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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin August 2011
30 AUGUST 2011 new AdA policy statement 6.21 1 introduction 1.1 The Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) and its member dentists have a long standing commitment to ethical and professional standards and practice. 1.2 Environmental concerns and sustainability are important issues in Australia and are recognised as aspects of a wider commitment to socially responsible behaviour. 1.3 Sustainability in dentistry is multifaceted and involves many stakeholders including manufacturers, distributors, dental equipment technicians, dentists and staff, patients, waste collectors and processors. 1.4 The practice of dentistry in Australia requires maintenance of high levels of quality and safety which involves: • infection control including inescapable use of disposable materials • continuous energy use • a complex set of waste management arrangements 1.5 Most dental equipment and materials are manufactured overseas, which unavoidably incurs carbon emissions related to transportation. 1.6 Definition 1.6.1 SUSTAINABILITY is maintaining or improving the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of supporting eco-systems. 2 PrinciPles 2.1 High levels of quality and safety must be maintained in dental practices. 2.2 The environmental impact of dental care delivery should be minimised. 2.3 Sustainability of dentistry requires cooperation between the dental profession and other stakeholders. 2.4 Sustainability measures must be cost effective. 3 Policy 3.1 Sustainability measures must not adversely affect the safety and quality of dental treatment. 3.2 The ADA and its Branches should ensure their facilities and activities are environmentally friendly. 3.3 Dental practices should be supported to be environmentally friendly. 3.4 The ADA should work with other stakeholders to improve the sustainability of dental care delivery. 3.5 Environmental regulation must have demonstrably clear benefits, be evidence based and cost effective. 1This Policy Statement is linked to other Policy Statements: 5.6 Dental Industry, 6 .1 Infection Control & 6.11 Amalgam Waste Management. Policy Statement 6.21 Adopted by ADA Federal Council, April 14/15, 2011. Dentistry and SuStAinABiLitY1
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