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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin November 2011
11 NOVEMBER 2011 Members are advised that the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) at its meeting held on 26 August 2011, reconsidered the Interim Policy Limited Registration in the Public Interest which it published in July 2011. Limited registration in the public interest is for dental practitioners who do not qualify for general or specialist registration, but in order to undertake practice in Australia are required, under the National Law, to be registered by the Board. These dental practitioners will usually be visiting from overseas for a short period and hold relevant qualifications in the division of dental practitioners and want to undertake, for example: clinical presentations, assist in an unexpected situation where a natural disaster has occurred or a pandemic was declared where dental practitioners were urgently needed, or fill a short-term locum position or a short-term exchange of practice with a dental practitioner. In order to grant limited registration in the public interest, the Board must be satisfied that it is in the public interest for the dental practitioner to practise the profession given the dental practitioner’s qualifications and experience. In reconsidering the Interim Policy published in July 2011, the Board has agreed to remove the following wording (indicated below) from the policy which is applicable until 30 June 2012: Overseas qualified dental practitioners, not eligible for general registration in Australia, are not required to have limited registration in the public interest where they are making a presentation, speaking or lecturing which does not involve (hands on) clinical practice. The overseas qualified dental practitioners must not: UPDATE On BOARD’S inTERim POLiCY Limited registration in the public interest “Limited registration in the public interest is for dental practitioners who do not qualify for general or specialist registration, but in order to undertake practice in Australia are required, under the national Law, to be registered by the board.” • undertake clinical practice or supervise dental practitioners in any capacity in Australia; or • use a protected title under the National Law or hold themselves out as a registered dental practitioner in Australia. REnEWAL Of dEnTAL PRACTITIOnER REGISTRATIOn As indicated elsewhere in this issue of the News Bulletin, the renewal period of registration for dental practitioners across Australia is due to commence shortly with renewal of registration required by 30 November 2011 – the new annual renewal date for the profession under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. This registration renewal cycle will mean that all dental practitioners in Australia will then be aligned and annual registration renewal will be due by 30 November each year. The Board has encouraged dental practitioners to both: • check the National Register of Dental practitioners published online at www.dentalboard.gov.au to confirm their registration expiry date; and • make sure their contact details supplied to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), including email and telephone, are correct and current. The best way to search the register is by name and profession. Ensuring this information is up-to-date will allow AHPRA to send dental practitioners renewal reminders. The Board also wanted to remind dental practitioners that under the National Law, all registered dental practitioners are responsible for renewing their registration on time each year and there is no option for AHPRA or the National Board to renew your registration after it has lapsed without a new application. Please ensure you register as soon as possible. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer
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