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JUNE 2015 MEETING
The Federal Executive of the Australian Dental Association Inc.
(ADA) met at its St Leonards premises on 9 and 10 July 2015.
The following major items were covered during the meeting:
The Chief Executive Officer reported to Federal Executive with
details as to the restructured Secretariat staff arrangements. He
reported that the reorganisation should be in place by the end of
July early August 2015. Federal Executive reviewed the structure
and was satisfied with the reorganisation that has been planned
and agreed that the reorganisation should improve delivery of
Secretarial services to the ADA and its membership.
BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT
Preceding the meeting, the Chief Executive Officer had obtained
more detailed costings in relation to the renovation of the foyer
to the building and the installation of a lift in the building. It
had been agreed by Federal Executive out of session that this
information needed to be conveyed to the Federal Council of the
Association for a decision on likely progress. A meeting of Federal
Council was organised to take place on 15 July 2015 to discuss
and resolve the issue. (At this meeting Federal Council agreed for
the work to be undertaken.)
Detailed discussion took place in relation to the publication
of advertisements and promotion of Continuing Professional
Development Events conducted by non ADA linked organisations.
Federal Executive reviewed the ADA's Advertising Code and felt
that it remained suitable. Federal Executive agreed with the
approach taken by the Editor of the News Bulletin in relation to
such advertising but suggested care continue to be undertaken
with regard to CPD advertising.
The Marketing and Membership Services Manager attended the
meeting and discussed the creation of the new CPD Portal on
the website. Federal Executive congratulated those that were
associated with the development of this portal and congratulated
them on the quality of the product delivered.
There was also discussion in relation to the workings of the
"Find a Dentist" link on the ADA website. Some concern had been
expressed regarding the accuracy of member information on that
site. After a thorough review of the process for publishing entries
on "Find a Dentist" website, the Federal Executive agreed that the
existing protocols were appropriate.
DENTAL RELOCATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT
The ADA's Manager Policy and Regulation, Ms Eithne Irving
reported upon developments in respect of this Scheme. She
reported that a review of the "Rules" surrounding the Scheme was
being undertaken. It was considered that the financial support
offered by Government for the Scheme would continue but that
there would be improved mechanisms associated with the Scheme
to ensure greater and more effective utilisation of the funding
provided. Issues to be raised in the review were identified and
will be communicated to the Department of Health.
HEALTH WORKFORCE PRINCIPAL COMMITTEE
The ADA's Manager Policy and Regulation also reported upon
developments in relation to the review of the National Registration
and Accreditation Scheme being undertaken by this Committee.
She indicated that there was consideration being given to a
restructure of the way in which the Australian Health Practitioner
Regulation Agency conducted its activities in respect of each of the
Health Professions. It was decided that ADA would make a further
submission prior to the Committee's preparation of a final report
-- which would then go to all State and Federal Health Ministers in
Federal Executive noted the removal of the occupations of Dentists
and Dental Specialists from the Federal Skilled Occupation List. It
also noted ongoing review of the Trans-Tasman mutual recognition
arrangement and that further submissions are able to be provided
in respect of the review of this arrangement. There was discussion
about the content of that submission. (Both the original submission
and later submission are available for review on the website.)
A report from the Workforce Planning and Development Branch
of the NSW Ministry of Health regarding the introduction of a
National Code of Conduct for Health workers was considered.
It was seen that this Code of Conduct may have significant
impact upon dental assistants. A report regarding the impact of
the National Code of Conduct for dental health workers will be
published shortly in the News Bulletin.
SCHEDULE AND THIRD PARTY COMMITTEE
An early draft of the proposed 11th Edition of the ADA Schedule
of Dental Services and Glossary was reviewed by Federal Executive.
Further review of this document is to take place and when
finalised will be provided to Affiliates and other organisations for
their information and further comment.
Members are alerted that the proposed 11th Edition will
be distributed with the March edition of the News Bulletin
in 2016. The implementation date for the new 11th Edition
will be 1 April 2016.
REFORM OF THE FEDERATION
The Government's Discussion Paper on the Reform of the
Federation (23 June 2015) was analysed. A response from the ADA
will be made. Members can access this at: https://federation.dpmc.
Members wishing to provide comment on this are invited to do so
by forwarding comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert N Boyd-Boland
Chief Executive Officer
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