Page 6 - MDA Bulletin Winter 2017
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Registrar’s Report
The Manitoba Dental Association is the organization authorized by statute to register and license dental assistants and dentists in the Province of Manitoba. Our enabling legislation is The Dental Association Act.
Currently we license dentists, register intra-oral dental assistants and review dental nurse therapists’ credentials who graduated from Wascana Institute (SIAST 1975-88).
REGISTRATION AND LICENSURE
54 dentists and 122 dental assistants were newly registered and licensed/certi ed with the MDA.  ere are currently 735 licensed dentists (and 50 non-practicing dentists) and 1332 registered dental assistants (and 99 non-practicing assistants) in the Province of Manitoba.
As per the Dental Act, and to ensure your patients continuity of dental care, it is a member’s responsibility to inform the MDA Immediately should there be a change
in practice address, licence class, or health status which may a ect your ability to practice. Members of the public search these registries when dentists move o ces or retire. Revisions to the publlc registry and information on the registration process are ongoing.  e pharmacological behaviour management public rosters and practice restrictions will be revised on an ongoing basis as required.
A very big thank you to Ms. Cheryl Du y for all her dedication and support of new and current members. Cheryl’s help has also been invaluable to me as I transitioned to Registrar.
PEER REVIEW
 e Chair of the Committee, Dr. Lori Stephen-James, has provided her report of the activities of this committee during 2017.
 e Complaints Committees have access to an investigator to support the volunteers in their investigations.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Jean Bodnar, Dr. Lori Stephan-James and Ms. Sarah Harvey for their dedication and support of the Peer Review process.
CONTINUING COMPETENCE
 e Chair of the Committee, Dr. Nancy Ayeung has provided her report.  e standardized program approval process for continuing education courses is functioning well. Many thanks to Dr. Ayeung and the committee for all their work in 2017.
Members should refer to the Bylaw for Continuing Education of Dentists or Bylaw for Continuing Education of Dental Assistants to ensure you comply, and your CE provider Is approved prior to registering for any course. If you are unsure, please contact Ms. Linda Berg.
Members are to ensure that they bring their Scan Cards to each approved course for scanning. Please ensure that there are at least 2 scanned points per session for a half day course, and 4 scanned points for a full day course, i.e. each time you enter and leave the room for any reason, including lunch and washroom breaks. We appreciate your patience during this time of transition.
Many thanks to Pam McFarlane, Linda Berg, Sarah Harvey and Diane McDonald for their support of members and CE providers, it is greatly appreciated.
OFFICE ASSESSMENT
 e Chair of the Committee, Dr. Allan Cogan, has provided his report.  e Committee is e ectively engaged in monitoring and directing the assessment process. Many thanks for your hard work in 2017.
Many thanks to Ms. Linda Berg, the Director of O ce Assessments for her tireless e orts to assist o ces in this important regulatory role. We look forward to welcoming a new Coordinator of O ce Assessments in 2018.
E orts continue to develop and improve our system, processes, timelines and documents. I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the input and patience of the auditors and members during this valuable process.
 e website is maintained by Dr. Amarjit Rihal who is an excellent resource for members. Many thanks to Dr. Rihal for making time in his already busy schedule.
E orts to develop new resources and methods of communications are being planned, as well as integrating new technology to streamline report dra ing and reduce current timelines.
THE REGULATED HEALTH PROFESSIONS ACT (RHPAJ
With the introduction of regulations for speech language pathologists and audiologists,  e Regulated Health Professions Act ( e Act) was proclaimed on 01 January 2014. Profession-speci c regulations for registered nurses will bring the nursing profession under the RHPA, e ective May 31, 2018.  e College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Paramedic Association of Manitoba are now actively involved in the process, but it may be awhile before we see them under the RHPA.
It will still be some time before regulations are developed to replace  e Dental Association Act, bl!t signi cant time and
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