Friday, November 17, 2017

Assoc/Prof Leonard Crocombe awarded Medical Research Future Fund Fellowship for Translating Research Into Practice

Congratulations to Assoc/Prof Leonard Crocombe, ADATas Member and Councillor, awarded the Medical Research Future Fund Fellowship (MRFF) for Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) for his project: ‘Sustaining oral and systemic health in Residential Aged Care Facilities’ at the University of Tasmania.

The announcement was made as part of a $70 million Federal Government Health and Medical Research funding boost to improve research capability and promote innovation and practical healthcare solutions.

The ADAVB and the eviDent Foundation support translation of research into clinical practice as a practical way to improve health outcomes for Australians. The recognition and funding of this significant oral health project brings oral health into the spotlight and promotes our world-class research capabilities.

About the funding
Media release

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

NHMRC 2017 Public statement on fluoridated water declares that it is a "safe, effective and ethical way to help reduce tooth decay"

The NHMRC has released its 2017 Public Statement - Water Fluoridation and Human Health in Australia, declaring that fluoridated water is a "safe, effective and ethical way to help reduce tooth decay".

NHMRC has supported community water fluoridation as a population health measure since 1952, and regularly reviews the scientific evidence on this topic.

The 2017 Public Statement is based on a comprehensive review of the evidence, published in 2016, and the translation of this evidence into the NHMRC Information Paper – Water fluoridation: dental and other human health outcomes, published in 2017.

The ADAVB supports the fluoridation of drinking water supplies in Victoria. Water fluoridation helps protect teeth against decay, and is the most effective way of allowing everybody access to the benefits of fluoride.

Learn more:

Download a copy of the Public Statement

Background about the statement

ADAVB position and water fluoridation in Victoria

Thursday, November 09, 2017

CHOICE and ADA call for added sugar to be labelled on food packs

CHOICE and the Australian Dental Association are calling for added sugar to be labelled on food packs. You can add your voice to this urgent message by emailing your Health Minister on the Choice campaign website.

On 24 November, Health Ministers across Australia will decide whether food companies should label added sugar. Tell your Health Minister to support added sugar labelling! Do you want to know how much added sugar is in your food? Join the CHOICE/ADA campaign today.

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View and share our video featuring Matthew Hopcraft, CEO ADAVB, on Facebook

Share the campaign with friends, family and colleagues. Urge them to get online and email their Health Minister! Together, let's make sure our Health Ministers make the right decision.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Had an experience with a health fund that you're not happy with?

The ADAVB supports the ADA’s Time2Switch campaign, which aims to highlight the issues members and patients experience with private health insurers, and to address the lack of transparency around policies and cover.
The November Victorian Dentist newsletter (for ADAVB members) includes a health fund incident report lift-out for you to fill in, detach and send back to us. You can also find this lift-out in your online Victorian Dentist. This evidence will help us present a stronger advocacy position.

You can also visit to sign an online letter of complaint to the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman.

Patients who are unsatisfied with their dental rebates can visit to learn more about rebates and file a complaint.

Same treatment, same policy, same rebate - ADA calls for end to discriminatory rebates at Senate Inquiry into private health insurance

About the Senate Inquiry

The ADA has successfully lobbied for a Senate Inquiry into private health insurance calling for an end to discriminatory rebates - standing up for the Australian public and dentists.

On Tuesday 31 October, ADA President Hugo Sachs and CEO Damian Mitsch appeared before the Senate Inquiry into private health insurance where they made a strong and well-informed case for legislative change to prohibit the use of discriminatory rebates.

“Patients who hold the same policy and who receive the same treatment should receive the same rebate from their health fund, irrespective of the dentist who provides that treatment.”

This was the clear message at the Senate Inquiry. Find out more on our Facebook posts.

About the ADA's submission

The ADA’s submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee Private Health Insurance Inquiry, which was published on the Inquiry website 13 October, highlights the discriminatory, anti-competitive and at times unethical way some health funds are operating in the “extras” insurance space, with negative consequences for many consumers and dental practitioners.

In its submission, the ADA made 26 recommendations for reform designed to make “extras” insurance and the operations of private health funds more transparent, more accountable, and fairer for all policy holders and healthcare providers.

Find out more

Dr Hugo Sachs also appeared on radio to discuss health insurance and how it discriminates against dental procedures.

Listen to the podcast

Listen to Hugo Sachs and Damian Mitsch talking about the Senate Inquiry

Photo sourced from ADA Facebook page

Friday, October 27, 2017

Australia's first National Rural Health Commissioner announced

Emeritus Professor Paul Worley has been announced as Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner. Federal Assistant Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie MP, announced Professor Worley’s appointment this week, “Professor Worley will be a determined, effective and passionate advocate for strengthening rural health outcomes across Australia". 

Professor Worley is globally recognised for the development of programs that are regarded internationally as models for the establishment of rural medical education.

In his role, Professor Worley will consult with a wide range of health professionals and stakeholders to improve rural health policies and champion the cause of rural practice.

Prof Worley will be responsible for developing training and recognition pathways for rural doctors and his portfolio also includes addressing a wide range of rural health needs such as nursing, dental health, pharmacy, Indigenous health, mental health and midwifery.

The ADAVB welcomes the role of the new commissioner in improving access to health services for people in regional, rural and remote Australia. Poor oral and dental health amongst people living in rural and remote locations is concerning and we look forward to working in collaboration with Professor Worley to improve rural oral health outcomes.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Eric Reynolds awarded Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation

Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO FICD FTSE FRACDS, Chief Executive Officer of the Oral Health CRC at The University of Melbourne, has been announced as the winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.

Each year the Australian Government honours Australia’s best scientists, innovators, and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

Professor Reynolds has been recognised for his outstanding achievement in the translation of scientific discovery into globally successful products that prevent and treat oral disease. It is estimated that these products have saved over $12 billion in dental treatment costs worldwide.

The remineralising technology CPP-ACP developed from a dairy protein by Professor Reynolds and his team at The University of Melbourne is now sold globally as RecaldentTM and used by millions of people every day in chewing gum and oral health products.

Prof Reynolds continues to lead research at the Oral Health CRC that is testing, improving and developing new RecaldentTM products. His team is also developing a therapeutic vaccine for chronic periodontitis, a highly prevalent gum disease .

Prof Reynolds was instrumental in the establishment of the eviDent Foundation, an ADAVB and Oral Health CRC initiative. Thanks to this partnership and Prof Reynolds' leadership, eviDent continues to support collaborative multidisciplinary practice based research that is improving the oral health of Australians.

References and further information:

Oral CRC website:

Science in public website:

Photo credit: Prime Ministers Prizes for Science, WildBear 2017.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

eviDent Foundation launches new website

The eviDent Foundation has launched its new website:

The website promotes the diverse range of collaborative research projects that explore the connection between oral health and overall health. The website also lists eviDent's latest news and upcoming events such as the Great Ocean Road Walk.

The eviDent Foundation is a health-promotion charity supporting Australia’s only Dental Practice Based Research Network. It is an initiative of the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch and the Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre.

eviDent aims to encourage relationships between practitioners and academic researchers. By building research capacity to produce and use evidence, eviDent facilitates and supports dental practices to produce and disseminate evidence that can translate into practice and inform policy.

Some of these practice based research projects include:
  • Dental health and attitudes in young adults aged 15–25 years with diabetes mellitus
  • Facilitators and barriers to oral health for children with cardiac conditions
  • Body dysmorphic disorder: A practice-based study
  • Say Ahhh: What do GPs, dentists and community pharmacists do about bad breath?
  • Oral cancer risk test: An improved approach to early oral cancer detection and prevention
  • Diet advice in the dental setting

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