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Looking back on a successful year


2017 has certainly been a very busy year at the ADAVB. There was a seamless change in CEOs from Garry Pearson to Matthew Hopcraft. The ADAVB has been very fortunate to have Matthew so ably fill Garry Pearson’s ‘big shoes’.

Melbourne hosted the Australian Dental Association Congress in May. All who attended would agree that it was a wonderful event with great lectures and an enjoyable social program. The Local Organising Committee, chaired by Dr David Curnow, is to be congratulated for such a successful program.

The ADAVB, together with Professionals Australia, continues to fight to improve the working conditions of public dentists and the oral health outcomes for disadvantaged patients. The two separate logs of claims were overwhelmingly endorsed by our public sector general dentists and specialist dentists/dentists in training in June. We commenced a tender for the selection of the preferred ADAVB Professional Indemnity Insurance provider. Applications were received from more than 20 insurance companies. A consortium from ADAVB, ADANSW, ADASA and ADATas interviewed four insurance companies. This was a very robust process with actuarial support from KPMG to engage the best provider for our members in terms of both value for money and coverage. The outcome should be known in the next month.

Following the very successful Time2Switch campaign last year, the ADA made an extremely comprehensive submission to the Senate Inquiry into the current private health insurance system. More than half of the submissions were received from dentists. The focus of the ADA submission was for patients to receive the same rebate for the same procedure no matter who performs the service. The results of the Senate Inquiry will be made public later this month.


The ADAVB recently hosted the annual State Delegates Meeting with Chairs and Secretaries from Regional Groups. This was a great opportunity for the Groups from around Victoria to get together, recommend interesting lectures and share their experiences.

Each Group holds meetings up to four times a year. The Groups welcome ADAVB members who work or live in their areas, and provide a wonderful opportunity to meet local dentists and specialists. Dental students, recent dentistry graduates and ADC graduates are encouraged to join and attend meetings. Your local Group Chair can be found on the ADAVB website. Visit About Us > Our Structure > Regional Group Chairs, or call us on 8825 4600. You can read more about the Groups in our feature on page 9.


Since its inception in 2011, the eviDent Foundation has been supporting Australia’s only Dental Practice Based Research Network (DPBRN) to perform research in dental practices in partnership with dental academics. I had the privilege of being involved in a periodontal project a few years ago and was delighted to be a co-author of an article in the Australian Dental Journal with a second article in press. In addition, another nine peer review articles have been published, as well as eight posters, three patient fact sheets, six clinical updates, 119 presentations and 524.5 scientific CPD hours provided. The DPBRN has worked collaboratively with researchers in the USA, and projects are planned in New South Wales and New Zealand.

To fund these projects, the eviDent Foundation is planning several fundraising activities including a screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Monday 18 December 2017 at Palace Cinema Como and the 71km Great Ocean Road Walk over the Labor Day weekend.

Every year, in lieu of Christmas gifts to my referring dentists, I donate to a small health charity. This year, I donated to the eviDent Foundation to help improve Australia’s oral and dental health. Please consider donating to eviDent in lieu of gifts for Christmas. I encourage you to look at the recently launched eviDent Foundation website at for more information. Wishing you all the best for the festive season, an enjoyable and relaxing summer holiday and a happy, healthy and safe 2018.

Dr Susan Wise

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