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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin December 2011
42 DECEMBER 2011 The 2011 FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) Parliament was held in Mexico City from 14–17 September. This year’s ADA delegation comprised Shane Fryer, Karin Alexander, Carmelo Bonanno, Neil Hewson and Robert Boyd-Boland. PERTH GROUP MEETInG As in the past, the delegation attended the Perth Group meeting which included delegations from the American, Australian, British, Canadian, Japanese, Korean and New Zealand Dental Associations. During this meeting the following issues were discussed: • Toxic effects of fluoridation on the body and bone structure • The FDI mercury policy and actions • Dental caries classification system • General access to dental care • Direct access to dental care professionals • 2013 FDI Congress in Seoul, Korea • United Nations Summit on non-communicable diseases • Image of the dental profession • World Health Organisation (WHO) • Corporatisation of dental practices • e-Health • Practice accreditation It was agreed at the conclusion of this meeting that the Perth Group continue to meet to discuss issues of interest to all participants. The Australian Dental Association agreed to organise the time and venue for the next meeting to be held in Hong Kong in 2012 and would provide a written report of the current meeting. OPEn fORUM At the Open Forum detailed discussions took place in relation to the various policy documents under review, particularly in respect of a constitutional amendment that would allow some added continuity of committee membership following each election to the Committees. GEnERAL ASSEMbLY A At the General Assembly A meeting both the President and Executive Director of FDI reported upon the year’s activities. The Executive Director provided a Strategic Review and Action Plan for FDI. The Strategic Plan was accepted. A revised method of choosing the hosts of the FDI Congress was also outlined. Applications for new regular membership were accepted for the Dental Association of the Seychelles and the Lao Dental Association. A decision on the joinder of the Jamaican Association of General Dental Surgeons was deferred to General Assembly B. An application for supporting membership was accepted for the Academy of Osseointegration. Following comments from the floor, including those of Neil Hewson, a constitutional amendment was then passed which provided for continuity of membership to Committees from election to election. This amendment will ensure there is continuity of at least 50 per cent of Committee membership following each election. The Meeting broke for a Special Meeting which resulted in the dissolution of the Federation Dentaire Internationale France. This Motion was passed. A report was provided by the Treasurer, Dr Tin Chun Wong. Following this, presentations were provided in relation to various charitable objects of the Federation, including reports on its ‘Live, Learn, Laugh Program’; ‘Global Caries Initiative’; and ‘Non- communicable Diseases’. Regional organisations also reported on their activities. Nominees for the various positions on Council presented their credentials after which the meeting was adjourned. OPEn fORUM 2 At Open Forum 2 the Treasurer delivered a supplementary Treasurer’s Report. This primarily focussed on the poor financial performance of the Salvador, Brazil Congress held in 2010. The Treasurer outlined the difficulties experienced in dealing with the Brazilian Dental Association in relation to the 2010 Congress. She reported that an independent auditing team from PriceWaterhouseCoopers had been appointed to investigate. However, their investigation had revealed very little due to the lack of cooperation by the Brazilian Dental Association in providing the necessary documentation. fOUR COUnTRY MEETInG Delegations from the Australian, Japanese, Korean and New Zealand Dental Associations attended their customary Four Country meeting. It was noted there was some commonality between the Agenda for the Four Country meeting and the Perth Group. Presentations were made by the Associations’ nominees who were running as candidates for election to positions on FDI Council. The Korean Dental Association (KDA) made a presentation on the impact the appointment of Hong Kong, as the venue for the 2012 FDI Congress, would have on the KDA conducting the 2013 Congress to be held in Seoul. The KDA indicated that it had presented its case to Council of FDI, but had received little response in relation to the matters raised. Members of the Four REPORT ON MEETINGS HELD IN MEXICO CITY during recent FDI Congress fdI news
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