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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin March 2011
37 MARCH 2011 *Rates Published As at 21/02/2011 A FINANCE ALTERNATIVE FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS Call 1300 633 536 www.medilend.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org mediLEND ML for Asset Finance - Equipment & Motor Vehicles for Practice Fit-Out & Refurbishment for Unsecured LOC - Personal & Business for Lines of Credit for 100% Commercial Practice Finance for 100% Goodwill Finance for 100% Residential or Investment Loans for Home & Contents Insurance, Debt Insurance mediLEND mediLEND mediLEND mediLEND mediLEND mediLEND mediLEND 6.88% Rates From mediLEND instance would be classified clinical/scientific; as would a range of topics relating to oral health or particular dental procedures such as endodontics, caries treatment, crown preparations, etc. WHAT ARE NON-SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES? These are activities that are indirectly related to, but supportive of dental care and include courses about practice management and dento-legal responsibilities. The activities need to contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of a dental practitioner's knowledge, skills and performance of oral health care. The subject matter of CPD may also include activities in dentistry outside the dental practitioner's usual practice, for example dental prosthetists may undertake study about implants, drug therapies and digital radiography; dental therapists and hygienists on prosthetics and occlusal therapy or orthodontics. This type of subject matter would be considered a scientific activity. Similarly Specialists do not have to attend CPD activities limited to their area of specialty. Practitioners are encouraged to reflect on their own practice and identify areas where they can derive maximum benefit from CPD. HOW MANY HOURS OF CPD DOES A PERSON REGISTERED AS BOTH A DENTAL HYGIENIST AND DENTAL THERAPIST NEED TO DO? If you are registered as both a dental hygienist and dental therapist you only need to complete 60 hours over the three years. HOW MANY HOURS OF CPD DOES A PRACTITIONER WHO ONLY WORKS PART-TIME NEED TO DO? Regardless of whether you practise one day a year or five days a week, you need to complete 60 hours of CPD. If you are practising at all, patients are entitled to expect the same level of knowledge and skill whether you are full time or part time and therefore CPD requirements are the same. HOW MUCH CPD DOES A NON-PRACTISING REGISTRANT NEED TO DO? None. The requirements do not apply to those with this type of registration. CAN HOURS SPENT UNDERTAKING CLINICAL SUPERVISION AS PART OF AN EMPLOYMENT ROLE COUNT AS CPD TIME? No, as it is a part of your employment role. ARE THE NUMBER OF HOURS ADJUSTED IF A PERSON REGISTERS DURING THE CPD CYCLE? The only time CPD hours are pro-rata is if you are registered for the first time part way through a CPD cycle. The number of CPD hours that a new registrant will need to complete will be calculated on a pro-rata basis to the nearest half-year. WHAT HAPPENS IF A PRACTITIONER ACCUMULATES MORE THAN 60 HOURS IN THE CYCLE? If you accumulate more than 60 hours in the three year cycle you cannot roll over the additional hours into the next cycle. The hours specified in the CPD registration standard are a minimum requirement and it is expected that many practitioners will attend a far greater number of hours of CPD than this minimum. DO ALL CPD ACTIVITIES HAVE THE SAME WEIGHTING? In general, attending a course for 7 hours (excluding breaks) would be equivalent to 7 hours of CPD, provided that the time is invested in CPD programs that meet the Board's guidelines. What has been known as 'Continuing Education, or CE credits' will in most cases translate to hourly CPD credits. February 2011
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