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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin July 2011
22 July 2011 What your ADA is doing for you and YOUR CPD ReQUiReMentS committee report In anticipation of the instigation of compulsory continuing professional development (CPD) for the dental profession, ADA Inc. established a CPD Committee in 2007 to ensure that its members would be provided with every assistance in conforming to CPD requirements. The Committee’s main function is to provide support in ensuring that members have a varied and comprehensive selection of courses and aids available to them. Consequently, the CPD Committee works to provide and/or assist in the provision of high quality and relevant CPD activities for members of the Association. CPd COMMITTEE GOALS At its initial meeting, the CPD Committee determined to achieve the following goals: • Develop a national database of lecturers for schemes such as the Interstate Guest Lecturer scheme; • Develop a channel of communications with CPD providers; • Maintain and improve the standard of the Dental Files CDs; • Add value to the News Bulletin by provision of suitable clinical articles; and • Develop a members’ self-logging CPD record keeping form. The CPD Committee are constantly reviewing CPD available to members of ADA Inc. to ensure that they have access to a wide range of relevant topics. The CPD Calendar on the ADA Inc. website is regularly updated, listing courses run by affiliated groups and institutions, and the CPD record keeping form is constantly reviewed to ensure it is user-friendly. dEvELOPMEnT Of AdAInteract An example of a proposal from a member that has been implemented and proven to be enormously successful in the CPD arena is ADAinteract, an online interactive lecture series targeting members of ADA Inc. living in remote or rural areas. In 2007, Dr Chris N Hart, a prosthodontist with a specialist practice in Melbourne, was invited by the CPD Committee to give a presentation outlining an idea he had for a means of assisting those members living in remote regions to have more ready access to educational material. Dr Hart had experience working in remote regions of Australia and was very aware of the isolation felt by “AdA Inc. encourages members to come forward with suggestions for projects that the Association might consider implementing for the benefit of members.” dental professionals working remotely, in particular in accessing CPD and advice from experts in their fields. Dr Hart’s proposal was to use the internet facilities made available by current IT to enable remote practitioners to participate in online tutorials. ADA Inc. encourages members to come forward with suggestions for projects that the Association might consider implementing for the benefit of members. The CPD Committee presented the proposal to Federal Council who agreed to subsidise a six- month trial. The pilot program was instigated in 2009, utilising web conferencing and telephone seminars known as webinars. Member participation was by invitation only, targeting those members living in rural and remote communities. The number of participants was limited to keep the tutorials manageable as the participants engage in a live presentation over the Internet and are able to submit questions at the end of the session. On completion of a quiz and survey, participants are awarded a CPD participation certificate for one hour. The speaker’s presentation is then posted on the ADA Inc. website, with their approval, for all members to access and to have the opportunity to gain one hour of accreditation by completing the accompanying quiz.
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