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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin May 2011
6 MAY 2011 The Federal Executive of the Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) met at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 29 and 30 March 2011. During the Federal Executive meeting, the following major items of interest were considered: • A staff report provided by the CEO revealed a restructure of the Secretariat staff with a view to enhance the Research, Policy and Communication section of the office. • The Treasurer, Dr Carmelo Bonanno delivered various financial reports regarding the ADA's schedule of investments, income and expenditure to date. The reports indicated the finances of the Association were proceeding in accordance with budget. • The draft budget proposal for the financial years 2011/2012 was presented. Detailed analysis and evaluation of the proposal took place. A final budget proposal was prepared and this will be provided to Federal Council for its assessment at its forthcoming meeting on 14 and 15 April 2011. • Review of some of the ADA's publications took place. Federal Executive has agreed for a revision of The Practical Guides and that in future these Guides will be distributed through the ADA website rather than in hard-copy. • The Membership Services and Marketing Manager reported upon variations being made to the relationship with American Express. The American Express Business Card will now be withdrawn as an ADA Inc. Partnership Service. A new American Express Platinum Charge card will now be available. A membership preferred service with both Fitness First and Digital Press was accepted. Details of these member partnership agreements will be publicised on the ADA website. • An IT program of works was assessed by Federal Executive and agreement obtained to proceed with developments in this area. • Further work was undertaken by Federal Executive in relation to refinement of the ADA Strategy Plan. This material will now be conveyed to Federal Council for its review. • Federal Executive reviewed the Oral Health Committee's recommendations in relation to the 2011 Dental Health Week. Progress for the conduct of Dental Health Week 2011 was reviewed. • The President, Dr Shane Fryer and the CEO, Robert Boyd-Boland reported upon their initial meeting with the Honourable Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for Human Services, regarding Medicare's Australia's dealings with dentists under the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme. (See President's comments on page 3 for details of the outcome of this and later meetings with the Minister and Medicare). • The activities of the Dental Workforce and Education Committee were reviewed. Federal Executive noted that Health Workforce Australia was embarking on a review of the Scopes of Practice of dental therapists and dental hygienists. It appointed a representative group to attend at a meeting with Health Workforce Australia. Dr Neil Hewson was appointed to the Expert Advisory Committee on this project. • The Continuing Professional Development Committee's work with the ADA Interact -- Rural and Remote Provision of CPD was received. The popularity of this service was noted and it was decided to continue this service. Rural and remote members are asked to access the ADA website for details of forthcoming programs. • A detailed report was received from the Finance Manager and from the Federal Sales and Event Manager regarding the preparations for the Brisbane 2011 Congress. These were received and accepted. Preparations for the Congress were proceeding well. • There was a review of the Australian Dental Journal's Editorial Advisory Board and it was agreed that further eminent overseas members be appointed to the Board. • The proposed National Library Service and a Digital Media Library service were evaluated. Executive's evaluation of these programs will be provided to Federal Council at its next meeting for consideration. • Federal Executive reviewed various submissions made by the ADA to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Dental Board of Australia (DBA). Details of these submissions can be accessed on the ADA website. • Consideration was given to the activities of the SPC on Dental Sustainability. It was noted that a sub-group of that Committee would be meeting with representatives from FDI involved with the UNEP initiative on mercury and with representatives from the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability. Federal Executive provided support for the consideration of a 'national dentists for cleaner water' project that would provide incentives to dentists for instillation of amalgam separation equipment. • A report was received from the SPC on Dental Practice Accreditation Implementation. A meeting of this SPC also occurred in conjunction with the Congress. Progress towards practice accreditation continues with the ACSQHC still yet to finalise its standards. All members and those which expressed an interest in being early adopters of the Scheme will be advised when developments occur. • The CEO reported upon developments regarding preparations for the implementation of a service that will respond to the introduction of Federal National Occupational Health and Safety Legislation in early 2012. The ADA Human Resources service will be enhanced to provide members with information and resources in relation to this reform and to ensure that members will be compliant with this legislation. • Reports of activities of the various Branches and other ADA Committees and Special Purpose Committees were received. • Members of Federal Executive also met with representatives from the Singapore Dental Association who were attending the Brisbane Congress. Discussions at this meeting centred upon mutual promotion of CPD activities and the possible sharing of resources between the two Associations for the mutual benefit of members. • Federal Executive will next meet on 26 and 27 May 2011. Federal Council of the Association meets 14 and 15 April 2011. (A report of the Federal Council meeting is also published in this issue on page 14). Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer MARCH 2011 MEETING Report of federal executive report
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