Dental bodies welcome new ministers

Welcome Senator McLucas, we want to talk about oral health...
Welcome Senator McLucas, we want to talk about oral health…

Following all the excitement of last week’s leadership shenanigans in Canberra, both the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) have taken the opportunity to welcome new ministers and parliamentary secretaries, and to place issues around dentistry and oral health on the new ministers’ agendas.

A release from Dr Karin Alexander, President of the ADA, put out a press release saying, “The ADA congratulates Senator the Hon, Jan McLucas for her appointment as Minister for Human Services, The ADA looks forward to working with Minister McLucas and hopes she will work closely with the dental profession to ensure that the Australian Government’s $2.7 billion Grow Up Smiling child dental benefits scheme is designed in a manner that is administratively efficient and does not impose arbitrary red tape.”

Meanwhile, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) has offered its congratulations to the Hon. Shayne Neumann MP on his appointment as Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing.  In welcoming the announcement, ADIA said it looks forward to working constructively with Mr Neumann to secure reforms that that will reduce the regulatory burden faced by local manufacturers and suppliers of dental products that arise from the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) regulatory standards.

“Reforms currently being considered by the TGA will lengthen the time it takes to bring new dental products to market and increases the regulatory burden on business.  The direct result is more expensive dental care for ordinary Australians,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer.

“The new Parliamentary Secretary has the opportunity to be bold and review the current suite of TGA reforms to ensure that they deliver a framework that is based on a risk management approach designed to ensure public health and safety, while at the same time freeing industry from any unnecessary regulatory burden.”

Mr Williams referenced the TGA’s proposals to significantly increase the red-tape required to supply dental implants in Australia which is being proposed in the absence of any identified change to the risk profile of this product type.

ADIA expects to meet with Mr Neumann during the course of the coming month and will use the opportunity to highlight specific instances of increased bureaucracy and push for accelerated international harmonisation and convergence of the regulatory standards for dental products.


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