Public Dentistry Advocacy Activities

ADAVB and Professionals Australia Alliance

 

Phase 1 - 2016 Community clinic dentists

ADAVB and Professionals Australia (PA) formed a new alliance in December 2015 to help community clinic dentists seek fairer working conditions. In the first part of the joint campaign, ADAVB and PA helped community clinic dentists to seek a fair outcome to their enterprise bargaining negotiations with their employers. 

Phase 2 - 2017 Public clinic dentists, dental specialists and dental specialists in training

Victorian enterprise agreements for public dentists, public dental specialists, and public dental specialists in training expired on 30 June 2017. Our campaign is now focussing on public dentistry EBA negotiations. Extensive background work and consultation with members has taken place to develop the Log of Claims.

On 30 June we held our EBA campaign update event where we invited members to review and endorse the Log of Claims. It was a great turnout but we need more public sector dentists to join our campaign. If you are yet to nominate the ADAVB or are not a member, it's not too late. Please join us and have your voice heard. 

  • Nominate the ADAVB as your bargaining representative

Complete the online nomination form (ADAVB member login required). This will authorise the ADAVB to act on your behalf in EBA negotiations with your employer. 

  • Find out more about the campaign and get involved

Download our latest FAQs about the 2017 Public Dentistry EBA Campaign. Find out more Professionals Australia and our alliance, learn more about what you need to do to join our campaign. 

  • Respect public dentistry so everyone can smile

Download our issues paper about Victoria's public dental sector

Log of Claims

Through our consultations with members, we have developed the Log of Claims, which is a list of items you would like added to, or removed from your current agreements. View the Log of Claims:

General Dentists - Log of Claims 2017

Specialist Dentists and Specialist Dentists in Training - Log of Claims 2017

 

Community Dentist 2016 EBA negotiation campaign milestones

January - April 2016: Extensive consultations held with employees, employers, industry representatives, VHIA and government.
April - June 2016:
In-principle agreement with employers reached and employees voted on the agreement.
August 2016:
Two of four agreements approved by the Fair Work Commission and implemented.

September 2016: All four agreements approved by the Fair Work Commission and implemented.

What we achieved

  • Base salary increases to bring community dentists up to the same level as hospital employed.
  • Sign on bonus.
  • Specific provisions for meal breaks.
  • Right of private practice.
  • Improved classification and progression scheme for community dentists.
  • Optional over agreement payments.
  • Renegotiation terms to set the scene for the next round of negotiations.

Thank you to all community dentists who had the courage to step forward and join us in this campaign. This result could not have been achieved without you. Our united message to employers was heard.

Together, the ADAVB and Professionals Australia have helped community dentists to make great progress in achieving the respect, recognition and reward they deserve. There is more work to be done and we look forward to providing you with further updates as our campaign continues.

Download FAQs on the 2016 Enterprise Agreements for Community Dentists (PDF)

Find out more

  • View a video message by Dr Andrew Gikas, 2015/2016 ADAVB President.
  • Review the list of email updates to public hospital and community health centre employed members, provided in the email archive box on this page.
  • Download our Respect Community Dentists brochure (PDF).
ADAVB Activities to Support Members in Industrial Negotiations
  • We have formed a partnership with Professionals Australia, an industrial relations advocacy organisation, to advance the workplace rights of public and community dentists.
  • On 19 February 2016, we held a Public Dentistry Forum at the ADAVB offices which was attended by over 80 public and community dentists.
  • Community clinic dentists, who are ADAVB members, can nominate the ADAVB as their bargaining representative. (See FAQs)
  • We liaise between members and the industrial relations advisory service when required.
  • We monitor the media and political environment for developments and use opportunities to advocate for the future of dentistry.

Other ways we assist public sector dentists:

  • Access to the ADAVB Public Dentistry Committee for the monitoring of member concerns for the attention of and action by the ADAVB.
  • We provide a range of member benefits exclusively for our public sector ADAVB members.
  • We have formed a partnership with Professionals Australia, an industrial relations advocacy organisation, to advance the workplace rights of public and community dentists.
  • On 19 February 2016, we held a Public Dentistry Forum at the ADAVB offices which was attended by over 80 public and community dentists.
  • Community clinic dentists, who are ADAVB members, can nominate the ADAVB as their bargaining representative. (See FAQs)
  • We liaise between members and the industrial relations advisory service when required.
  • We monitor the media and political environment for developments and use opportunities to advocate for the future of dentistry.

Other ways we assist public sector dentists:

  • Access to the ADAVB Public Dentistry Committee for the monitoring of member concerns for the attention of and action by the ADAVB.
  • We provide a range of member benefits exclusively for our public sector ADAVB members.
Ongoing public dentistry advocacy activities

The ADAVB has actively advocated for ways to improve public oral health, including increasing Government funding to the public dental sector to:

  • Increase the capacity for service delivery and reduce the waiting list
  • Update public dental infrastructure
  • Provide an equitably employed and sustainable dental workforce.

For over ten years, ADAVB has advocated for equitable employment conditions for public dental officers. We fund and arrange expert industrial advice and representation for members in enterprise bargaining negotiations.

2013 - 2015 EBA Negotiations: Calling for Fair Employment Conditions and a Conclusion to Negotiations

Numerous letters were sent to ministers and politicians between 2013 and 2015:

Many of these letters resulted in the ADAVB meeting with ministers and government representatives, where we conveyed our public sector members’ concerns about the EBA negotiations, and advocated for an equitable solution.

Ministerial Response: 2015-09-04-Response-from-Min-Hennessy-re-EBA-and-New-Public-Holiday-Redacted.pdf

Eight official meetings held with politicians and their advisors between 2013- 2015 to discuss enterprise bargaining and employment conditions for Victorian public dentists (among other issues). See "2013-2015 EBA Negotations: Extracts of Content" on this page.

Pre-budget submissions to Government, December 2014. See "2013- 2015 EBA Negotiations: Extracts of Content" on this page.

The ADAVB has actively advocated for ways to improve public oral health, including increasing Government funding to the public dental sector to:

  • Increase the capacity for service delivery and reduce the waiting list
  • Update public dental infrastructure
  • Provide an equitably employed and sustainable dental workforce.

For over ten years, ADAVB has advocated for equitable employment conditions for public dental officers. We fund and arrange expert industrial advice and representation for members in enterprise bargaining negotiations.

2013 - 2015 EBA Negotiations: Calling for Fair Employment Conditions and a Conclusion to Negotiations

Numerous letters were sent to ministers and politicians between 2013 and 2015:

Many of these letters resulted in the ADAVB meeting with ministers and government representatives, where we conveyed our public sector members’ concerns about the EBA negotiations, and advocated for an equitable solution.

Ministerial Response: 2015-09-04-Response-from-Min-Hennessy-re-EBA-and-New-Public-Holiday-Redacted.pdf

Eight official meetings held with politicians and their advisors between 2013- 2015 to discuss enterprise bargaining and employment conditions for Victorian public dentists (among other issues). See "2013-2015 EBA Negotations: Extracts of Content" on this page.

Pre-budget submissions to Government, December 2014. See "2013- 2015 EBA Negotiations: Extracts of Content" on this page.

Keeping Members Updated

We keep members updated by:

  • responding to individual enquiries from members about enterprise bargaining and workforce issues.
  • publishing articles in the Victorian Dentist newsletter about our advocacy work, and current developments.

2015-02-ADAVB-President-and-CEO-re-Pre-Budget-Submission-Funding-and-EBA.pdf

2015-03-ADAVB-EBA.pdf

2015-08-ADAVB-President-re-SOL-and-EBA.pdf

2015-09-ADAVB-President-re-EBA.pdf

2015-10-ADAVB-President-re-EBA.pdf

  • attending regional Group meetings to update members in person.
  • providing workforce information to dental students at meetings and seminars.

We welcome your feedback.

Please contact us with any comments or suggestions: ask@adavb.org

We keep members updated by:

  • responding to individual enquiries from members about enterprise bargaining and workforce issues.
  • publishing articles in the Victorian Dentist newsletter about our advocacy work, and current developments.

2015-02-ADAVB-President-and-CEO-re-Pre-Budget-Submission-Funding-and-EBA.pdf

2015-03-ADAVB-EBA.pdf

2015-08-ADAVB-President-re-SOL-and-EBA.pdf

2015-09-ADAVB-President-re-EBA.pdf

2015-10-ADAVB-President-re-EBA.pdf

  • attending regional Group meetings to update members in person.
  • providing workforce information to dental students at meetings and seminars.

We welcome your feedback.

Please contact us with any comments or suggestions: ask@adavb.org

Member Email Archive
The ADAVB regularly updates community health centre employed member dentists with progress on the Respect Community Dentists EBA negotiations work with Professionals Australia. A list of email updates to members is provided below.
 

 

The ADAVB regularly updates community health centre employed member dentists with progress on the Respect Community Dentists EBA negotiations work with Professionals Australia. A list of email updates to members is provided below.
 

 

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