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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin July 2011
6 July 2011 MAY 2011 Meeting Report of federal executive report The Federal Executive of the Australian Dental Association Inc. met at its St Leonards premises on 26 and 27 May 2011. Major items considered at the meeting include the following: • A report was provided by the Treasurer as to the financial position of the Association. The report indicated finances were in accordance with budget expectations. • Membership statistics indicated that current ADA membership was over 13,000. • Various Standing Committee and Special Purpose Committee reports were received. Specific comment will be made about some Committee reports later in this article. • In preparation for the forthcoming Strategy and Governance meeting of Federal Council, Federal Executive conducted certain preparatory work in respect of that meeting. • A report was received from the Oral Health Committee. The Committee was granted approval for the preparation of an oral examination video to be placed on the ADA website. This oral exam video would be produced in conjunction with the 2011 ADA Dental Health Week that will be focusing on ‘the mouth’. Members can expect to see this video on the ADA member’s website, prior to the commencement of Dental Health Week in August 2011. • The Australian Dental Association Foundation and the work undertaken in relation to the preparation for the Foundation’s meeting to be held in June 2011 was reviewed. Federal Executive considered possible projects to be undertaken by the Foundation. In accordance with Federal Council’s directions, Federal Executive authorised a transfer of $150,000 from ADA to the ADA Foundation. The Foundation will now be asked to undertake certain projects designed to assist in the improvement of oral health of Australians. • Reports were received in relation to Medicare’s audit processes in respect of the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme. These indicated Medicare were continuing audits with the audits being within expectations. • A report was received from the Rural Oral Health Advisory Panel suggesting that the ADA embark upon research as to what attracts practitioners to continue to work in rural and remote regions and to then utilise this data to recruit students and practitioners to consider rural and remote practice. This research concept will be provided to the ADA Foundation for evaluation. • Federal Executive received reports from the selection panels associated with the granting of the ADA Inc. Study Grants for Dental Students from Rural and Remote Regions and the ADA Study Grant for Indigenous Dental Students. Federal Executive on behalf of the ADA extends congratulations to the following: ADA Study Grants for Students from Rural and Remote Regions Ferziene Talati (Western Australia) Aaron Lorenzo Tamayo (Northern Territory) Angus Dinnison (South Australia) Ken Farmer (Victoria) Graham Tulich (Tasmania) Noy Gliksman (New South Wales) Alexandria Stipis (Queensland) ADA Study Grants for Indigenous Dental Students Barry Collins (James Cook University) Tia Riggs (James Cook University) Paul Cavanagh (James Cook University) Sinitta Cloudy-Kris (James Cook University) Haydn Taylor (University of Western Australia) Grants of $5,000 each will be forwarded to each of the above successful applicants. • The recent activities of Health Workforce Australia were reviewed. In particular, Federal Executive expressed criticism as to the nature of the scope of practice for dental hygienists, therapists and oral health therapists survey that had been undertaken by Health Workforce Australia. Members are referred to the website for further information in respect of this matter. Representations will be made to Health Workforce Australia in relation to the survey and progress of the Scope of Practice review. • The brochure promoting the career of the dental assistants was reviewed and final changes made prior to printing. Should members wish to obtain copies of this brochure for career activities, they should contact the Association for copies. • A final report was received in respect of the Australian Dental Congress 2011 held in Brisbane. The Congress was a significant financial success and Federal Executive conveyed congratulations to all those involved in conducting the Congress. • Certain approvals were given pursuant to the ADA Inc.’s Guest Lecturer Scheme. • A report was received from the Editor of the Australian Dental Journal indicating that the Journal’s impact factor had significantly improved. There had been a 36% increase in the frequency of the ADA’s Journal articles being downloaded, compared to 2009. It was reported that the 2011 ADJ Supplement Latest trends and developments in dental materials had been made available online from 13 May 2011 and that hard copies of the supplement will be distributed with the June Journal.
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