Thursday, July 06, 2017

Thank you Garry Pearson - ADA's longest serving Branch CEO retires from role

After 26 years as ADAVB CEO, Mr Garry Pearson, the ADA’s longest serving Branch CEO, has retired from the role to move on to his own business interests.

The ADAVB thanks Garry for his extraordinary, loyal and generous commitment to ADAVB members and the community.

Garry worked with a strategic focus, advocating on issues impacting on the dental profession and the oral health of the community.

He developed respectful and effective relationships with government and policy makers, worked tirelessly to address workforce issues, sought collaborations with multiple partner organisations in health promotion and advocacy campaigns, worked strategically with ADA Branches and ADA Inc. and was instrumental in developing partnerships to grow the professional support and education benefits available for Victorian dentists. He dealt compassionately with members; and the oral health of Victorians was central in the initiatives he developed or supported.

Garry worked with 28 presidents and 14 councils over his 26-year tenure. His standout achievements include but are not limited to:

  • Establishment of the eviDent Foundation to promote and enable oral health research at the practitioner level – the first of its kind - with special thanks to the Melbourne Dental School and Oral Health CRC for their shared vision.
  • Creation of the ADAVB Practice Plus service which delivers high quality practice admin and management resources.
  • Establishment of Dentists for Cleaner Water project which involved a partnership with Victorian EPA and Water Boards.
  • Development of the ADAVB/Professionals Australia alliance to assist public dentists (who are paid up to 40% less than interstate equivalents) with EBA negotiations.
  • Launch of the Health Sector Leadership Program, in collaboration with Leadership Victoria, which aims to support the development of future leaders from a range of professional associations within the health sector..

We know that many of Garry’s colleagues will join us in thanking Garry for his incredible dedication and hard work. Thank you Garry, from all members, Council, Executive and staff, and best wishes for your next chapter.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ADAVB BOQ Specialist CPD Practice Bursary awarded to Yarra Valley Dental

BOQ Specialist Victorian Manager Diane Stewart,
2017 bursary awardee Dr Kathleen Walsh,
2016 bursary awardee Dr Monica O'Malley
 and ADAVB CPD Committee Chair Dr Ben Keith
Dr Kathleen Walsh, owner of Yarra Valley Dental in Yarra Glen, has been awarded the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) and BOQ Specialist $10,000 Practice Bursary.
The bursary can be used for training programs and registration to ADAVB CPD courses. 
The annual ADAVB BOQ Specialist Bursary acknowledges dental practices committed to quality learning, and aims to fund further professional development for practitioners as well as professional staff members.
ADAVB President Dr Susan Wise said:
“The ADAVB values commitment to quality training for all staff within the dental practice so all practice staff members are involved in the best care of their patients. Our partnership with BOQ Specialist recognises that together we promote continuing education for all dental staff. This year’s deserving recipient, Dr Kathleen Walsh, and her team are committed to staff training and the value of this training has real benefits on the health of their patients and the wider community.”
BOQ Specialist CEO Dr Brett Robinson concluded:
“Over the 25 years BOQ Specialist has provided distinctive banking solutions to dentists we have continually seen the benefits and opportunities that upskilling and ongoing training brings to practices. We congratulate Dr Walsh for her focus on delivering the highest quality care to her patients through continuous education for her and her team.”

Radiation Regulations 2017 - How they affect your dental practice

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently contacted all Victorian registered dentists to invite them to participate in a consultation process on the proposed Radiation Regulations 2017. These regulations will replace the Radiation Regulations 2007.

These regulations determine the licensing conditions for radiation sources. The proposed regulations are very similar to those already in place, and there are few impacts expected for dentistry, with the major changes being to fee structures.

The ADAVB is preparing a submission to this consultation on behalf of members, and we invite member input. Please refer to an ADAVB Member Update email sent to all practising members on 15 June, review the DHHS Documents for Public Comment webpage, and send your comments to by Monday 26 June.

Further information:

DHHS website – Documents for public comments: Proposed radiation regulations

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ADAVB appoints Dr Susan Wise as President

ADAVB Council has elected Dr Susan Wise, specialist periodontist in McKinnon, as 2017-2018 ADAVB President.

Dr Wise, an ADAVB Councillor since 2010, has a particular interest in oral health promotion, having served on the ADAVB Oral Health Committee since 2005 and chaired the committee from 2005 to 2009. She was the Victorian representative on the Federal ADA Oral Health Working Group from 2014 until May 2017.

Dr Wise's additional leadership roles include serving on the ADAVB Executive for the past three years, past president of the Australian Society of Periodontics Victorian Branch, secretary of the Victorian Womens’ Dental Association and secretary of Korean Adoption Families.

Dr Susan Wise, takes on the position following the completed term of Immediate Past President, Dr Andrew Gikas. The ADAVB welcomes Dr Wise and wishes her an effective, rewarding and successful term.

Three great reasons to renew your ADAVB membership

Have you renewed your ADAVB membership? Be a part of your professional association and enjoy the valuable benefits of ADA membership. Our recent ADA member survey results told us that members belong to the ADA for support, a sense of community and educational opportunities - three great reasons to renew!

1. Support, advice and assistance
  • Support from our community relations officers (plus free dispute assistance if you are Guild-insured).
  • Assistance with employment issues through the HR advisory services operated by Wentworth Advantage.
  • Confidential support on personal, family and work issues through our member assistance program courtesy of Optum.
2. Community - networking and sharing information
  • Updates on legislation and regulations that affect you, your staff and your patients.
  • Access to a range of essential guidelines, databases, publications and resources.
  • Networking opportunities at meetings, training and social events.
  • Information to guide you at your specific career stage.
3. Free and discounted CPD and training
  • Up to 11 free CPD hours through the Clinical Update, available only to ADAVB members - online and in our monthly Victorian Dentist.
  • Discounted quality unbiased CPD programs, developed to suit your career stage.
  • Access over 140 free practices resources, plus support services, to help you run your practice.
We look forward to your continued membership. We are your association – run for dentists by dentists. We lobby effectively on your behalf, and advocate on issues that are important to you and that promote the oral health of the community.

If you have any queries, or require assistance with your renewal, please contact us on or 03 8825 4600.

Further information

Sunday, June 11, 2017

ADAVB welcomes NSW Health ban on sugary drinks

An announcement by NSW Health that it would be removing sugary drinks from all its facilities over the next six months has been warmly welcomed by the Rethink Sugary Drink alliance, a partnership of leading health and community organisations which includes the ADA. 

Find out more

ADA website news
ADAVB advocacy partners and projects
Rethink Sugary Drink

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Public dentistry campaign update: Review and endorse your Log of Claims

All Victorian enterprise agreements for public dentists, public dental specialists and dental specialists in training expire by 30 June 2017. Through our consultations with members, we have developed the Log of Claims, which is a list of items you would like added to, or removed from your current agreements. Now it’s time for members to review and endorse this Log of Claims so that we can progress negotiations.
Please register to join us at our Public Dentistry EBA Campaign Update on Friday 30 June, where we will present the Log of Claims to you, and invite you to review and endorse it.
With your participation, we are building a voice for public dentists, public dental specialists, and dental specialists in training to create a sustainable future for the sector. 
Strength in numbers helps us to present a strong unified bargaining position. Together we can achieve greater respect, recognition and reward for the public dental sector, so that everyone can smile.
Haven't nominated us as your bargaining representative? Please do so as soon as possible.
Further information:

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Thank you to our valued volunteers - nominate today for ADAVB committee membership!

Nominations are now open for ADAVB members who would like to get involved in the ADAVB's standing committees.

Log in to My ADAVB>My Membership>Get Involved and complete the online 'Nominate for committee membership' process.

Our dedicated and committed volunteers give up their time and lend their expertise to support their colleagues on various ADAVB committees including oral health, CPD, disputes and ethics, public dentistry and third party issues.

Involvement of our member dentists, from diverse specialties and areas of expertise, and at different stages of their careers, means that we stay focused on the issues affecting the profession. The diverse work and interest areas of our volunteers helps us to identify and respond to the oral health concerns of the community.

Check our website for other volunteering opportunities with our charity partners: Flying Doctor Dental Clinic, the eviDent Foundation and the National Dental Foundation.

Thank you all our volunteers, not only during National Volunteer Week, but every day of the year.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Victorian Budget - health and dental health provisions

The Victorian Government announced the 2017-18 budget earlier this week. At the 2 May DHHS Budget Briefing, the Victorian Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Hon Jill Hennessy expressed a view of hope and optimism for the coming year in Health and Human Services in Victoria. Thirty-eight percent of the total State Budget ($23.2 B) was allocated to the DHHS portfolios – an 11% increase on last year.

There was a significant whole of government investment in tackling family violence, with $1.9 B provided to address all of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Significant investments were also made in the acute health sector, for building and upgrading hospitals, and to meet demand for care (e.g. reducing elective surgery waiting lists).

Other noteworthy priorities include an investment in enhancing the quality and safety of Victoria’s healthcare system ($215 M), and $10 M for Better Care Victoria for the next funding round of its state-wide innovation fund.

The following budget provisions were made in the dental sector:
  • $226.1 M for public dental care, which appears to be an increased investment of $20.1M (9.7%) over last year. The higher target reflects additional third-party revenue for Dental Health Services Victoria.
  • Note that last year the amount reported to be spent on public dental services was $247.6 M, including $206.2 M from the State Government, and $19M from the Commonwealth Government in the NPA on Adult Public Dental Services. It’s not clear how the remaining $22.4 M is accounted for.
  • Further NPA funding from the Commonwealth for adult public dental services is still under negotiation. This may potentially be disclosed in the Federal Budget on 9 May.
  • Additional funding of note related to the dental sector includes $7.9 M to the Office of the Health Complaints Commissioner, which will support them to undertake their expanded regulatory role. NB. The ADAVB lobbied for increased funding for the HCC in it's budget submissions.
  • An investment will also be made in Cancer prevention for screening for breast, bowel and oral cancer – “$14 million to deliver more cancer screening and detection measures, including funding to provide 10,000 additional breast screens, increase the number of Victorians participating in the National Bowel Cancer Screening program and deliver a training program for oral health professionals to identify oral cancers during routine check-ups.” (emphasis added)
Further information: