ADAVB President's Comments
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End of year, experience CPD and eviDent
Looking back at 2019
Every year seems to go faster, and this year is no exception. Regardless of speed, 2019 has been a jam-packed year for the ADAVB. We have achieved, and continue to have success with, many of our strategic goals. One of the main points of focus has been to build our brand to not only be more recognisable to the public, but also be called upon more by the media for advice on issues affecting the profession and the oral health of the community.
The more we are out there advocating for dental health, the more effective our advocacy on other issues will be.
We’ve been actively focusing on member value and engagement in alignment with our strategic plan. Making sure that we have the services and support available for our members is integral to our existence, and we have listened and will continue to listen to you as members to make sure we are delivering the member benefits that you need, and advocating on the issues you care about.
Another of our successes this year has been the achievement of a new enterprise bargaining agreement for public sector dentists in Victoria. It took quite a while for all the community centres to sign on, however it ended in a great result, which puts us in good stead for the future. We are continuing to engage Professionals Australia to make sure that these agreements are followed through. 
State delegates forum
Every year, ADAVB group chairs meet to discuss how each group is tracking and to swap ideas. I personally feel group meetings are one of the most useful benefits of membership, as it provides not only CPD, but also a forum for support and networking for members. It’s always fantastic to see members welcoming new attendees, and catching up with old friends and colleagues at these events.
A big thank you to the organising committees of these groups. It isn’t an easy task organising these meetings and CPD events throughout the year, but the group chairs and their committees go above and beyond to make sure they organise interesting and relevant speakers and topics. If you’re not part of an ADAVB group, visit to find out more and contact your group chair. 
Speaking of CPD, next year is a fresh start on the CPD cycle. You will find your copy of the 2020 CPD Handbook with this month’s Victorian Dentist so you can start planning your calendar with the great range of CPD on offer. Think valuable learning and development opportunities, and also memorable experiences at distinctive locations! I’m looking forward to attending the Lorne Conference – it is always enjoyable. My topic pick for 2020 is the management of soft tissues lectures at Fenix. I hope to see you there!
Get involved with eviDent
eviDent Foundation continues to develop valuable important practice-based research that helps us as practitioners and also our patients. This year has been a busy one with multiple projects completed and underway. This month’s clinical update topic on page 20 is a great example! Should you be looking for another meaningful way to get involved with your profession, eviDent provides multiple opportunities, whether it be getting involved in the research itself, fundraising or even just attending one of its many events. This month, eviDent is holding a private opening night screening of the new Star Wars movie in the city, which will be a great opportunity to relax and meet some of the people involved. 
For further information about eviDent and to book for an event, visit
End of year
This time of year is my favourite – warmer weather, lots of events and festivals, and some time to relax and reflect. It’s also a great time to catch up with friends and spend time with your loved ones. Some member benefits that might come particularly handy at this time of year are the ADA lifestyle benefits with discounts on shopping vouchers, holidays, Endota Spa, JB Hi-Fi, Rebel Sports, Freedom, cinema tickets and magazine subscriptions, to name a few. See page 12 for more information.
While it is mostly a season of happiness, it can be a difficult time for some and I strongly encourage you all to consider welcoming people to your celebrations if you think they will be alone. And remember that the ADAVB offers free, confidential counselling and support through LifeWorks should you need it.
Wishing you all a wonderful and safe end of year, and a great start to 2020.
Dr Gitika Sanghvi

Getting back what you put in
‘Celebrating our members and volunteers’
This President’s note marks the end of another eventful and productive year on the island. This month, I attended the launch of the Australian Network of Integrated Oral Health at the Asia Pacific Integrated Health Conference to represent the ADATas and support this important collaboration of academics, practitioners and advocates. This is one of the many ways in which the ADATas has been able to give our profession a voice. 
We are proud of what we have achieved for members, from a concessional parental leave membership rate to working closely with local councils to promote oral health for our community. We have: 
Lobbied members of Parliament, produced position statements, provided submissions to the Royal Commission 
Finished our second year of the mentoring program 
Continued to engage with renowned speakers to deliver exceptional CPD events. 
Thank you to all the volunteers and members who have made this possible.
‘What has the ADA ever done for me?’
It’s easy for ADATas councillors to see what the ADA does. We’re in the thick of it, we engage with branches all over the country and stakeholders of the profession, and we understand the services and functions that being part of the ADA provides.
We still often hear, ‘Why should I shell out for membership? What does the ADA do for me?’. It’s boring to direct people to the website but the information is all there. Instead, I will tell you my story.
Five years ago I relocated to Tasmania from North Queensland with my family. The move took its toll financially and becoming a member of the ADA was low on my list of priorities. I was trying to establish a new pathway in my career through education and after much groundwork, had found a world-renowned international speaker who agreed to come to Hobart for a workshop. The local ADA branch was welcoming, supportive and encouraging. 
After the branch helped me to facilitate this successful CPD event, I decided to join the ADA and give back something to the organisation. Since then, I have been able to exercise skills that I always aspired to achieve: Leadership, innovation, advocacy. 
I have learned so much in my time with the ADATas, and am so grateful to all the people who have mentored me and continue to inspire me. 
I end my time as President of the ADATas with a move back to where I started in North Queensland, in a new role that would have been impossible to do without the experiences gained from being a councillor. 
What does the ADA do for you? Nominate for a committee or for Council and find out; you are likely to get far more back than you give.
Dr Angie Nilsson 


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