by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin February 2011
3 FEBRUARY 2011 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD) It behoves me in my position to extol the virtues of the continuing education programmes that are hosted by the ADA, nationally, at a Branch level and by the regional groups. We are all aware that under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (which came into effect on 1 July 2010) there is now a requirement to achieve a CPD Registration Standard as a prerequisite for registration as a dental practitioner. The Dental Board of Australia (DBA) has determined that a minimum of 60 hours of CPD activities over three years is required and 80% of this must be clinically or scientifically based. While it is fully understood that it is unlikely that any one provider of CPD can satisfy the educational needs of all members, I am able to tell you that throughout the wide ADA network across the country, we are setting a high benchmark. Your ADA membership allows you access to a considerable volume of CPD material as part of your membership subscription. Some examples of this from the perspective of the Federal Secretariat are the Australian Dental Journal, News Bulletin, National Dental Library, ADA Interact-Rural and Remote Webinars, ADA Dental Files, Australian Dentist (the e-Newsletter), Therapeutic Guidelines and MIMS On-Line. Branches also supplement this with their own valuable CPD programmes. In addition to the above there are further educational events that are also able to be attended as part of your membership subscriptions or at affordable registration fees again hosted by the ADA family. 34TH AUSTRALIAN DENTAL CONGRESS WEDNESDAY, 30 MARCH TO SUNDAY, 3 APRIL 2011 At this present time in the dental education calendar, members must ensure they direct their attention to the upcoming Australian Dental Congress with its theme "Back to the Future: Now and Tomorrow". The Local Organizing Committee chaired by Dr Derek Lewis has produced a stimulating scientific programme which is supplemented by some entertaining social events. These will combine to provide a very collegial atmosphere and an event worth attending in beautiful Brisbane. Of particular note is that the Congress will provide 20 hours of education which will put you well on the way to achieving your compulsory CPD registration requirements. If you have not registered please do so as time is running out and some of the programmes are nearing capacity. Since I wrote the first draft of the President's Comments, Queensland and Victoria have suffered from devastating floods which, as we all know, resulted in horrific outcomes both at a human and economic level. We extend our sympathies to the people of Queensland and Victoria. Both States are now in recovery mode with the Australian spirit of optimism in adversity at the fore. I again would encourage members to attend the 34th Australian Dental Congress in Brisbane to show our support for our Queensland colleagues and provide some economic help to a recovering economy. E--HEALTH The e-Health revolution is continuing. Tangible benefits for the public to see are still not evident but there is clearly potential for this to be of value to many segments of the community. The ADA is supportive of the government's e-Health agenda. However, we are concerned that there is not much attention being paid on the impact e-Health will have on dentistry. The continual message that we are delivering is that "Dentistry is Different" and a model that is appropriate for medical practice may not necessarily be so for dental practice. However, on a positive note the dental profession has, though advocacy by the ADA, recently been represented on reference groups established by the National e-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) to develop e-Health plans, but the horizon is definitely a long way off. DENTAL FEES Our profession is to be commended for the way dental fees have been managed over the last 12 months during these tough economic times. The results of the ADA's 2010 Dental Fees Survey are published in this edition of the ADA News Bulletin. It shows a modest 2.9% increase in fees for all items surveyed. This may be compared against an average 5.8% increase in private health insurance premiums and a capital city weighted average health CPI increase of 5.2%. It is important to note that price is not and should not be the only determining factor in the measurement of the suitability of a health service. While the time periods covered by these statistical measures are not exactly aligned (but are close) it is not hard to read between the lines and see who is really looking after our patients. F. Shane Fryer Federal President president's comments "We extend our sympathies to the people of Queensland and Victoria. Both states are now in recovery mode with the Australian spirit of optimism in adversity at the fore."
ADA News Bulletin December 2010
ADA News Bulletin March 2011