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President’s Message
Once again it has been an extremely busy year for the Manitoba Dental Association. The MDA has been in existence for 131 years and currently provides both regulatory functions and professional services for dentists and dental assistants in Manitoba. We are empowered by the Province of Manitoba to carry out the requirements of The Dental Association Act.
January 1 2014, the provincial government’s Regulated Health Professions Act was proclaimed. The Speech Pathologists and Audiologists were the first regulated health profession to be declared under this Act. Eventually, all Manitoba’s regulated health professions will be proclaimed, including the MDA. This will effectively establish a regulatory body, The College of Dentists of Manitoba and a member services organization.
The name “Manitoba Dental Association” will be available for use by this new organization. In preparation for this the MDA is continually reviewing and revising our processes to meet the current expectations for a self-regulated profession and allow for a smooth transition. This was the year of the bylaw. Bylaws for Dental Assistant Fees, Continuing Education, General, Dental Incorporation, Registration and Licensing and the Use of Botulinum Toxin were all ratified. Along with recent changes to MDA bylaws, new registration and license forms were created to better align with future expectations under The Regulated Health Professions Act. In addition, increased structures for internal processes were developed. I would like to recognize Dr. Marcel Van Woensel for his extraordinary work in these efforts.
Revision to our website ( was launched early in 2014. It provided both the public and our membership easier and greater access to relevant information. This was accomplished while we enhanced security measures for our membership. Other changes to our website now provide the statutory mandated registry information to the public. Ongoing efforts are being made to ensure all information is up-to-date and accurate.
In February 2014, the Canadian Dental Association hosted a summit on access to care. The result of the summit was
the creation of a National Oral Health Action Plan (NOHAP). NOHAP is a multidisciplinary approach which brought together 28 stakeholder organizations to assess the delivery and availability of oral health care services across Canada. This initial step was productive and vital in moving it forward. Currently, a common position statement on the use of fluoride in community drinking water is being established. A follow- up summit under a new name, Canadian Oral Health Round Table, is slated for February 2015.
On Saturday April 26, 2014 the Manitoba Dental Association partnered with The Never Alone Foundation to provide a day of free oral cancer screenings at Polo Park Shopping Centre. The event was an overwhelming success with 92 individuals being seen and 14 of those being referred for further evaluation. There are plans to make this an annual event with the possible expansion to help those directly affected by oral cancer.
There was new Anti-Spam Legislation that came into effect on July 1, 2014. This may have an impact on how dentists and dental associations communicate electronically with their patients and the public. A review on how the Anti-Spam Legislation will affect dentists and dental offices was printed in the CDA Essentials 2014 Volume 1 Issue 2. The article was also reprinted in the Summer 2014 MDA Bulletin. I would encourage all to become familiar with this new legislation as we are now governed by this.
During the summer, the MDA was pleased to welcome Ms. Tammy Hildebrand in the position of Director, Member and Public Relations. She takes over this position from Ms. Linda Berg who moves to the position of Director of Facility Assessments. She has brought the same smile and enthusiasm to this position as Linda has over the past number of years.
Later in the summer we had discussions with Employment and Income Assistant Services. Topics ranged from ways of increasing dental human resources in the north, dental coverage for refuges, efficiencies in dental adjudication processes to care for seniors, especially in long term health

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