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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin December 2011
15 DECEMBER 2011 Practice accreditation and you ‘WELL MAY YOU ASK...?’ committee report Well, we’re not quite there yet, but getting close to launch time. The Commission has now settled its work and we have been able to now settle our modelling with QIP for the introduction of practice accreditation. What you would expect and what we wish to deliver is a world class practice accreditation service that will benefit everyone in our dental service delivery team. This takes a significant amount of time and resources, but I’m very happy to report that ADA Inc. and the Branches will have an exceptional product, written by dentists for dentists with input from leaders in practice accreditation, legal, occupational health and human resources that make up the whole gambit of the requirements for professional practice accreditation. SO, WHERE ARE WE AT And WHAT IS TO HAPPEn: a change of name Due to the progression of Practice Accreditation (a steep learning curve) we have accepted the need to change the name from Early Adopters Scheme to The Introductory Practice Accreditation Scheme. I REGISTEREd MY InTEREST In THE PREvIOUS SCHEME, WHAT dOES THAT MEAn fOR ME? Keep the interest as you will be given preferential entry, but what we have to do is give you an appreciation of what is involved in practice accreditation so that you register essentially with ‘informed consent’. For the use of a better term, we are going to provide a pre-registration information package that will assist you in making the decision to participate. Keep watching this space and the ADA Inc. website www.ada.org.au for further information. WHAT ARE THE bEnEfITS Of bEInG An ACCREdITEd PRACTICE? In this ever changing world of ours, patients are becoming more and more consumer orientated, so practice accreditation is part of our ‘unheralded’ quality assurance, reinforcing to the public that the profession of dentistry in Australia is a world leader in patient focused treatment. Practice accreditation will endeavour to improve your patient care system; minimise risk; improve patient care outcomes and satisfaction; and increase their acceptance of treatment; improve your staff satisfaction and safety as well as your sense of worth and being part of the collegiality of the profession. I’vE HEARd THAT PRACTICE ACCREdITATIOn WILL TAKE A LOT Of TIME! Wrong! The initial process using the ADA Inc. model will take between nine and 14 hours of time even if you don’t have anything in place, that is ‘from zero to practice accreditation hero’ and you can take your time (up to six months at least). The system provides the ability to do the ‘desk top’ assessment via the internet (though a paper based system will be available for those that aren’t IT savvy). Once the system is in place, it’s just a matter of committing some time to review and improve – easily taken care of in staff meeting schedules and keeping records. We are supplying all the necessary documentation formats for you, and all the reference material that you will need. ADA Inc. and the Branches will provide education and assistance (when and if you become stuck). WILL MY PRIvACY bE PROTECTEd? Absolutely, there’s no naughty corner, we are here to assist you and make the whole process as simple as can be. The ADA knows that you are busy and the job you do best is hands-on dentistry. We will support you and your staff to achieve practice accreditation. Being part of the practice accreditation family, whether a practice owner, associate or part of the oral health team at work, will help maintain the profession’s independence and minimise bureaucratic oversighting and the risks associated with control of the profession by those who are not at the coal face or involved in dentistry. More importantly it will more easily assist you to satisfy the already existing statutory and legal requirements of dental practice. So get involved when opportunity knocks and watch this space! P Hugo Sachs Chairman SPC Practice Accreditation Implementation
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