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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin June 2011
6 JUNE 20 11 UPDATE: nib 'WHITECOAT' POSTPONED DUE TO ADA PRESSURE In response to sustained pressure from a coalition of professional bodies including the ADA, nib has advised that it has postponed the launch of the 'Whitecoat' website. nib has told the coalition that this is "to fully address the issues that have been raised" by the professional bodies and that nib "no longer intend to send notification to practitioners of the launch next week". The ADA is pleased that nib has postponed the launch of the website and is seriously considering the ramifications that could be caused if the website was launched. The ADA constantly expressed deep concern about the position dentists may be placed in if they took part in the 'Whitecoat' website and also as to what real value the site would serve. The ADA has long recognised the intent of nib to attempt to achieve some form of market advantage. The ADA has worked extensively on behalf of members with nib, the Dental Board of Australia and Medicare on this issue. The ADA first raised concerns over privacy and the use of Medicare data when advised of this by nib in March 2011 and subsequently advised Medicare of the its concerns shortly thereafter. The ADA will continue to work with the coalition of professional bodies, nib, the Dental Board of Australia and Medicare to ensure that dentists and the public receive the fairest outcome from the planned 'Whitecoat' website. The coalition of professional bodies includes: • Australian Dental Association • Chiropractors Association • Optometrists Association • Australian Podiatry Council • Australian Physiotherapy Association • Australian Osteopathic Association • Association of Massage Therapists • Speech Pathology Australia. 31 May 2011 DENTAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA REGISTRATION RENEWAL: ACT AND SA DENTISTS Dentists from the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia are reminded that their annual registration with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) will fall in June. You will be required to register for a period of five months, expiring 30 November 2011. Annual renewals for all of the dental profession will then take place from 30 November each year. For further information, visit the Dental Board of Australia's website at www.dentalboard.gov.au latest news SNAPSHOT OF NATIONAL REGISTERS The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) recently released a snapshot profile of Australia's registered health practitioners. AHPRA Chief Executive Officer, Martin Fletcher said the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme made it possible for the first time to know how many registered health practitioners there are in Australia at any one point in time, within the 10 professions in the national scheme. "In the past, the same person could be registered in different states and territories, so a clear profile of the number of practitioners within a specific profession was not always possible," Mr Fletcher said. "Having access to this kind of accurate and detailed information is one of the benefits of national registration because it will assist in workforce planning," he said. A snapshot of the Registers of Practitioners in April 2011 reveals: • There are 528,000 health practitioners registered across the 10 professions in the national scheme. • There are 331,376 registered nurses and midwives, making these professions the largest of the 10 regulated under the national scheme. • There are nearly 88,000 registered medical practitioners; nearly 29,000 registered psychologists; nearly 26,000 pharmacists; about 22,000 physiotherapists; 18,000 dental practitioners and between 1,500 and 5,000 registrants in each of the other five professions. • NSW has the most registered health practitioners (156,000), followed by Victoria (136,500) and Queensland (close to 100,000). Mr Fletcher said it was important to remember that the national register was dynamic, reflecting registrants' movement through the professions. He cautioned that there was a distinction between registered practitioners and practitioners active in the workforce, as not all practitioners who are registered to practise choose to do so. There are also some practitioners who hold non-practising registration. Source: Media Release. Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. 19 April 2011.
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