of enhanced consumer protections and will come into force from 1 January 2011. The ACL includes: • a new national unfair contract terms law covering standard form contracts; • a new national law guaranteeing consumer rights when buying goods and services, which replaces existing laws on conditions and warranties; • a new national product safety law and enforcement system; • a new national law for unsolicited consumer agreements, which replaces existing State and Territory laws on 'door-to- door' sales and other direct marketing; • simple national rules for lay-by agreements; and • new penalties, enforcement powers and consumer redress options. The ACL will include Regulations that will provide transitional arrangements to allow businesses to adjust to the new law. These regulations are an important part of the ACL and will assist consumers and businesses to understand their rights and obligations ahead of the 1 January 2011 start date. Practical information on how businesses can comply with the ACL will be published in a series of regulatory guides. The ADA will continue to place updates on the member website. Further information about the ACL implementation process is available at: www.consumerlaw.gov.au . A publication, The Australian Consumer Law -- An introduction -- accessible at the site provides an excellent reference for this new legislation. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer
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