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Issue 29 November/December 2013

The official newsletter of the Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia Inc.

South Africa ‘13 Full reports from the International Symposium Page 18

Beat the bullies... ...and bring the smiles back Page 14

US Report Feedback from a study tour

State of the Nation Regional news

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In fact, chewing sugarfree 17 15 minutes after eating.In discomfort xerostomia. fact,one chewing reduce the acidogenic potential of foods ✔Neutralise acids: Salivary stimulation bysignificantly. chewing 9,10,11 gum has of been shown to be of thesugarfree most preferred has been shown to be one of the most preferred 18,19,20,21 sugarfree gum after snacks or meals containing ✔gum Relieve dry mouth discomfort: Stimulation of salivary treatments for xerostomia. 18,19,20,21 treatments for xerostomia. fermentable carbohydrate has been demonstrated to flow caused by chewing gum can relieve some of the reduce the acidogenic potential of foods significantly.9,10,11 discomfort of xerostomia. In fact, chewing sugarfree Szóke J, Proskin HM, Banoczy J. Effect of Creanor SL, Strang R, Gilmour WH, et al. The effect Triolo P, Jensen M. Effect of chewing gum on food relation to consumption of chewing gum relation toxylitol consumption ofpreventive chewing gum Szóke J, Proskingum HM, Banoczy Effclinical ect of Creanor SL, Strang R, Gilmour WH, et al. The effect Triolo P, Jensen Effect ofdentition. chewing gum onRes. food1990; 69 gum been shown to be one of M.from the most preferred after-meal sugarfree chewingJ.on of chewing gumhas use on in situ enamel lesion clearance the J Dent containing in school programs. containing xylitol in school preventive programs. gum1725-729. chewing on clinical ofremineralisation. chewing gum use Jon in situ enamel clearance from the Dent Res. 1990; 69 caries. after-meal J Dent Res.sugarfree 2001; 80(8): Dent Res. 1992;lesion 71(12):1895-900. (1 suppl.): 136dentition. (AbstractJ #220). J Dent Res. 1990; 69(11):1771-775. 18,19,20,21 J Dent Res. 1990; 69(11):1771-775. caries. J Dent Res. 2001; 80(8): 1725-729. remineralisation. J Dent Res. 1992; 71(12):1895-900. (1 suppl.): 136 (Abstract #220). treatments for xerostomia. Deshpande A, Jadad AR. The impact of Topitsoglou V, Birkhed D, Larsson LA, et al. Effect Leach SA, Lee GT, Edgar WM. Remineralisation of Fox PC, Van Der Ven PF, Baum BJ, et al. 1










Deshpandechewing A, Jadad gums AR. Theon impact ofcaries: of chewing Topitsoglou V, Birkhed D, Larsson et al. Effor ect Leach SA,caries-like Lee GT, Edgar WM. in Remineralisation ofin situ Fox PC, Van Der Ven BJ, et al. polyol-containing dental gums containing xylitol,LA, sorbitol a artificial lesions human enamel Pilocarpine forPF, theBaum treatment of xerostomia polyol-containing chewingrandomised gums on dental caries: mixture of chewing gums containing sorbitol or a artificial caries-like lesions in human in situ for thewith treatment of xerostomia a systematic review of original of xylitol and sorbitol xylitol, on plaque formation, by chewing sorbitol gum. J Dent enamel Res. 1989; 68(6):Pilocarpine associated salivary gland dysfunction. Oral a systematic review of original randomised mixture of xylitol and sorbitol on plaque formation, by chewing sorbitol gum. J Dent Res. 1989; 68(6): associated with salivary gland dysfunction. Oral controlled trials and observational studies. J Amer ph changes and acid production in human dental 1064-068. Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol. 1986; 61(3): 243-48. controlled trials and observational studies. J Amer ph changes and acid production in human dental 1064-068. Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol. 1986; 61(3): 243-48. Dent Assoc. 2008; 139(12): 1602-614. plaque. Caries Res. 369-78. 14 19 1 12 17Olsson H, Axéll T. Objective and subjective RH, Edgar WM. Salivary by Dent Assoc. 2008; 139(12): plaque. Res.1983; 1983;17(4): 17(4): 369-78.gum 14 Manning 19 relation toCaries consumption of chewing Szóke J, Proskin HM, Banoczy J.1602-614. Effect of CreanorRH, SL, Strang R, Gilmour WH,stimulation et al. The ect P, Jensen M. Eff ectsubjective of chewing gum on food Manning Edgar WM. Salivary stimulation by eff OlssonTriolo H, Axéll T. Objective and 3 8 3 8 Mickenautsch S, LealS,gum SC, Yengopal V, al. Söderling E,xylitol Mäkinen KK, CY, et al. al. 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Oral1995; Biol. 40(8): 1995; 40(8): 699-705. 14(5): 31-34. 1992; 21(8): 376-80. 10 Arch Oral 699-705. 31-34. 21(8): 376-80. 10 Fröhlich MaiwaldHJ. HJ. Reversal ofet food induced 3 8 Fröhlich S,E,S, Maiwald Reversal of food induced Mickenautsch S, Leal SC, Yengopal V, et al. Söderling Mäkinen KK, Chen CY, al. Eff ect of 16 14(5): chewing gum and its role in the remineralisation21of 1992; efficacy of saliva substitutes containing mucin and 5 KE, Higgins F, Orchardson R. Salivary flowplaque plaque acidity bychewing chewing gums. JJchewing Dent Res. 1992; JS,JS, Jensen ME,ME, M,enamel etM, Effal. ect 5 16 21 C, Macpherson LM. Effects of nine PollandPolland KE,chewing Higgins F, Orchardson R.caries: Salivary acidity by gums. Dent Res.gums 1992; Wefel Wefel Jensen Hogan ectJ Clin Dawes Dawes C, Macpherson LM. Effects of nine Sugar-free gum and dental a flow sorbitol, xylitol and xylitol/sorbitol caries-like lesions inHogan human inEff situ. carboxymethylcellulose. 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Another year comes to an end… and what an eventful year 2013 has been!


As Hellen outlines in the President’s Report, we are currently in the process of restructuring the DHAA into a national body. Earlier in the year we developed a new strategic plan to ensure we have strong goals to lead us into the future.

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Thank you all for making our first fully electronic edition of Bulletin a success. In this edition we cover some varied and fascinating subjects; Beat the Bullies covers the highly relevant topic of workplace bullying, how to identify it and more importantly how to stop it; Tales from Table Mountain tells of the experiences of Margie Steffens, National Treasurer, Cheryl Dey and National President, Hellen Checker at the International Symposium in Cape Town in August. Cheryl’s report includes some beautiful photos of the spectacular African wildlife while Hellen Checker had the opportunity to visit the excellent Beautiful Gates Community Centre; our National Administrator, Patricia Chan, reports on her US Study Tour in Atlanta where she discussed issues surrounding the management of not-for-profit professional associations such as ours. Plus there is a summary of Open Wide – What Your Dentist Won’t Tell You, a new book written by Dental Technician Tom Parker that explores the world of dentistry from an insider’s perspective... a must read! I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the organising committee for a fantastic National Symposium in Perth this year. My experiences are summed up in the article on the Perth Symposium included in this issue.


Steve Moore

07 IT Report Josh keeps us up to date.

08 Wasted Opportunity CPD reports need to improve.

09 DHAA Research Fund A better future for hygiene.

10 Maximise your CPD Think outside the square!

11 Book Shelf A review of Open Wide.

12 Grow Up Smiling A new government scheme.

14 Beat the Bullies How to spot them and, more imporantly, deal with them.

18 COVER STORY Tales from Table Mountain Reports from the International Symposium in South Africa.

24 State of the Nation A state-by-state round-up and events planner.

Lauren Jarrett Editor

Lauren Jarrett

Helping you understand it.

Inside a USA Study Tour.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014.


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22 Studying Stateside

As always please email me if you have any articles or material to contribute – your help is always greatly appreciated.

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DHAA re-structure plans.

National Executive PRESIDENT Hellen Checker CONTACT



IT Rep Josh Galpin CONTACT

The Bulletin is an official publication of the DHAA Inc. Contributions to The Bulletin do not necessarily represent the views of the DHAA Inc. All materials in this publication may be readily used for non-commercial purposes.

The DHAAQ proudly presents Oral Health Month – August 2013

It all starts with prevention Our Campaign aims to educate the community on the importance of dental health from birth


Oral Health Month Gift As our 2013 Oral Heath Month gift, we have designed an educational brochure that we hope will assist DHAAQ members when educating parents and children about the risk factors for dental caries and the importance of healthy food choices. DHAAQ has designed an “Early Childhood Education Toolbox”, for use by DHAAQ members. These toolboxes are intended to be an aid for members interested in undertaking dental education presentations for parents, child care staff and children. To access an “Early Childhood Education Toolbox” please email

Oral Health Month gift for DHAAQ members


I wish to inform all members of the Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia Inc. about a Restructure Project to be carried out in 2013/2014. Currently the Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia is made up from eight separate legal entities. As often occurs in a nation such as Australia, which is a federation of states and territories, our association was founded as an entity in one state (in our case South Australia), then similar bodies were incorporated in other states and territories, plus a national association was also established. Whilst restructuring has been informally considered in recent years, the project gained momentum at the DHAA Planning Day in February 2013 and led to a dedicated full day facilitated workshop being held on 7 September 2013. The volunteer leaders of the federal, state and territory associations have agreed to embark on a process which may result in a restructure of all these separately incorporated organisations into one entity. We believe that there may be worthwhile advantages in simplifying the current structure, hence this project is being launched. A Restructure Task Force has been established comprising of myself as current National President, Sue Aldenhoven (DHAA’s Founding President); Cheryl Dey (National Treasurer); Robbern White (National Councillor from Queensland) and Jacquie Biggar (DHAA South Australia President). The DHAA has also engaged an external specialist in this area, John Peacock from Associations Forum, to facilitate discussions and manage the technical aspects of this project. The next face-toface meeting of the Restructure Task Force will occur at the time of our National Conference in Perth in November 2013. The project is only now getting underway, and we will keep members updated on developments throughout all stages. Significantly, DHAA will consult regularly with members. Ultimately, if a proposal to change is seen as having merit, it will be put to General Meetings of members for their discussion and approval or otherwise. We look forward to providing information and advising members of upcoming opportunities for member consultation and questions Members will be provided with updates and possibly a detailed proposal in the months ahead. Hellen Checker DHAA National President

Understanding your Scope of Practice T

he DHAA Inc. will update members on the Scope of Practice review consultation when it is finalised. However, it is essentially your responsibility to recognise your individual and institutional Scope of Practice. Scope of Practice can be easily identified by three categories. If requirements for practicing a profession satisfy all three requirements then it is within that person’s scope of practice: 1. Education and training Is the person academically educated, trained and competent to perform a specific service or clinical duty by an ADC accredited and DBA approved course? Does the person possess an approved qualification? 2. Governing bodies Does the National Law and the Standards, Codes and Guidelines of the Dental Board of Australia that govern the profession allow the person to perform the duty in question? There are also State based legislations that determine Scope of Practice. These include, but are not limited to laws pertaining to the use of controlled substances such as local anesthesia, whitening and radiography. These laws are established under

state and territory drugs and poisons legislation, radiology legislation and the requirements of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Drugs and poisons Legislation sets out the regulatory mechanisms relevant to a dental practitioners’ capacity to possess, prescribe/ supply and administer medications in Australia. 3. Institution Does the institution allow a person or their profession to do the item in question? Essential Links to understand your Scope of Practice: (Please also review your competed Curriculum) • • • • • 2008-26/current/pdf/2008-26.pdf

Reminder from Dental Board of Australia The National Board reminds all dental practitioners to be aware of and comply with ALL relevant regulatory

requirements not just those that the National Board develops. This includes, but is not limited to, those established under state and territory drugs and poisons legislation, radiology legislation and the requirements of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Tooth Whitening/Bleaching The DBA have published an interim policy that states: Teeth whitening/bleaching, is an irreversible procedure on the human teeth and any tooth whitening/bleaching products containing more than 6% concentration of the active whitening/ bleaching agent, should only be used by a registered dental practitioner with education, training and competence in teeth whitening/bleaching. It is the ACCC’s position that dentists cannot supply patients’ take-home teeth whiteners above 6%. We advise practitioners to review the ACCC’s bulletin published on their website. This bulletin provides information for consumers about hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide in DIY teeth whitening products for use at home including hazards associated with their use. It also assists suppliers of these

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cosmetic goods to ensure products they supply are safe and comply with the law. National Law objectives are: “to provide for the protection of the public by ensuring that only health practitioners who are suitably trained and qualified to practise in a competent and ethical manner are registered.” “It is relevant to note that the National Law provides for the protection of the public through the protection of titles... Section 117 of the National Law prohibits a person from knowingly or recklessly taking or using any title that could be reasonably understood to induce a belief that the person is registered in a health profession or a division of a health profession in which the person is not registered. “ “Section 116 of the National Law prohibits a person who is not a registered health practitioner from knowingly or recklessly taking or using a title that, having regard to the circumstances, indicates or could be reasonably understood to indicate the person is a registered health practitioner, or authorised or qualified to practise in a health profession” DHAA Inc. advises all members the use of RDH is not permitted under National Law and is not acceptable to the Dental Board of Australia. n


Can you believe that it is coming to Christmas again? The DHAA Inc. IT area is getting into the spirit with the end of year wind up. The Perth Symposium website is now complete, we are now in the process of waiting for the event to occur. Many thanks to Natasha Hunt, Simone Mayne & Kyla Burman for their help during the year in establishing this website. Our website is constantly adapting to member needs and changes; lately IR services have been very popular. Now you may access IR services by visiting www.dhaa. info/industrial-relations. Here we offer member services for contract advice & various industrial relations advice. There are easy to fill out online forms, that making the process much more expedient. We are amazed at the amount of non or expired members trying to access our Facebook groups, IR services and member resources. At this stage much time is being spent screening eligibility for these groups. Remember, if your membership expires, please renew, otherwise you will not be eligible for our member services. Please leave adding of people to our Facebook group to the DHAA Inc. Having non-members using our services is not sustainable to our association. We are due to update the look of the website. The next update will have many visible changes. This larger update will make the DHAA Inc. more mobile device friendly. We hope this will be a smooth transition for all. Our events section is soon to have all the 2014 CPD activities uploaded. These will relate to Oral Health Therapists, Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists. Keep an eye on our events pages to organise your 2014 CPD.

Josh Galpin National IT Coordinator


Wasted opportunity Dental Hygienists’ Association says CPD is a wasted opportunity unless accompanied by translational research

The Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia (DHAA) Inc. has called for professional associations, educators and policy-makers to collaborate in ‘translational research’ to ensure evidenced-based research knowledge gained through continuing professional development (CPD) results in changed clinical practice. At present, it can take 15 years for this conversion to occur. Professor Ian Chubb reported in 2012 that, ‘it takes 6.3 years for evidence to reach reviews, papers and textbooks. On average it then takes an additional 9.3 years to implement evidence from reviews, papers and textbooks into clinical practice’.1 The DHAA recognises the value of CPD, currently being reviewed by the Dental Board, in ensuring awareness of new science or ‘declarative knowledge’.2 However, CPD alone will not improve 1 Can Australia Afford to Fund Translational Research? Professor Ian Chubb’s keynote address to the Bio-Melbourne Network on 3rd April 2012.

patient outcomes; a practitioner’s cognitive processes must change in order for this new knowledge to become adopted evidenced-based practice, with the ability to impact positively on patient health outcomes.3 This requires investment in translation research and enhanced collaboration between oral health professional associations,

settings such as private and public clinics.5 Speaking at the DHAA’s National Symposium in Perth, National President, Hellen Checker, encouraged a new mindset towards CPD. “Rather than viewing CPD as an obligation of registration, health professionals and associations should collaborate to enhance its value by implementing the

“The DHAA Inc. recognises the value of CPD, currently being reviewed by the Dental Board, in ensuring awareness of new science.” educational and research institutions, industry and policy makers. Translational research refers to the implementation of new knowledge, effective use of treatments, interventions and guidelines designed for populations actuated by health care providers.4 It is conducted in community and clinical care

2 Titler, M. 2007, ‘Translating research into practice: Models for changing clinician behaviour,’ The American Journal of Nursing, 107, 6, 26-33

knowledge gained. We need to address organisational inertia, infrastructure and resource constraints.6 If we place a high value on implementing evidenced based practice, we are more likely to see positive, measurable improvements in patient health outcomes – DHAA’s ultimate goal.”

3 Ibid. 4 Woolf, S. 2008, ‘The meaning of translational research and why it matters,’ JAMA: the journal of the American Medical

Association, 299, 2, 211-213 5 Ibid. 6 Ibid.

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State of the Nation Regio nal news


The DHAA providing a brighter future for our industry


he DHAA Inc. is proud to introduce a Dental Hygiene Research Fund (DHRF) for the members of the DHAA Inc. The objective is for members to enhance their careers, increase their personal and professional networks whilst positively contributing to the dental profession.

General Information The DHRF will be managed by the DHAA Inc. Research Fund Committee on behalf of DHAA Inc. A grant, up to the value of $3000, will be paid to any one recipient for a one year period. There may be multiple recipients. Monies may be received from other sources for the project. Ongoing funding for continuation of the same research will require another application. An advisory panel of three, comprising of a dentist or academic, a DHAA Inc. member with a research background, and another person external to the DHAA Inc. Research Fund Committee, will assess each research application based on set criteria. The DHAA Inc. Research Fund Committee has the final say as to the recipients of the grant and no correspondence will be entered into. All information is to be supplied by the due date and no application will be accepted after the closing date of 30 April in any calendar year. Ethics must be approved before payment to the grant recipient or institution.

Eligibility A grant recipient of the DHRF may be: • Any graduated clinician who is a member of the DHAA Inc. and who has Research support from a University. • Any University academic who is working with Dental Hygiene or BOH programs. • Any applicant must be a member of the DHAA Inc. Applications will be assessed on the following basis and have a higher weighting on scientific quality: • Scientific quality: this includes clarity of the hypothesis or research objectives, the strengths and weaknesses of the design and feasibility. • Significance and Innovation: potential to increase knowledge about human health; the application of new ideas, procedures, technology to program or health policy seeing; important topics that will positively impact human health. • Track record of investigators : the applicant / team must have the experience and support necessary to deliver the research • Appropriateness of the budget • Feasibility of the time frame Applicants are required to complete the application form – which can be downloaded from – and send three signed copies by registered mail to the following address:

DHAA Inc. National Administrator Ms Patricia Chan P O Box 64 North Sydney NSW 2059 Email:

Successful Applicant Guidelines On notification of being a recipient of a DHAA Inc. Research Grant a Letter of Agreement will be sent outlining the conditions of accepting the grant. The letter of agreement will require co- signature by the research supervisor. The conditions of the grant are: • The applicant will give permission for their name and a summary of their application to be recorded on the DHAA Inc. web site, annual report of the DHAA Inc. and other areas where there may be a promotion opportunity. • The applicant is to speak and/ or present a poster at an agreed nominated conference with acknowledgement of recognised support by DHAA Inc. • A progress report is to be provided by the applicant on the status of the research after 12 months duration. • On completion of the research, an article will be provided that is suitable for publication in the DHAA Inc. Bulletin and the DHAA Inc. Journal. • The applicant is to supply full banking details for deposit of the grant by DHAA Inc. n


Continuing Professional Development Time to think outside the square! As the first three-year continuing professional development (CPD) cycle has just come to a close, it is perhaps time to reflect on how you achieved your minimum 60 hours. What have you learnt? What have you been able to implement in your daily practice? What do you want to learn more about? The standards of registration specify that 80% of our CPD hours must be clinical or scientific based CPD. This is important for us to maintain high standards of patient care; to be able to provide the latest, evidence-based treatments and advice. However, what this also means is that we have 12 hours to pursue other types of CPD. Have you considered attending a conference of the topic of allied health, for instance? As evidence continues to support the link between oral health and general health, it is important that we understand the role of other health practitioners, and how we can work interprofessionally to ensure holistic patient care. Mingling with other health professionals outside the dental field also gives us an opportunity to promote the oral health profession. Another alternative CPD opportunity lies in education focused seminars and conferences. If you are involved in clinical tutoring or mentoring new graduates in practice, you may find some inspiration in the reported innovative educational models in other fields. I recently attended the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health

Practitioner Educators Conference in Melbourne, and was amazed by what other health professionals are doing to promote the continuing professional development of clinical supervisors, and foster interprofessional collaboration in future clinicians. Even if you are not involved directly in supervising or mentoring students, if you think you may be interested in clinical tutoring in the future, attending an education conference can give you an insight into the role of a health practitioner educator, plus it will look good on your curriculum vitae should you ever apply for a position! I have mentioned two options, but really the list is endless; aged care, disability, special needs, public health, mental health, rural and remote health. There are annual conferences and smaller seminars throughout the year focussing on all of these topics, and if you feel a bit uncertain about venturing into the “nondental sphere” check out the programs - you might find an oral health or dental colleague presenting their research and that might make you feel more at home. So I urge you to think “outside the square” when it comes to CPD; consider attending a non-dental seminar for four hours per year, or even just one large conference every three-year cycle. I think seeking CPD opportunities outside the dental field helps to make us wellrounded professionals, which can only serve to improve patient care and the advancement of the profession. Melanie Hayes

Melanie Hayes The DHAA would like to formally congratulate Melanie on her recent completion of her PhD. Melanie studied the very relevant topic of musculoskeletal complications in the dental hygiene profession which she has presented at various conferences both nationally and internationally. Based in Newcastle she divides her time between working as dental hygienist and lecturing in the Bachelor of Oral Health program at the University of Newcastle. She is also on the committee for the Dental Hygiene Research Fund for the DHAA.


Book Shelf

Essential reading for the hygiene professional

OPEN WIDE What your dentist won’t tell you By Tom Parker Price $29.99 RRP Published by GoForIt Publishing, Oct 2012

Going to the dentist is considered an important yet routine part of your overall health care. An annual check-up and a twice yearly clean have become the standard in societies affluent enough to afford them. Yet many people neglect their teeth because of previous bad experiences in the dentist’s chair or because they simply cannot afford the often exorbitant bills that accompany dental treatment. Why do dentists evoke fear and loathing in so many? Open Wide has been written by an industry insider to inform and educate the general public - we all have teeth and they need looking after. Tom Parker will take you inside the hidden world of dentistry; he explains what to look for in a dentist and will arm you with information so that you can ask the right questions about your treatment. Tom Parker explains the dental hierarchy and how many people are actually involved in looking after your teeth and mouth. You may consider the dentist to be the most important person but the staff he or she employs, such as the nurse/assistant, hygienist, and the unseen technicians (who make crowns, veneers, dentures and bridges), can be equally as important in your care. There are also a host of specialists such as endodontists, periodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons and prosthodontists in the dental industry with very particular skills.

Important topics covered include: n Advice on how to achieve good quality dental care for a lower price. n Reveals the hidden truth about many dental and oral care products. n Outlines a simple solution for the problem of public dental health. n How advertising and the media shape your expectations of dentists. About the author Dental technician Tom Parker opened his own on-site lab in Sydney in 1983. Over his 40 year career he was a member of dental societies such as Dental Aesthetics and Ceramics Society (DACS), Australian Society of Dental Aesthetics (ASDA), Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID), Australasian Osseointergration Society (AOS), Seattle Study Club (SSC) and Alpha Omega (AO). Tom lectured to all these societies, except AO and ASID, on his work, and served on three of their committees. He also attended society meetings, lectures, seminars, congresses, conferences and specialised hands-on aesthetic courses in Australia and around the world. He has 27 certificates in addition to his qualification.


Grow Up

The new government scheme is due to roll out next year here are some The Grow Up Smiling scheme (GUS)will mean that taking your kids to the dentist will be like taking them to the doctor. Australian Government funding of $2.7 billion over six years will help with the cost of basic dental care for around 3.4 million eligible Australian children between the ages of two and 17 years in families receiving Family Tax Benefit A or some other government payments. Good dental health for life starts when we are kids. We know that childhood dental problems lead to poor adult oral health, which can also affect people’s general health and wellbeing. Early detection and treatment of oral health problems will mean less decay, fewer teeth taken out, and less gum disease. GUS will replace the existing Medicare Teen Dental Plan on 1 January 2014. More children will now be eligible - with two to 17 year olds able to get help. The amount of benefits the Government is providing towards dental care will also increase, as well as the services they will be able to get. Total benefits will be capped at $1,000 per child over a two-calendar year period and will provide for basic dental treatment including x-rays, fillings and extractions, as well as preventive services such as check-ups, cleaning and scaling, fluoride treatments and fissure sealing. It doesn’t matter whether the child or teenager goes to their family dentist or uses the public system - they’ll still be entitled to benefits under the GUS scheme.

Questions and Answers for Dental Practitioners How do I know if I can provide services under GUS?

Can other providers provide a GUS service?

In order to provide services under

dental therapist, oral health therapist

the GUS program, a dental provider

or dental prosthetist on behalf of a

must hold general or specialist

dentist or dental specialist. The service

registration with the Dental Board

must be performed in accordance with

of Australia. The services may only

accepted dental practice and GUS

be billed by a dentist or dental

eligibility requirements. The item(s)

specialist (either a private provider

must be claimed using the dentist/

or a representative public dentist)

dental specialist’s Medicare provider

who has a Medicare provider number.


Will I need to provide the GUS patient with a quote prior to providing services under GUS?

Where can I check if a child or teenager is eligible for GUS?

Yes, you are required to ensure you

be able to be checked through

have informed the patient/patient’s

Health Professional Online Services

parent or guardian of the treatment

or by contacting the Department

and costs associated with the services

of Human Services.

Services or part of the service may also be provided by a dental hygienist,

Eligibility for a potential patient will

to be provided prior to providing provided verbally but the patient will

Where can I check the GUS balance for a child or teenager?

need to sign a consent form on the

You will need to have the patient’s

day of the service indicating informed

agreement to obtain information

consent occurred. For bulk billed

relating to their GUS balance. This

services the consent form is only

information will be available online

required on the first day of service in

through Health Professional Online

each calendar year.

Services or by contacting the

services. This information can be

Department of Human Services.

What clinical records do I need to maintain? Dental practitioners will be required

What types of services will be available under GUS?

to keep clinical records including

GUS provides for basic dental

informed consent forms for a period

treatment such as examinations,

of four years.

diagnostics, filling and extractions.



valuable answers to common questions to set you on the right track

including limitations and restrictions,

What are my record keeping obligations in regard to the GUS program?

will be developed in consultation with

All records must be maintained for

the Australian Dental Association.

four years. You will need to maintain

Orthodontics and high-end services are excluded. A guide to the schedule,

(including clinical notes) that can verify the service as claimed was provided.

adequate and up to date records that

What monitoring or compliance activities can I expect under the GUS program?

Will a patient need to provide a voucher to receive a GUS service?

will clearly indicate that:

As the program is rolled out the

• the claimed service was provided.

Department of Human Services will

No, patients don’t need a voucher for

• t he claimed service matched the

monitor claiming patterns and will

GUS services.

service you provided. • informed financial consent was

Will the current bulk billing arrangements for representative public dentists under Medicare Teen Dental Plan continue under GUS?


investigate any complaints or tip offs received that allege that the benefits are not being correctly claimed. The Department of Human Services may

Examples of relevant documentation

undertake audits of dental practitioner


claiming to ensure the service was

Yes. The current arrangements will

• patient consent form(s);

provided as documented, and the

continue under GUS.

• itemised account receipt(s); and

benefit was claimed correctly based

• any other relevant documentation

on the service provided.

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How to spot workplace bullies and the best ways to deal with them. Pass the Aerogard!


ullies are a pest becoming a plague in an increasing number of Australian workplaces including dental practices. Bullying is very bad practice for individuals, for professions, for business and for our communities and society at large. Bullying can result in fractured careers, distressed lives, unpleasant workplaces, absenteeism, costly high staff turnover, workers compensation

cases, personal injury cases; stressful and costly discrimination tribunal cases and workplace health and safety breaches.

What does the pest look like? How can we identify the pest? How can we know if we are a bullying pest ourselves or have one in our workplaces? A workplace bully pest indulges him or herself in repeated poor and unfair treatment of a worker or person in


“The bullying pest’s conduct may be such that it intimidates, degrades or humilates other people. Often such conduct is in front of other workers...”

Coping with bullying can be a lonely and desparate experience – working together we can beat it.


the workplace. The bullying pest may make unwarranted factually incorrect criticism or exclude or isolate a worker for the purpose of disadvantaging them. The bully may constantly take steps to try and make other people feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. The bullying pest’s conduct may be such that it intimidates, degrades or humilates other people. Often such conduct is in front of other workers, clients, patients or customers. The bullying pest usually makes belittling comments, manipulates, intimidates, and/or engages in on-going unreasonable negative feedback or criticism which is not part of a legitimate performance management process. Bullying may be loudly obvious such as a staff member being sworn at or spoken to in angry aggressive tones or having things thrown at them or experiencing written abuse either via email or sms messages. Bullying may also be more subtle such as constant negative comments about trivial or inconsequential matters. A bullying pest in a managerial position might take steps to deliberately isolate a worker or withhold essential information for the worker to do their job. The bully may directly or implicitly try (without sound reason) to make its victim constantly feel that their job is at risk. The bully might omit to invite a staff member either deliberately or allegedly inadvertently to key meetings or events. Bullying may involve twisting

We need to get the victims of bullying smiling again

the truth to discomfort or disadvantage or comprise false rumours to discredit an individual. Bullying may comprise an unreasonable refusal to delegate tasks or it may be a deliberate and unreasonable overloading of tasks. A bullying pest might try taking responsibility away from a worker (without sound reason) and prescribe menial tasks to be done which are not within the broad scope of the worker’s role.

Where’s the Aerogard? If you have a pest in your workplace you should try following; •D  iscreetly write a chronology of events which describe factually, briefly and in date order what has been occurring. •S  eek advice from a sensible, level headed friend or colleague as to whether your definition of the conduct

as “bullying” is reasonable. Or ask DHAA IR Advice Line for their confidential view. Do not breach workplace confidentiality rules or speak or act in a defamatory manner. • Try and be realistic and fair in assessing whether you are contributing to the problem. For example, if you are being criticised by your manager or employer, is that criticism warranted? If it is, you are not being bullied. • Attempt, if possible to resolve the problem yourself by approaching the person. Refer specifically to the events that have concerned you and state plainly why you do not like them. Do not focus on personal feelings of hurt, etc. Stick to the facts and be professional. This is about work, not a personal matter. Try to be conciliatory in the first instance. If this does not work, you have the


“Bullying is not to be tolerated in the workplace, however, acute situations need to be handled with dignity, professionalism and care for the patients.’ wellbeing.”

right to make a complaint to either the owner of your practice or any senior manager in your workplace. The best way to do this is in writing with a brief chronology summarising the facts. Ask for assistance in resolving the problem. If this does not work, there are a range of Tribunals and Government Departments in each State which you can approach for assistance. This should be a last resort as the process of a formal complaint can be very stressful, time consuming and costly. From 1 January 2014, bullying complaints can also be taken to Fair Work Commission for resolution and orders but not compensation. The DHAA Inc IR Advice Line is available for preliminary assistance in identifying options for you. If you are experiencing bullying in the workplace email Every hygienist has the right to a workplace which is pleasant, effective and free of bullying pests. Ensure you are doing everything in your power as an individual to make this happen by: •N  ot being a bullying pest yourself and •N  ot directly or indirectly encouraging bullying conduct; •T  rying to resolve your own issues yourself if you can •N  ot becoming involved inappropriately in other people’s workplace issues and •S  eeking advice from DHAA Inc IR Advice Line and •S  eeking your employer’s guidance and assistance sooner rather than later and

ensure you have factual evidence to support your claims, if your attempts to resolve a bullying issue are impossible or unsuccessful Some days, you may feel the manager, other workers, the boss or a professional colleague is treating you so poorly that you feel you simply want to leave. It is sensible to cease treating patients immediately if you are feeling so upset, that you may place yourself or patients at risk of poor outcomes. However, to literally walk out of work when you are feeling upset in the workplace is to be frowned upon.  Ask to speak to the supervising dentist, given they are your clinical and legal supervisor under Dental Board registration guidelines, and explain your concerns. Ideally, the situation can be calmed, with reasoning and discussion, for the moment, and allow you to continue seeing patients that have been booked in to see you. If not, the reception staff need to cancel patients for you, giving a simple explanation of unforeseen circumstances. Patients should be protected from being made aware of a dispute within the team, since it undermines confidence for future appointments and places everybody at risk for a myriad of reasons. Bullying is not to be tolerated in the workplace, however, acute situations need to be handled by all concerned with dignity, professionalism and care for the patients’ wellbeing. n


Margie Steffens overcomes cold feet to champion local causes


or those who attended Cape Town ISDH the experience was not simply professional, but one of cultural diversity. Arriving late on Monday evening to blustery rain and rolling in to bed, getting up in the wee small hours and gingerly putting my feet on the floor only to exclaim, “Ooh that’s cold and wet!” Water had crept under the door so I rescued the situation with towels before crawling back to bed. I slept, fitfully until daylight. Winter in Cape Town is as diverse as its inhabitants and culture – wild and unpredictable at the beginning of the week, mellowing to balmy

sunshine and soft winds by the end of the week. The conference was attended by representatives from across the globe and Australia. The programme incorporated research, and achievements of members within and without educational facilities. Keynote speaker Professor Robin Seymour from the UK used humour and good sense when he addressed the overuse of antibiotics – a global problem and clearly the nonrecognition of oral health and general health in the wider health professions in the context of antibiotic prophylaxis. Aged care and supportive care is

most certainly on the table for us all and Professor Salme Lavigne from Canada with her research looking at the staffing issues and oral health in supported care facilities. Her findings supporting the notion that we all share the same lack of staff who understand the importance of, and lack the ability to deliver adequate oral care are a common denominator for all of us. I was indeed fortunate with the support of the DHHA National body to receive support to present our Aged Care package by way of a poster at Cape Town and then presenting to the staff and students at the School of Oral Health in Pretoria.


Three DHAA representatives made the trip to South Africa for the International Symposium. Here are their reports.

Designer and online education specialist, Dr Christine Swann, also attended to offer insight and support regarding the Aged Care portfolio. Recognition was given to the need for better care in Nursing Homes around the world and in this context and that we must be proactive as healthcare professionals to work together and formulate better strategies with local and national governments and care facilities. It would seem that we in Australia are certainly in a good position to take a lead globally in that our association is establishing a connection with governments and consumers to assist us with interventions.

To encourage interest and input regarding our portfolio we initiated a free prize draw for complimentary copy of our portfolio which was won by the president from New Zealand. In addition I presented about our Homeless project and development of a pro-bono dental clinic and soon to be mobile service and medical support service for Homeless and marginalised people in Adelaide. This project has been a work in progress, supported by the Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Dentistry. Whilst in a global sense our homeless problem is far less than is observable for example in Africa, one must remember that it is all relative to our social understanding and

population demographic. This in mind we in Australia have enjoyed a very privileged life style and we now face another face of homeless and displaced people who are dislocated in so many ways- home, country, and family. We face within the community at large the problems of homelessness an aging population and the need for adequately educated and skilled people to provide assistance. It is thus imperative that we step to the forefront to initiate much needed leadership in these areas of need. Margie Steffens DDH Manager Community Outreach (School of Dentistry University of Adelaide) and Joint Chair Aged Care Committee for DHAA



was lucky enough to go to South Africa for the 19th International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in August this year. After attending the one in Glasgow in 2010 I was so excited as I know what a great event this is. I arrived in Cape Town a few days ahead of the Symposium and was able to do some sight seeing around the city. I must admit I was a bit skeptical when people compared Cape Town to other harbor cities like Sydney but it really is a beautiful place. Between Table Mountain dominating the skyline and the V & A waterfront everywhere you look is just like a picture. About 600 delegates attended

the Symposium, with about 30 from Australia. The opening ceremony was so much fun, the Representatives from the House of Delegates all entered dancing to their own “National Song.” Australia’s was “Land Down Under” which got everyone cheering. My favourite was the beautiful Korean ladies, dressed in their traditional national costume, dancing to Psy’s Gangnam Style! We were then led in a lesson of African drumming and dancing before the Symposium was declared officially open. What followed was three days of lectures and presentations, networking and discussion, learning and lots of laughs! I met so many lovely people from

all over the world. It was such a great opportunity to find out what is going on with oral health in other countries and see how they are dealing with some of the issues we are facing. It was inspiring to see the research that is happening and hear about all the wonderful things that dental hygienists and oral health therapists are doing world wide. It was also great to see several Australians presenting on their research and projects on an international stage. The Symposium was wrapped up with a traditional African dinner, complete with face painting. The menu was extensive – ostrich, buffalo, venison, springbok! I thought it was strange of



them to eat so many of their national animals until I thought about Australians eating kangaroo, crocodile and emu! Away from the Symposium I was able to experience some of Cape Towns finest attractions. I went on safari, saw the Cape of Good Hope, went out to Robin Island, visited the Gold and Diamond museums and ate at so many fantastic restaurants. It was great to be able to mix a bit of work with a lot of holiday! On the last day of the Symposium they announced the host city for the 2016 Symposium – Basel, Switzerland! I for one can’t wait!

n August I attended the International Federation of Dental Hygienists House of Delegates Meetings in Somerset West, South Africa representing Australia with Susan Aldenhoven AM. Thirty seven member countries were represented in the House of Delegates and we welcomed three new member countries to the Federation Spain, Russia and Nepal. During the week I had the opportunity to meet and network with many delegates worldwide and discuss issues that are impacting on our profession domestically and internationally. It was a great to discuss direct access to preventive with the Canadians, the UK and the Netherlands and our pacific neighbours New Zealand. We had the opportunity to establish many new friendships with associations including the Korean Dental Hygienist Association and look forward to Seoul in 2019 following Basel Switzerland in 2016. Meeting my international colleagues confirmed for me what I already knew - that dental hygienist associations are a collective of passionate, inspiring, well-educated health professionals that have the ability to change lives by imparting their knowledge, influencing global oral health policy and by individual acts of kindness and generosity. I was privileged to meet Gail Smith, an inspirational South African dental hygienist who very kindly organised a visit to Beautiful Gates Community Centre. Beautiful Gate Ministry was established in 1994 by a Dutch couple Toby and Aukje Brouwer. The initial project was a street children’s home in Muizenberg, Cape Town. In 1999 a hospice for children dying with HIV/AIDS was opened in Crossroads, Cape Town. Beautiful Gate aims provide an interim safe environment for children, actively working towards reunification and foster placement and empowering and strengthening families within their community through development. They aim to provide Christ-centred training, education and discipleship and build relationships with the community. Gail, with assistance from Colgate, provides dental health education for the children at Beautiful Gate - many suffering from HIV. I wish to thank Gail for inviting us to Beautiful Gate and sharing her passion. Beautiful Gate is a wonderful organisation changing lives for the better. If you wish to donate please visit n

Cheryl Dey DHAA Treasurer

Hellen Checker DHAA National President


In August of this year I participated in a USA Study Tour organised by Associations Forum in conjunction with the ASAE Conference, which was held in Atlanta from 3-6 August. The Study Tour consisted of six other Australians who were involved in managing not-for-profit professional bodies. Our Australian study group included delegates from Engineers Association, Australian Window Association, Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. The delegates’ roles ranged from marketing to membership and two delegates who were senior CEOs. We all had one common aim, to learn from our American counterparts in the areas of marketing, membership retention and Board governance. During the first four days in New York all the Australian delegates were hosted in round table meetings led by the President-CEO of the New York Society of Association and I had the opportunity to meet with full-time Executives from numerous Associations including; Toy Industry Association; International Licensing Industry Merchandiser’s Association; International Council of Shopping Centres; The Better Business Bureau; Federal Bar Council; New York

Society of CPAs and the American Thoracic Society. The scheduled meetings left no opportunity to get to the amazing shops in 5th Avenue and to mid-Manhattan where Macy’s is located. Macy’s is an interesting multi-level store somewhat between our David Jones and Myers standard and they offered visitors to NY a 10% discount on all purchases whether on sale or not! Alas, we walk past each day with no chance to duck in for a quick shop. The Study Tour included nightly dinners hosted in different and interesting restaurants. One of the most memorable restaurant was at Birreria at Eataly at 5th Avenue and 23rd Street. It was a wonderful Italian restaurant that brewed its own beers, cured its own meats and had a huge supermarket and café downstairs, where you can purchase any type of Italian food all made fresh on the premises. We also dined at Abe & Arthurs, at 490 West 14th Street near 9th Avenue where the old meat packing district of New York was originally located. After dinner at Abe & Arthurs we were able to walk to Greenwich where all the Blues and Jazz bars are located, full of nice little terraces (or townhouses as we call them in Australia!) and where Sex & the City was filmed.

Our Australian Organiser host, Associations Forum, ensured that all the delegates had a chance to experience the night life in New York and we had the a great opportunity to visit two spectacular roof top bars, one located at 230 Fifth Avenue (corner of 27th Street and 5th Avenue), and the other a night rooftop experience at Le Bain Rooftop Bar. These two rooftop bars had amazing 270 degree views of Manhattan by night. The location of the meetings that we attended provided the opportunity to sneak in a visit to the Rockefeller Centre and we went to the Top of the Rock where we experienced an incredible view to Central Park and Manhattan. Another touring opportunity came when we met with the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association. We were able to go to the top of Empire State Building experiencing another spectacular view of mid-town Manhattan, New York City. For those interested in statistics, the Empire State Building is a 102-storey skyscraper, it has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters) with its antenna spire included, and stands at 1,454 feet (443.2m) high. It stood as the world’s tallest building for 40 years from its completion in 1931 until the construction of the World Trade Center. Following the


September 11 attacks, it again became the tallest building in New York although it was no longer the tallest in the USA, or the world. It is currently the third tallest skyscraper in the US after the Willis Tower and the Trump International Hotel and Tower, both located in Chicago. The Empire State is generally thought of as an American cultural icon, designed in the distinctive Art Deco style it has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. After four days in New York, it was time to head to Atlanta, Georgia where the ASAE (America Society of Association Executives) annual conference was held. The conference was held at the Georgia Convention Centre and was attended by over 5,000 delegates from over 35 countries. The opening night celebration was held at the Georgia Aquarium/World of Coca Cola where you could view exhibits of the history of Coca Cola and the vault which kept the secret Coke formula! The Aquarium was also home to some beautiful beluga whales. It is incredible to be part of a conference this size. For me it was just amazing to see how the logistics of this conference were organised – the daily transportation of the 5,000 delegates

from their hotel to the Conference venue, the food and beverage for the masses without excessive waiting time. The size of the Convention Centre meant lots of running from one break session to another as there were at least 14 concurrent sessions to choose from – some serious learning to be done! Some of the sessions that I attended included E-Media & Publication, Hot Ingredients for the Coolest Conferences, How to Reboot your Association for Success, Codes of Ethics for Your Association, Global Perspectives, Run it like Rockefeller – Solid Habits for Associations, Taking Your Association Into the Cloud and a few more! One of the nights of the Conference was held at the Fox Theater which houses a 4,678 seat auditorium. The style of this building is a combination of Islamic and Egyptian architecture. The venue was designed for movies and live performances and has replicas of an Arabian courtyard complete with a night sky of embedded crystal ‘starts’, a third of which flicker with a projection of clouds that slowly drift across the ‘sky.’ Apart from the excellent opportunity to learn and to meet other Association Executives, the highlight of the Study Tour, for me, was the visit to the Martin Luther King Memorial. Dr. Martin Luther

King was an activist in the American civil rights movement and a strong advocate against racial injustices Born in 1929, Dr. King achieved his PhD at the age of 29 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. His life was tragically shortened when he was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39. This visit caused me to think how many injustices still exists in our world. I am so proud to be associated with DHAA and the wonderful work all the Officers of the National Executive and Branches do to contribute to overall better oral health care of individuals. I think of the Long Tan clinic in Vietnam, the Carevan Smiles project that Cathryn Carboon is involved with, the Aged Care Resources recently produced by DHAA Inc. in conjunction with the University of Adelaide and all the other numerous advocacy undertaken by DHAA with the aim to improving oral health access to Australians especially in remote & rural areas and particularly the disadvantaged in our society. I would like to thank the National Executive, in particular, our National President for the two weeks leave of absence granted so I could attend this study tour and I look forward to sharing the relevant learning from my study tour with the National Executive. n

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It’s been a busy time for the ACT branch as we have just held our annual seminar day at Old Parliament House which was a big success. Our theme for this year was inflammation; beyond the oral cavity, and what an interesting theme it was. David Berg, a local physiotherapist, started our day with an eye-opening explanation of the links between diet and systemic inflammation and converting us all to a paleo diet. We were then treated to Dr Orit Oettinger-Barak who discussed the roles of hormones and systemic conditions on periodontal diseases, in particular the changes that occur during the female lifecycle. Professor Ivan Darby continued the day’s theme discussing the systemic impacts of inflammation. Our fourth speaker for the day was Lenore Tuckerman who updated us on the

Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program. We would like to thank Colgate for providing this speaker and being our major sponsor for the day. It was a fantastic day with over 30 delegates attending and the weather putting on its best. Since the last issue we have also had a talk by speech pathologist Sharon Moore on the topic of oral myology. Sharon works with clients with speech production difficulties and orofacial dysfunctions related to dental and orthodontic health, and also discussed our roles in referring these patients. Our annual stand at the Kingston Bus Depot Markets during oral health week was a big success this year as we had a great turnout in volunteers and with our local community. The bus depot markets are a unique market and target all age groups. It is a great opportunity for us to interact with the community. We had many children and

“Our annual stand at the Kingston Bus Depot Markets during oral health week was a big success this year as we had a great turnout in volunteers and with our local community.”

families visit our booth with lots of questions about their oral health. Once again with the support of Colgate Dr. Rabbit made an appearance which was a big hit with the kids. It is great to bring awareness to the community about what we do and provide information for them. We would also like to acknowledge a new arrival and a departure. Alanna Henderson, our lovely treasurer has given birth to a beautiful little girl, Annabel. We are sad to farewell Sandra Lawry who is moving to England. Sandra has been an active member of the association for many many years, including time spent on the executive committee. The ACT branch is now gearing up for a big year of planning ahead of hosting next year’s national symposium and we hope to see you all there. Kathryn Novak DHAAACT President



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Wow! Where has the year gone? You blink and it’s almost Christmas. The second half of 2013 has been a challenging yet interesting few months for the CPD team of the Dental Hygienist’s Association of Australia NSW branch. We have gone through a few changes ourselves, welcoming a new Vice President, Ian Epondulan, who has already made invaluable contributions to our cause. Sadly, we also farewell three dedicated members of our CPD team; Leanne Smith, Salo Udayan and Johanna Franki. On behalf of the NSW branch and its members, I would like to thank Leanne, Salo and Johanna for their time and support organising CPD events and wish them all the best in their endeavors.  Since our last report, we held our 3rd General Meeting and were lucky to have Dr Wayne Sherson speak to our

members about caring for patients with Hepatitis C and HIV. He reminded us about the oral manifestations of the two diseases and various dental implications which was very interesting and informative. On the 2nd of November, we held our Annual Day Seminar and what an incredible success it was! Themed on aged care, we were fortunate to have five brilliant guest speakers all of whom are at the forefront of improving the oral health of our elderly. Our five guest speakers, including Dr Peter Dennison, Mrs Janet Wallace, Dr Peter Foltyn, Professor Clive Wright and Dr Alan Deutch advised members on the challenging times ahead when it comes to the current oral health status of our ageing population especially those living in residential aged care facilities. I’m sure our members who attended will agree the

“The NSW branch of the Dental Hygienist’s Association of Australia looks forward to the unification of the state branches which is proposed for the New Year.”

seminar was eye opening and inspiring. Our speakers urged members that it is us, as Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists, who are in a prime position to act and actively address the oral health needs of this population. The NSW branch of the Dental Hygienist’s Association of Australia looks forward to the unification of the state branches which is proposed for the New Year. We hope that a more united association can address issues such as Scope of Practice together and stronger than ever before to ensure the brightest possible futures for you, our members. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our national members a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year from all of us at the NSW branch. Yvonne Flaskas Newsletter Editor. 





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“We are again incredibly grateful for the RCHE2 grant which once again has enable us to develop and deliver this valuable program to our Regional members.”

DHAAQ Regional Roadshow 2013 recently travelled to Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns between 18-20 July. Associate Professor Matthew Hopcraft from Melbourne University presented an evidenced based review of systemic conditions considered to have a relationship with oral health. Diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis were all addressed at length. Oral diseases including periodontal disease, dental caries, edentulism and oral cancers were discussed in relationship to these systemic conditions. A multi-team audience made up of members of the DHAAQ, as well as students, Academic staff, Dentists and Dental assistants attended the sessions. Our travelling team made up of Jo Purssey, Karen Toms and Stephanie Wallace had a great time and took full advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet and catch up with our colleagues from Far North Queensland. We are grateful to Oral B for their continued support of this event and to Nicole Prince

Smiling faces at the QLD 2013 Road Show RIGHT Fun times at the Under-5’s Family Fun Day


who travelled with us on this year’s Roadshow. We are again incredibly grateful to the Rural Health Alliance, supported by the Department of Health and Aging, for the RCHE2 grant which once again has enable us to develop and deliver this valuable program to our Regional members. Without this grant we would not be able to organise and run events like this one. A big thank you to Associate Professor Hopcraft for his involvement in the program and for giving up so much of his time to come on the road with DHAAQ! We are currently applying for the RHCE2 for 2014, with the hope of continued support from rural and regional members. DHAAQ representatives, President Debbie Holliday and committee member Annika Liiv, enjoyed a luncheon with the University of QLD second

and third year Oral Health students in July, discussing the post graduate benefits of being a DHAAQ member. It was lovely to meet our future professional colleagues. Annika also had the pleasure of attending the University of Queensland 2013 Student awards night in August to present recipient Hanh Nguyen with the DHAAQ sponsored prize. Our oral health month campaign this year was ‘It all starts with prevention’, focusing on educating the community on the importance of Dental health right from birth. DHAAQ and Colgate have developed an early childhood dental education toolbox for members who wish to undertake oral health and dietary education talks with children, parents and influential carers. Members received our educational brochure in conjunction


with our prescription pad as the Oral Health Month gift. There has been a significant amount of interest within our membership to utilise the toolboxes during August. I would like to recognise Colgate for their support of our Oral Health Month campaign. Without their sponsorship, these educational resources would not be available for DHAAQ members. Our most recent representation was attending a community based Under-5’s Family Fun Day in Deception Bay. The Communities for Children initiative is supported by the Australian government and facilitated by BoysTown to provide an opportunity for families to identify and connect with the various child services available. Robbern White and I attended the event, promoting oral health awareness and preventive education. We look forward to communicating further with the local child health nurses, nutritionists and playgroups to incorporate the early childhood dental education toolbox into their public education. Debbie Holliday DHAAQ President

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“I’m proud to say SA has the highest number of full members on record showing a growth of 80 full members in the past year.”

South Australia has had a long cold wet winter, however spring is slowly finding its way in our southern skies! This year SA has hosted both National meetings and had the pleasure of hosting our fellow state executives at our largest annual event, September CPD day. This was a good chance for SA and the rest of the branches to discuss the differences/ similarities around hosting CPD events to continuously improve and deliver. We have also established a new initiative to help support the symposium. Every year we are giving away two tickets to the National Symposium. This is a great offer and one that we hope will be very attractive to members. A big congratulations to Sue Demianyk and Simone Caruana who took out the prize this year and attended this year’s DHAA Symposium for free! The SA Executive has worked hard on other CPD events throughout the year gaining full attendance and a range of speakers to stimulate learning. However, we are fast approaching our annual AGM

in December which will bring us to the end of another year! I’m proud to say SA has the highest number of full members on record showing a growth of 80 full members in the past year. In the near future I am planning on presenting to the students at both Adelaide University and TAFESA to promote the benefits of membership to boost even further. Continuing on the student front, Adelaide University held for the first time a ‘student sleep out’ to raise money for the dental surgery situated in the Common Ground. This dental clinic is situated within the Common Ground complex and provides dental and other health services for people who have suffered homelessness or have difficulty accessing conventional care. The students braved a very cold night in August and ended up raising much needed funds to continue the work there. Well done guys! In closing, I would like to thank all SA’s members for their support, and wish a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all national DHAA members. Jacquie Biggar SA President



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We are very fortunate enough to have Professor Laurie Walsh in conjunction with UQ School of Dentistry Continued Professional Development Pogramme holding the inhouse whitening course on Saturday the 1st of February 2014 in Hobart Tasmania.  There are limited numbers for this course so please get in quickly. Registration can be found at the UQ CPD website.





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Danielle Gibbens President Tas Branch Inc.

The Centre for Research Excellence and DHAA need your help!!!

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the President of the Victorian branch . My name is Roisin McGrath and I have recently taken over from Samantha Stuart. I am very excited to be at a stage in my family life and career, which allows me the opportunity to once again become more actively involved on our DHAA state Executive. After a period of being understaffed, Victoria is pleased to announce that we now have a full complement

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of Executive members. I would like to welcome Jade Lemmon, who has taken over the position of Secretary. Jade is very enthusiastic and committed to ‘learning the ropes’ and has made a seamless transition into her new role. We were extremely lucky that our CPD team managed to secure Mr Andrew Heggie (Head of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne and Director of Melbourne Research Unit for Facial Disorders, University of Melbourne) to present to us at our July dinner meeting. I’m sure all of our members who attended would agree that Andrew’s lecture ‘Beauty is only skin deep, what about the bone?’ gave us an insight into the complexities of deciding on the surgical intervention that will gave the best result, for both the patient and the surgeon. Since commencing as President, I have had the privilege of representing DHAA Inc. in a variety of settings and on a range of topics (from Minimal Intervention Dentistry to Registration of Overseas Trained Dental Hygienists,

and from workforce issues to undergraduate training). DHAAVB has been working to build our relationship with the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and RMIT, to engage with our future colleagues to offer them support and guidance during their respective programs of study. I thoroughly enjoyed the careers night for the University of Melbourne BOH students (which was hosted by ADOHTA Vic.) and found this to be a great forum

able to co-sponsor the Research Day lunch. We were impressed by the quality of the research conducted and also by the effort that went in to each presentation. The students should be incredibly proud of their achievements and we wish them luck in their future careers. DHAAVB has also been asked by RMIT to assist them in coordinating workplace visits for their ADOH (Dental Hygiene) students, so they can observe experienced dental hygienists in action.

A/Prof Stuart Dashper (Principal Research Fellow, University of Melbourne) – whose topic is ‘Long in the tooth: new treatments for old diseases’ Dr Helen Marchant (Specialist in Special Needs Dentistry) – who will speak about Autism Spectrum Disorders ‘Living with Angry Birds, Star Wars and Dr Who: strategies for the dental team’ Dr Andrei Locke (Periodontist) – who will present a two-part lecture on ‘Management of gingival

“We were extremely lucky that our CPD team secured Mr Andrew Heggie (Head of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne and Director of Melbourne Research Unit for Facial Disorders, University of Melbourne) to present to us at our July dinner meeting.” for the students to obtain valuable information to assist them in their transition from student to practicing clinician. Stella Cristini (our National Councillor) and I also attended the University of Melbourne BOH Research Day, where the final year students presented the findings of their research projects. DHAAVB is happy that, in conjunction with ADOHTA Vic., we were

If any of our members would be willing to have an ADOH student visit them at their practice, would you please contact me or one of our other Executive members so we can make the necessary arrangements? Our half-day CPD and AGM is being held on Saturday 30th November at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. In addition to our AGM, we will have three speakers:

recession’ and ‘Periodontal re-evaluation and further treatment options’ We encourage you to attend what promises to be an interesting and informative session, providing scientific updates and more practical management strategies, which can be applied in our daily clinical practice. I look forward to seeing you all!!! Roisin Mcgrath President Vic Branch Inc.

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We are so delighted to have Shubh Patil coming on board as our Web Officer since Selina stepped down almost two years ago. We now have 11 people on the executive seats and are about to say farewell to our long lasting standing Exec, Simone Mayne as the mentor for the branch after November. We were told she will still be available to provide her guidance and advice if we need it in future.

together the proposed plan for a busy 2014, with work still in progress. In response to our member’s requests we focus on mostly hands on programs for 2014. WA Branch have established a new working relationship with ADOTHA WA for sharing information and resources to create a synergy outcome for both associations. On behalf of the branch I have recently attended the

(accompanied by Wendy Wright) Other involvement was doing a short presentation to a small group of students for ADIA Introduction to Dentistry Course Perth 2013 which was held on 11th Oct, Bentley Technology Park. Associate Lecturer, Carol Nevin invited our branch to provide information to the 31 final year students. They will graduate as the first fully trained Oral Health Therapist

“ WA Branch have established a new working relationship with ADOTHA WA for sharing information and resources to create a synergy outcome for both associations.” We all are fully aware that this has been an extremely busy time for the DHAA, especially in the national arena. WA have also been very busy with our local events and meetings on top of welcoming the big crowds that came to the National Symposium in Perth last month. Our active and dedicated team have been putting

following meetings: 17th September WA State Oral Health Advisory Council (after DHAA WA been included as a member for this council) 10th October Curtin’s Advisory Board for the Bachelor of Science (Oral Health Therapy). 14th November Symposium on Oral Health in Aged Care, UWA

(OHT) in Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) degree for WA. We wish them all the best on this well run BOH course. I hope each and every one of us will meet them in the private and public workforce, or future dental events. Cheers to all and have a great and safe Christmas and Happy New Year. Emily See DHAAWA President


The 2013/14 CPD Events calendar. Full details at www.dhaainfo/events MONTH





DEC 2013

1 December


DHAA (SA Branch) Inc., AGM


FEB 2014

20-22 February

Australian Society of Periodontology Conference

Prof Mariano Sanz, Prof Maurizio Tonetti

Hilton Sydney

27 February 7-9pm

The ACPs of Dental Hygiene

Anne Di Paolo

Gunz Dental Showroom, Unit 4, 26-34 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery NSW

28 February - 1 March

Australian and New Zealand Society of Pediatric Dentistry (ANZSPD) RK Hall Lecture Series

Dr Michael Casas, Hospital for Sick Children, Canada Professor Svante Twetman, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins


TBA Depends on numbers participating

First Aid/CPR

St John Ambulance

18 March

Education Development Centre, Milner Road, Hindmarsh

March Supper Meeting


21-23 March

ADX 2014

Go to: CPD-Partnerships

Sydney Exhibition Centre

APR 2014

12 April

DHAAQ Half Day Seminar


University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, QLD

MAY 2014

3 & 4 May

In-Office Teeth Whitening & Laser Training Courses

Prof Laurie Walsh & Dr David Cox of University of Queensland

Oral Health Centre of Western Australia

JUN 2014


Advanced Hands Instrumentation

Robyn Watson & Hu Friedy

Proposed Curtin Simulation Clinic

2 days – In action

20 June

June Dinner Meeting


InterContinental, North Terrace, Adelaide

JUL 2014


Local Anaesthetic Refresh Workshop

Prof Marc Tennant & Prof John McGeachie


(In action)

AUG 2014

1-2, 8-9 August

DHAAQ Regional Road Show



SEP 2014


DHAA WA Annual General Meeting

Dr Gareth Davies


20 September

DHAAQ Hygiene Horizons



TBC after late October




18 October

DHAAQ AGM and CPR update



Was 2 & 3 Feb

MAR 2014

OCT 2014

UQ to confirm in November 2013

In discussion Joint-venture PD Day with ADOTHA WA

Key to the state colours n ACT

n New South Wales

n Queensland

n South Australia

n Tasmania

n Victoria

n Western Australia

Please email us if you have an event that you want to be included in the calendar


The Bulletin - Issue 29 December 2013/January 2014  
The Bulletin - Issue 29 December 2013/January 2014  

The official newsletter of the Dental Hygienists' Association of Australia Inc.