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JANUARY 22, 2014
MDA Member Elections: The following individuals were elected in District #1 for two-year terms: Dr. Nancy Auyeung and Dr. Cory Sul. The auditing firm of Magnus & Buffie oversaw the counting of the ballots and provided the MDA Board with a report.
MDA Bylaws: The following MDA Bylaws that were ratified by licensed dentists in December 2013: Continuing Education, General, Dental Incorporations and Registration and Licensing. The Pharmacological Behavior Management and Botulinum Toxin Bylaws both required ratification at the annual business meeting. Ten or more members wrote in asking that these bylaws be ratified at a general meeting of the licensed members.
Office Assessments: The online resources developed for members will be made available to members only for the next 9 months after which time it will be available on the MDA website for public viewing.
Continuing Competency: The Continuing Competency Committee is reviewing the other continuing competency for dentistry models across Canada. Current framework in Manitoba will be reviewed in the context of other models.
National Dental Examining Board of Canada: Highlights of the NDEB Annual Meeting 2013: 1) NDEB equivalency process continues to see large numbers of individuals register annually; 2) NDEB Examination Committee looking at developing an integrated exam to replace the written and OSCE exam; 3) 129 out of 1187 individuals completed the NDEB Equivalency process in 2013; 4) 90% of dental students from accredited dental programs passed the NDEB written and OSCE exams.
Regulated Health Professions Act: The Regulated Health Professions Act came into force on January 1, 2014 and the Practice of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology were the first to have their regulations passed. In terms of dentistry, we are still 3 to 5 years away from being regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act.
Non-Insured Health Benefits: The following update was provided to the MDA Board on the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program:
1) Program serves First Nation/Inuit population of 900,000 people which is increasing at a rate of 6% per year: 2) Population increase has had a huge burden on early childhood caries, long term care and pharmaceuticals: 3) NIHB current budget of $1.1 billion represents a 4.3% increase from previous years. The budget breakdown is
as follows – 20% dental, 30% transportation, 50% pharmacy. For Manitoba, $30 million is spent on dental care: 4) MB has the second largest First Nations population in Canada: 5) Utilization rate of program is 31% in MB compared to the national average of 37%. $547.00 spent per patient in Manitoba compared to the national average of $641.00; 6) In MB 76 dentists bill NIHB over $100,000 per year: 7) Administration burden continues to be a major hurdle for dentists in providing care. Centralization of the pre-determination process has caused huge delays in treatment: 8) Patient consent on NIHB audits still being worked on. CDA has requested changes in current language: 9) CDA has been able to negotiate a 5% increase in the NIHB program annually.
CDSPI: The CDSPI delegation reported on its current state of affairs: 1) Expansion of Wellness Program to support dentists and dental staff facing life challenges including substance abuse and addiction: 2) Student programs are continually being refined to better address their needs. Participation of students in CDSPI programs and services continue to grow. University of Manitoba dental students have a 76% overall participation rate: 3) New Dentists Forum held in Toronto to assist dentists in their
transition to private practice: 4) Malpractice Task Force established to examine the issues regarding eligibility in the context of voluntary membership: 5) Wealth Management Programs under Cumberland has proven to be very successful. Over $600,000 million has been invested by dentist: 6) Retiree Benefits Program launched January
1, 2014. This program provides extended health care benefits base plans offered by Manulife.
Canadian Dental Association: CDA President, Dr. Peter Doig addressed the MDA Board on the current state of affairs of the CDA. Firstly, he thanked the MDA Board for their support of him during his year as President of the CDA: 1) Environmental scan
identifies major trends that dentistry needs to respond to:
2) National Oral Health Action Plan a major priority. It is a collaborative effort to address challenges in oral health policies and delivery of oral health care in Canada: 3) Focusing on increasing opportunities for dialogue with all oral health care sectors, insurance industry, non-dental health community and other stakeholders:
4) CDA priority projects include Trust and Value Program, Advocacy on Access to Care, JCDA Oasis, NIHB program and e-Referral system: 5) Other initiatives and projects include the Canadian Dental Student Federation, Code of Ethics for Dentists, issue of professionalism, dialogue with ODQ and assimilation of graduates of the NDEB equivalency process into the dental profession.
Fluoride Strategy Working Group: The Fluoride Strategy Working Group continues to meet regularly. The Working Group is presently developing a powerpoint presentation that can be used to influence elected councilors, health agencies and other key organizations on the importance of fluoridated drinking water. Working Group was able to recently influence the City of Winkler to retain fluoride in their drinking water.
Manitoba Dental Foundation: The mission statement of the Foundation has been approved along with a logo. The main purposes of the Foundation are education, research and access to care.
Dean’s Report: The Faculty of Dentistry provided the following update to the MDA Board: 1) Pending retirement of an oral pathologist may cause some changes at the Facility. The Oral Pathology service at the faculty may not be possible in the future; 2) Faculty of Health Sciences should be fully operational at the end of the year. This new faculty will incorporate the renamed
faculties under Colleges. They are the College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy and College of Nurses; 3) Oral Health Day scheduled for February 7, 2015; 4) Budget cuts from University of Manitoba – 5% in each of the years 2014 and 2015 and; 5) An overview of curriculum modules in oral systemic health for non-dental healthcare providers.

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