Wednesday, June 20, 2018

ADAVB announces new President, Dr Kevin Morris

The ADAVB congratulates and welcomes new ADAVB President, Dr Kevin Morris. Kevin graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1993 and worked in both private and public sectors before joining the Australian Regular Army as a dental officer for four years until 2001. He joined ADAVB Council in 2014.

In his early years of involvement with the ADAVB, Kevin served on the Recent Graduates Committee as a member and later as Chair. He has been a casual clinical demonstrator, as well as examiner, for the general dentist program for The University of Melbourne since 1994.

Kevin served on the Defence Advisory Committee, Deputy Chair for the Finance Risk and Audit Committee and member of the Executive, before becoming President. He is a periodontist and practises both in the private and public sectors. He is looking forward to the challenges of his new leadership role, addressing the issues affecting the profession, and encourages members to get involved to ensure the ADAVB is a strong united voice on important advocacy issues.

We also welcome Dr Gitika Sanghvi, as Vice President. Gitika graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2006 and was elected to ADAVB Council in 2013. She completed the ADAVB Health Sector Leadership Course in 2012.

Gitika was Chair of the Recent Graduate and Students Committee in 2010/11 (and member since 2004), ADC Graduate Support Ad Hoc Committee in 2017/18, and has been a member of multiple other ADAVB Committees, including the Oral Health and the Sports/Social Committees. She currently serves on the Constitution and Policy Committee. Gitika was a clinical demonstrator for the final year dental students at Goulburn Valley Health. She runs a private practice in the city and has worked in public and private general practice, both rurally and around Melbourne.

We thank Dr Susan Wise, immediate past President, for her insightful leadership contributions, for her understanding of our diverse profession, and her commitment to addressing not only the issues affecting members, but also the oral health of the community.

Pictured above: Dr Susan Wise and Dr Kevin Morris

Friday, June 08, 2018

Dentists and dental specialists at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne to vote on strike action

Dentists and dental specialists at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM) have taken the unprecedented step of joining together to seek approval for protected industrial action from the Fair Work Commission.

A year after their Enterprise Bargaining Agreements expired, public sector dentists and dental specialists have been left dangling, after negotiations with the Victorian Hospitals’ Industrial Association reached an impasse.

Yesterday the Fair Work Commission issued an order to allow a protected action ballot.

Victoria’s public dental system is in crisis, with new data exposing waiting times of up to four years for vulnerable Victorians. Less than 20% of eligible Victorians are accessing care annually and there are more than 150,000 languishing on waiting lists.

Public dentists and dental specialists in Victoria are paid up to 40% less than their colleagues interstate, impacting on the recruitment and retention of experienced and dedicated clinicians required to provide the care that Victorians need.

Public dentists and dental specialists are pushing for greater respect, recognition and reward for the care they provide to Victorians. ADAVB and Professionals Australia are supporting members to seek a fairer outcome in negotiations for their new enterprise agreement.

ADAVB members who work at RDHM will now participate in a vote to determine what strike action they will take.
  • If you are a dentist or dental specialist working at RDHM, ensure you are eligible to vote and take action by ensuring you are an ADAVB member.
  • Ensure you have nominated ADAVB as your bargaining representative, with the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne listed as your employer
  • Ensure that ADAVB has your current home address details, as this is where your ballot papers will be posted by the Australian Electoral Commission.
Only ADAVB members can participate and support action. 
    Not a member? Now is the time. Contact ADAVB now and join today Email or phone us on 8825 4600.

    Not a public sector dentist but keen to show your support?
    Send a message to the Victorian Government that all Victorians deserve a healthy smile by signing the petition at

    Tuesday, June 05, 2018

    Get involved in Dental Health Week 2018

    It's time to start thinking about Dental Health Week (6-12 August). This year's theme is #watchyourmouth. What can your workplace, school or community group do to take part and raise awareness about dental health? We've got you covered with these healthy messages to promote, resources to use and ideas to share!

    Focus on these key messages:
    • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
    • Clean in between teeth at least once a day with floss or an interdental brush
    • Eat a healthy balance diet and limit sugar intake
    • Regularly visit the dentist for check-ups and preventive treatment.
    Visit the Dental Health Week website for resources to help you with:
    • Planning and running an event
    • Promoting healthy messages
    • Info-sharing with interesting facts
    • Going social and getting some publicity
    Don't have time to run your own event? Come to one of ours!

    eviDent Foundation Enchanted Forest Dinner, Friday 10 August

    Bring your whole team, have a great night out and don't organise a thing! Be enchanted at our eviDent Foundation Fundraising Dinner. Contribute to oral health research while having an unforgettable night - during Dental Health Week! 

    Host a tea party - Tea for Teeth

    Invite your dental practice, school or workplace, or simply gather some friends together for some good times and tea! Raise funds while you sip away. We'll help you get organised with everything you need to host your Tea for Teeth tea party. 

    Top up on CPD hours

    Our ADAVB Convention 10-11 August is being held during Dental Health Week. Come along, catch up with colleagues, hear from leading Australian and international experts while you gain 12 CPD hours over two days. Register before 30 June for significant early bird savings! There's something for everyone and the whole dental team is invited. 

    Find out more about Dental Health Week:

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    $12.1 million to combat Victoria’s oral health crisis

    The ADAVB welcomes the Victorian Government’s commitment of $12.1 million to combat Victoria’s oral health crisis.

    The ADAVB has continuously voiced concerns about Victoria’s ballooning waiting lists and unacceptable rate of preventable hospital admissions due to dental decay.

    Today’s welcome budget announcement will extend someway to addressing these issues, and we looking forward to working with Health Minister Jill Hennessy to continue to address preventable poor oral health in Victoria.

    Blitz to cut down dental waiting list

    ADAVB Media releases

    Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    What would your practice do with $10,000?

    The 2018 ADAVB and BOQ Specialist CPD Practice Bursary - Recognising and supporting quality learning in the dental practice

    ADAVB members in private practice are invited to apply for the ADAVB BOQ Specialist CPD Practice Bursary. The Bursary recognises and supports dental practices that are committed to quality learning through continuing professional development for every practitioner and professional staff in the practice.

    We're awarding a grant valued at $10,000 to be used for professional development and training purposes only, of which:

    • $2,000 must be applied to any CPD courses and/or training programs offered by ADAVB; and
    • $8,000 can be applied to any CPD and/or training programs offered by ADAVB or other providers.

    Applications will be assessed and reviewed by the Bursary panel, comprising of appointed senior representatives from ADAVB and BOQ Specialist.

    Please review application eligibility and criteria using the web-link below, and apply today!

    Further information and to apply:

    Applications close: 5.00pm, Monday 22 July 2018

    Enquiries: Caroline Kaur, CPD Unit Manager, or 8825 4600.

    The ADAVB BOQ Specialist CPD Practice Bursary will be presented to the successful applicant at an ADAVB award ceremony at the ADAVB Convention on Friday 10 August 2018.

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Supporting you at every stage of your dentistry career

    The ADAVB is your professional association, for dentists by dentists. Our Council and Committees include a diverse range of dentists from all walks of life: private and public-sector dentists, senior dentists and recent graduates, different specialties and interest areas.

    We’re dentists too so we understand your challenges and the issues that affect you. We listen to the concerns of our members and we respond. We stand up for the profession and for the oral health of Victorians.

    Significant membership fee discounts for recent graduates

    We're thrilled to announce significant new membership savings for first year and second year dentistry graduates.

    First year graduates save:
    Second year graduates save:
    This all new pricing structure is part of our ongoing commitment to supporting recent graduates.

    Membership renewals are due by 1 July 2018

    Renew today and maintain your exclusive ADAVB member benefits that support you in every stage of your career in dentistry.

    Connect and belong. Connect with peers, learn from senior colleagues, network, socialise and be in the know. Be represented on issues that matter to you.

    Reach your professional potential. Expand your knowledge, techniques and skills base. Save with free and discounted quality CPD and training.

    Get the support you need. Be the best health professional you can be with HR advice, professional advice from our community relations officers, professional indemnity cover*, and counselling on personal and work issues.

    Enjoy some rewards. It shouldn't all be hard work. Save on car purchases, entertainment, travel and shopping.

    For information on ADAVB member benefits, renewals or new membership please contact us on 8825 4600 or

    *We’ve done the hard work for you, and recommend the ADAVB Indemnity Scheme, underwritten by Guild Insurance Ltd. No other insurance offering is more closely aligned to the Australian dental profession or is better positioned to deliver even more for members. Everyone who takes out a new policy with Guild will go into the weekly draw to win a Google Home.

    To assist first and second year graduates, a 55% recent graduate premium discount is on offer if you take out a Guild-ADAVB dentists liability insurance policy, offered exclusively for ADAVB members.

    To join Guild insurance and take advantage of the discount offers for members, please call Guild on 1800 810 213.

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Be enchanted at eviDent's Fundraising Dinner!

    Gather your friends and colleagues and join us at the Enchanted Forest eviDent Fundraising Dinner for an unforgettable night in a stunning riverside location, while raising vital funds to help improve the oral and dental health of Australians – now that’s putting the ‘fun’ in fundraise!

    eviDent Foundation's Fundraising Dinner
    South Wharf Promenade
    South Wharf

    Date: 10 August 2018
    Time: 7.00 pm
    Dress Code: Glitter is optional

    Heading to the ADAVB Convention 10-11 August? You can book tickets for both the ADAVB Convention and eviDent Dinner, or just the eviDent Dinner.

    Be among the first to hear initial findings from three of eviDent’s projects:

    • Investigation of the longevity of anterior resin bonded bridges
    • Body dysmorphic disorder in dentistry and prosthodontics
    • Implant complication in clinical practice – a prospective study.

    Find out more and book your tickets:

    Register before 31 May to make the most of early bird discounts.

    Join us for the ADAVB Convention and eviDent Dinner

    Bring your whole team and come along to this multidisciplinary event which includes dedicated programs streams for dentists, dental assistants, practice managers, and dental hygienists and dental & oral health therapists.

    ADAVB Convention Keys to #Success
    10-11 August 2018
    Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

    Gain 12 CPD hours while you enjoy innovative presentations designed to challenge, engage and question, from international and Australian presenters including:

    • Dr Sally Cockburn
    • Dr Bobby Birdi
    • Prof John Sorenson
    • Prof Stephane Simon
    • Prof Julian Savulescu

    While you're registering for the convention, add a few tickets to our eviDent Foundation Fundraising Dinner and enjoy a social night out, for a great cause. This year’s event will be full of elegance, mystique and intrigue. Filled with live music, amazing entertainment and a sense of the wonderful, you will enjoy a night of music, dinner, dancing, auction, games and more!

    Get in quick for early bird convention registration pricing which ends on 31 May. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 ADAVB Convention.

    Find out more

    Keynote Speakers


    eviDent Fundraising Dinner