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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin September 2011
5 SePtember 2011 Please note that your completion of the survey is anonymous and will guide the ADA in developing strategies to continue to provide and improve the role it plays as your professional association. Your views will influence the future direction of the ADA and how it interacts with members, government and the community. Participation in the survey may take 20 minutes, but a valuable 20 minutes. dEnTAL WORKfORCE The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released a report last month showing that the supply of dentists in Australia has grown from 46.6 to 50.3 full-time equivalent practising dentists per 100,000 people between 2000 and 2006. They state that capital cities continue to have more dentists per head of population than other areas, with increases in dentist numbers occurring only in major cities. As I indicated in my July President’s Comments, the ADA has for a while now been raising this dentist maldistribution problem and has offered various proposals to government, which in our view would go a long way to addressing the issue. By way of example, as recently as our February 2011 National Dental Update, a summary of identified areas of need was provided for information. In it we state that remuneration and work environments within rural and regional Australia need to be improved through graduate rural and regional debt forgiveness employment incentives, the introduction of Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) reimbursement schemes and also consideration be given to rural bonded scholarships and rural retention schemes. Other interesting aspects of this recent AIHW report is that the average dentists’ age has increased from 44.4 to 45.1 years from 2000 to 2006 and in 2006 we worked 38.5 hours per week compared to 39.2 in 2000. president’s comments NOAGENCYFEES The NAHRLS provides locum back-fill support for dental health professionals in rural and remote Australia to get away for CPD and training activities. Apply online at www.nahrls.com.au Funded by the Australian Government Need to get away for Professional Development training? We can help. Freecall 1300 NAHRLS AUSTRALIAn dEnTAL ASSOCIATIOn OnLInE MEMbER SURvEY On Tuesday, 23 August 2011 ADA members were invited to participate in an online Member Survey. The ADA developed the survey to gather feedback on member’s expectations and their experience as a member of the Australian Dental Association. Completion of the anonymous survey will guide the ADA in developing strategies to continue to provide and improve the role it plays as your professional association. Participation in this online survey provides members with a unique opportunity to assist in shaping the way the ADA interacts with members, government and the community. All answers are strictly confidential and individual responses will not able to be identified by the ADA or any third party. Holistic data collected will be analysed using information from all respondents as a representative sample of the ADA membership. The Australian Dental Association would like to take this opportunity to thank those members who have already taken the time to participate in this survey, your assistance and contribution is greatly appreciated. To those that have not, despite the high level of participation, the ADA wants to ensure it has the views of as many members as possible and has thus extended the time for the survey to be completed to 20 September 2011. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer Australian Dental Association Inc.
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