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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin April 2011
10 APRIL 2011 CRICOS: 00116K ZO170095 Ready for a challenge? Enhance your dental career with specialist training or a research degree. Become a leader in your area of expertise. Undertake some teaching as an academic and influence the next generation. The Melbourne Dental School’s internationally-renowned postgraduate clinical courses and research oppor tunities through the Doctor of Philosophy could provide the challenge you’re seeking. Enter an exciting new phase of professional development as a dentist or extend your talents to advance dental knowledge through research and teaching. Learn from leaders in the profession. Postgraduate Clinical Courses Applications close 30 April 2011 for: Doctor of Clinical Dentistry Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy You can apply for these degrees at any time during the year. For more information visit: http://www.dent.unimelb.edu.au or call the Melbourne Dental School on +61 3 9341 1507. 170095_UoM_ADA.indd 1 21/02/11 9:10 AM MEdICARE AUSTRALIA UPdATE AdvICE TO MEMbERS CHRISTCHURCH EARTHqUAKE - dEnTAL RECORdS 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 Medicare Chronic Dental Disease Scheme. Branches have advised that further notifications of claims are being received by its members. Medicare Compliance Offices from the Chronic Dental Disease Scheme Taskforce are contacting members initially by phone and then letter to invite voluntary participation in a self-audit of Medicare services under the Chronic Disease Scheme. The audits are in relation to services now rendered to patients in the period 31 December 2008 to 30 December 2010. When conducted, the audits will review a selection of 20 patients who have received services from the dentist being audited. As in the past, should members receive contact from Medicare Australia in relation to its audit process of the Scheme, they should immediately contact their Branch and seek advice and assistance. Your Branch is well positioned to provide this. It is strongly recommended that members not agree to immediate participation in the audit process but to contact their Branch immediately. For updates refer to ADA member website. Dr John Bell, President of the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) in a letter to the ADA President, Shane Fryer has advised that ADA members may be required to provide dental records following the devastating Christchurch earthquake in February as some Australian nationals may be among the deceased. In his letter, he asks that members please endeavour to comply with the NZDA’s request adding that “The authorities here in New Zealand would require the original records of the victims but please be aware of the procedure. All requests for records should come through official circles and not from the victim’s relatives and records should only be surrendered to the appropriate officials and not to victim’s relatives. Further we recommend that the records are duplicated before being handed to the authorities.” He asks that members be alerted of this possibility and extends the NZDA’s sympathy to Australians who have been affected by this tragic event. latest news
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