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Honours and awards
Federal Council congratulates all this year's recipients of honours
and awards including those receiving Australia Day Honours -- Drs
Ross Stuart Dunn AM, John Eric Moody AM, William James O'Reilly
AM, Richard James Sawers AM and Sajeev Koshy OAM.
Congratulations are also extended to Eric Reynolds AO who was
awarded an Award of Merit.
ADA Service Medallions were awarded to recipients -- Dr Michael
Foley (Queensland) for his services to the ADA and in particular in
respect of the promotion of fluoridation; Ms Wendy Tancred for her
involvement in the Australian Dental Association Foundation; and
Dr Kerry Chant for her services to dental health within New South
Wales and in particular in the promotion of fluoridation in difficult
Australian Prescriber is an independent review of drugs and
therapeutics that is published every two months. It contains short
reviews and will often contain a Dental Note dealing with oral and
dental aspects of a paper published in that issue.
In the April 2016 issue, a paper titled 'Treating osteoporosis' was
accompanied by a Dental Note titled: 'Osteoporosis treatment and
medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws'. Australian Prescriber is
funded from a budget allocated to the National Prescribing Service
(NPS) MedicineWise, an independent, not-for-profit organisation
which provides evidence-based medicines information and resources
for consumers, health professionals, members and stakeholders
involved in Quality Use of Medicines. NPS MedicineWise is funded
by the Commonwealth Department of Health.
Health professionals, such as dentists, are able to subscribe to receive
a free copy. Until now, issues have been available both on-line and in
paper format. However, from June this year, Australian Prescriber will
only be available in digital format. Dentists may subscribe to receive
an e-alert and can access the digital copy for free.
In April, and in response to
concerns raised by members,
the ADA announced that it
would revisit some of the
changes that took effect in the
11th edition of The Australian
Schedule of Dental Services and
To ensure the views of not
only specialists groups but
individual members and dental
practitioners in general were
accommodated, a formal
submission process was
undertaken inviting comments
in relation to the deletion of
Item Numbers 281 and 282. In excess of 170 submissions were
received during the consultation period. Each submission was
reviewed by the ADA's Schedule and Third Party Committee and a
number of recommendations were then made to Federal Executive.
Before endorsing any proposed changes, Federal Executive met
with representatives of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of
Periodontists (ANZAP) and the Australian Society of Periodontology
(ASP) to discuss the matter.
As a result of these processes, Federal Executive approved:
1. Amendments to the following Item Numbers: 111, 222, 231, 232,
and 242. They have been amended to reflect more contemporary
practice and terminology. Their application should not change, and
2. Adopted two new Item Numbers: 250 Active non-surgical
periodontal therapy per quadrant and 251 Supportive periodontal
therapy -- per appointment.
Before the Schedule can be altered, the ADA will be in consultation
with health insurers, dental software providers and other relevant
entities to establish how quickly the changes can be implemented.
Normally this process takes up to six months, however, given there
are only two new Item Numbers, and the amendments to remaining
item numbers are minimal, the ADA will endeavour to progress
these changes as quickly as possible.
ORTHODONTIC ITEM NUMBERS
Discussion has also commenced with the Australian Society of
Orthodontists to clarify some issues with the use of Item 881 which
has been flagged for potential removal in the 12th edition Schedule
and Glossary. The ADA wishes to clarify that Item 881 can still be
used under the 11th edition Schedule. Its use beyond that is subject
to the joint (ADA and ASO) development of an issues paper, further
discussions with ASO and broader member consultation.
WHAT TO DO NOW
Until the ADA provides further advice, you should continue to use
the 11th Schedule as published.
If you have any questions in relation to this matter, please contact
the ADA on email@example.com or call 02 9906 4412.
Schedule and Glossary
Schedule of Dental
Services and Glossary
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