CBCT Access To Be Reviewed By Senate Committee
24th Aug 17
A senate committee reviewing the geographic and other disparities in access to diagnostic imaging equipment is to receive advice that Western Australia’s regulations associated with CBCT / CBVT ownership is unnecessarily restrictive.
Key Issues For The Dental Industry —
The Australian Senate is to conduct an inquiry into the geographic and other disparities in access to diagnostic imaging equipment and the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) is to use this as an opportunity to highlight the need to reform Western Australia’s restrictions on the ownership of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) digital imaging equipment.
CBCT digital imaging is changing the way dental practitioners view the oral and maxillofacial complex as well as teeth and the surrounding tissues. CBCT has been specifically designed to produce undistorted images similar to computed tomography (CT), but at a lower equipment cost, simpler image acquisition and lower patient radiation dose. This leading-edge technology offers many benefits for patients. However, its use in Western Australia is constrained as a result of outdated and unnecessarily restrictive licensing policy that means virtually no dentist in Western Australia can use this technology.
For information on ADIA's position and the Senate Inquiry visit the following links:
Consistent with ADIA’s established policy position, ADIA will tender advice to the Senate Committee that the Western Australian Government, through the Radiological Council of Western Australia (RCWA) should review the current policy in order to reflect contemporary approaches in the ownership and use of CBCT / CBVT imaging equipment.
ADIA has previously secured a commitment from the Western Australian Premier, the Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, to review the state's licensing requirements for owning and operating CBCT / CBVT digital imaging equipment. ADIA has also discussed the matter with the Minister for Health, the Hon. Roger Cook MLA.
The proposed solution is akin to that adopted by the South Australian government which requires dental professionals, including dentists, dental surgeons, orthodontists, endodontists, hygienists and assistants, hold complete appropriate levels of operator training and hold a licence if they wish to operate ionising radiation apparatuses.
Through the ADIA Reference Group – WA Digital Imaging has provided businesses with an interest in this matter to come together and progress reform in this area that will increase for dental professionals to this important diagnosis tool.
Member engagement —
ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results. With respect to matters associated with the regulatory framework for the ownership of CBCT digitial imaging equipment the ADIA national office receive advice and guidance from members serving on the ADIA Reference Group - WA Digital Imaging with updates provided to members at the quarterly series of ADIA State Branch Briefings.
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