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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin June 2011
3 JUNE 20 11 ADA SUBSCRIPTIONS At the recent Federal Council meeting held on 14--15 April it was decided to provide some additional member services as part of your subscription. The decision to do this is consistent with the Strategic Plan which was reported upon in the May News Bulletin and is aimed at the ADA being a key source of continuing professional development (CPD) education for our members. In particular, there will be provision of a National Digital Media Library that will provide an annual output of 10 hours of highest quality CPD through video presentations; there is an expansion of the National Online Library; a CPD course based on the Australian Dental Journal supplement will be provided by ADA Inc. to Branches; and the ADA Dental Files will continue to be provided although at a marginally increased cost. Council also approved a significant revision and improvement in the IT capabilities of the ADA Inc. offices. Considerable discussion occurred at the Council meeting regarding your Federal ADA subscription and the merits of providing for a balanced budget. However, due to some prudent financial management in recent years Council had the luxury of considering a subsidisation of the subscription. In an effort to support members during these difficult financial times Federal Council has elected to subsidise the Federal ADA subscription increase required to provide for a balanced budget by utilising some consolidated reserves. Thus approximately 50% of the subscription increase needed to meet the cost of these new services is being supported by making use of our savings. An increase in the Federal ADA subscription by $57 to $629 was approved for 2011/2012. It is important to note that your Federal Council considered this action carefully and the ADA continues to be in a solid financial position. FEDERAL BUDGET It was interesting being part of the Department of Health and Ageing Budget lock-up meeting this year. Participation provided the ADA the opportunity to meet with other health profession groups to analyse the Government's Budget. Members will have seen my comments in a special email message issued immediately post Budget. One of the most significant issues that will be addressed from the Budget, so far as dentistry is concerned, is the establishment of the Ministerial National Advisory Council on Dental Health. The ADA has been advised that this Council will be established to provide the Minister with "options to address identified priority areas for dental health." The Council will be non-statutory, time limited and is expected to meet around four times during 2011---2012. The establishment of this Council, presumably predominantly done to address the Government's promise to the Greens party with respect to dental health, will provide the ADA with a forum in which to present its proposals for reform in the delivery of dentistry to the community. The ADA will lobby for representation on this Council and will seek to provide balanced advice on how best to address the poor delivery of dental services to the disadvantaged in Australia. The ADA is well placed to provide worthwhile input, having previously responded to the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission's recommendation of a Denticare scheme which we strongly opposed. However, more work is still required and your ADA will to continue to advocate for the adoption of our proposals. While not specifically mentioned in the Budget address, the Government has announced its intention to close the Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS) on 31 December 2011 and make the funding available for a Commonwealth Dental Health Program (CDHP). It says this CDHP will provide funding "to state and territory governments for up to one million additional public dental services over three years and thus will reduce public dental waiting lists by providing priority treatment for people who have chronic conditions relating to their oral health, to Indigenous Australians and to preschool children." At the present time there is no more detail available and the funding is not specified, nor is the way the Government intends to ensure the delivery of these additional services. The Budget address also proposed the creation of a voluntary dental intern year which appears similar to one of the concepts that was originally put to Government by the ADA in 2007. The exact way in which this 'Year' will be conducted is yet to be determined. Departmental officials have indicated they wish to seek the ADA's input on how a program such as this may be implemented. At the top of the ADA's agenda with respect to this proposal is that the voluntary intern year will not be used by the Government to address inadequate labour resources in the public sector. If the 'Year' is to be conducted, those participating must be provided with a high calibre educational experience. All of these elements discussed above make for a busy forthcoming year in dental politics and I shall continue to report on developments as dentistry will remain on the Government's agenda. F. Shane Fryer Federal President president's comments "In an effort to support members during these difficult financial times Federal Council has elected to subsidise the Federal ADA subscription..."
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