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  • 6 Feb 2024 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    In support of inter-association collaborations, ADA NSW have warmly offered ADOHTA Members* a discount on relevant oral health courses, including: 

    Simplifying Aesthetic Anterior Composite Resins - April & October

    The Perfect Posterior Composites for You and Your Patients - April & October

    Practical Periodontics for Outstanding Hygienists - June

    The discount code is available on our Members-Only Free & Discounted CPD page, which allows our members to receive the ADA NSW Member price for the selected course registration. 

    We thank ADA NSW for this offer and invite our members to enjoy this professional development opportunity. 

    *Please note the Free & Discounted CPD page is accessible by ADOHTA Members who are logged in. 

  • 6 Feb 2024 1:06 PM | Anonymous
    This recent Croakey Health Media article highlights vital reform efforts for the Australian health system to meet current and future needs, including pressures such as the ageing population, with a strong call for universal oral health care. 

    Published on Medicare's 40 year anniversary (1 February 2024), Croakey's:

    "planning a year-long project – #Medicare40years – to highlight the importance of ‘learning lessons from the past and planning for the future’, to discuss a wide range of health reform issues."

    Twelve organisations or people shared their views on Medicare reform and health care in the article, including Tan Nguyen, ADOHTA Life Member & NOHA Spokesperson. Tan also presented at a recent #Medicare conference hosted by Deakin University with oral health mentions by CHF CEO, Dr Elizabeth Deveny and coHealth CEO, Nicole Bartholomeusz. 

    Tan shares:

    "Q: What are the key lessons to learn from the history of Medicare, to inform future reform efforts?

    A: Medicare has largely been driven and dominated by ‘the experts’ and the health professions. It has shown that a fit-for-purpose sustainable public health insurance model need intellectual input beyond the field of medicine, and should include consumers, health economists, and other relevant stakeholders in the conversation. The longstanding absence of essential oral healthcare within Medicare has fundamentally and negatively reinforced the separation of oral health from mainstream medicine.

    Q: In another 40 years’ time, how do you envisage the health issues facing Australians?

    A: It is well recognised that health is largely shaped by other social determinants, while achieving health tend to be equalised with the delivery of health services. The evidence shows us that health outcomes tend to favour consumers accessing healthcare through integrated team-based models of care. Consumer expectations are also changing, and this is important when considering the delivery of healthcare. Modes for accessing healthcare is also changing, so this should be reflected in our evolving healthcare system.

    Q: In another 40 years’ time, what is on your wish list for Medicare and our health system?

    A: Eventually Medicare will include essential oral healthcare so that it is universal and available for everyone. But, some people have higher oral health needs, which should be supported by the dental programs funded by the states/territories. I would also like to see flexible funding models introduced to incentivise innovation to capitalise on rapid developments in information technology such as artificial intelligence, and value-based health care payments models that reward outcomes rather than service delivery."

    We invite you to read the full article here. 

  • 6 Feb 2024 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    NSW Health currently has study subsidies available via application for a range of workforce groups, including Oral Health Therapy and Dentistry. 

    Students enrolled in health care degrees can apply for up to $12,000 in subsidies, with successful applicants beginning their degrees receiving $4,000 per year for up to three years. Existing students will receive one-off payments of $8,000 after acceptance of employment for a position within NSW Health.

    A limited number of subsidies are available and applications are open until all subsidies are awarded. The full list of eligible workforce groups and locations are available on the NSW Health study subsidy page

  • 6 Feb 2024 11:57 AM | Anonymous

    Australian Rotary Health are available now or later in 2024 for Rural Medical, Indigenous Health and Rural Nursing categories.

    Scholarships include: 

    • Indigenous Health Scholarships - $5,000

    Closes 16 February 2024

    • Rural Medical Scholarships - $5,000

    Open 12 August 2024

    Closes 15 November 2024

    • Rural Nursing Scholarships - $12,500

    Open 12 August 2024

    Closing 8 November 2024

    Please visit Australian Rotary Health for full scholarship details.  

  • 6 Feb 2024 11:34 AM | Anonymous
    On 5 February 2024 the leading public health organisations behind Rethink Sugary Drink (RSD) launched a new position statement, renewing their call for the Australian Government to introduce a 20% health levy on sugary drink manufacturers. 

    As a partner of the RSD campaign, ADOHTA's a proud signatory and full supporter of this statement, the full details of which is below with accompanying articles and resources.

    1. Rethink Sugary Drink - website
    2. Rethink Sugary Drink - position statement
    3. Rethink Sugary Drink - The Australian article
    4. Rethink Sugary Drink - video

  • 25 Jan 2024 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    Media Release 25 January 2024

    Releasing its 2024-25 Pre-Budget Submission today, the National Oral Health Alliance (NOHA) calls on the Australian Government to take immediate action to reduce the costs of dental care for low-income Australians, establish a Senior Dental Benefits Scheme and take leadership for urgently needed public oral healthcare reform.

    Oral diseases place a considerable burden on individuals, families and the community. “Too many people cannot afford to access essential oral healthcare when they need it. Australia ranks third for the highest prevalence of complete tooth loss for persons aged 60 years and older, about one in three, when compared to other countries in the Western Pacific Region,” states Mr Tan Nguyen, NOHA’s Spokesperson.

    NOHA recommends and supports a preventative-focused and integrative approach to oral health policy including:

    • Appoint a Commonwealth Chief Dental Officer
    • Implement the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recommendation to establish a Senior Dental Benefits Scheme and other recommendations pertinent to oral health
    • Increase Commonwealth Government funding for public dental services
    • Fund and implement a co-designed National Oral Health Plan 2025-2034 which aligns with the social determinants of health and is grounded by the principles and objectives of the World Health Organization’s Strategy on Oral Health 2023-2030

    Although various funding options for a roadmap towards universal access to affordable oral healthcare have been proposed by the Parliamentary Budget Office, financially and socially disadvantaged Australians with greater oral health needs should be prioritised. NOHA submitted the joint 2024-25 Pre-Budget Submission, highlighting immediate and urgent strategic budget funding priorities for oral health.

    Australian Council of Social Service CEO Ms Cassandra Goldie states that “Dental health care is now completely out of reach for many people on low incomes. The outof-pocket costs to see private providers are prohibitive and wait lists for public dental services are too long. Direct investment in public dental services would deliver major health benefits for people experiencing disadvantage and provide cost of living relief for low income households.”

    According to COTA Australia CEO, Ms Patricia Sparrow, “Too many Australians, including many pensioners and people living in a nursing home, are delaying or ignoring crucial dental work because they simply can’t afford it. Commitment to a dental scheme that improves the overall health of older Australians is an essential first step the Australian Government needs to take.”

    Consumers Health Forum of Australia CEO Dr Elizabeth Deveny said “Dental care in Australia is not where it should be for a country like ours and we have great ways to go, largely through investment, to ensure that people’s oral health continually improves. Consumers have for some time told us that the cost involved in seeing a dental practitioner often stops them going. Now is the time for the government to take meaningful action as recommended by the Senate inquiry”.

    NOHA calls on the Australian Government to significantly increase its investment in safeguarding the nation’s oral health. All Australians, regardless of personal circumstances, should have timely access to a safe, quality, equitable, cost-effective and sustainable health system that includes oral health.

    Media Contact:

    Mr Tan Nguyen

    Spokesperson, National Oral Health Alliance


    M: +61 432 715 420

    - ENDS -

    NOHA Members supporting this Media Release:

    • Australian Council of Social Service
    • Australian Dental Association
    • Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association
    • Australian Dental Prosthetists Association
    • Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
    • Consumers Health Forum of Australia
    • COTA Australia - the leading advocacy organisation for older people
    • Dental Hygienists Association of Australia
    • La Trobe University Violet Vines Marshman Centre for Rural Health Research
    • National Rural Health Alliance
    • Public Health Association of Australia
    • Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia 
  • 23 Jan 2024 3:37 PM | Anonymous

    Commencing on 29 January 2024, the Australian Dental Association - Victorian Branch (ADAVB) has appointed its new CEO, Ilsa Hampton. 

    From ADAVB President, Dr Jonathan Teoh:

    "Ilsa is an experienced health sector leader who has held senior executive and CEO roles across multiple member associations. Her previous roles include CEO of Optometry Victoria/SA, where she drove positive change within the organisation including delivering the O=MEGA23 - World Congress of Optometry here in Melbourne. Prior to that, Ilsa was CEO at Meaningful Ageing Australia and held senior and strategic roles at Baptcare, including as the acting general manager. Ilsa is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the School of Midwifery and Nursing at La Trobe University and Chair of Victorian Executive Committee of the Australian Association of Gerontology. Ilsa will commence with the ADAVB on Monday 29 January, 2024.

    Ilsa says her first priority will be to actively listen to the team, the Council, our committees, the wider membership and other stakeholders in order to best understand the strengths and challenges ADAVB is facing. Longer term priorities will include a focus on aligning with the needs of our members and on improving community oral health. As CEO, Ilsa’s goal is to ensure that our organisation is thriving. This means a happy and productive team who are delivering outstanding, contemporary services and support for members, and kicking goals on our advocacy objectives.

    “Being CEO means I have the opportunity to get to know members from a wide range of backgrounds, and in doing so I can ensure that our work is informed by the realities being faced by our members and the communities they serve.”

    We sincerely thank Eithne Irving for stepping in to lead the Victorian branch over the last few months. Eithne has been a positive stabilising force and her efforts have been gratefully appreciated.

  • 17 Jan 2024 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    Apply now for appointment to a health profession National Board. 

    Applications are open for both community member positions* and practitioner member positions*, with registered practitioners also being eligible to apply for the position of Board Chair. 

    *Community member positions are: open to anyone that is not, and has not at any time been, a dental practitioner registered with the Board.

    * Practitioner member positions are: for people who are registered as a dental practitioner, in any division.

    On 23 January 2024 Ahpra's hosting an Information Webinar with current National Board Members so you can learn more about what's involved and what life's like as a board member. The session also includes Q&A.

    Register for the webinar.

    Applications close 18 February 2024. 

    For further information: 

  • 4 Jan 2024 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    Following a number of years consultation, the ACT Government passed legislation in July 2023 (and the Human Rights Commission Legislation 2023) enacting the ACT Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers. 

    The code takes effect from 7 January 2024 and provides minimum standards of care in the provision of health services in the ACT by health workers. 

    Health Workers are defined as:

    "any person providing a health service who is not a registered practitioner, such as a doctor, nurse, dentist or one of the 15 registered practitioner groups regulated by Ahpra."

    Relevant documents provided on the ACT Human Rights Commission page are:

    If this Code applies to you or your colleagues, please read about the Code here where a definition of health services, along with requirements for complying with the Code and complaints procedures can be found.

    For further assistance, contact the Health Services Commissioner's team:
    phone - 02 6205 2222
    email -  
  • 20 Dec 2023 1:06 PM | Anonymous

    The IFDH (International Federation of Dental Hygienists) has provided us with a comprehensive update to share with you, our members. 

    Please see the December 2023 news here. 


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