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    What will you find in Members Only

    • Jobs: Technicians wanted / Technicians looking
    • For Sale: Items "For Sale" , or "Looking for..."
    • The Deadbeat Dentist List
    • Annual General Meeting Minutes
    • The latest official documents like the NRPL and new Regulations
    • E-Alerts
    • BHF Documents Gold Permit Documents
    • Sample documents and forms
    • General information regarding:
      • Direct Claiming
      • Medicross Invoices
      • Legal Opinions
      • Pension Fund
      • Medicross Consumer Protection Act
 
NEW!  Non-members of DENTASA can now also obtain CEUs by completing SADTJ questionnairs at R70 per CEU. Members still pay only R30 per CEU.
 

CPD: The waiting game

It is generally accepted that CPD requirements must be:

  • reasonable,
  • achievable,
  • fair,
  • accessible to all (cost-effective),
  • transparent,
  • flexible, and
  • inclusive.

Measured against these categories the SADTC’s CPD requirements falls far short as the rules are draconian and very user-unfriendly towards the profession.

The maximum threshold for CEUs in certain categories is a case in point.  When bench marking against other councils like the Pharmacy Council, The South African Council for Social Service Professions, The South African Institute for Professional  Accountants , The Actuarial Society and most importantly the HPCSA with its TWELVE  professional boards, none of them have a maximum threshold for CEUs in a category.

By removing the maximum CEUs per category and making it possible to obtain all the CEUs from the Journal the SADTC will go a long way in making CPD achievable and accessible to all in the profession.

DENTASA also requested the SADTC to allow the technicians to complete the SADTJ questionnaires of the 2014/2015 period to make up their CEU short fall, this will also be discussed at the planned workshop.

In light of the above DENTASA requested that Mariaan Roets be allowed to attend and give her valued input at their proposed workshop which was supposed to have been held in March.  It is now the middle May and we are still waiting for any feedback from Council, seven months after our initial letters.

Our request to publish the SADTC newsletters and annual report in order for technicians to gain Ethic and Business points by completing the questionnaires was prohibited. We regret this decision as it would have made it possible for technicians in the rural areas to earn their Ethics and Business CEUs much easier and cheaper.

Half of this year is almost gone, we need clarity on the above issues, the CPD compliance rate is abysmal, let’s make it reasonable, achievable, fair, accessible, transparent, flexible and inclusive. It is possible.

Update:

Ms. Roets attended the CPD workshop representing DENTASA. We suggested the following to make it easier for technicians to comply, for service providers to apply and for the Council to administer:

1. Abolish maximum threshold per category

2. Make Ethics and Business CEUs available in accredited publications and other media

3. Simplify accreditation proces

4. That technicians be given a chance to get the required CEU’s for 2014/2015 by completing the 2014/2015 questionnaires in the SADTJ


The CPD Committee discussed the requests after the workshop in their meeting and will make recommendations to the Council.  The next SADTC meeting is 15 July.

 

How are the CEUs calculated for the Journal?

The Journal (SADTJ) falls under Category B: (Measurable) Training and Publications: Dental Technology and related fields, sub-category B8.
A maximum of 20 of the required CEUs may be obtained/claimed from this category but not more than 10 from any sub-category, with the exception of B4 which may not exceed 20 CEU’s

Answer/complete multiple-choice questionnaires (MCQ) in journals, including electronic journals and or professional association News Letters with required pass mark.

70% is needed to pass and 0.2 CEU per standard page of prescribed reading and 0.2 CEU per question is awarded.

 
Please choose a SADTJ below and click on the button next to each journal to submit your answers
Journal Number View Journal Link Submit Answers Link
     
SADTJ Volume 7 Q1 View Journal Submit Answers 
  View Journal (Dropbox)  (9.9 CEUs in Category B8)
     
 SADTJ Volume 6 Q3  View Journal  Submit Answers 
  View Journal (Dropbox)  (8.6 CEUs)
     
SADTJ Volume 6 Q2 View Journal Submit Answers
  View Jounal (Dropbox)  (10 CEUs)
     
SADTJ Volume 6 Q1 View Journal Submit Answers
  View Journal (Dropbox)  (17 CEUs) 
     
SADTJ Volume 5 Q4 View Journal (Dropbox) Submit Answers
  View Journal   (6.8 CEUs)
     
SADTJ Volume 5 Q3 View Journal Submit Answers
 
SADTJ Volume 5 Q2  n/a Submit Answers
 
SADTJ Volume 5 Q1  n/a Submit Answers
 
SADTJ Volume 4 Q4  n/a Submit Answers
 
SADTJ Volume 4 Q3  n/a Submit Answers

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development  has extended the exemption which was to have lapsed on the 31st of December 2011. Private companies within certain sectors are now exempted from compiling and submitting information manuals in terms of section 51 of the Promotion of Access to Information Act to the South African Human Rights Commission until the 31st of December 2015.

http://www.sahrc.org.za/home/index.php?ipkContentID=70&ipkMenuID=51


6 steps to drafting a Promotion of Access to Information Act Manual

1.   Copy the Section 51 Manual Template (Annexure B to this Advisory).

2.   Download "Annexure C (Annexure C: Form C: Request Form)" & "Annexure D (Annexure D: Schedule of Fees)". You will see that these must be hyperlinked to from the marked place in the Template.

3.   Go through the template and fill in the easy answers. Where the answers are not immediately apparent make a note of who you need to speak to in order to clarify these – usually your accountant can be of some assistance.

4.   Go through your information records, especially those to do with management, employment and employees, and make sure that you have specified these.

Remember that just because a business record has been specified it does not mean that you will have to make this information available to anyone who requests it if there are valid reasons for not doing so.

5.   Once you have completed a draft circulate a copy to all decision-makers in your business and ask if they have any comments.

6.   Once you are satisfied that the manual is complete then:

a. Place a copy on your web site. Create a link to it from the home page which is clearly noticeable to visitors to your site (preferably without the needs to scroll down on a page). You can call the link "Access to Information Manual" or "Section 51 Manual".

b. Send a copy to the PAIA unit of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC):

The South African Human Rights Commission:

PAIA Unit

The Research and Documentation Department

Postal address: Private Bag 2700, Houghton, 2041

Tel: +27.11.484.8300 | Fax: +27.11.484.0582

Web: http://www.sahrc.org.za | PAIA (at) sahrc.org.za

c. Keep a hard copy at your head office and other major places of business – it must be available for inspection during ordinary office hours.

d. If you are a member of an umbrella organisation (e.g. an industry representative body with a code of conduct which is binding on its members) then a copy has to be submitted to the controlling body.

Company

Landline

Website

Additional Info

       

Betta Dental

011-867 6896

 

Simplifying Dental Technology

       

Confi-dent Agencies

011-483 1881

   
       

Dental Innovations

021-930 2204

www.izi.co.za

 
       

Dentaurum

011-472 2670

   
       

Elite Dental Supplies

012-653 3610

www.dentalproducts.co.za

 
       

GEMCO

011-996 6000

www.gemco.co.za

 
       

Glaxo Smith Kline

011-745 6000

   
       

Ivodent

021-345 1214

www.ivodent.co.za

 
       

Lifestyle Dentistry

011-440 5442

   
       

Megadent

021-552 2721

www.megadent.co.za

 
       

Metal Free Dental

011-794 9098

www.metalfreedental.co.za

 
       

Nova Dental Supplies

011-210 0400

   
       

Selective Aesthetics

011-991 7007

   
       

Sirona

031-822 2737

http://www.sirona.co.za

 
       

Southern Implants

012-667 1046

www.southernimplants.com

 
       

Solution Hub

012-348 4390 / 3689

www.thesolutionhub.co.za

 
       

Sterling Dental Supplies

012-346 4063

www.sterlingdental.co.za

 
       

Wright Millners

021-530 8800

www.wright-millners.co.za

 
       

Zenith Dental

011-672 2221

   
       

3M

011-806 2298

www.3mespe.co.za

 
       

Tariffs and Codes:


It has taken a long time, but the new (three years) have now at last been sorted and are being paid by medical schemes.

Draft Regulations:

All the below listed Draft Regulations have gone through all the necessary channels and are now awaiting promulgation by the Minister of Health.
Regulations Relating to the Scope of Profession of Dental Technicians and Dental Technologists
Regulations Relating to the Mandatory Registration of Informally Trained Dental Laboratory Assistance and Dental Technicians with Restricted Registration.
Regulations Relating to the Supervision of Registered Dental Laboratories.

Trust Fund:

This is still a thorn in the side and is a long way off, of finalization. The good news is that all the missing funds have been recovered after a lot of searching, and are now safely paid into the Trust account. Hopefully by this time next year I will be able to report more positively.

SADA:

The incorrect e-mails sent out by SADA regarding direct payment, that it is only allowed for the Lab to claim after the dentist has signed off the work, was after my meeting with the SADTC and some medical schemes, found to be groundless. You may claim as soon as the work is delivered and a delivery note is signed by anybody in the practice.

Student Competition:

It was decided in January to not have a Student Achiever competition in 2015, as the UoTs were of the opinion that there was insufficient time. 2016 however is in full swing. The first winner in 2014 is in Europe at present.

Sub Committees of SADTC:

Although I am not a SADTC Councillor, I am happy to inform you that I serve on the following committees.

Legal Committee
CPD Committee
Education Committee
Tariff Committee (to be ratified on the 12th December)

By not only serving on these committees, but being very involved in all of them I can assure you that your interests are always first and foremost.


The only Committee I do not serve on and correctly so, is the disciplinary committee.


We have done a tremendous amount of work in all these committees, especially on the legal side, by having completed the first very rough re-draft of the dental technicians act. It will be available sometime next year for your valuable input and comment.

Competitions Commissioner:

As you are aware, SADA laid a complaint against DENTASA and the SADTC, at the CC with regards to the use of Cad/Cam by dentists. I have already given a three hour testimony at the CC in June/July of this year.
Both the Registrar of the SADTC and I have been subpoenaed to appear in front of the CC again on the 11th December, and I would imagine that the final outcome of the case will be delivered. If so, I will send an SMS out to inform you all, as the office is closing on Tuesday 15th December.

National Department of Health:

I am part of the “Oral Health Stakeholder Consultative Committee” of the NDoH. This is a very high powered committee, as all nine Directors of Oral Health, the Dental Dean of Dental Faculties, all Associations, all Regulators and Representatives of the UoTs, chaired by the Director of Oral Health in S.A. are present.


DENTASA, represented by yours truly, had a very interesting presentation on Clinical Dental Technology on the 26th November. Mr. Ishmael Larney from Sydney, Australia was my guest and he gave the presentation. This, I can promise you was not the highlight of what all the dentists present, wanted to hear. The presentations by both the SADTC and the UoTs also stressed the fact that there is no turning back with regards to Denturism. One of the achieved results at the meeting was that the OHSCC is holding a two day workshop, with the emphasis that we are all equal. This meeting is due to take place early in the new- year, as there is sense of urgency involved, if transformation is to be achieved.

DENTASA Elections:

DENTASA also held its general election this year, and both good and bad came out of this. The biggest branch, South Gauteng, has unfortunately no representation on the Exco. This is an urgent priority for January 2016. The good news is that a new branch in Mpumalanga was established. We welcome Channell Steenkamp to the fold. Congratulations to our new President, Michael Lazarevic and Vice President Harry George.

DENTASA Summit and AGM:

2015 AGM proved to be very successful and thank all members that attended, and a special word of thanks to the Western Cape.
2016 has been booked and will be held on the 3rd and 4th June at the Birchwood Hotel & Conference Centre. Please diarize this important date !

Code of Conduct and Ethics:

DENTASA was informed by the SADTC that a code of conduct must be formulated for our members, as all Associations need to abide. I researched various Codes of Conducts and Ethics from many professions around the world, and drew up our own. This was presented to the Exco of DENTASA and duly accepted. The same was also presented to the SADTC.

News

There has been a substantial increase in the SADTC Fees:
All registered members of the South African Dental Technicians Council are expected to pay an annual registration fee of R 1,500.00 and those who own laboratories are expected to pay an additional fee of R 4,000.00 to continue conducting their commercial dental laboratory businesses.

We are conducting a survey and would love your response on it. Please click on the link below to go to the survey:

http://proprofs.com/survey/t/?title=nel1x

We really appreciate you taking the time out for this and participating.


Student Competition - Click Here for info

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About This Site

DENTASA is a voluntary association and advocacy group to promote the interests and needs of the dental technology industry.

We hope to bring you the political news, activities and legislation affecting dental technology as well as DENTASA matters and events.

DENTASA is an association for registered dental technicians to join, where relevant matters affecting the industry can be discussed and a common standpoint can be achieved and advocated for by the association to the relevant regulatory body.

The stronger the association is in membership, the better DENTASA can work towards advancing the industry to a level where the public can respect and appreciate the work of dental technologists.


SMS Alerts

Auto opt-out system for SMS alerts.

When someone replies with an opt-out message (STOP, OPT-OUT or similar opt out message), the SMS gateway automatically adds their number to a blacklist that is linked to the DENTASA account.

Once a number has been added to this blacklist, the gateway will not send any further messages to that number, if the message originates from the DENTASA account.

If you want to have your number removed from the blacklist please contact WinSMS on 0861 WINSMS (0861 94 67 67) during office hours Mon-Fri 08:30-17:00.


Employment of Students

If there are any laboratories that are interested in employing students please contact the DENTASA office on (012) 460 1155.

We will compile a list which will be made available to the different Universities in the different provinces. Your assistance will be highly appreciated!


How does DENTASA help you to get CPD credits?

From 2012 you can get at least 27 credits just for being a member, attending the AGM and branch meetings and completing the SADTJ questionnaires!


Double Invoicing

We urge all Technicians that are aware of this illegal practice to report it to DENTASA head office.

DENTASA will then report this unscrupulous practice to the relevant authorities. The laboratory will remain anonymous.

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Phone: 012-460 1155

Fax: 012- 460 9481

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Office Hours: Mon-Fri 08:00-13:00