Friday, September 14, 2018

Historic agreement achieved as stop work averted

It's time to smile as our historic stand against unfair pay and working conditions for dentists employed in community health clinics finally pays off.

A 24-hour work stoppage has been averted as the government finally guarantees funding for an agreement for dentists employed in community health clinics.

Ongoing industrial action, effective targeted advocacy, the strong united voice of ADAVB members and the looming 24-hour strike has finally secured funding for a mirror agreement for community dentists, in-line with hospital dentists in Victoria.

This momentous achievement follows 15 months of stalled negotiations, while their public hospital colleagues signed an in-principle agreement in June 2018.

Thank you to all public sector members for your courage and persistence, we couldn't have done it without you. A strong, sustainable and fair public dental system is vital for the entire dental profession and we will continue to lobby for improved access to public dental care for vulnerable Victorians.

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Strike action media release
Strike action FAQs

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Community health dentists to stop work to demand fair pay

Victorian dentists employed in community health centres (CHCs) are making a significant stand against unfair pay and working conditions by stopping work on 17 September for 24 hours and holding a demonstration at Parliament House. In Victoria, dentists have never stopped work or participated in a demonstration of this scale.

Join us and show your support

Work in the city or don’t work on Mondays? Join our demonstration on the steps of Parliament House at 12pm. Your colleagues need your voice to help them achieve the fair pay and working conditions they deserve.

Date: Monday 17 September
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Location: Parliament House, Spring St, East Melbourne

Who can participate in the stoppage?

ONLY dentists working in the following clinics on Monday 17 September from 7am may participate in the 24-hour work stoppage. Dentists taking action must be ADAVB members and must have nominated the ADAVB as their bargaining representative. 

  • Merri Health
  • EACH
  • Co-Health
  • Your Community Health
  • Dianella and Plenty Valley Community Health
  • North Richmond Community Health 
  • IPC Health
  • Connect Health and Community 
  • Healthability and Carrington Health
  • Link Health and Community
  • Inspiro
  • Latrobe Community Health Service

To nominate ADAVB as your bargaining representative go to to complete the online form (member login required).

Why is the stop work occurring?

After 15 months of detailed negotiations an agreement has not been reached for ADAVB members employed in CHCs. This is in contrast to the in-principle agreement achieved for their public hospital colleagues in June 2018. Currently, five organisations have informally agreed to implement the public hospital sector agreement.

Protected industrial action has already commenced at the majority of CHCs, including the 30-minute stoppage which occurred on 22 August. This received positive media attention, shining a much-needed spotlight on the community dental sector. However, this action did not result in a comparable offer made to dentists employed in the community health sector.

See you at the demonstration! 

Anyone can attend the public demonstration. Support your colleagues at the demonstration on the steps of Parliament House and be part of a historic event! Help your colleagues get the respect they deserve and the care that vulnerable Victorians need. A strong, fair and sustainable public dental system is vital for the entire dental profession. It highlights the critical role that dentists play in health care and promotes the important role of oral health in overall health. 

Not a member? 
Now is the time to join and make a real difference to #RespectPublicDentistry. Please email for membership enquiries. 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Three things you may not know about ADAVB membership

Thinking of joining the ADAVB? Now is the time!
We'll help you with everything that only a peak body for dentists by dentists, can provide - like quality CPD, professional support and advice, career and networking events. But we know sometimes you need more than that.
Enjoy some reward for all your hard work. Here are three things you may not know about ADAVB membership:

1. Need some me-time?
Enjoy free yoga, and get discounted cinema tickets, airfares (Qantas/Virgin), theme park entry and magazine subscriptions. Need something extra? Call Optum, our lifestyle support service, for free counselling and personal advice.

2. Setting up a practice, moving out of home or relocating?
Get fantastic savings on banking, financial advice and insurance. Set yourself up with discounted electrical items and household goods from The Good Guys and JB HiFi!

3. Looking to upgrade your car?
Our car assist service will help you with great deals on Hyundai, Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Mazda and Volkswagon and you can also access huge discounts directly through luxury car dealers such as BMW, Mercedes, Audi.
And there's more
Plus you'll have access to quality CPD and training, suited to your career stage, free CPD every month, access to over 400 free online practice resources on the ADAVB website and free online webinars on the ADA Member CPD Portal.
There are so many benefits that our members enjoy every day. We're dentists too, from all walks of life, so we understand your needs. We'll support you, stand up for you, update you with the latest developments in dentistry, and deliver the training and resources you need now.
Contact us
We can take you through the membership classifications and discounted rates available. Membership is less than $2 per day for first year dentistry graduates and less than $4 per day for second year dentistry graduates. 
Please contact us on 8825 4600 or
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Community health dentists set to take unprecedented strike action

Community health dentists are taking unprecedented strike action on Wednesday 22 August.

Dentists employed in Victorian community health centres are the lowest paid public sector dentists in Australia. They're paid 40% less than their interstate counterparts, their EBA expired 14 months ago and they're fed up with unacceptable waiting times that their patients have to endure for public dental care.

Victoria’s public dental system is in crisis. A new interactive map released by the ADAVB, exposed waiting times of up to four years for vulnerable Victorians. Less than 20 per cent of eligible Victorians are accessing care annually and there are more than 150,000 languishing on waiting lists. The current average waiting time for general dental care is 19.7 months, an increase of 67 per cent since 2014/15.

ADAVB President Dr Kevin Morris said that while people are waiting for public dental care, existing dental problems can worsen, and as a result lead to emergency care being needed. This means that just over one third of all courses of care are for emergency treatment rather than routine care, which puts more strain on the public system.

“The ADAVB is calling on both the State and Federal Governments to support an increase in funding, with a target to double the number of patients being treated on a yearly basis to 800,000 by 2023/24. This would represent approximately 29 per cent of the eligible population,” Dr Morris said.

Dentists are frustrated at the lack of recognition by the Victorian Government for the critical dental care they provide to disadvantaged Victorians. It's time to #RespectPublicDentistry.

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Dentists Wellbeing Ergonomics Programme launched

Dentists and dental professionals suffer musculoskeletal complaints resulting from their work practices. These generally cause discomfort at different end points – in the neck, low back, shoulders and hand or wrist.
With the support of PSA Insurance, ADAVB conducted the Dentists Wellbeing Ergonomics Project (DWEP) with Productivity Matters to gather data to develop an online resource to help members to prevent and avoid such injuries. This resource is now available!
Launched on 10 August at the ADAVB Convention, the Dentists Wellbeing Ergonomics Programme is an online resource to help you:
  • Understand musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in the workplace
  • Set yourself up in the best way in the practice
  • Maximise your own comfort and productivity, as well as your overall wellbeing while you are practicing.
ADAVB members can access this programme free at

Friday, August 10, 2018

ADAVB and BOQ Specialist reveal winner of $10,000 CPD bursary

Dr Sathyan Saranathan, owner of the Goulburn Valley Dental Group, was today awarded the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) and BOQ Specialist CPD Practice Bursary at a ceremony attended by 700 dental professionals at the ADAVB Convention in Melbourne.

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the $10,000 bursary acknowledges dental practices committed to quality learning and aims to fund further professional development for practitioners and professional staff members.

ADAVB President, Dr Kevin Morris, said, “Dr Saranathan and his team’s commitment to serving their diverse community, their emphasis on preventative care, as well their health promotion initiatives with local schools, are all excellent approaches to building lasting relationships with patients and the wider community and promoting the importance of oral health. Their examples of integrated clinical practice combined with health promotion and ongoing education of staff, made them a stand-out in the 2018 bursary applications.”

In addition to a Certificate of Recognition, the $10,000 bursary includes $8,000 to be applied to any CPD courses and training and $2,000 for ADAVB CPD courses and training.

Come and see us at the ADAVB Convention member lounge!

The ADAVB Convention kicked off today with a fantastic opening presentation by Dr Sally Cockburn, well known GP and health and wellness talk back host on 3AW693's Talking Health program.

Delegates were entertained and inspired about what success means  and how this can be achieved while also "having a life" and enjoying a healthy balance. This upbeat opening energised delegates as they moved on to their next sessions in the concurrent convention program.

The multidisciplinary program features leading international and Australian speakers, aimed at the whole dental team. There is something for everyone - a program for dentists, practice managers, dental assistants and oral health therapists and hygienists.

During the breaks come over to the ADAVB Member Lounge, have a coffee and have a chat to ADAVB councillors and staff, fellow members, our community relations officers and eviDent researchers. Pick up the latest information about member benefits, Practice plus resources, upcoming training and purchase your raffle tickets for tonight's eviDent Foundation Hunter Valley getaway prize draw!

Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtags #ADAVBConvention #Success.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

See you at the ADAVB Convention!

In just a few days you'll be getting your Keys to #Success at the ADAVB Convention!

Haven't registered yet? If you're looking for professional development with a difference for your whole dental team, including quality training...  yoga... a member lounge... great coffee while you chat to your association leaders... a fancy dinner... then look no further than the ADAVB Convention!

There is still time to get your tickets. Gain 12 CPD hours while you enjoy innovative presentations designed to challenge, engage and question, from international and Australian presenters including:

  • Dr Sally Cockburn – GP and health advocate 'Dr Feelgood' – who will open the Convention
  • Professor Julian Sulavescu – Renowned international philosopher and bioethicist 
  • Professor John Sorenson – Well-known restorative and prosthodontic specialist from the US
  • Dr Bobbi Birdi – Dual specialist in periodontics and prosthodontics from Canada
  • Professor Stéphane Simon –  Endodontist, Doctor in Dental Surgery and PhD in Pulp Biology, France

Add a few tickets to our eviDent Foundation Fundraising Dinner and enjoy a social night out, for a great cause. You'll enjoy a night of music, dinner, dancing, auction, amazing prizes and more!


eviDent Fundraising Dinner

Member lounge

Yoga by donation

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The sorry state of public waiting times for dental care in Victoria

A new fully interactive map released today by the ADAVB exposes the unacceptable length of time people are waiting for public dental care in every Victorian electorate.

The map shows that vulnerable Victorians with shocking dental problems are being forced to
wait in some case up to 48 months to see a public dentist.

ADAVB CEO Associate Professor Matt Hopcraft, said that Dental Health Week (6-12 August), was the perfect time to shed light on the sorry state of public dental waiting list times and for both State and Federal governments to support an increase in funding.

“Although cuts to Federal funding have had an impact, the reality is that this accounts for less than 10 per cent of the patients treated through the public system and is not the main reason waiting lists have increased so dramatically in recent years.

“At current funding levels, only 16 per cent of people who are eligible to access public dental care in Victoria were able to see a dentist in any given year - that is only 400,000 who get much needed treatment each year out of the 2.5 million Victorians who are eligible.

“For those stuck on a waiting list, there is an average waiting time for general dental care of 19.7 months which is just too long.

“People who are eligible for public dental care may have to endure pain, have difficulty speaking and eating, miss school, struggle to find a job, or develop other serious health problems in that time.

View interactive map and find your electorate:

Write to your local MP and tell them the waiting times are unacceptable. The map includes contact details for every MP in Victoria.
  • Are you a public dental patient waiting for care or are you concerned about a friend or family member? Use this template letter to share your story with your MP. 
  • Are you a public or private dentist, or other health professional, concerned about vulnerable Victorian's access to care? Use this template template letter to share your concerns and urge your MP to take action.
View media release: Map highlights sorry state of public waiting lists for dental care in Victoria