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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin March 2011
3 MARCH 2011 PRACTICE ACCREDITATION Hugo Sachs (Federal Executive Officer and Chairman of the Special Purpose Committee on Practice Accreditation Implementation), Robert Boyd-Boland (CEO) and I have met with Professor Chris Baggoley and Ms Margaret Banks from the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC). As a consequence of our representations at this meeting the ACQHSC's timetable for implementation of Dental Practice Accreditation (DPA) has been significantly delayed from the designated 1 July 2011 commencement. We have also had a meeting with Professor Mick Reid (Chairman, Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council, Member of ACSQHC Board and Director General, Queensland Health), Dr Michael Cleary (Queensland Health) and Dr Rhys Thomas (Chief Dental Officer, Queensland). This meeting occurred on Monday, 14 February 2011. At the meeting we reiterated the key points of the ADA Policy on Practice Accreditation wishing to ensure that AHMAC was aware of the ADA's position. We identified the ADA's major concerns, namely the complexity of the standards being developed; the potential for duplication of standards and the dual regulatory roles that were now in evidence with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) and the ACSQHC. The point was made that too much of what had been seen from ACSQHC seemed to fit hospital-based settings and thus did not fit office-based dental practice. Costs of compliance would be significant and both add to the cost of dentistry and reduce the actual clinical time of dentists. Dental practice accreditation has to be simple, effective, economical and beneficial to the dentist and patient alike. The progress of DPA implementation will be now be very much dependent upon the finalisation of the standards by the ACSQHC and the development of appropriate guides and protocols in consultation with the ADA. The proposed Early Adopters Scheme (EAS) meeting that had been pencilled in for the day preceding Congress will now be postponed. I would urge those members interested in DPA to keep an eye on the ADA website for developments. 34TH AUSTRALIAN DENTAL CONGRESS I can proudly tell you that plans for the 34th Australian Dental Congress in Brisbane are coming together well for what will be an excellent Congress. The Local Organising Committee, under the direction of Derek Lewis, has done some marvellous work to ensure that this will be a memorable event. While fingers were crossed that the floods would not impact on the Congress our wishes have been answered with the floods causing no disruptions. Brisbane will be able to demonstrate all its beauty. If you have not registered I strongly urge you to do so. Visit: http://www.adc2011.com/registration.html This Congress is not to be missed. DENTAL CONGRESS NAME BADGES I thought it was important to mention to you that the Congress Name Badge is your access into the Congress and it is a 'smart card' identification badge. This name badge will have the delegate's details and entitlements entered electronically through the card's RFID contactless interface. RFID scanning systems will be in place for all the events at the Congress, with a delegate only needing to present their badge for entry and to have their participation registered. This latest technology will allow a member to record their individual participation and thus have a record of attendance for their Continual Professional Development Log if they wish to avail themselves of this service. ADA STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT You will have read the report in the November 2010 News Bulletin of the October Strategy Development weekend attended by Federal Councillors and Branch Presidents. Your Federal Executive of the ADA continues to work on this project and will report to Federal Council at its April 2011 meeting. As part of the process for strategy development, the ADA will be conducting some surveys of its members to measure and gauge what it is that the members want from their Association. If asked to participate in these surveys please assist us by doing so. The information gleaned from them will provide valuable information for formulation of our strategies as we continue to develop the ADA business and serve the membership. MEDICARE Members are advised that whilst deliberations between the ADA and the Minister for Human Services, the Honourable Tanya Plibersek MP's office continue, Medicare Australia have commenced widening of their audit processes in relation to dentist's utilisation of the Enhanced Primary Care -- Chronic Dental Disease Scheme. It is strongly recommended that members not agree to immediate participation in the audit process. As in the past, should members receive contact from Medicare Australia in relation to its audit process of the Scheme, they should contact their Branch immediately and seek assistance. Your ADA Branch, as always is well positioned to provide you with the appropriate advice. F. Shane Fryer Federal President president's comments "Dental practice accreditation has to be simple, effective, economical and beneficial to the dentist and patient alike."
ADA News Bulletin February 2011
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