Thursday, July 19, 2018

Reducing the daily smoking rate to 5% by 2025 will save $4 billion

Today we joined 23 organisations at the launch of Quit Victoria's #Target2025 campaign.

The goal? To reduce the daily smoking rate in Victoria from 13% to 5% by 2025.

Reducing the rate to 5% by 2025 will save $4 billion in tangible costs to our economy.

In 2015-16, smoking cost the Victorian economy approximately $3.7 billion in tangible costs and $5.8 billion in intangible costs associated with premature deaths.

A projected 450,000 Victorians who currently smoke will die prematurely if they continue to smoke long-term. The prevalence of adults smoking each day was 13.5% in 2014-15.

Quit Victoria believe it’s possible to reduce the daily smoking prevalence to 5% by 2025 and the ADAVB supports this vision. Victoria could be one of the first jurisdictions in the world to reach a 5% daily smoking rate. We can work together to save lives and boost the Victorian economy. #Target2025

Reference and further information: Target 2025 Quit Victoria website

Three things you may not know about ADAVB membership

Have you renewed your ADAVB membership or are you thinking of joining? 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 networking. But we know you need more than that.

Enjoy some reward for all your hard work. Here are three things you may not know about your 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. Moving out of home or relocating?
Get fantastic savings on white goods, banking, financial advice and insurance. Set yourself up with discounted 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.

Contact us
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, bring you the best and latest training and free/discounted CPD and resources. 
If you have any questions about your membership please contact us and we'd be happy to help.
Thinking of joining? We can take you through the membership classes and the discounted rates available. Membership is less than $2 per day for first year dentistry graduates and less than $4 per day for second year graduates. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

ADATas announces new President, Dr Angie Nilsson

The Australian Dental Association Tasmanian Branch welcomes its new President, Dr Angie Nilsson.

Angie graduated from Leeds University in the north of England in 2003 and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Restorative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute in 2009. She is currently studying a Master of Health Professional Education and is developing a pilot aged care curriculum for final year dental students on clinical placement as part of her research. Angie recently completed a Women in Leadership Australia program through Monash University.

Angie is passionate about advocating for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. She has worked both in the public and private dental sector. Through her role on council with ADATas, she has enjoyed being involved in initiatives that work towards making a difference to local communities.

Angie's other main area of interest is education and collaboration. In 2017 she facilitated a seminar and workshop that involved a collaboration between various champions of oral health promotion. The seminar encouraged the formation of long-lasting relationships between professional bodies of the dental profession, contributing to a solid foundation for improving oral health outcomes.

Angie said, "Being part of the ADA has given me the opportunity to be part of some really worthwhile projects that can make a difference to people's lives. During my short time on Council, I've met the most amazing people; from dental students to dental specialists, to world renowned dental academics. I feel honoured to have been elected to the role of ADATas President, and am excited to lead and support the branch and members over the next two years".

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Closing soon! Your chance at $10,000 for your dental practice

Don't miss your chance at $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 weblink below, and apply today!

Further information and to apply:

Applications close: 5.00pm, 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.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Victorian public dentists and dental specialists reach historic pay deal

Victorian public dentists and dental specialists reach historic pay deal with 19.2% compounded pay increase 

The Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBAs) for dentists and dental specialists employed in the public sector expired in May-June 2017. Over the past 12 months, the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) and Professionals Australia have engaged in extensive negotiations for new EBAs. There have been 19 meetings since July 2017, with ADAVB members and employer representatives from the Victoria Hospitals’ Industrial Association (VHIA).

The ADAVB is pleased to announce that an in-principle agreement for public hospital employees has been reached and endorsed by members, to proceed with drafting formal EBAs. This has been achieved through the strong actions of the ADAVB and its members with their Respect Public Dentistry campaign, to ensure a strong and sustainable public dental system to meet the oral health needs of vulnerable Victorians. This has involved meeting with Members of Parliament, engaging with the community and voting to take protected industrial action.

Starting from a position of being up to 40% behind on salary compared to interstate public sector dentists and specialists, the key aspect of the new offer is a significant wage increase of 19.2% compounded over four years. The first salary increase will be 6%, effective from 1 July 2018, which will apply to the base rates and existing salary related allowances. There will be subsequent increases of 6% + 3% + 3% in following years. Dentists and dental specialists will receive a sign-on bonus of $2000 and a CPD allowance of $2000 per year.

ADAVB has focused on an outcome that will help to attract and retain experienced dentists and dental specialists in the critical work of public dentistry. This will be substantially helped by a significant additional uplift in salary for dentists at the mid-levels of experience, where retention incentives are needed the most.

“There is no doubt that this deal will make a huge difference to recruiting and retaining dedicated dentists and dental specialists in the public sector,” said ADAVB President Dr Kevin Morris. “We know there is more to do, especially for our specialists in training. We also need to ensure that our colleagues in community health agencies are offered a deal with fair pay and conditions too, and we will continue to actively pursue this in enterprise bargaining negotiations.”

“The Agreement for public hospital employees will see public dentists and dental specialists receive long overdue increases in their salaries over the life of the Agreements, providing a massive incentive for clinicians to become experienced, and to remain in the public sector serving vulnerable Victorians,” said ADAVB CEO Associate Professor Matt Hopcraft.

Another important element of the deal includes an improvement in paid parental leave of from 10 to 12 weeks. The importance of dentists continually improving is being supported in the Agreements, with provisions to support continuing professional development (CPD) activities, including CPD reimbursed up to $2000 each year.

Once the drafting of the Agreements is finalised, they will be submitted to a ballot of employees for approval as required by the Fair Work Act.

ADAVB encourages all dentists working in the public sector to join and nominate the ADAVB as their bargaining representative to ensure strong representation and positive outcomes for all public sector members and the community they serve.

Pictured L-R: A historic pay deal. A/Prof Matthew Hopcraft (ADAVB CEO) and Stuart McCullough, CEO (Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association).

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Get your keys to success before 30 June

Looking for professional development with a difference for your whole dental team? Training... dinner... yoga... a cocktail night? Get your keys to success now and join us at the ADAVB Convention!

Enjoy a multidisciplinary event which includes dedicated programs streams for dentists, dental assistants, practice managers, and dental hygienists and dental & oral health therapists. There's a special program for ADC graduates too.

Take some time out and meet ADAVB CEO, A/Prof Matthew Hopcraft and ADAVB President Dr Kevin Morris at the ADAVB member lounge. Have a coffee while you catch up with the latest in member offerings and make sure you also attend our "Yoga by donation" session running during lunch on Saturday 11 August.

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 – 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

Keynote Speakers

Social events

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, games and more!

Get in quick for early bird convention registration pricing which ends on 30 June.

Find out more and register


eviDent Fundraising Dinner

Member lounge

Yoga by donation

Cocktail Night

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

20% less sugar - Too little, too late

The Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) says the new pledge from the Australian Beverages Council to reduce sugar across the industry’s product range is really an attempt to avoid the regulation required to make a meaningful impact on health.

The beverage industry pledge is to reduce the total sugar across the aggregated sales volume of all non-alcoholic beverages, including soft drinks, energy drinks, bottled water, juice and fruit drink, iced teas and flavoured milks. This means that companies could potentially meet the pledge by increasing sales of low or no sugar products such as bottled water, rather than making their drinks less sugary.

According to ADAVB President Dr Kevin Morris, this is a step in the right direction, but will do nothing to immediately reduce the amount of sugar in many commonly consumed products.

“A can of Coca Cola will still contain 10 teaspoons of sugar, nearly double the daily limit of 6 teaspoons recommended by the World Health Organisation,” said Dr Morris.

“It appears to be a smokescreen to divert from the threat of regulation that will make a real impact on sugar consumption", he said.

The evidence is clear that too much added sugar contributes to tooth decay, and with 40% of Australian children experiencing tooth decay by 12-14 years of age, more action is required to reduce the amount of sugar we are consuming.

“More than 2,600 children are hospitalised for dental treatment each year in Victoria, with nearly 9,500 teeth requiring removal”, said Dr Morris.

ADAVB CEO A/Prof Matt Hopcraft has been a strong advocate for sugar reduction, and in particular, for a tax on sugary drinks.

“The overseas experience has shown that a tax on sugary drinks works, with the evidence from many countries that consumers are switching their drink choices. The UK model has been even more effective, with manufacturers reformulating products to actually remove sugar from drinks,” said A/Prof Hopcraft.

“The ongoing advocacy from a wide range of health and consumer groups has been instrumental in forcing the beverage industry on the back foot, and it is disappointing that the Federal Government is not prepared to step up and show some real leadership on this issue", he said.

Media enquiries: Lisa Legge, Ph: 99825 4600

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