Thursday, April 19, 2018

ADAVB Council Member nominations sought - ADAVB members encouraged to apply

Nominations from ADAVB members are now being sought for positions on ADAVB Branch Council. Council consists of up to 18 members, of whom 17 are elected.

All ADAVB financial members are encouraged to apply, including ADC graduates, recent graduates and current members of Council. Members who have never served on previous committees are also encouraged to apply.

To nominate for Council, refer to the Branch Elections form enclosed in your Victorian Dentist member newsletter (April 2018) or log in using your Victorian ADAVB member number and password and download it from the ADAVB website. (>My ADAVB>Newsletter online).

Serving on Council is a valuable way to contribute to your profession and a rewarding way to help shape the ADAVB's direction, to ensure that we are addressing the needs of our diverse membership base.

In the April Victorian Dentist you can read about Dr Susan Wise's experiences of being on Council. Dr Susan Wise has enjoyed serving on Council and says, 

"I have loved my time on Council and have made some lifelong friends. If you are interested in having your voice in the running of our organisation, learning some different skills, are organised and prepared to do the required reading, please consider nominating for ADAVB Council."

Look out for your May Victorian Dentist edition, profiling Dr Andrew Heredia and his experience on Council.

"I did not want to be a member who asks, ‘What is the ADAVB doing for me?’, but rather be a member who can say, ‘This is what the ADAVB is doing for us'.

"It is an amazing feeling to sit among my colleagues who have come from all walks of life, who are at different stages in their careers and who have worked with varying degrees with the ADAVB to improve the status of dentistry in the community. What is even more impressive is that all my colleagues on Council are dentists by profession but have taken time out of their lives and practices to learn and educate themselves about managing the affairs of the ADA and ADAVB."

Nominations close 5pm, 14 May 2018.

Gippsland PHN Clinical Council Members - Expressions of interest sought

Clinical Councils provide valuable input and influence to the Gippsland PHN Board and Executive on the critical health needs and priorities of the Gippsland Community.

Expressions of interest are sought for Gippsland PHN sub-regional Clinical Council Members for a period of three years commencing July 2018.

The Clinical Council enables a range of health professionals to work together to drive local health system improvement in the Gippsland PHN.

Further information and to apply:
This is a valuable opportunity for oral health to be highlighted as an important contributor to better health outcomes and ADAVB members are encouraged to apply.

For further information on either role please contact Chief Executive Officer, Marianne Shearer at

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Join us at the ADAVB Convention 10-11 August: Keys to #Success

Registrations are now open for the 2018 ADAVB Convention: Keys to #Success. Bring your whole team and come along to this multidisciplinary event which includes dedicated programs streams for dentists, dental assistants, practice managers, and dental hygienists and dental & oral health therapists. Australian Dental Council graduates can enjoy a tailored program in addition to the main scientific program.

Gain 12 CPD hours while you enjoy innovative presentations designed to challenge, engage and question, from international and Australian presenters including:

  • Dr Sally Cockburn
  • Dr Bobby Birdi
  • Prof John Sorenson
  • Prof Stephane Simon
  • Prof Julian Savulescu

The Australian Dental Industry Association Victorian Dental Show will run concurrently with the scientific programs, showcasing dental suppliers and their latest equipment and materials for your practice.

While you're registering for the convention, add a few tickets to our eviDent Foundation Fundraising Dinner and enjoy a social night out, for a great cause. This year’s event will be full of elegance, mystique and intrigue. Filled with live music, amazing entertainment and a sense of the wonderful, you will enjoy a night of music, dinner, dancing, auction, games and more!

Register today

Get in quick for early bird convention registration pricing which ends on 31 May. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 ADAVB Convention.

Find out more- speakers and program

Register now

eviDent Fundraising Dinner

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Oral Health Tracker launched on World Oral Health Day

To mark World Oral Health Day today, the Australian Dental Association and the Australian Health Policy Collaboration have launched Australia's Oral Health Tracker.

The tracker highlights the intrinsic link between oral health and preventable chronic diseases, conditions and their risk factors, underscoring the significant extent to which oral health affects general health and wellbeing.

It is a collaboration between some of Australia's leading dental academics, researchers, clinicians, policy and public health experts, and forms part of the Australia's Health Tracker series - a set of national report cards that chart progress on preventing and better managing oral disease.

Find out more

ADA News

Australia's Oral Health Tracker

World Oral Health Day

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Respect public dentistry so everyone can smile - sign our online petition today

Victorian public sector dentists are calling for increased funding and a more sustainable system - 19 months is too long to wait for care.

Our Victorian public sector dentists are paid 40% LESS than their colleagues in other states. It’s time for the Victorian Government to #RespectPublicDentistry.

What can you do?

Sign our online Megaphone petition and send the Victorian Health Minister, Jill Hennessy MP, a message that everyone deserves a healthy smile and access to quality oral health care: Help us reach 500 signatures!

Not an ADAVB member? Your public sector colleague members need you. Join us today and support our campaign to #RespectPublicDentistry.

Know any public sector dentist colleagues that aren't ADAVB members? Share our posts, urge them to sign the petition and email us at to join the ADAVB and be a part of our #RespectPublicDentistry campaign.

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Friday, March 09, 2018

eviDent walkers set off on 71km adventure to raise funds for oral health research

Good luck to all our eviDent walkers today as they set off on a crisp, dark, early morning to commence their incredible 71 km adventure along the Great Ocean Walk to raise funds for the eviDent Foundation. Their commitment to training, preparing and raising funds has been amazing.

Post your messages of support for their journey on our Facebook events page

And track their progress via

Or support them with a donation:

Monday, March 05, 2018

New ADA report: Government should provide tax incentives for Australians saving for their own healthcare

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has released a major new report, Saving for ones' care, which provides fresh impetus for government to re-examine how health policy is delivered in Australia.

Commissioned from the Centre for International Economics, the report proposes tax incentives which would allow Australians to save for their own dental and allied health care (such as physiotherapy and optical), with the ADA calling for bipartisan support for exploring a model that is both good economic health policy and common sense.

The proposal of incentivising a health savings account recognises that the existing funding arrangement for dental care, primarily through general treatment or "extras" cover offered by private health insurers, does not provide sufficient value for consumers.

Using tax incentives would encourage community-wide saving for extras health care needs, and Australians would be rewarded for proactively managing their health in a way that overcomes the limitations of extras cover and retains their freedom of choice in the practitioner they use.

The ADA has repeatedly stated that extras cover is not real insurance. Rather than acting as a product that protects against unexpected costs, extras cover provides a subsidy at best in most instances, with restrictions and caps limiting both its effectiveness and fairness.

Find out more - ADA website featured news story
Read the full report - Saving for ones' care

Friday, March 02, 2018

International Women's Day Breakfast: Oral health of women +$1000 CPD giveaway

Breakfast seminar

Join us on International Women's Day as we discuss the "Oral health of women" at a breakfast seminar presented by women's oral health expert, Dr Elizabeth Milford and chaired by ADAVB President, Dr Susan Wise.

Date: Thursday 8 March
Venue: Stamford Hotel Plaza
Breakfast: 8.00am 
Presentation: 8.30am-9.30am

Register online (using Paypal or download the PDF form) or email
ADAVB members and non-members welcome. 
Discounts apply for members and recent graduate dentistry students.

Proudly supported by MW Partners and BOQ Specialist.

Facts about women's oral health

The ADAVB encourages women to speak to their dentist and to seek information on how to protect their teeth and gums during periods of hormonal change, such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause.

Recent ADA research findings showed that 65% of Australians hadn’t visited the dentist in six months. The Australian Women and Dental Survey in 2016 found that two thirds (67.1%) of Australian teenage girls going through puberty don’t regularly visit the dentist.

A recent Jean Hailes research study found that the health condition women were most concerned about was menopause. The ADA study found that of those entering menopause, almost half (48.9%) have experienced signs of gum disease including sensitive teeth (26.9%) and dry mouth (14.4%), yet 70% admitted they do not visit the dentist every six months.

And, mothers-to-be are jeopardising the health of their teeth and gums by avoiding a visit to
the dentist during pregnancy (53%).

Dr Susan Wise, President ADAVB, said, “Contrary to myths about dental work during pregnancy, it is very important to visit the dentist during pregnancy, as hormone changes can make gums more prone to bleeding, swelling and inflammation. All these conditions can lead to an increased risk of gum disease, and in severe cases, can cause tooth loss. Dry mouth and gum disease are common dental health issues in women going through menopause and these can be avoided or better managed through regular visits to your dentist and by following their advice to better manage your condition.”