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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin March 2011
6 MARCH 2011 latest news DENTAL PRACTICE SURVEY 2010 MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO COMPLETE AND RETURN YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE It is three years since the Association conducted the last Dental Practice Survey for 2007. There is a need to up-date information that is not available from other sources. These surveys keep the Association and profession informed of the current status of, and changes in, Australian dentistry. In March members will receive a questionnaire which relates to the financial year 2009/10. The information requested will be similar to previous years and will relate to: type of practice; income; work year and work week; patient appointments; busyness; continuing professional development; dental practice; dental services provided; and electronic communication. Self-employed members will also be asked for financial details of their private practices which should be available from their accountant and practice records. Members are reminded that all returns are absolutely confidential. Please take the time to complete and return your questionnaire. PD Barnard SOCIO ECONOMIC VARIATION IN PERIODONTITIS AMONG AUSTRALIAN ADULTS 2004--06 The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released a new report, Socioeconomic variation in periodontitis among Australian adults 2004-06. Data was taken from a random sample of persons in Australia from the National Survey of Adult Oral Health in 2004--06. The clinical definition for periodontitis used for this report is as follows: "the presence of either two sites between adjacent teeth where the periodontal tissues have lost attachment for 4 mm or more, or at least two such sites that have pockets of 5 mm or more." Overall Prevalence Moderate and severe periodontitis was found in nearly one- quarter (24.2%) of Australian adults aged 18 years and older. Prevalence by Age Periodontitis is strongly age related, with prevalence increasing from 2.8% in 18--24 year olds to 60.8% in those aged 75 years and older. Prevalence by Sex There was a higher prevalence of males (28.1%) with periodontitis than females (20.2%). Prevalence by Socioeconomic Status Household income has been categorised by $20,000 bands. The prevalence of periodontitis was highest in the lowest income category (42.6%), and lowest in the highest income category, (15.0%). The rate ratio in the prevalence of periodontitis was 2.8:1 between the highest and lowest income categories. Prevalence by Household Income, Adjusted for Age and Sex There was a higher percentage of females in lower income households and a higher percentage of males in higher income households so adjustments were made by standardising for age and sex. The age- and sex-adjusted prevalence of periodontitis was highest in the lowest income category (33.5%) and lowest in the highest income category (18.1%). However, there remained a rate ratio of 1.9:1 between the highest and lowest household income categories. The full report can be found at: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/12524 MEMBERS CAN NOW READ THE NEWS BULLETIN ON THEIR iPAD As part of its ongoing programme to improve services to members ADA Inc. is proud to announce that the News Bulletin is now available for the iPad. As with the online version it is available through the ADA web site www.ada.org.au. No special software is required to be downloaded or installed because the application automatically identifies the iPad and loads the appropriate version of the Bulletin. To access the iPad version: • Login into the members section ADA.org.au using an iPad • Select 'Publications' and then News Bulletin • Select current issue or any issue required (back to August 2010). The iPad version of the News Bulletin will be automatically downloaded to your iPad • As with the browser based version, instructions on how to operate the News Bulletin on the iPad are displayed on the first page.
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