Advocacy

The ADAVB is the peak professional body of dentists and the voice of dentistry in the Victoria. We support and advocate on our members’ behalf to build a stronger voice for our profession and to promote the oral health of Victorians.

Our advocacy work includes issues research and analysis, government representation, preparation of submissions, partnership projects with other health organisations, and strong collaboration with the Federal ADA Inc. on issues of national significance.

We listen to the concerns of Victorian dentists, monitor the impacts on our profession and focus on the priorities identified by our members. Your membership enables us to present a unified front on issues that matter.

Recent submissions and campaigns include:

Private Health Insurance #Time2switch campaign
The ADAVB supports ADA Inc's #time2switch campaign. The aim of the campaign is to create a more workable balance between the profession, patients and the health funds. Dental professionals and patients are encouraged to lodge complaints with the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman, and patients are encouraged to have their voice heard by complaining about and comparing their existing policies, with the intention of initiating reform in the private health insurance sphere.

A major achievement of this campaign has been the Senate Inquiry into PHI, that occured on 31 October 2017. The ADA put forward a strong position to end discrimatory rebates and improve transparency.

View ADA Submission

Listen to ADA President, Dr Hugo Sachs talking about the ADA's appearance at the Senate Inquiry

Had an experience with a health fund you're not happy with?

Same treatment, same policy, same rebate - Wed 8 Nov 2017, ADAVB News

Dental profession says no to workplace violence, bullying and inappropriate behaviour 
The ADAVB is proud to be a signatory on a Joint Position Statement Against Bullying, Harassment and Inappropriate Behaviour in the Oral Health Sector - an Australian first for the health sector. The signing was witnessed and endorsed by Victorian Health and Emergency Services Minister the Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, at 6pm on 7 December 2017.

Save the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
The ADAVB supports the ADA Inc.’s lobbying campaign to #Save the CDBS. This campaign has contributed to the ALP’s decision on 13 September 2016 to remove the CDBS from the Budget Savings Omnibus legislation and to oppose its closure. The ADA has repeatedly argued that the proposed Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme (CaPDS) would blow out waiting lists and prevent people in need from receiving treatment.

ADAVB and Professional Australia (PA) alliance
ADAVB and PA have formed a new alliance to help community clinic dentists seek fairer working conditions. In the first instance, ADAVB and PA will help community clinic dentists to seek a fair outcome to their enterprise bargaining negotiations with their employers.Together ADAVB and PA will help community clinic members seek the respect, recognition and reward that they deserve.
Find out more about the alliance and achievements.

Additional public holidays
The ADAVB does not support additional public holidays in Victoria. Additional public holidays, such as AFL Grand Final eve and Easter Sunday, will impact on the State’s economy and be a significant cost to dental practices and other small businesses.

Complaints legislation
The ADAVB recently commented on a consultation paper canvassing a number of issues regarding Victorian health complaints legislation. This included the definition of ‘health service’.

Dentists and dental specialists off national Skilled Occupation List
The Federal Government has removed "dentist" and "dental specialist" from the national Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The ADA has been concerned about the number of dentists entering the Australian workforce and lobbied for the removal of dentistry from the SOL for many years.

Quality vs fake dentistry
The ADAVB is very concerned about the operation of unregistered dentists in Melbourne. We support the decisive actions of AHPRA and the DBA in maintaining quality standards in dental care and protecting the health of the public.

Further information

Latest News

Media Releases

President Comments

CEO Comments

Submissions

Consumer Assistance

View President's video messages for the community and ADAVB members - topics include private health insurer issues, Dental Health Week, community dentist EBAs, quality dentistry and information about inhalants

View President's video messages for ADAVB members (member access only)

 

The ADAVB is the peak professional body of dentists and the voice of dentistry in the Victoria. We support and advocate on our members’ behalf to build a stronger voice for our profession and to promote the oral health of Victorians.

Our advocacy work includes issues research and analysis, government representation, preparation of submissions, partnership projects with other health organisations, and strong collaboration with the Federal ADA Inc. on issues of national significance.

We listen to the concerns of Victorian dentists, monitor the impacts on our profession and focus on the priorities identified by our members. Your membership enables us to present a unified front on issues that matter.

Recent submissions and campaigns include:

Private Health Insurance #Time2switch campaign
The ADAVB supports ADA Inc's #time2switch campaign. The aim of the campaign is to create a more workable balance between the profession, patients and the health funds. Dental professionals and patients are encouraged to lodge complaints with the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman, and patients are encouraged to have their voice heard by complaining about and comparing their existing policies, with the intention of initiating reform in the private health insurance sphere.

A major achievement of this campaign has been the Senate Inquiry into PHI, that occured on 31 October 2017. The ADA put forward a strong position to end discrimatory rebates and improve transparency.

View ADA Submission

Listen to ADA President, Dr Hugo Sachs talking about the ADA's appearance at the Senate Inquiry

Had an experience with a health fund you're not happy with?

Same treatment, same policy, same rebate - Wed 8 Nov 2017, ADAVB News

Dental profession says no to workplace violence, bullying and inappropriate behaviour 
The ADAVB is proud to be a signatory on a Joint Position Statement Against Bullying, Harassment and Inappropriate Behaviour in the Oral Health Sector - an Australian first for the health sector. The signing was witnessed and endorsed by Victorian Health and Emergency Services Minister the Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, at 6pm on 7 December 2017.

Save the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
The ADAVB supports the ADA Inc.’s lobbying campaign to #Save the CDBS. This campaign has contributed to the ALP’s decision on 13 September 2016 to remove the CDBS from the Budget Savings Omnibus legislation and to oppose its closure. The ADA has repeatedly argued that the proposed Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme (CaPDS) would blow out waiting lists and prevent people in need from receiving treatment.

ADAVB and Professional Australia (PA) alliance
ADAVB and PA have formed a new alliance to help community clinic dentists seek fairer working conditions. In the first instance, ADAVB and PA will help community clinic dentists to seek a fair outcome to their enterprise bargaining negotiations with their employers.Together ADAVB and PA will help community clinic members seek the respect, recognition and reward that they deserve.
Find out more about the alliance and achievements.

Additional public holidays
The ADAVB does not support additional public holidays in Victoria. Additional public holidays, such as AFL Grand Final eve and Easter Sunday, will impact on the State’s economy and be a significant cost to dental practices and other small businesses.

Complaints legislation
The ADAVB recently commented on a consultation paper canvassing a number of issues regarding Victorian health complaints legislation. This included the definition of ‘health service’.

Dentists and dental specialists off national Skilled Occupation List
The Federal Government has removed "dentist" and "dental specialist" from the national Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The ADA has been concerned about the number of dentists entering the Australian workforce and lobbied for the removal of dentistry from the SOL for many years.

Quality vs fake dentistry
The ADAVB is very concerned about the operation of unregistered dentists in Melbourne. We support the decisive actions of AHPRA and the DBA in maintaining quality standards in dental care and protecting the health of the public.

Further information

Latest News

Media Releases

President Comments

CEO Comments

Submissions

Consumer Assistance

View President's video messages for the community and ADAVB members - topics include private health insurer issues, Dental Health Week, community dentist EBAs, quality dentistry and information about inhalants

View President's video messages for ADAVB members (member access only)