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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin October 2011
6 OCTOBER 2011 latest news nATIOnAL AdvISORY COUnCIL On dEnTAL HEALTH Members will note from the President’s Comments [September 2011] that Dr F Shane Fryer, President of ADA Inc. has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Dental Health (the Council). As requested by the Minister for Health and Ageing, the Council is being established as a time-limited group to provide strategic, independent advice on dental health issues to the Government. The priority task is to provide advice on dental policy options and priorities for consideration in the 2012-13 Budget. In acquitting this task, the Council will consider: • Dental health programs currently funded by the Australian, State and Territory governments, and the mix and coverage of services currently provided in the private sector; • How to improve these programs and better support people with dental illness, in a cost-effective manner, including through better coordination and integration of existing dental health programs and services; and • How to focus dental health programs for people with particular needs, including younger people, older people including those with chronic illness and co-morbid conditions, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Indigenous Australians, and people in rural and remote areas. The ADA congratulates Dr Fryer on his appointment and wishes him well in his role on the National Advisory Council on Dental Health. CHROnIC dISEASE dEnTAL SCHEME CLOSURE And MEdICARE AUdITS The ADA continues to receive correspondence from members concerned about the development of the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS) and their capacity to continue to treat patients under the scheme. The ADA advises members to assume the CDDS operates as it has to date and to ensure they remain complaint with the administrative requirements enforced by Medicare. Further development has seen a motion requiring the Federal Government to detail all audits of dentists by Medicare Australia (MA) pertaining to the CDDS will be required by 31 October 2011, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has confirmed this week. Senator Fierravanti-Wells presented the Senate with information stressing the importance of the scheme including the 680,000 Australians that have undergone treatment comprising of 11,000,000 dental services, whilst questioning the Federal Government’s motive and process in the future of the CDDS. The Senator proposed that dentists have acted in good faith in providing necessary treatment under the scheme, and has called for the Federal Government to desist pursuing onerous financial restitution from those dentists that have made inadvertent administrative errors in providing appropriate clinical services to eligible patients in audits conducted by the appointed MA taskforce. Furthermore, the proposition requires documentation be presented to the Senate outlining the number of dentist’s required to repay Medicare benefits and justification for the repayment. The Federal Government has voiced the intention to close the CDDS in the near future, but the ADA would remind members that two previous attempts to secure closure of the CDDS in 2008 were both unsuccessful and rejected by the Senate to protect the interests of public health which cannot be achieved with closure of the scheme without a suitable replacement. Source: Media release, Australian Dental Association Inc., 21 September 2011. WHAT HAPPEnEd TO THE dEnTAL fILES QUIZ? We’ve received a number of queries from Dental Files listeners who are wondering what has happened to the quiz. That aspect of the Dental Files service has been discontinued. But don’t despair, you can still claim credit for your time listening to Dental Files interviews and for watching the bonus material included on each disk. The Dental Board of Australia (DBA) does not require any form of assessment towards your mandatory continuing professional development hours. Registered dentists are simply required to keep a log of the educational activities they participate in. Each time you listen to or view Dental Files programs write down the edition, date and time you spent. You can create your own log or take advantage of the CPD log available online at the ADA’s website. bAbY TEETH ORAL HEALTH CAMPAIGn The ADA is set to launch its popular biennial oral health campaign ‘Baby Teeth’ with a national media and PR campaign being promoted during October and November. As part of the campaign, the ADA has produced four fact sheets and a postcard that will be distributed to early childhood centres nationally. The fact sheets provide parents and mothers-to-be information on good oral health practices and cover: • Oral hygiene • Tooth development • Healthy eating • Pregnancy ADA members are welcome to download and distribute the fact sheets by visiting: www.babyteeth.com.au
ADA News Bulletin September 2011
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