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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin February 2011
8 FEBRUARY 2011 latest news WINE AWARD FOR TOOWOOMBA ORTHODONTIST Orthodontist, Ashley Smith's winery Preston Peak Wines has been awarded in the Top 5 Shiraz of Australia and New Zealand in Winestate Magazine's Wine of the Year Awards for its 2008 Reserve Shiraz. The Shiraz has also been selected to be shown at the world's largest wine show to be held in Italy in April 2011. This recent award joins Preston Peak's impressive awards tally of over 200 awards and is followed up by the 2005 Serisier Pinot Noir Chardonnay winning equal top of its class in the November Winestate Champagne and Sparkling Tasting. Ashley Smith, vintner and owner of Preston Peak Wines, is justifiably proud of this latest achievement. "Since the 2006 harvest, the quality of the Shiraz has been consistent, but will only continue to improve. We have known that our Devil's Elbow Shiraz vineyard produces some of the best Shiraz in the world, but it is fantastic to have this recognition" he said after winning the award. Source: Media release, Preston Peak Wines, 12 November 2010. DENTAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA BOTOX AND BLEACHING The Dental Board of Australia has issued two new interim policies. The first deals with the use of botulism toxin (Botox). The policy "supports the use of Botox by registered dentists with education, training and competence for the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder/dysfunction". The second interim policy deals with teeth whitening/ bleaching. The policy states that teeth whitening/bleaching is an irreversible procedure on the human teeth. It states that tooth whitening/bleaching products containing more than 6% concentration of the active whitening/ bleaching agent should only be used by a registered dental practitioner, with education training in competence in teeth whitening/bleaching. In respect of both issues covered in these interim policies, the Board has advised that it will continue to examine these issues further and has issued these policies as an interim measure. The interim policies can be viewed at: http://www.ada.org. au/dentalboardofaustralia.aspx Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer VICTORIAN DENTAL PROFESSIONALS AWARDED FOR CARE AND COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC PATIENTS Three dedicated public dental professionals have been honoured with Victoria's first Public Oral Health Care Awards. The awards were presented by Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV), the oral health agency responsible for The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and for coordinating public oral health services in Victoria. Mr Mick Ellis, Chairman of the Board of DHSV, said that the awards were established to mark the 120th anniversary of The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne -- the beginning of public dentistry in Victoria -- and to pay tribute to the often unacknowledged work being done by public oral health care professionals. "The impressive field of nominees for these awards demonstrates the high level of skill and commitment among people working in Victorian public dental clinics," said Mr Ellis. "The award winners have distinguished themselves through their dedication to improving the oral health of people who can't afford private dental treatment and who are often those most at-risk of oral disease." The nominees were judged on the basis of (1) their contribution to the delivery of high-quality public oral health services in Victoria; (2) their contribution to improving the capacity of Victoria's public oral health workforce; and (3) whether they had gone above and beyond what is expected of someone in their role. The winners received a trophy and $5,000 funding to attend a health conference of their choice, presented to them at the DHSV Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 25 November 2010. The winners were: Professor Hanny Calache (Director of Clinical Leadership, Education and Research at DHSV, Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University Department of Oral Health); Dr Sajeev Koshy (Dental Director, Plenty Valley Community Health, Boort Public Dental Clinic, Dental Specialist, The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne); and Ms Pearl Dias (Dental Assistant, The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, Carlton). Highly commended were: Dr Ramini Shankumar (Manager/ Clinical Leader, Southern Health Oral Health Services, Dandenong); and Dr James Newby (Senior Dentist, Goulburn Valley Health, Shepparton). Source: Media Release, Dental Health Services Victoria, 26 November 2010.
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