Resources for dental professionals

During the COVID-19 pandemic additional guidelines have been designed to keep yourself, your team and your patients safe. These include looking at the whole practice and implementing measures to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. Currently the ADA Risk Management Principles for Dentistry outline how practices can apply evidence-informed infection control measures within a broader risk-based approach.

Risk Management Principles for Dentistry

Dental practices will need to consider what they need to do to maintain a safe working environment for staff and patients during the continued COVID-19 pandemic. To support dental practitioners, the ADA’s Infection Control Committee has developed the “Risk Management Principles for Dentistry" as a guideline for managing risk in this new environment. This resource replaces the ADA Restrictions Levels framework.
  Risk Management Principles for Dentistry

Resource outlining how to apply evidence-informed infection control measures within a broader risk-based approach.

  Understanding the new Risk Management Principles for Dentistry Webinar

Webinar that explains and guides you through the new Risk Management Principles for Dentistry.

Critical Information & Resources for Members

  ADA Guidelines for Teledentistry

Last updated: 26 October 2021

 

  Correct Use of PPE

Resources to help you correctly use and conserve your PPE stock.

  Essential Worker Isolation Exclusion

Guidance for all states and territories in relation to critical worker isolation exemptions in dentistry.

Vaccination Information

  Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Templates

Resources to help support you successfully implement COVID-19 Vaccination policies.

  NSW Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Healthcare Workers
  VIC Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Healthcare Workers
  QLD Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Healthcare Workers
  WA Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Healthcare Workers
  SA Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Healthcare Workers
  NT Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Healthcare Workers
  Vaccination FAQs

Answers to some of your most frequently asked questions. This page will be updated regularly as information becomes available.

Critical Information & Resources

  Managing PPE Resources

Key Resources for managing PPE during COVID-19.

  Managing COVID-19 in the Practice

The key resources for managing COVID-19 in your practice.

Infection Control

Infection control in dental practice has always been a cornerstone of ensuring your practice is safe. This is the responsibility of the treating practitioner. Below are some general infection control resources as well as some additional measures to be mindful of during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  Practising Through Covid

The key documents to help you keep practising during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Infection Control FAQs

Answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.

  Environmental Cleaning

Guides on keeping your Dental environment clean.

  Posters/Signage for your Practice

Posters/Signage to place in your waiting room and in other publicly visible areas in your practice so that patients and staff are aware of what behaviour and symptoms to be mindful of. 

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  Information/Guidelines + Resources

The key Information/Guidelines & Resources for Infection Control.

  Working in Domiciliary Care

Resources for dental practitioners working in domiciliary care during COVID-19.

  Ozonated Water

Answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.

PPE and Stock

There's some confusion surrounding the requirements of PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding the precautions and whether you need to consider droplet or aerosol-based precautions will depend on the patients COVID-19 risk and the type of procedure being performed. Worldwide, PPE supply is diminished due to an unprecedented demand. It's important to be mindful of the PPE you require in the context of your practice and in the wider environment.
  PPE & Stock FAQs

Answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.

  Where to find PPE

Information regarding which suppliers stock each item of PPE.

  Correct Use of PPE

Resources to help you correctly use and conserve your PPE stock.

HR Support

HR Resources are available to ADA Members Only.

We understand that restrictions on the services you can provide will profoundly affect your cash-flow and the staffing requirements of your practice, and may result in the practice temporarily closing. It is a difficult and uncertain time for everybody and ensuring that the practice team are treated fairly and with respect is important and will aid in our efforts to return to business as the restriction levels lower. 

The ADA's HR Advisory Service is available to members and provides individual advice to guide you through any changes you need to make.
  HR FAQs

Answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.

  Legislation + Fair Work Act Information

The most up to date changes to legislation & Fair Work Act during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Information for WA members

Relevant HR advice for Western Australia State System employers and employees regarding COVID-19.

  Information for Practice Owners/Employers

Information and templates for practices not qualified for the JobKeeper scheme provided by the ADA HR Advisory Service team to assist practice owners in responding to potential changes in practice operations due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

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  Information for Employees

Information provided by the ADA HR Advisory Service team to assist employees in responding to potential changes in practice operations due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

  Jobs

View current employment opportunites in the dental industry.

Practice Resources

In order to implement the newly established guidelines, practice policies should be developed so that staff and clinicians understand how to practically implement these changes. These policies look at how staff and clinicians can determine the COVID-19 risk of each patient, the other risk factors that should be considered and the ways to operate in a consistently safe manner. Each practice should also have an exposure response plan so that all team members know how to behave and react in the situation where there is a COVID-19 exposure. 
  COVID-19 Practice Templates

Templates to assist with returning to work and preventing the further spread of COVID-19.

  Practice Closure + Reopening Resources

Resources to assist you if you're in the process of temporarily closing down or starting up a practice following hibernation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial Support

Changes to working arrangements will directly affect your finances. The ADA have included links below to a range of resources to help manage your finances for the weeks and months ahead. We also advise that you contact your accountant and financial adviser so that you can have direct advice during this time.  Additionally, the government is releasing different packages to support members of the community and we will update you as they become available.

Mental Health Support

The COVID-19 pandemic affects everybody and their ability to earn an income, have security and socialise. As a result, there are many members of our community who are struggling with their mental health. Below is a link to resources and advice that are available. The ADA understands that we are all part of a wider community and now more than ever it is important to reach out to your colleagues, check-in and stay connected.
  Mental Health Services

Information on mental health services available to Dentists.

  Mental Health Resources

Key Mental Health resources for Dentists.

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