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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin November 2011
9 NOVEMBER 2011 ADA FEDERAL COUNCILLOR APPOINTED TO THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED NATIONAL LEAD CLINICIANS GROUP WARNING TO PARENTS -- AMBER TEETHING NECKLACE COULD BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR CHILD HEALTH BOOST IN BUSH -- GRANTS AVAILABLE In May 2010 the Federal Government announced funding over four years to improve clinical engagement in Australia. The Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP recently announced that Dr Mark Bowman will represent oral health professionals in the prioritisation and improvement of clinical standards. Dr Bowman is a practising dentist in Victoria, a Councillor on the ADA Inc. Federal Council and the Victorian Branch Council as well as President of the Australian Society of Periodontology. Full membership of the National Lead Clinicians Group (NLCG) will span healthcare sectors, including but not limited to hospitals, general practice, aged care, mental health, rural and remote and Indigenous healthcare. It is expected the NLCG will advise on: • prioritisation of the development, and strategies for implementation, of national clinical standards and guidelines as formulated by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC); • opportunities to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the Australian health system; and • clinical matters as requested by the Minister for Health and Ageing. The ADA congratulates Dr Bowman on his appointment to the NLCG, with confidence he will demonstrate a wealth of knowledge that proves valuable in improving the quality and functionality of care in the Australian health system. For further information on the NLCG see the Department of Health and Ageing website and follow the links to National Lead Clinicians Group. Testing by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has revealed individual amber beads designed as a teething aid are a potential choking hazard for infants. Parents are urged to maintain constant supervision should they decide to provide their children with an amber teething necklace and be aware of the potential dangers that could arise. Despite being advertised as teething aids, the amber teething necklace is designed not to be chewed by infants and can be a choking hazard. Whilst limited information is available on the toxicity of succinic acid (released as the beads are chewed) through oral ingestion, choking remains the primary concern for parents. To minimise risk, the ADA suggests avoiding the use of amber bead teething products, and suggests alternatives including: • Washing your hands and gently rubbing your infants gum with a clean finger; • Providing your baby with a clean teething ring or wet washcloth to bite; • Giving your baby non-sweetened rusks to chew on. For more information on teething and oral hygiene for infants visit www.babyteeth.com.au Rural and remote health professionals, clinics and rural private hospitals have been invited by the Federal government to apply for grants of up to $500,000 to improve their local health equipment or build new facilities. Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP, has invited applications for grants under the government's sixth round of its National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program (NRRHIP), which will remain open for almost 10 weeks. The grants are designed to assist 'people in the bush', primarily in areas with a population of under 20,000, through accessibility to new facilities, improving healthcare in these rural and remote regions. Minister Roxon has urged eligible organisations including, local councils, Medicare Locals, Indigenous health organisations, private GPs who need to create training facilities for medical students or registrars, allied health professionals and rural private hospitals to apply for the grants, after disclosing NRRHIP has funded 217 local projects valued at over $43 million over three years. Funding is available in three streams for: capital works or refurbishments worth up to $500,000; equipment worth up to $250,000; and strategic service planning for small rural private hospitals -- worth up to $50,000. Information about eligibility requirements and application material can be found at the Department of Ageing website: www.health.gov.au -- tenders and grants. latest news
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