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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin February 2011
5 FEBRUARY 2011 The Federal Executive of the Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) met at its St Leonards premises on 9 and 10 December 2010. During the Federal Executive Meeting, the following major items of interest were considered: • Federal Executive welcomed its new Federal Executive Councillor, Dr Hugo Sachs. • The Treasurer, Dr Carmelo Bonanno delivered various financial reports, all of which indicated that finances were proceeding according to budget. • New ADA Partner Services through Toga Hospitality (holiday accommodation) and Volkswagen were adopted. Details of these will be posted to the ADA member website. • The Seal of Approval Program Guidelines were reviewed and will be available shortly for distribution to all Seal of Approval holders and will be published on the ADA website. • There was a review of the voting process for election of candidates to Federal Executive and Committees. The current method of election necessitates numerous ballots to be undertaken. A recommendation will be go to the Constitution Committee to review the methodology for such elections. • Material provided by the American Dental Association in relation to dietary fluoride supplements was reviewed and the topic will be considered by the Association's Oral Health and Policy Committees. • Dr Len Crocombe was appointed Chairman of the Australian Dental Assistant Training Advisory Group. • ADA Inc. Graduate Student Scholarships were granted to Dr Jonathan Christo and Dr Michael Zanninovich from the University of Adelaide. • The current webinar programmes undertaken by the ADA for the benefit of rural and remote practitioners were reviewed. Due to their popularity it was decided that more frequent webinars would be conducted. The Continuing Professional Development Committee has been asked to report to Federal Executive on this. The Committee has also been asked to explore the logistics of providing a continuing professional development programme for delivery around Australia that would be based upon the themes published in the annual Australian Dental Journal Supplement. • A comprehensive report for the 34th Annual Dental Congress (30 March--3 April 2011) was provided. The Congress financial reports were received and reviewed favourably. Reports indicate that attendances at this Congress will significantly exceed earlier Congresses. • The ADA Dental Files Service and National Library Service were reviewed and arrangements will be made for the ongoing provision of these member services. • Dr F Shane Fryer will now be appointed to the Department of Veterans' Affairs Dental Advisory Committee, replacing Dr Neil Hewson. • Various publications from the Dental Board of Australia were reviewed. Members wishing to update themselves on developments with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) are invited to visit the ADA members' website for this purpose. • The ADA's response to the Australian Dental Council on the Consultation Draft -- Attributes of competencies for dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists was considered. • It was decided that there would be a further stakeholder meeting relating to the possible advancement of the ADA's Foundation/Intern Year proposal which was subject of a submission to government in early 2010. • Dr John Matthews, Chairman of the Special Purpose Committee on Dental Practice Accreditation attended the meeting to report on developments on dental practice accreditation. Due to progress towards implementation a Special Purpose Committee on Practice Accreditation Implementation will now be formed. Its role will be to review policies, evidence and templates in relation to dental practice accreditation processes and to create and develop a business plan and communication plan for members who undertake dental practice accreditation. Initially, its activities will focus upon the progress of the ADA Early Adopter Scheme. Members are advised to keep abreast of developments in this area by visiting the ADA members' website. • The ADA's forthcoming Dental Practice Survey was reviewed. The questionnaire for the survey has now been finalised and the survey will progress in the normal manner. • The Special Purpose Committee on Sedation reported upon issues pertaining to delivery of dental services under conscious sedation. Ongoing discussions will take place with the DBA in regard to this. • Reports were received from the Oral Health Committee, Rural Oral Health Advisory Panel, Dental Workforce and Education Committee, Schedule and Third Party Committee, Dental Instruments, Materials and Equipment Committee and various Special Purpose Committees. • Federal Executive will next meet on 10 and 11 February 2011. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer DECEMBER 2010 MEETING Report of federal executive report
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