Wednesday, September 11, 2019

EBAs finalised across the public sector

We are pleased to announce that dentists at all Victorian public sector dental clinics are now covered by the new Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBAs) following a successful vote at Sunbury Community Health, pending review and approval by the Fair Work Commission.

We encourage public sector members to familiarise themselves with entitlements in the new EBAs. Refer to the FAQs below:

General dentists
Specialist dentists

We are currently working with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) and the Victorian Hospitals’ Industrial Association (the employers’ bargaining representative) to clarify backpay entitlements for employees, who were employed in the public sector on or after 1 July 2018, but moved on before their agreement was implemented.

Criteria and an allocation plan for the level four and five clinical/managerial hybrid positions are currently being developed by the DHHS and DHSV. The DHHS limited the number of funded hybrid positions available, and the allocation plan must take this into consideration. More information will be provided to you when these matters are resolved.

Make the most of your annual CPD/membership reimbursement

This great entitlement under the new EBA provides up to $2000 for reimbursement of ADAVB membership and CPD training costs each year (pro-rata for part-time employees, not payable to casuals). This can be claimed back from your employer following provision of receipts, to be claimed against the allowance related to the year in which it was paid.

For example, if you paid for your 2019-20 ADAVB membership fee in June 2019, then you would claim this against your 2018-19 professional support allowance because the reimbursement relates to the date of payment.

Not an ADAVB member? With new EBAs that include CPD and membership reimbursements, now is the time to join your colleagues and make a real difference to respect public dentistry. Please email us as ask@adavb.org for further information.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

It's Women's Health Week

During Women’s Health Week (2-6 September) the ADAVB is encouraging women to make seeing their dentist a priority. Dental health is often overlooked, however poor dental health can have a huge effect on our overall health.

According to the Jean Hailes Foundation, the two biggest barriers for women not maintaining a healthy lifestyle is ‘lack of time’ and ‘health not being a priority’. Women’s Health Week is the time to do something for your health and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime.

It is important for women to see their dentist at least once per year not only for check-ups but to also learn about how to protect their teeth and gums during periods of hormonal change in various life stages such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause.

The ADA's 2018 Oral Health Tracker reported that only 55 per cent of Australians had visited the dentist in the last six months and only 57 per cent of women brush their teeth twice a day1. The Australian Women's Oral Health Survey in 2015 found that two thirds (67.1 per cent)3 of Australian teenage girls going through puberty don’t regularly visit the dentist.

A 2017 Jean Hailes research study found that the health condition women were most concerned about was menopause2. The 2015 ADA study found that of those entering menopause, almost half (48.9 per cent) had experienced signs of gum disease including sensitive teeth (26.9 per cent) and dry mouth (14.4 per cent), yet 70 per cent admitted they did not visit the dentist regularly3.

Dr Gitika Sanghvi, ADAVB President, said, “There are many myths surrounding dental work during pregnancy with some of our research indicating that over half of women surveyed avoided a visit to the dentist during pregnancy. It is very important to visit the dentist during pregnancy, as hormone changes can make gums more prone to bleeding, swelling and inflammation. Women going through menopause should also make time for regular dental visits. Dry mouth and gum disease are common ageing and menopausal related dental health issues. These can better managed or avoided through regular visits to your dentist and by following your dentist’s advice.”

A range of helpful oral health fact sheets are available on the ADAVB and ADA websites including topics such as oral health and lifestyle risks, ageing, menopause and pregnancy.

Learn more:

Oral health fact sheets

Your dental health

Find a dentist

References

1. 2018 ADA Oral Health Tracker: Download Technical Appendix Download Tracker PDF

2. Jean Hailes Women’s Health Survey 2017. https://jeanhailes.org.au/survey2017/report_2017.pdf

3. Australian Women’s Oral Health Survey, March 2015, conducted by Pure Profile commissioned by the Australian Dental Association.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Inaugural ADAVB BOQ Specialist recent graduate bursary announced

A Yarra Ranges dentist committed to ongoing professional development has been awarded the inaugural ADAVB BOQ Specialist Recent Graduate Bursary.

Dr Amy Thompson will receive $5000 to put towards ADAVB CPD training courses after being named the recipient of the coveted bursary. Launched in July, the bursary aims to recognise and reward recent dental graduates who are committed to high quality learning by providing financial support for further professional development.

Graduating from La Trobe University in 2017, Dr Thompson then relocated to the Yarra Ranges district where she now shares her time between Inspiro, a community clinic in Lilydale and Your New Dentist, a private clinic in Mooroolbark.

Dr Thompson said she was “completely blown away” by the unexpected news that she had been awarded the bursary. “I received the news right before seeing a client so I had to take a moment to compose myself and stop my hands from shaking from excitement!”

Commenting on the bursary and how it will benefit her as a recent graduate, Dr Thompson said, “The bursary will definitely help me to reach both my clinical and non-clinical goals sooner, and allow me to continue to absorb as many skills and as much knowledge as possible during these early formative years of my career.”

ADAVB President, Dr Gitika Sanghvi, said, “We are delighted to offer the inaugural recent graduate bursary to Dr Thompson. She has shown incredible strength and commitment to both her work and her ongoing professional development, while at the same time promoting the importance of mental health and sharing her own personal experiences.”

“Dr Thompson has taken a broad approach to her learning, exploring a wide range of dentistry areas and overcoming difficult personal circumstances to create for herself a fulfilling career where she acknowledges there is always more to learn. Her openness to further development, her heartfelt commitment to her patients, and her quest for development of confidence and independence were qualities that were hard to look by,” said Dr Sanghvi.

Find out more

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Congratulations to ADAVB BOQ Specialist Bursary recipient Dr Anand Makwana

Dr Anand Makwana, owner of Warragul Dental Care, has been announced as the recipient of the 2019 ADAVB BOQ Specialist CPD Practice Bursary.

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

Commenting on the award, Dr Makwana said, “We are so thrilled to be the recipients of the ADAVB BOQ Specialist CPD Practice Bursary. Our ability to deliver a first-class patient experience to our patients comes from having a team that is well trained in both customer service and the latest in dental technology. Our team is our biggest asset and we know that the bursary will be well invested into our ongoing learning environment where our local community will benefit from these learning experiences."

ADAVB President, Dr Gitika Sanghvi, said, ““Dr Makwana and his team’s commitment to excellence, integrity, teamwork, training, learning and personal fulfilment made them a stand-out in the 2019 practice bursary applications. Their team-oriented approach means they deem success as delivering exceptional patient care experience for every patient. They have invested time and effort in exploring their values and together hold each other accountable.”

View media release
Stay tuned for the announcement of the Recent Graduate $5000 bursary winner!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Complete the 2019 ADA Fees Survey

The ADA has launched the 2019 Fees Survey which provides a snapshot of the fees charged nationwide by generalist and specialist dentists on over 120 of the most commonly used items of service, including diagnostic, preventive, restorative, endodontic, prosthodontic, orthodontic and oral surgery procedures.

ADAVB members are encouraged to complete the survey, which asks members for the fees charged in their practice on 30 June 2019, as a vital contribution to the ADA's advocacy work.

An email invitation with a link to the survey was sent to a sample of 11,000 ADA members in private practice. 

Please note: The ADA does not play a role in setting or recommending fee structures for members; what a practice decides to charge is a matter solely for the practice itself.

Find out more

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Help end discriminatory rebates. Sign the ADA's petition

Encourage your staff and patients to sign the petition that the ADA will hand to the Senate to push for fairness to be restored to the private health insurance system. All you have to do is print the official petition and encourage patients, family members, friends and practice staff to sign it. Send your signed sheets to the ADA who will collate and submit them officially to the Senate.

Help in three easy steps:

1. Print the petition and place it in your practice for patients, staff, friends and family to sign. That's anyone affected by unfair rebates.

2. Aim for at least 100 signatures but if you can get more, that's great! (The more signatures we get, the greater the impact and the clearer the message when the petition is handed into the Senate.)

The petition PDF holds eight pages of 15 signing lines each so printing it off gives you the capacity for 120 signatures. Repeat as necessary.

3. Mail back the completed sheets in batch sizes of your choosing (original copies only; no photocopies, please) to:

Private health insurance petition
Australian Dental Association
14-16 Chandos Street
St Leonards NSW 2065

If you are wondering why the ADA is using a paper petition and not an online version, parliamentary petition rules state that online petitions can only run for four weeks whereas we want this to have a much longer lifespan than that. Additionally, paper petitions are viewed as more significant than their online counterparts within parliament. It's a requirement of paper petitions that the Senate is provided with the original version.

Find out more:

ADA's PHI petition
PHI petition media release




Tuesday, August 06, 2019

It's Dental Health Week!

Dental Health Week is here and we're so impressed with all the oral health promotion and awareness activities being run by our members, advocacy and charity partners and the general community.

What do you have planned? If you need some inspiration it's not too late. Visit the Dental Health Week website: www.ada.org.au/Dental-Health-Week to find lots of ideas and resources including:

  • Fact sheets 
  • Posters
  • How to run an event
  • Health promotion tips
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Social media images
  • Content for articles, media use and social media. 

You can also get involved by hosting a 'Tea for Teeth' morning tea during Dental Health Week or any time in August, and support the work of the eviDent Foundation. Gather your friends and colleagues for a cuppa, a healthy treat and make a difference to the smiles of everyday Australians. Register and we will send you everything you need for you to hold your Tea for Teeth event.
Find out more: www.evident.org.au/donate/tea-for-teeth

Share photos of your Dental Health Week events on social media, tag the ADAVB @AusDentalVic and include #HelpingVictoriansSmile and #DentalHealthWeek and we’ll share them too!

Email high resolution photos to us at comms@adavb.org and you might even see yourself in the September Victorian Dentist. Please ensure you have the individual’s permission before sharing photos.