Third Parties

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  • 5.1 Dentistry and Third Parties

    Third parties must not influence the primary relationship between the dentist and the patient in any way that diminishes a patient's right to achieve long term optimal oral health care. 

  • 5.2 The Australian Schedule of Dental Services & Glossary

    The Australian Schedule of Dental Services and Glossary is the definitive coding system of dental treatments and services in Australia and should reflect current dental practice. 

  • 5.3 Practice Ownership

    While the ADA recognises a trend toward corporate ownership of dental practices, this ownership model cannot be allowed to compromise a dentist's duty of care to a patient. 

  • 5.4 Complaints Resolution

    Patient complaints should first be resolved by conciliation but if this fails, then adjudication by peer review or statutory authorities is the next step; at all times, patient interests should take priority. 

  • 5.5 Funding Agencies

    Private Health Insurers have a duty to avoid interfering with relationships between dentist and patient; dentists who contract with funding agencies must make a patient's oral health a priority.

  • 5.6 Dental Industry

    The ADA and the dental industry's close ties have elevated the practice of Australian dentistry but dental companies should not be allowed to interfere with the dentist-patient relationship, promotion of treatment modalities to the public, or commercially influence CPD activities.

  • 5.7 Professional Indemnity

    As a requirement for registration, dental practitioners must carry professional indemnity insurance or be guaranteed indemnity insurance by their employers. 

  • 5.8 Dental Acts, the National Law and Boards

    This policy stresses the importance of dental practice regulation and how this should  work in practice including criteria for registration, fees and the manner in which complaints against dentists should be handled.

  • 5.9 Dental Accreditation Authority

    The Australian Dental Council acts as the accrediting authority of university dental schools and TAFE college courses, as well examining the skills of overseas-qualified dental practitioners  

  • 5.10 Dental Practice Accreditation

    The ADA should lead the practice accreditation process for Australian dentistry and assist members in implementing and complying with practice accreditation requirements.