Thursday, August 03, 2017

How you can help the ADAVB fight the top health and safety risk faced by dentists

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The risk of musculoskeletal injuries is the top occupational health and safety risk faced by dentists worldwide!

Dentists and dental professionals suffer musculoskeletal complaints resulting from their work practices, such as tasks that require awkward postures, repetitive or sustained force, high or sudden force, repetitive movement and exposure to vibration. These generally cause discomfort at different end points – in the neck, low back, shoulders and hand or wrist.

With the support of PSA Insurance, ADAVB will conduct the Dentists Wellbeing Ergonomics Project (DWEP) with Productivity Matters to gather data to develop an online resource that will help members to prevent and avoid such injuries.

The research – conducted by Productivity Matters under ADAVB’s management – will consist of 10 dental practices receiving a workplace review using WorkSafe’s OHS Essentials Program. The data collected from these reviews will be used by Productivity Matters to develop the content for the training resource.

We are seeking expressions of interest from Victorian dental practices to participate in this vital study into musculoskeletal injuries in dental professionals. If your practice is located within 20 kilometres of Melbourne CBD, we’d love to hear from you!

Register your interest to participate in the DWEP by emailing Mr Nicholas Leong from Productivity Matters at

For further information, contact ADAVB CPD & Training Manager Ms Caroline Kaur on