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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin September 2011
3 SePtember 2011 nATIOnAL AdvISORY COUnCIL On dEnTAL HEALTH I am pleased to report to members that I have now received official notification of my appointment to the Federal government’s National Advisory Council on Dental Health. As members will be aware the ADA has been advocating strongly to the Federal government for some years that they direct funding to provide for the dental care of the disadvantaged. The creation of this Council was a major dental announcement in this year’s Federal Budget and it signifies an intention by the government to now give the issue of dental care increased focus. For the ADA to be one of the few bodies represented on this Council is a significant step and it demonstrates the recognition the government now accords to the ADA in seeking advice on dental issues. Hopefully, it is a culmination of effort over recent years by my predecessors to raise the ADA’s profile with government. It will provide the ADA with an ability to publicly express its views on dental care for Australians and hopefully influence government to introduce meaningful measures to improve the oral health of all Australians. MEdICARE AUSTRALIA And THE CHROnIC dISEASE dEnTAL SCHEME (CddS) – CORRESPOndEnCE fROM THE MInISTER Many of you will be aware as I reported in the last President’s Comments [August 2011] that in July this year the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Robert Boyd-Boland and I again met with the Minister for Human Services, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP regarding the CDDS. During this meeting I expressed concern that my message to the membership in May 2011 may be inaccurate as Medicare Australia’s actions appeared not to be in the spirit of the message I had conveyed. Recently, the Hon Tanya Plibersek has written to the ADA expressing her view and more importantly indicating my message to the membership in May this year was accurate. The Minister states “This advice stands”. This correspondence from the Minister is particularly important to the ADA as it demonstrates that the assurances we have been given (although qualifications are attached) are valid. There is further information on this matter elsewhere in this News Bulletin and the Minister’s letter has been reproduced on pages 12 and 13 for all to view. I would add once again that members should get their house in order, review their records and correct all administrative deficiencies as quickly as possible as such actions will hold you in good stead if you are the subject of an investigation or audit. AUSTRALIAn dEnTAL JOURnAL It is with pleasure that I announce that this ADA flagship publication has again risen to high levels. I am able to inform you that at the last Impact Factor Survey the ADJ achieved a 2010 impact factor of 1.496. For those that may be unaware of the nuances of this evaluation measure it should be noted that in 2009 the Impact Factor was 1.22. Thus our Journal is now ranked at number 32 in the world. Probably of more relevance to many of us is how the ADJ is rated compared to the Journal of the American Dental Association (16), the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association (41) and the British Dental Journal (54). Of interest is that the journal that ranked number one from an Impact Factor perspective was the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. On behalf of us all I extend sincere congratulations to Professor Mark Bartold, his Editorial Advisory Board and the ADA Publications team in achieving such a successful result. 2011 AUSTRALIAn dEnTAL ASSOCIATIOn MEMbER SURvEY The ADA is continually reviewing its direction and focus so as to remain relevant in our ever changing world, contemporary with current practices and worthy of members continuing their relationship with the Association. With this in mind, members will have received an email requesting them to participate in the 2011 Survey of ADA members. The ADA has developed this year’s survey so as to collect feedback on your experience and expectations as a member of the Australian Dental Association. F. Shane Fryer Federal President president’s comments “...this Council is a significant step and it demonstrates the recognition the Government now accords to the AdA...”
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