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President’s Message
As summer is coming to a close, I trust everyone has had some time to relax and visit with family and friends. With the days get- ting shorter and occasionally a bite in the air, fall appears to be arriving. The colours and fragrances in the forests make this my favourite time of the year.
The Manitoba Dental Association is transitioning as well. We would like to welcome Ms. Tammy Hildebrand as she assumes 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. In meeting with Tammy I know she will bring the same smile and enthusiasm to this position as Linda has over the past number of years.
Regulation of dentistry is changing. With the new Regulated Health Professions Act, governments are changing their expectations of self-regulated professions. This has required redrafting of bylaws and registration, licensing requirements. Currently, there is a federal/provincial/territorial working group that is looking at prescribing practices. It is associated with Federal Minister Ambrose’s efforts to improve safety for prescription drugs prone to abuse. The MDA is currently reviewing the M3P pad approval process to see if there is further need for a policy change. I would like to thank all members for your continued support as your MDA evolves.
There were two student events held during the summer. The first event was the Graduation Breakfast held on June 5. It was great to see all the parents, friends, faculty and of course students of the School of Dental Hygiene and the College of Dentistry. This is always a highlight on the calendar as we witness the students fulfilling their dreams. The next event was the Welcome to the Profession Dinner held August 14 at the Hotel Fort Garry. This event brought together all first year students and first year internationally trained dental students with their mentors. This is the annual kickoff of the mentorship program and would not be possible without the kind sponsorship of Scotia Bank and CDSPI. A good deal of work on behalf of both the College and the MDA made that evening another highlight on the calendar.
We recently had discussions with Employment and Income Services. Topics ranged from ways of increasing dental manpower in the north, dental coverage for refuges, efficiencies in dental adjudication processes to care for seniors especially in Long Term Health Care Facilities. Although these are preliminary discussions the government is engaged and takes these issues seriously.
The care for seniors in Long Term Health Care Facilities has become a priority for not only the CDA but the MDA as well. MDA’s Long Term Health Care Committee has been working
to create awareness and action plans to increase the standard of oral health care to this vulnerable population. Our intention is to have governments pass some type of regulation/policy to ensure residents get timely and basic dental care.
As you make your plans for winter and spring of 2015, I would like to draw your attention to two events. The first is the Western Canadian Dental Society’s 47th annual seminar and curling
bonspiel being held here in Winnipeg, March19-21 2015. This event provides not only great camaraderie but also raises much needed funds for scholarships for colleges and faculties in Western Canada. The second event is our annual MDA Convention being held in Brandon April 17-18 2015. Planning is well underway for this “Spring Fever” event. Please note the change in timing of our convention. We will assess in the future the membership’s thoughts on holding the convention at this time of year or during our traditional January timeframe.
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me at any time.
Have a great day,
Dr. Mike Sullivan
Manitoba Dental Association

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