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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin May 2011
10 MAY 2011 latest news THERAPEUTIC GOOdS AdMInISTRATIOn (TGA) LAUnCHES REdEvELOPEd WEbSITE The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has announced that its redeveloped website (www. tga.gov.au) was launched on 4 May 2011. The TGA website receives on average 200,000 unique visitors every month, and is an important resource for all those interested in the regulation of therapeutic goods in Australia. There are over 4,000 documents available through this website. The redevelopment of the website has involved extensive consultation and testing with consumers, health professionals and industry. It is hoped the redesigned website will make it much easier to navigate with the material it contains grouped logically to make finding information simple and fast. As part of the redevelopment, the TGA is conforming to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0), developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), to ensure that people with disabilities also find the site easy to use. This change may cause some inconvenience for frequent visitors to the website who may have established ‘favourites’ for certain sections of our current site. In order to help you manage the change, information sheets and a site map are available at www.tga.gov.au . The new TGA website is designed to provide user-focused content and navigation, and your feedback is sought in helping the TGA ensure the website continues to meet your needs. To provide your feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. A Navigation Guide and Site map Explanation document can be accessed through the ADA website www.ada.org.au. nEW STAff MEMbER AT AdA InC. Liane GoLdsmith Personal Assistant to Chief Executive Officer Liane Goldsmith joined the ADA Inc. as the Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer in mid-2010. In addition, she is also the Secretary for the Honours and Awards Committee, the Branch Presidents/CEOs/Federal Executive Meetings, and the ADA Inc. Staff Meetings. Liane has 10 years’ experience working in various personal assistant/executive assistant roles that have included a small business owner providing online virtual assistant support to various businesses; executive assistant to the general managers of operations and human resources at Officeworks; support to general managers of human resources, provider and procurement, and strategy for BUPA Australia; support to the general manager of Human Capital Management for the Ready Group; and support to three Executive Directors of US based management consulting firm, marchFirst. Prior to this, her interesting and varied experiences include pre-training race horses in Western Australia; working and living in a roadhouse on the Nullabor Plain; managing restaurants in South Australia; working as flight attendant for Ansett and modelling in department stores and for morning television programmes in Adelaide. In her spare time, you can find Liane climbing 100 metre cliff faces, walking 100 km for charity, camping and hiking in the bush or seeking out the next personal challenge. AWARd fOR dECAY PREvEnTIOn An Australian research project has won a prestigious award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) for dental caries prevention. Led by Denise Bailey, the pilot study investigates the use of general medical practitioners for providing information on preventing dental caries. The study involved researchers from the Melbourne Dental School and the Oral Health CRC. Dental caries is a major cause of toothache with symptoms including infection, bad breath, tooth loss and inflammation. Currently, one in four Australian adults has untreated caries. The use of some medications for hypertension or depression can affect saliva production, which has the potential to lead to increased risk of dental caries. The pilot study aims to increase general medical practitioners’ understanding of the potential links between medication and dental caries, and improve the advice given to patients. The study brings together knowledge, support and membership of two practice based research based networks, VicReN and eviDent. Through working closely with practitioners, the study’s outcomes will be directly communicated to medical and dental professionals. Lead researcher, Denise Bailey received the award on behalf of the team at the International Association for Dental Research’s conference held recently in San Diego. Source: Media release, Oral Health CRC, 23 March 2011.
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