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The authors started this project named the “Dental Prosthetics Practitioner Guide” (DPros Guide) as an assignment for the first Australian Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics course at TAFE Queensland.
Their vision is that this practitioner guide will be a source of relative informationental prosthetics and anyone else searching for relative information.
Graeme has an Advanced Diploma of Dental Technology and is a pioneer of the dental prosthetics profession. He is a former Queensland ADPAQ president and Queensland Life Member of ADPA. He has been in private practice as a dental prosthetist since 1991 and was first qualified under the “grandfather” clause of the Queensland Act allowing the profession. Until 1991, Graeme was a dental laboratory operator on the Gold Coast.
Founded : 2018
Graeme Morris : Dental Prosthetist
Mission : There are still a lot of challenges to overcome with the app, but it is our hope that we can keep the app freely available to dental prosthetists. This may eventually involve sponsorship. We aim to have a version available for the first-ever graduation ceremony for Bachelor Degree qualified dental prosthetists next February. The international launch will likely be at the IFD conference in Brisbane in August 2019. Our chapter on “Patient Management” is based largely on our many years of practical clinical experience and will provide alternative methods for assisting patients. We have included a number of useful documents in Appendix B which you can customize with your own details. Some patient management software, (Oasis, Dentrix, and Dental for Windows for example) will allow you to save these documents as templates and will merge the patient details into the templates, saving the unsigned version to patient notes. Signed copies usually require scanning prior to saving. Documents that contain the merged patient information and your details and logo, present a superior professional image to handwritten records. It is your individual obligation to compile many necessary documents including your own detailed Practice Manual and Infection Control Guidelines for your new practice. To assist you in this detailed task, members of ADPA Ltd. can request a “Practice Manual Template” which also includes Infection Control Guidelines from ADPA.
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Emergencies in the Dental Practice
Medical emergencies in dental practice usually occur unexpectedly. By having a written protocol or chart readily available for all staff assists in mitigating risk and improves management of the situations. Updated wall charts are available for free download from the British Dental Journal. Maintenance of a current first aid certificate by all staff and regular practical staff training is a vital ingredient to competent management of emergency situations. The ideal practice would have the following first aid assistance available; 1) Oxygen in a portable tank with an Ambu-bag to produce positive pressure ventilation.2) Injectable epinephrine in the form of an Epi-pen for allergic reactions. 3) Histamine blocker (Benadryl) in oral and injectable form for allergic reactions. 4) Nitroglycerine for chest pain or heart attacks. 5) Asthma inhaler (albuterol), which dilates the bronchioles during an asthma attack. 6) Glucose tablets for hypoglycemia or diabetic coma. 7) Aspirin, used as a blood thinner during a heart attack. 8) First-aid kit. 9) Automated External Defibrillator (AED), used during cardiac arrest (early defibrillation greatly improves survival during a cardiac arrest).
The Goods and Services Tax (GST)
GST is unique in dentistry because most dental services are GST free, but there are some that do attract GST.
There is a very detailed and comprehensive outline of GST rulings in the 12th Edition of the ADA Glossary of Dental Items available for free download at this link, It is advisable to regularly check the ATO website also for any possible new rulings or regulations, link.In summary, consultations and new dentures are free of GST however, the laboratory component of repairs attracts GST. “Other than repairs of dental goods that may be GST-free under section 38–7 (see paragraphs 31 to 34 above), there is no specific exemption in the GST Act for the supply of repairs of medical aids or appliances or their spare parts”. This means that the laboratory component of repairs must have GST paid.
Part of Individual Risk Management is to belong to your professional association.
Professional Associations offer members an opportunity to interact with your peers and demonstrate that you are accepted by your peers. Patients will consider that if you are a member of an Australia wide association that you have peer acceptance and that they have an assurance of professionalism in their treatment.
AUSTRALIAN DENTAL PROSTHETISTS ASSOCIATION (ADPA)ADPA is the only professional association dedicated to Dental Prosthetists and their patients in Australia. Membership offers the opportunity to be part of a like-minded community opening up chances to connect, share, learn and grow as a professional. ADPA will also provide expert advice and support as well as leadership in the development of the profession.
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Business / Work Structures
Business / Work Structures
The two basic choices available are self-employed or employee. If self-employed, the choice will be buying an existing business or start a new one from scratch. It is also possible to be self-employed as a contractor or locum where you will be liable for your own taxation, holiday and sick pay.
As a contractor, you may have various places of practice. If an employee, the decision will be as a wage, commission or contract all of which will be determined by mutual agreement.
Places to seek employment include current private dental or denture clinics, government clinic, Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHSs), teaching institution such as TAFE, university, regulating authority or maybe a corporate/international provider such as World Health Organisation. Dental Prosthetic skills could also readily be utilised in product or service sales.
Interaction with peers, attendance at conferences and study groups is an effective way of learning about employment opportunities also.
As a new graduate, building your experience quickly as possible will be vital in building a possible career path. Employment may be the obvious first choice and is a very easy and secure way of getting into your industry, start earning an income and build your experience with the influence of peers.
All new graduates have been taught the importance of maintaining accurate, legible and contemporaneous records of every treatment provided. The records that must be kept include the following;
a) Identifying details of the patient
b) Completed and current medical history including and any adverse drug reactions
a) For each appointment, clear documentation describing:
i) the date of visit
ii) the identifying details of the practitioner providing the treatment
iii) information about the type of examination conducted
iv) the presenting complaint
v) relevant history
vi) clinical findings and observations
viii) treatment plans and alternatives
ix) consent of the patient, client or consumer
x) all procedures conducted
xi) instrument batch (tracking) control identification, where relevant
xii a medicine/drug prescribed, administered or supplied or any other therapeutic agent used (name, quantity, dose, instructions)
xiii) details of advice provided
b) Unusual sequelae of treatment.
c) Radiographs and other relevant diagnostic data; digital radiographs must be readily transferable and available in high definition digital
d) Other digital information including CAD-CAM restoration files
e) Instructions to and communications with laboratories
a) All referrals to and from other practitioners
b) Any relevant communication with or about the patient, client or consumer
c) Details of anyone contributing to the dental record
d) Estimates or quotations of fees (DBA, 2010)
Full details on recordkeeping requirements are available from the DBA.Further details are provided by the Australian Dental Association. Various patient management systems are available from manual cards to electronic systems that can store all paper copies and even merge documents used during treatment. In determining the system that best suits your requirements, you should assess the type of practice you will be operating, the number of staff, locations and future plans. Consideration must also be given to the legal requirements specified in the document links provided above for storage and privacy.
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