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  • 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. 

  • 18 Dec 2023 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    On behalf of all of us here at ADOHTA, we wish you and your loved ones a cherished Christmas and bright New Year. We'll be taking a break during this time and look forward to a fresh start in 2024.

    We very much appreciate all your support.  

  • 6 Dec 2023 11:39 AM | Anonymous
    ADOHTA's response to the Senate Select Committee's Final Report on Dental Services Access is below. We invite you to read and share in celebrating the progress made through the advocacy efforts of directors and staff. 

  • 4 Dec 2023 9:41 AM | Anonymous

    Previously, Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) shared details about their Women's Leadership Scholarships being available for our members to apply for, which you may have seen in our eBites. 

    The deadline for scholarship applications has now been extended to Friday 15 December 2023.

    What's available?

    Women in Health Eligible for Leadership Development Scholarships

    Partial scholarships available now for women in health ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per person, for one of four leadership and workplace skill development programs.

    These scholarships are aimed at encouraging more women to increase their impact at work, progress their career, and step into leadership roles.

    Apply by 15 December 2023 via the WLA website.

  • 30 Nov 2023 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    The D3 Group for Developmental Dental Defects (D3G) has announced initial details for their D3 Day at IADR in 2024. Details are as follows:

    The next “Molar Hypomin & Chalky Teeth” translational event will be held in New Orleans the day before IADR's 2024 General Session.

    This one-day symposium will unite stakeholders from across the sector (healthcare practitioners, scientists, academics, educators, industry reps, and government professionals) to discuss how medical-dental integration will be key to attacking “the chalky teeth problem” holistically. 

    If you fancy two quick-fire “Idea Incubators” – addressing “stronger science” and “science to social good” – and copious time with representatives of our wonderfully eclectic D3 family, then please save the date.

    For more flavour of what we’re cooking up in New Orleans, check out our innovative recipe from D3 Toronto (2020 video trailer2022 program).


    D3G held the world-first International Symposium on Molar Hypomineralization & Chalky Teeth a year ago in Toronto, attracting over 100 participants from 22 countries while kicking off numerous translational goals. 

    An unprecedented set of D3 topics & projects were addressed, following their earlier conception across a series of international webinars & task force meetings in 2020-22. 

    The ensuing “Toronto D3 framework” provides an invaluable translational foundation for follow-up events – as recently held in New Zealand, with New Orleans next.

    Learn more about the Toronto D3 experience via our comprehensive video/CE packs.


    More info

    Watch this space, or contact your hosts:

  • 30 Nov 2023 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    The Australian Government Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment & Water (DCCEEW) has provided us with a summary of the recent COP5 (5th Conference of the Parties) Meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland on 30 October - 3 November 2023. 

    From the DCCEEW:

    "While negotiations were wide ranging, there was a significant focus on considering a proposal to phase out dental amalgam. Ultimately agreement could not be reached by the COP and the issue of dental amalgam phase out has been pushed to COP6 (which will be held in November 2025). 

    As a compromise, COP5 instead agreed that parties will need to submit national plans to phase down or phase out dental amalgam.

    The decisions by COP5 will undergo additional scrutiny by the Australian Government in 2024, prior to formal adoption. This scrutiny process will include consideration by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.

    There are a number of matters which will require domestic actions to ensure Australia remains compliant with its treaty obligations. We are currently assessing these matters and will contact relevant stakeholders regarding next steps in 2024."

    ADOHTA will continue to stay informed on this matter and provide updates to you accordingly.

    Find out more about the Minimata Convention and DCCEEW

  • 30 Nov 2023 9:54 AM | Anonymous

    by William Carlson-Jones, ADOHTA President

    We've had a few very big weeks representing ADOHTA at meetings and committees, along with writing submissions. 

    One such submission was to the Senate Select Committee into the Provision of and Access to Dental Services.

    Our recommendations highlight:

    • the Poisons standard requires review to allow OHPs to supply, prescribe, possess or use Scheduled Poisons within your scope.
    • the Radiation Code prevents OHP's true independent practice by increasing the barriers to purchasing radiation equipment and prescribing clinical radiographs for patients.
    • the DVA Dental Program should recognise the provider numbers of OHP's and consequently ensure equitable access for patients.
    • the lack of access to Medicare Benefit Scheduled rebates for referrals to ENT and OMS and for diagnostic imaging services.

    For your interest, our Executive Summary and full Submission are available for perusal:

    I'd particularly like to acknowledge Advocacy Director, Tim Budden and Executive Officer, Jasmine Bulman for their tireless advocacy in this space. 

    We couldn't have done this without our immediate past President and current Research & Education Director, Dr Nicole Stormon, who alongside myself spoke at the public hearings to highlight these significant issues on behalf of you, our members.

    With consistent, strategic advocacy in this area, we're eager for the tabling of the final report and look forward to providing a summary to you.


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