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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin April 2011
3 APRIL 2011 COnTInUInG PROfESSIOnAL dEvELOPMEnT (CPd) And CPd ACTIvITIES It has come to my attention that some members have indicated that they will be able to achieve their mandatory requirement of CPD without attending a live face-to-face lecture. I would like to advise that the Dental Board of Australia states that: “The annual renewal statement for the declaration of CPD will include a requirement to detail the number of hours spent on items such as CPR, infection control, professional courses and lectures, internet-based activity, professional journals and teaching.” Also under the section of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) the Board states: “There are no set limits on the number of hours a dental practitioner can spend on particular types of CPD activities, however it is expected that dental practitioners will undertake a variety of activities in line with the objectives of CPD.” Thus education by viewing a lecture on a video screen or online on a computer, although a valuable adjunct and one that the ADA is participating in and promoting, is not a complete substitute for a live face-to-face lecture. By the time this message goes to print our 34th Australian Dental Congress will be over and members should now be aiming to attend other ADA educational events whether they are hosted by the Branches or regional groups. I would also like to bring to members attention the CPD section on the ADA website www.ada.org.au . Apart from other items in this area there is the facility to register your CPD activity which is provided free-of-charge as a member service and there is also a CPD Calender of Events. dEnTAL TOURISM And THE SUPERbUG I noted with interest an article in a recent Sunday newspaper regarding the possible “increase in antibiotic-resistant bugs” and this reminded me of the Editorial and an article in the December issue of our Australian Dental Journal regarding dental tourism. In a case report, Barrowman, Grubor and Chandu (Aust Dent J 2010; 55:441-445) discuss dental tourism with respect to implants and mention that access and affordability are two of the main drivers of seeking dentistry overseas but they also state that “lack of accountability and regulation are the main issues and this is particularly evident when complications occur.” I would also add that recently while on a Jetstar flight and reading the Jetstar magazine I noticed advertisements promoting dentistry overseas. I will quote part of one of these: “One implant + one crown can be completed in a day and you will be able to eat immediately after treatment. Restore your missing teeth with 8 –12 implants plus 14 porcelain crowns and bridgework completed in a week.” I guess little more needs to be said but tight time frames in the delivery of complex dental treatment can be a matter for concern. However, a new issue appears to be occurring with respect to dental tourism and this is that there may be a wave of new pathogens developing and these may be brought back into our country by people seeking treatment overseas. Often the carrier of these pathogens is unaffected as they are fit and healthy individuals but should problems arise and hospitalisation is required, for example, to remove implants medically compromised patients in the hospital become exposed to the new antibiotic resistant organisms. Fernando, Collingnon and Bell (Med J Aust 2010;193:59) state: “Infections caused by multi resistant gram-negative organisms are difficult to treat. Carbapenems are often used as a (an antibiotic of) last resort but even these are under threat”. They further state that: “No antibiotic may be available to treat patients who develop serious infection with such organisms” I have provided this information because if we are approached by a member of the public for advice regarding dental treatment overseas issues such as the lack of accountability and regulation and the risk of contracting one of these new multi resistant organisms apparently now needs to be considered. 34TH AUSTRALIAn dEnTAL COnGRESS, bRISbAnE 2011 Well, the 34th Australian Dental Congress is now over and members who attended will have had a great opportunity to participate in an expansive CPD program and to enjoy the social program provided. I cannot let this opportunity pass without congratulating Derek Lewis and his Local Organising Committee for their efforts in creating such a magnificent program and event. This was the first time that the ADA coordinated the event without significant contribution from an external congress organiser. Therefore, thanks and credit must also go to Oscar Van Elten (Federal Sales and Event Manager) and his team for their coordination and planning. The event was a tribute to both Derek’s and Oscar’s teams – well done to all. Next month’s News Bulletin will include full reports on the Congress. F. Shane Fryer Federal President president’s comments “...there may be a wave of new pathogens developing and these may be brought back into our country by people seeking treatment overseas.”
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