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  • 22 Sep 2020 3:04 PM | Anonymous

    Auditing to check health practitioner compliance with advertising requirements will be conducted by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra).  Read more here

  • 17 Jul 2020 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    ADOHTA has been asked by the ADA to participate in the ADA Dental Services and Glossary (the Schedule) review. This review, which will be undertaken in two stages and completed by April 2022, marks the first time the ADA has asked for ADOHTA’s feedback regarding the Schedule. 

    MEMBERS – please forward any general and specific feedback you may have on item numbers and their descriptors and the explanatory notes contained within the current Schedule to membership@adohta.net.au by Friday 24th July.

    https://www.ada.org.au/Dental-Professionals/Publications/Schedule-and-Glossary/The-Australian-Schedule-of-Dental-Services-and-(1)/Australian_Schedule_and_Dental_Glossary_2015_FA2_W.aspx


  • 3 Jul 2020 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    Please be advised that a new support service for dental practitioners is coming in July. Dental Practitioner Support is a free and confidential service and will operate 24/7 so that an experienced team of counsellors is just a phone call away. The first 24/7 support service for all dental practitioners, it will also offer support to dental students, educators, employers and concerned family members. The Dental Board of Australia is funding the service which will provide immediate support, advice and referral on a wide range of health and wellbeing issues. The service will function independently of the Board, so dental practitioners can have complete confidence in reaching out for confidential support.

    You can read more about Dental Practitioner Support on the Board’s website

  • 18 Jun 2020 5:24 PM | Anonymous

    ADOHTA has had recent communication with Private Healthcare Australia in effort to progress Medicare and PHI provider numbers for our members.

    The below information explains that despite the DBA SOP changes on 1st July 2020,  DTs, DHs and OHTs will NOT be allocated provider numbers and will need to continue to bill for services under a dentist’s provider number.

    Please take the time to read these statements issued by the PHA.

    Billing requirements with private health insurers

    Given the changes to the scope of practice changes announced by Dental Board effective from 1 July 2020, Private Healthcare Australia advises that most funds will not be able to provide rebates for independent dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists due to technical requirements around provider numbers. It is recommended that a formal relationship (or other appropriate structure) be established with a dentist (if one currently does not exists), so as to facilitate the continuation of your services being billed under a dentists provider number for the purposes of claiming a rebate from a private health fund. Please ensure that this relationship exists to ensure no disruption occurs to manner in which your patients (health fund customers) obtain a reimbursement from their individual insurer.

    Should any of the three professional categories “dental hygienist, dental therapists and oral health therapists”, issue an account under their own details to a patient with private health insurance, most private health funds are unlikely to be able to pay a rebate at this point in time. As noted above the historical structure of billing under a dentists provider number is still available.

    Ongoing discussions around future requirements

    While the curtailed consultation on this change has likely impacted some operational requirements, Private Healthcare Australia will continue to work with all professional associations and the Dental Board on investigating any future arrangements where rebates may be payable for independent practice under a more formal structure.

  • 26 May 2020 9:52 AM | Anonymous
    https://adavb.org/event/covid-19-return-to-clinical-practice-forum

    Register to view, complete the steps once done a link will be emailed to you. Available until 31 July 2020.  


  • 21 May 2020 4:31 PM | Anonymous

    https://www.dentalboard.gov.au/news/communiques.aspx

    The Dental Board of Australia's May communique is now publicly available on the Board's website.

  • 30 Apr 2020 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    https://www.ahpra.gov.au/News/COVID-19.aspx

    AHPRA advises Registered health practitioners are playing a vital role in treating and containing the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. We are committed to supporting health practitioners to continue to provide safe care to their communities and will continue to update health practitioners and the public with information as it becomes available. All COVID-19 related updates from Ahpra and the National Boards can be found here.

  • 23 Mar 2020 5:15 PM | Anonymous

    ADA Media Release 23 March 2020

    https://www.ada.org.au/News-Media/News-and-Release/Latest-News/COVID19-restrictions-on-dental-practice

    Guidance on Dental Treatment during COVID-19 Pandemic 

    ADA: Everything you need to know about COVID-19

    Over the last few days, the ADA has been providing expert advice to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and the Chief Medical Officer on a framework to support the continuation of essential dental service.  This is based on a staged, proportionate, pre-planned response to the escalation of COVID-19.

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