RACIAL VILIFICATION, ALCOHOL ABUSE, CRONYISM & VIOLENCE IN AUSTRALIAN GOLF – BONDI GOLF CLUB, THE WORST CLUB IN AUSTRALIA IF NOT THE WORLD.

Here is the long-running saga of the worst golf club in Australia, if not the world. You will read about systemic and long running racial and religious hate, violence, alcohol abuse,  cronyism, and anti social behaviour inside Australian golf. You will also read  how it has been covered up by Golf Australia and Golf NSW who, despite overwhelming evidence (supplied below), refuse to admit it is happening and, as it appears, is happy for this appalling and disgraceful situation to continue.

Read on, but you had better be seated because if you’re not you will surely fall over in disgust. The letter below and all the documented evidence was sent to both Golf Australia and Golf NSW. Their disgraceful replies of denial are also seen below.

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PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THE DENTAL PROFESSION

Hello to everybody in Australia and around the world,
A heartfelt and genuine thanks to those many people in Australia and elsewhere who responded (and continue to respond) so positively to my email.

Joseph Allbeury’s (e-LABORATE) call for a THINK TANK and a ‘plan’ is a very good one and is agreed with by everyone. To that end, Georges Sara…wow…what can we say to you but THANK YOU for your generous offer. What a wonderful step forward. Please see Georges’ offer at the conclusion of this letter.

Here are some facts, followed by thoughts for a plan that we can now further build upon together.

Fact 1 -There is now absolutely no doubt what-so-ever that there exists amongst a great many people a real, even urgent desire, to change (improve) the direction of the dental profession.

Fact 2 – We have already started a ‘plan’ because all plans that involve more than one person must start with, and cannot survive without, communication. More words have been communicated about the declining plight of the dental profession by you (the plural ‘you’) in the last few weeks than altogether in the last many years. Without positive and productive ongoing communication no plan can exist and no plan can succeed. Therefore, we already have a great start.

Fact 3 – It is well proven and beyond argument that governments and the media have little interest in our profession and ignore us virtually completely. When the media do make comment about dentistry it is, in the vast majority of instances, decidedly negative…..and this ongoing negativity only further entrenches the continuing downward spiral of the public perception toward the profession.

Fact 4 – It is widely agreed that the crisis the profession is in is of our own making. The public, the national media, and governments (in fact, entire parliaments) have ignored us because we have for decades been in a stalemate and stagnant position and therefore for decades we have had nothing new and better to offer them. Everything that we have done in the past has, collectively, resulted in where we are now – therefore it can only be us, as an encompassing profession, who must modernise ourselves in order to bring to the media (and therefore the public and governments) something new and exciting to which they and the pubic can agree with and identify to – and therefore more positively respond.

This brings us back to fact 1.

Realistic Goals & Objectives:

1 – The most important long term and sustainable goal/objective must be to reverse the general public perception of the dental profession from derision and avoidance (as it clearly is now in many countries) to respect and admiration. To achieve that we must bring, as a cohesive professional entity, the true value and worth of quality team dentistry into the general public awareness. That way the general public may choose to stay at home rather than go off shore for their dental care – and therefore they may visit your establishment and/or use your services and products. In other words, additional business and therefore additional and ‘measureable’ (courtesy and thanks Chantelle Adams, OHPA) employment and profit growth.

PLAN – To continue to build on the rapidly rising level of communication and discussion by inviting and including ALL sectors of the profession. All people in all sectors should now be prepared to look to the future, be prepared to communicate together with full respect to everyone’s feelings and without the long-held derision, and be prepared to be represented on the proposed THINK TANK in a fair and equal measure.

The matter of who could or should be part of the think tank is;
a) an individual‘s choice.
b) that individual must be prepared to step up (and be seen) and to step out (of the old hatreds). The good news is that there are already people who have ‘raised their hands’ wishing to be included. Thank you.
c) that individual must be able to bring integrity, experience, knowledge, and skills to the think tank. Respect of those individuals by the profession is paramount.
d) All employers include and encourage all employees to actively participate in this discussion…after all, they are the future of the profession.
e) All executive committees from all existing associations urgently and actively (and as a matter of executive duty, responsibility and propriety) inform all members of this discussion such that the executive represents the informed collective will of the entire membership of that association.
f) Each sector consider each specialty within that sector. For example – Dental Artists and Engineers to include (as possible representatives) specialists in art, CAD CAM, digital platforms, business acumen and/or others. This would be done on equal terms for all sectors.

The matter of detail (such as where and how the think tank will meet) can be discussed once we have people to discuss it with.

2 – Goal /objective: All sectors of the profession be fairly and equally represented together as one cooperative and collaborative professional entity to governments (parliaments), media and the public. The heavily fractured, fragmented and incohesive manner in which we have presented the profession to the public, media and parliaments in the past has proven to have been a massive failure – and the entire profession is suffering the consequences of this failure by witnessing the public deserting the profession in huge and ever-growing numbers. Future respect and prosperity of the profession undeniably and irrefutably lies with a cohesive and cooperative umbrella association called DENTISTRY AUSTRALIA (or, for example, DENTISTRY AMERCIA, DENTISTRY SOUTH AFRICA etc) that will, in time, speak on behalf of and represent the entire encompassing profession equally and equitably. This too will be measurable by full participation of all dental professionals employed in all sectors.

FACT – We, as the encompassing dental profession, have a legal right to establish and coordinate our own professional representation to the non-dental world. We do NOT need ‘executive government’ approval (those two words said to me by the High Court of Australia), we do NOT need parliamentary (or other political) approval, and we do NOT need media approval to establish and coordinate ourselves into a single representative entity. In Australia there are upwards of forty five thousand (45,000) people working in the encompassing dental profession, yet only thirteen thousand (13,000) of them, all coming from one sector only, have as a group or association ready access to government and media. This is clearly unjust and undemocratic, and given we all live in ‘democratic’ countries where we can decide our own course, then we are entitled to establish our own fair and equitable representation to decide that course.

3 – Goal/objective: The profession appropriately utilises all the skills and talents of all those within it in the best interests of the public and the profession. For example, we finally come into the 21st century reality and follow other Commonwealth countries (such as Canada and the UK) by introducing independent Oral Care Clinics. These will be owned and operated by therapists and hygienists, and, where applicable, will supported by prosthetists (known as ‘denturists’ outside Australia). They will, firstly and as an introduction, reduce and eliminate the seemingly endless and ever-growing public health waiting lists – and, once that is successfully completed, bring high quality oral health care to the very large number of general public who currently do not seek any regular oral health care. The result here too will be a measureable ‘viable, sustainable and attainable’ (courtesy J. Allbeury) business growth, employment, and profitability of the profession.

PLAN – DENTISTRY AUSTRALIA (and others), once established and operating, bring a collaborative and encompassing plan to parliaments (and media) for independent Oral Care Clinics in the best interests of the public and the profession.

FACT – It is clear that dental artists and engineers world-wide now have no choice but accept the reality that ‘times have changed’, that globalisation and off shore outsourcing are here to stay, and therefore they must operate their businesses within that environment if they are to survive, let alone thrive.
Therefore it is the absolute height of hypocrisy that some (but certainly not all) dentists will not acknowledge nor accept that same fact when it applies to themselves. This is not ‘dentist-bashing’, it is a plain fact of reality. Therapists, hygienists and denturists are now more than able and competent to bring high quality preventative health care, and as well as high quality basic restorative health care, direct to the public. That is precisely what they have been well trained and well educated for. The practice of dentistry has evolved such that dentists can now do many modern procedures unavailable to them in the past, and therefore others can now do what only dentists used to do. Precedents of such modernising have in the past been achieved by other professions – medicine and law amongst them – and the dental profession must now follow suit.

Also, since dentists enjoy the many privileges of the term ‘doctor’ then they must accept and adhere to the responsibilities that come attached to those privileges. And that is, first and foremost, the duty of care. If we truly are a ‘profession’ and wish to be perceived that way by the public, then the entire profession collectively must do all in its power to deliver the best dental health care possible to as many people as possible as efficiently as possible. The years-long waiting lists and the huge number of people globally who miss out entirely on dental care conclusively proves the profession has failed in this mission. ORAL CARE CLINICS will certainly go a long way in helping to achieve the goal of better public perception, acceptance, and participation with the profession.

4 –Goal/objective – Education. A long term goal must be improved dental education, and that education is best achieved collaboratively.

PLAN – Quality dentistry can and is only ever achieved and delivered in a team environment. Therefore, education must also be conducted in a team environment so future dental professionals can learn and master all the best individual and cooperative skills for the benefit of the patient, that particular business, and the profession in general. The fractured and fragmented education of the past has lead to the fractured and fragmented profession in the present. And if we fail to redress this, then it wilb be the future too. There are now precedents of collaborative education in a small number of places and this is the future of dental ‘professionalism’ around the world. Given that the word ‘adapt’ is now so often used, then educators and the education system education must adapt too.

PLAN – In addition, I propose that the word ‘technician’ be deleted from our vocabulary to be replaced with the far more contemporary ‘Dental Artists’ and ‘Dental Engineers’ to accurately reflect the work they do and the skills they have attained. Many global companies ‘re-brand’ and revitalise their image in the public arena, and it is time that dentistry does it too. Failure to do that has had consequences that have become clearly evident and are being felt by all.

On a personal level, I have been ‘testing’ these terms on the general public for more than five months – and my overwhelming experience is that when I use the word ‘technician’ to a (non-dental) person then that person is utterly disinterested. However, I now exclusively use the terms ‘Dental Artist’ and/or ‘Dental Engineer’ and the reaction (by that non-dental person) is one of curiosity and strong interest. This represents a fantastic reversal of perception, and knowing that, we can and must build on it and bring it into the general public awareness.

ARTISTS & ENGINEERS’ REGISTRATION – the question of Artists & Engineers deregistration (in Australia) remains a hot one and there have been a variety of views expressed. However I raise these two interesting points for discussion.
In Australia, to serve or sell alcohol you must by state law have completed an RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) certificate and a copy of that certificate must be held on the premises by your employer. In addition, you must by state law have applied for (within 90 days of receiving your RSA certificate) and received a Competency Card from the state government and that card must, by state law, be carried on your person at all times while at work. That industry also has inspectors to monitor and enforce the law and should there be a breach of law then that person, the licensee, and/or the owner of the establishment may face heavy fines. In other words, alcohol industry workers are in fact trained, accredited and registered. And all of that is merely for somebody to sell or serve a simple and basically meaningless beer. The same accreditation applies to taxi drivers too. It is not unrealistic to say that both of these occupations can hardly be described as ‘professional’ when compared to dentistry and its major heath implications.

Yet no such controls, laws or scrutiny exist for dental artists and engineers who make ‘custom made medical (actually ‘dental’) devices’ that can and do have such an enormous effect on the health and welfare of the public. Given this hypocrisy and its intense belittling of the dental profession, then, should individual registration not return, perhaps the concept of dental labs entering the ‘framework of medical manufacture’ (courtesy Joseph Allbeury) be considered such that there can be fair and proper governance over dental labs – and they will be of guaranteed minimum quality and may actually end up being of value instead of being worthless as most of them are now.

ADVERTISING – Advertising has also been widely raised in recent discussions – but there are issues such as who is advertising, what is it they are advertising, who does that advertising represent, and what positive and continuing results does that advertising aim to achieve? Advertising can and should be done……but only when we as an encompassing profession are ready to present to the public something new that the public can trust, accept, and easily identify with.

MEDIA – As mentioned above, the mainstream media has all but ignored us not matter what has been tried. But what about other media that continue to actively support us and will listen to us and give us fair air time? Is it wise to not seek any media and ‘throw out the baby with the bathwater’ even when opportunities in the supportive media continue to exist?

PLAN- Is it realistic of the profession to continue to expect any improved attention from mass media? True professionalism demands humility, and since there still are supportive media offering us air time, then we should gratefully accept that offer when appropriate. Start with solid and supportive foundations and build up.
Also, what about a collaborative ‘dental’ effort in the social media, should we ignore that ever-growing media avenue too?

‘COUNTRY OF ORIGIN’ LABELLING – In Australia it is law to label country of origin of all products sold to the public – but not, seemingly, for ‘custom made dental devices’. There is no doubt that some companies (dental and others) have abused and deceived the public with misleading labelling, and therefore Joseph Allbeury makes a valid point that this is not the ‘panacea’.

Misleading labelling has allowed some (but certainly not all) people in the profession to abuse this loophole for their own benefit, and now with the internet ‘information superhighway’ the confusion and mistrust about ‘where it’s made’ is quickly becoming become widespread throughout society. The spread of this confusion has added to the public perception that ‘dentists are a rip off’, and we know and are feeling the consequences. I have had plenty of interviews (if you wish, see www.openwidebook>Articles & media) and most if not all radio hosts have, unfortunately, introduced my interview with that very negative concept with which most of their audience agree.
PLAN – The country of origin (manufacture) of dental prosthesis must be now accepted as no longer the issue – high quality prosthesis can be sourced from many countries. The issue is that the vast majority of patients do not know where their prosthesis was made, or if it was made to professionally acceptable standards. And they are entitled to know. The issue is not who makes it where, but how well it is made and how well it is installed, and what future value that represents for the money they pay now.

Therefore, the profession (in Australia and elsewhere) must focus on helping the public better understand the advantages and benefits of delivery of home-based personalised services (such as photography, provisionalisation, meeting the artist and/or the entire team, and more) such that the patient/consumer properly and fully understands and is fully informed as to why they are paying more for some prosthesis at home when they think they can get that same prosthesis ‘cheaper’ overseas.

CONCLUSION:
I have laid out very solid and wide ranging foundations and explanations for a ‘plan’ that can and should now be discussed by the proposed THINK TANK. The undeniable fact is that while we continue to ponder but do nothing, the perception ‘gap’ between the profession and the public will increase and the public will continue to desert us in increasing numbers – with everybody in all sectors of the profession being increasingly affected.

The longer that this ‘gap’ continues unaddressed, the more it will be exploited by off shore parties who benefit from our inaction and inertia. Without doubt those off shore parties are astute and it is clear they have successfully driven a wedge between us and our patients. That wedge will only grow deeper and more painful if we, as an encompassing profession, continue to do what we have done in the past. If we do not address the required changes now, then later it will too late and we will have lost our patients forever. The lure of perceived ‘cheap’ dentistry, added to an overseas holiday thrown in for good measure, will be too great for us to overcome.

This email is addressed to many individual dental artists & engineers, hygienists, therapists, dentists, supply personnel, prosthetists, and dental assistants (written in no specific order). It also includes a student who represents the future.

This list also includes all spheres and skills of the profession including industry leaders form a variety of sectors and one of the most esteemed and respected dental professors (of Preventative dentistry) in the world. It is an honour and privilege for us all to have Professor Emeritus B.A. Matis of Indiana, USA who says ‘I am in, as I like your direction’. I recommend you visit www.bamatis.com > Curriculum Vitae to see for yourself why we are so fortunate.

This email also includes numerous respective associations representing many tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of dental professionals around the world.

It is sent to Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, South Africa, Germany and Sweden.

Finally, in an effort to show what quality and value we as the encompassing dental profession have failed to offer the public, I submit the following.

I quote from my book OPEN WIDE – What your dentist won’t tell you:

“Making teeth from dental porcelain is the most complex science-based functional art in the world today because:
• the crown must display all the amazing optical properties of a natural tooth while basically consisting of scientifically researched and manufactured materials;
• it must be used for everyday living while withstanding considerable bite forces for years or potentially decades, without breaking; and, finally,
• only artists can mimic nature beautifully while creating and sculpting each individual tooth differently.”

Also, quality dental crowns can:

• mimic nature so well they may be difficult to detect even under close scrutiny by trained observers;
• have a practical, real-life function and are used all day, every day, with no rest or relief;
• are constantly subjected to substantial bite forces without breaking – strong enough to crush everything you should bite into, and leave dents in nearly everything else;
• may have a working life ranging into decades;
• remain the same in appearance throughout their working life;
• require no ongoing fees or charges (fuel, taxes, registration etc) to keep them in use;
• stay in place, requiring no removal for cleaning;
• have no moving parts; and
• play a vital and critical role in the psychological contentment (happiness and confidence) of the user.”

This undoubtedly makes these restorations made only by our profession to be the absolute best value product of any product of any nature anywhere in the world. Therefore, and I repeat, we have failed to bring this incredible and valuable insight of dentistry into the general public awareness. Now we can rectify that error.

Accordingly, it’s my pleasure to offer to the global profession free use of the above quotations in conjunction with other strategies that may be involved with the aforementioned public reach plans and objectives.
Two conditions attached. Those being;

They are not to be altered in any way without my written permission.
That the appropriate recognition (‘Courtesy Tom Parker – Open Wide’) always be visibly attached.

Given that these two quotes are already published, they therefore are my intellectual property. I feel that these two conditions are fair to myself and to all parties who choose to utilise them.

I present these ideas as a foundation plan for all dental professionals to consider and discuss. If you wish to participate, then communicate – and don’t be left behind. Consult with your association’s executives, or join one if you haven’t yet. Ensure your collective voice is heard to help determine the path you follow – and doing that is in your, your association’s, the profession’s and the public best interest.

We have, at our finger tips, desire, people and money (a little more discussion may be needed). We also have all manner of skills and expertise. And we have a respected ‘vehicle’ through which the profession can now widely communicate. I doubt many powerful institutions, governments or global mega-corporates ever started with that much.

It is my fervent wish that everybody participates.

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Georges Sara wrote:

“Dear Everyone,

Please take off your blinkers, and start to see this great change with more clarity,

The federal government has been encouraging and building open free trade with our Asian partners. They’re not going to assist to stop this (labor or liberal) and we are certainly not big enough as a trade/ profession to build a fighting fund to take the Australian government on.

As long as I have been in this trade, I have not heard of a patient actually dying from a Chinese crown. I have visited a large number of these labs and they are using the same materials as we do. Also I now a number of people in this chain of emails who also have visited labs in China and can confirm my opinions because they are importing these crowns themselves and selling them to dentist directly.

As Joseph Allbeury said, build a master plane, you should know the result before you put it into action and build a seriously large fighting fund. You will need it.

I’m prepared to donate $100,000 for the cause, Look forward to seeing the Master plan first.

Kind regards,”

THE FUTURE OF THE DENTAL PROFESSION

Hello to all,

Over recent months I’ve been speaking and listening to many people within a variety of fields inside the dental profession around Australia, and now around the world. I went to ADX14 (an exhibition for dental supply companies and other dental parties held in Sydney) and spent two days speaking with and listening to many people – and without exception everybody (exhibitor or attendee) was very generous with their time for me.

I went to ADX14 for a few reasons, one being to see ‘old’ friends and new technology at the same time – and I saw a lot of both. The other was to hear peoples’ thoughts and views about the profession as it is today, and to find if there is any commonality and agreement in our general views of and about the direction of the profession irrespective of the role we play in it.

And there are numerous common thoughts and feelings.

Without doubt there is a very strong groundswell of agreement that there are big problems amongst us (the dental profession) and those ‘problems’ are destroying us and the profession from within. And it is not disputed that those ‘problems’ are the real reasons as to why the profession is so badly fragmented, and that this fragmentation is playing a pivotal role in preventing a collaborative and cooperative profession from bringing into the general public awareness the true value and worth of quality team dentistry.

Also, I heard overwhelming agreement about the terrible widespread impact there has been on the entire profession brought about by the very real and strongly negative public perception of the profession. I suppose I could say ‘of dentists’ because they are the first and only ones that ever come into the public mind when speaking about teeth – after all, no one ever asks you ‘are you a technician?’….it’s always ‘Oh, you’re a dentist’. Of course you know that this is not about ‘dentist bashing’….it’s about the public’s best interest, and, by association, the best interests of the encompassing dental profession in which dentists equally belong.

This negative public perception is clearly evidenced by the widespread and often stated public feeling that dentistry is ‘an expensive rip off’ and this has lead to the avalanche of private dental travel to off shore destinations; to the many pre-organised off-shore dental tours arranged via travel agents and so-called dento/medical ‘trip planners’; and now also from (Australian) NIB health insurer who has embarked on a cost saving program by sponsoring and promoting off shore dental services to their policy holders ahead of and in preference to home-based dentistry. Should this be successful (from NIB’s perspective) then the bigger health insurers are sure to jump on the bandwagon too. The irrefutable reality in the public’s mind is that the lure of perceived ‘cheap’ dentistry combined with a ‘free’ overseas holiday is overwhelmingly strong and too good to miss. And the fact is that once our patients are gone from home-based dentistry it will be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, for us to win them back.

And this is a global problem. North American patients travel to Mexico and destinations further south – Australian and New Zealand patients travel to numerous Asian destinations – and British & European patients travel to numerous Central & Eastern European destinations as well as to the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East. And this is happening in huge and ever increasing numbers. Sadly, dentistry in many countries is considered a ‘non-essential elective’ rather than an essential health imperative – and therefore people will overlook dental care.

All of these things combined with the unceasing barrage of misleading and incorrect ‘information’ coming from years and even decades of terrible dental advertising (designed only for commercial profit), and you can understand how and why the widespread public are so vastly misinformed and/or ill-informed about virtually everything dental – and from that it’s easy to understand why so many people ‘fear’ dentists and why they are deserting the dental profession in droves.

Unfortunately the public do not know or understand anything about the hidden reality of the profession, and the national media and national politicians do not care. They have ignored us virtually completely, and those amongst us who struggle hard to reach out and have a voice outside of the profession certainly know all about being ignored. And that’s because we got it wrong.

The now obvious fact is the national media and the politicians will never listen to us until we, as a cohesive and collaborative encompassing profession, show them why they should. And, as an encompassing profession, we have failed in every meaningful way to do that. Hence the profession now finds itself being ignored by the powers-that-be, and derided and avoided like ‘the plague’ by the public.

Sadly, nothing positive will change until we realise that no one out there in the public, national media or national politics will change their perceptions and thus respect the profession differently until we, the people inside the profession, respect and treat each other differently.

To start that process we must communicate with others in the profession…. but no one does that because no one thinks that anyone is listening. And that’s the way it used to be – but not any more. Now we are writing and talking amongst ourselves globally….and importantly, we are listening to what others are saying.

My current emails are now going to many hundreds of people around the world. They are individual dentists as well as dental societies and dental associations, dental Artists & Engineers (the modernised name for the very jaded ‘technician’) and their associations, prosthetists (known internationally denturists) and their associations, supply companies and their associations, hygienists and their associations, therapists and their associations, and dental assistants and their associations…. all of whom represent a combined workforce of many tens of thousands of people globally. Every one of those people are an integral part of the profession and they all have their own thoughts and feelings and deserve to have their voices heard.

Frustration and uncertainty is a very clear message expressed to me by everybody I now speak with – and so, in the profession’s best interests, everybody must be told by you, their fellow workers and/or employers, that this forum exists and that they see it, be asked for their thoughts about it, and encouraged to be a part of it.

Everyone should know that there now is a forum where all dental professionals can voice their thoughts and feelings about the profession (and about the future) to a wide sphere of other dental professionals equally, in a respectful manner, and without fear of derision from others. That voice may be via their respective associations (executive committees are legally obliged to disseminate important information to members) or via their employers (who should do the same if they want a happy and loyal workforce), or it can be done to me personally. Or both.

I don’t mind as long as they, you and everybody knows others are listening and everyone can have their voice and/or voices heard.

It is important you realise and properly understand that this truly is the clichéd ‘I am not alone’. I am proud to inform you that countries currently involved are Australia, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, UK, Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, New Zealand, France, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ukraine, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, South Africa, Israel, Dubai, Iran, South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines.

Everybody has feelings and desires that positive change in the profession must be brought about – and everyone has finally and clearly expressed that they are prepared to ‘do’ something…….that is irrefutable. Of course we all know that wanting something done is very different to actually ‘doing’ anything themselves – people are busy and expect others to ‘do’ it. But we can all now change that in a very easy way.

The four things anyone wanting to participate in a better dental future need ‘do’ is:

Press ‘reply all’ to emails they receive.
Write ‘thanks’ or ‘OK’ (or something similar)…….or make a comment and/or suggestions if desired. That way the writer knows their thoughts have been read by a huge number of others and we are indeed all communicating together.
Sign your name (or simply let your email signature do that for you)…and……
Press ‘send’.

One short reply taking maybe 15 seconds sent by one person IS DOING SOMETHING and that ‘something’ can and will have an enormous positive impact when received by so many others.

The point is, whether we like or accept it or not – we have reached a time where if the encompassing profession won’t act for the better act now, then later will be too late. All the statistics, surveys and figures prove it….. and everyone knows it.

So please WANT to participate and take 15 seconds to make a difference. Is that too difficult, or have we become too lazy even to ‘do’ that? I hope not!

I thank you for your time.

THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC ACCESS TO QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE DENTAL CARE

The dental profession has and continues to experience enormous changes not only in Australia but around the world. It is a real pity the ADA (Australian Dental Association) has blinkered themselves by closing their eyes and their minds and failing to recognise and embrace those changes and bring themselves into the modern and exciting world that the dental profession now offers to the public. It is an embarrassment to the entire profession that the ADA chooses to remain stuck in a bygone era that no one cares about anymore and is never to return.

The article below is from the ADA and it shows stark and irrefutable evidence of the ADA’s lack of foresight and understanding of the dental profession itself, of the public perception of the profession (which is, sadly, overwhelming negative), and also of their own need to embrace global societal change for the best interests of society rather than themselves.

Never mind – if the ADA refuses to change with the modern times then the ADA is destined for the scrapheap. It’s their choice….so be it.

Here is the future…let us all embrace it in the best interests of the public and the profession.

Dentists not needed069

 

Quality is the original and the best.

Greg Appleby, a dental technician and prosthetist – usually known as a ‘denturist’ – wrote this email (below) to me….. and he could not have said it better. Werner Sauer, a well known dental ceramist, very bravely said it first – he wrote that technicians are ‘dumb’ and, in my opinion, he is right. If you are not a dental professional and are sick and tired of being over charged by unscrupulous and dishonest dentists and are looking for a decent and honest dentist, then Greg’s words below are a Godsend for you. Greg uses the words ‘ high quality’…and I know that you will never get high quality from a cheating dentist who secretly buys cheap-n-nasty dental work behind your back.

If you are part of the dental profession, then it is in your very best interests to take heed of what Werner and Greg are saying. The responses to my blogs show that it is patently clear the public are now looking at you, making comparisons about who you are and what type of work you do, and asking questions that they never used to ask. The days of the public simply and naively trusting any dentist for quality care just because he claims (and pretends) to be a ‘doctor’ are all but gone. Sadly, the same cannot be said about ‘dumb’ technicians.

Thanks Werner and Greg for your courage in saying the honest truth.

Hi Tom.  At first I was offended at Werner’s words saying ‘Dumb’. Then I go back over the years and realised that all that technicians were ever worried about was another technician stealing their clients. Once I went to a good friend of mine’s lab and he had work on his front counter. He tried to cover the names of the dentists so I wouldn’t see them. I was his friend and I was not interested in his clients. This technician has recently taken my biggest clients who work next door to me by now charging ridiculously cheap prices. He was my friend. I was dumb. He was dumb. He still is dumb. I have never taken another technician’s clients, not ever. While all Dumb technicians closely guard their precious clients, SCDL has come in under them all and taken their work. Most technician’s have been so dumb and disunited protecting their precious clients they missed the big picture. Sure I have had big clients stolen recently, but as a group we are dumb and missed the big picture. SCDL. I saw this coming about five years ago so I became a Prosthetist. I was right. But now I am in competition with dumb Prosthetists sending work to china.  Aaaaahhhhh. When will we ever learn? I never did cheap and nasty crown and bridge, and as a  Prosthetist I refuse to do cheap dentures. Everyone should keep the quality high and don’t use China. Forget profits and do great work to be proud of.”

Like I wrote, Greg could not have said it better. Fact is that I also saw the ‘writing on the wall’ during the decades I spent watching technicians destroying themselves while so many dentists destroyed the public’s confidence in the profession.

Quality dentistry from the entire dental team is the only way and the best way for you not to be ripped off. Read more about who is the ‘dental team’ in Open Wide – What your dentist won’t tell you.

LIST OF RECIPIENTS WHO RECEIVED THE PARKER REPORT… IT IS TRULY AMAZING!!

Here is the list of people who received a printed copy of the Parker Report in December 2013. You’ll see there are 144 names that include all the most powerful people in our federal and state parliaments (note this means governments and oppositions), the full bench in the High Court of Australia, and all the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court in every state and territory in Australia.

The list also includes the ‘biggest and best’ names in radio, TV,  print and internet media from around Australia, as well as three of the most prominent Australians alive today.

And if all of these people aren’t enough for you, there is also the Governor General and all state Governors and territory Administrators.

Why did I send my Report to so many people? Read the PARKER REPORT and you will see that the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is an absolute disgrace to themselves, the dental profession, and to every Australian alive today. Too many dentists in Australia have now become nothing more than rip off merchants who appear to care far more for your money than your good oral health, although there are a few dentists who are better than that. Trouble is you can’t identify them. And this is allowed to happen  due to the many conflicts-of-interest that hide behind the silence of the ADA.

THE ADA MUST BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS AND MUST BE BROUGHT TO ACCOUNT FOR THEIR CONFLICTS-OF-INTEREST AND FOR THEIR OVERWHELMING ROLE IN THE DECIMATION AND DESTRUCTION OF THE  DENTAL PROFESSION IN AUSTRALIA.

Of course the disgraced ADA has failed to tell you that because it is not in the best interests of its voting members, who are exclusively dentists, to do so. Shame on the ADA.

Read all this and a lot more about the disaster that is the ADA in the PARKER REPORT found here at my blog site. Also, and so you know how serious the Australian dental disaster has become and how badly you are being hurt (physically and financially) by it, I will be sending out an updated and even harder-hitting Report that will also include all the state police commissioners as well as these people mentioned below.

Enjoy, be amazed….and I look forward to your comments.

Federal Parliament – Government

1. Prime Minister –The Hon Tony Abbott MP

2. Deputy Prime Minister– The Hon Warren Truss MP

3. Attorney General – Senator the Hon George Brandis QC

4. Minister for Health – The Hon Peter Dutton MP

5. Minister for Defence – Senator the Hon David Johnstone

6. Minister for Education –The Hon Christopher Pyne MP

7. Minister for CommunicationsThe Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

8 .Minister for Employment – Senator the Hon Eric Abetz

9. Minister for Industry – The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP

10. Minister for Small Business – The Hon Bruce Billson MP

11. Minister for Agriculture – The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP

 

Federal Parliament – Opposition

12. Opposition Leader –The Hon Bill Shorten MP

13. Shadow Attorney General – The Hon Mark Dreyfus MP

14. Shadow Minister for Health –The Hon Catherine King MP

15. Shadow Minister for Defence – Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy

16. Shadow Minister for Education –The Hon Kate Ellis MP

17. Shadow Minister for Employment –The Hon Brendon O’Connor MP

18. Shadow Minister for Higher Education – Senator the Hon Kim Carr

 

Federal Parliament – Greens

19. Senator Christine Milne

20. Senator Lee Rhiannon

 

Federal Parliament – Independents

21. Mr Clive Palmer MP – Palmer United Party 

22. Senator Nick Xenophon

23. The Hon Bob Katter MP – Katter’s Australian Party

24. Mr Andrew Wilkie MP 

25. Ms Cathy McGowan AO, MP

26. Democratic Labour Party -  Senator John Madigan

27. The Liberal Democratic Party -  Senator David Leyonhjelm

28. Family First – Mr Bob Day AO

29. Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party - Mr Ricky Muir

 

Parliament: States & Territories

NSW

30. Premier – The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP

31. Minister for Health – The Hon Jillian Skinner MP

32. Opposition Leader – Mr John Robertson MP

33. Shadow Health Minister – Dr Andrew McDonald MP

 

VIC

34. Premier – The Hon Dr Denis Napthine

35. Minister for Health – The Hon David Davis

36. Opposition Leader –The Hon Daniel Andrews MP

37. Shadow Minister for Health – Mr Gavin Jennings MLC

 

QLD

38. Premier – The Hon Campbell Newman MP

39. Minister for Health – The Hon Lawrence Springborg MP

40. Opposition Leader  –  Ms Annastacia Palaszczuk

41. Shadow Minister for Health – Mrs Jo-Ann Miller

 

South Australia

42. Premier – The Hon Jay Weatherill MP

43. Minister for Health – The Hon Jack Snelling MP

44. Opposition Leader – The Hon Steven Marshall MP

45. Shadow Minister for Health – Hon Rob Lucas MLC

 

Tasmania

46. Premier – The Hon Larissa Giddings MP

47. Minister for Health –The Honourable Michelle O’Byrne MP

48. Opposition Leader – The Hon William Hodgman MP

49. Shadow Minister for Health – The Hon Jeremy Rockcliff  MP

 

Western Australia

50. Premier – The Hon James Barnett MLA

51. Minister for Health – The Hon Dr Kim Hames MLA

52. Opposition Leader – The Hon Mark McGowan MLA

53. Shadow Minister for Health – Mr Roger Cook MLA

 

Northern Territory

54. Chief Minister – The Hon Adam Giles MLA

55. Minister for Health – The Hon Robyn Lambley MLA

 

ACT

56. Chief Minister – Katy Gallagher MLA

57. Deputy Chief Minister – Andrew Barr MLA

 

Media – Radio

Sydney & NSW

58.  ABC 702  Richard Fidler

59.  ABC 702  James Valentine

60.  ABC 702   Richard Glover 

61. 2GB  Alan Jones

62. 2GB  Ray Hadley

63. 2GB  Steve Price 

64. 2UE  Clive Robertson

65. 2UE  Stuart Bocking

66. 2UE  John Stanley 

67. 103.2 Hope FM  Erica Davis

68. 2RE  Taree  Craig Huth

69. 2NUR   Charlestown

 

Melbourne & Victoria

70. 3AW   Tom Elliot

71. 3AW   Neil  Mitchell

72. 3AW  Denis Walter

73. 774  ABC   Jon Faine

 

Brisbane & QLD

74. 4BC  Greg Cary  

75. 4BC  Gary Hardgrave

76. 4BC Mr Moyd Kay & Ms Loretta Ryan 

77. 4WK   Jim Campbell 

78.  ABC Sunshine Coast – Annie Gaffney

79. ABC Brisbane – Kelly Higgins-Devine

80. ABC  Steve Austin

81. ABC  Richard Fidler 

 

Adelaide & SA

82. 5AA  Belinda Heggen 

83.  5MU  Chris Lewis

 

Hobart

84. 107.3  Kim Napier and Dave Noonan 

85.  ABC  AM Tony Eastley 

 

Perth & WA

86. 6GS   Pat Harding

87. 6PR   Paul Murray

88. 6NR   Josie Arnold

89. ABC   Perth 720  Gillian O’Shaughnessy

 

ACT

90. 2CA    Mike Welsh (not there now)

91. ABC   Adam Shirley 

 

Darwin

92.  ABC  Kate O’Toole

 

Media – TV

93.  Four corners (Ch 2)

94.  60 Minutes (Ch 9)

95.  Today  (Ch 9)

96.  Sunday Show (Ch 7)

97.  The Morning Show (Ch 7) 

98.  The Project (Ch 10)

99.   Wake Up (Ch 10)

100. SBS  News

 

Media – Newspapers

Sydney

101.  SMH

102.  The Telegraph

103.  The Australian

 

Canberra

104.  Canberra Times

 

Melbourne

105.  Herald Sun

106.  The Age

 

Brisbane

107.  Courier Mail

 

Hobart

108. The Mercury

109. The Examiner

 

Adelaide

110.  The Advertiser

 

Perth

111The West Australian

 

Darwin

112.  NT News

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113.   Time Magazine

 

Prominent Australians

114.  Mr Julian Burnside QC

115.   The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

116.   Mr Dick Smith 

 

High Court of Australia

117.  Chief Justice Robert French AC

118.   Justice Kenneth Hayne AC

119.   Justice Susan Crennan AC

120.   Justice Susan Kiefel AC

121.   Justice Virgina Bell AC

122.   Justice Stephen Gageler

123.   Justice Patrick Keane

 

Supreme Court of NSW

124.  Chief Justice The Honourable Thomas Bathurst

Chief Judge at Common Law

125.   The Hon Justice Clifton Hoeben  AM RFD

 

Supreme Court of Victoria

126. The Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC

Supreme Court of Queensland

127.  The Honourable Chief Justice Paul de Jersey AC

Senior Judge Administrator  

128.  The Honourable Justice John Byrne AO RFD

Supreme Court of South Australia

129.  The Honourable Chief Justice Chris Kourakis

Supreme Court of Western Australia

130. The Honourable Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC 

Supreme Court of Tasmania

131. Chief Justice The Honourable Alan Blow OAM

Supreme Court of ACT 

132. Chief Justice The Honourable Helen Murrell

 

ONLINE

133.  GET UP Australia

134.  Crikey

 

Governors

135.  GOVERNOR – GENERAL  Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO

136.   NSW Governor –   Her Excellency Marie R Bashir AC CVO

137Victorian Governor  – His Excellency the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC

138.  South Australian Governor -  His Excellency Rear Admiral Scarce AC CSC RANR

139.  Tasmanian Governor – His Excellency the Honourable Peter Underwood AC

140.  Queensland Governor  – Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC

141.  Western Australian Governor – His Excellency Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC

142. Administrator of the Northern Territory – Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AM

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Late additions

143. FairfaxKatrina Vella

144. WSFM –Brendon Jones & Amanda Keller

THE PARKER REPORT – THE DECIMATION AND DESTRUCTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN DENTAL PROFESSION 2013 – 2014

Here is a copy of a report I wrote and sent to a huge number of prominent and important people around Australia. They include all senior and relevant federal and state ministers and opposition members as well as the Greens, Clive Palmer, and Independents etc; all Justices (meaning the full bench) of the High Court of Australia; all chief Justices of all state and territory supreme courts; Her Excellency the Governor General and all state Governors; 36 radio stations and hosts around Australia such as Alan Jones and all the biggest and best ‘names’; 8 television programs such as Four Corners and 60 Minutes etc; all the major newspapers in all states and territories (and don’t forget they own all the smaller ones too); and also other prominent and respected people such as Justice Michael Kirby, Mr Julian Burnside QC, and Mr Dick Smith.

The title tells it all – dentists are fast becoming a disgrace and you’ll read why that is and how the silence of the ADA holds by far the most responsibility for it.
Here it is….enjoy.

THE PARKER REPORT. AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE DECIMATION AND DESTRUCTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN DENTAL PROFESSION – 2013

Prime Minister –The Hon Tony Abbott MP
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives, Parliament House,
Canberra, ACT, 2600
22nd November, 2013

Dear Prime Minister,

I send you this presentation in a last desperate bid to bring to the attention of the Australian parliament, the Australian media, and the Australian public, the decimation and destruction of the Australian dental profession. As you’re aware, this issue is highlighted by NIB’s recent decision to send Australian dental patients to offshore health providers, and the resulting national furore this decision has caused. This document does not represent a mere complaint by a few disgruntled dental people – it is a long-considered and carefully thought out and researched investigation and explanation into the real life, but carefully obscured workings of the dental profession in Australia. I write as one person, but I speak for many honest, ethical and decent people (dentists and others) inside the dental profession who also know the truth about the degradation and destruction of the Australian dental profession, and who want to have their voices heard…before it is too late. 

It has been reported (by the ABC and other media outlets) that there are serious issues inside the dental industry. It is no secret that generations of Australians have missed out on adequate dental care; that dentists are widely feared and broadly distrusted throughout all levels of Australian society; that only 40% of Australian adults voluntarily seek regular, or semi-regular dental care (according to surveys taken by dentists) and that number is steadily declining; that ‘dental tourism’ (Australian people heading offshore for dental treatment) is rapidly expanding; and that the general public perception of the dental industry is about as low as it can get.

It’s time to tell you why this has come about; who is responsible; how they maintain their position; why they refuse to do anything about it for the best interests of the Australian people; and what can be done to rectify this appalling situation. Prime Minister, you have a long and proven history of bringing important and vital public interest issues to the public fore. I, and those good people (including dentists and other dental professionals who have assisted me) sincerely hope that you will see, and understand this issue for what it has truly become–a national tragedy and a national scandal – the likes of which have never before been revealed in Australian
medicine, public or private.

The following pages clearly detail this scandal, and many other secrets lurking inside the dental profession that have resulted in substantial damage to the public’s dental health, financial health, and also to the public’s confidence in dentists and the dental profession in general. Dentistry continues to be on the government agenda; however, reform must be done in a way that is in the public’s best interest – not the dentist’s best interests as it is currently planned, and it has come to the time that only you can do what no one else has ever had the courage, or strength, to do.

That being – stand up, speak out, and protect the public from those who seek to deceive the public in order to unfairly and unjustly profiteer. This IS happening now in Australian dentistry, and is the primary reason why Australians generally hate, and fear, dentists.

The Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA)
Very few Australians realise that the Australian Dental Association is an association consisting only of dentists. Did you know that? Only dentists can vote in that association for an executive committee consisting exclusively of dentists, and who act exclusively for the benefit of their voting members—all who are dentists. The reality is that dentists make up less than 15% of the dental profession – the 85% majority consists of Dental Technicians, Prosthetists, Hygienists, Therapists, Assistants (dental nurses), Receptionists, Practice Managers and other dental office staff, and Dental Supply personnel. However, the ADA has published the fact that
they do not consider most of these people to be part of the dental labour workforce, yet they continue to publicly claim to represent those very people the ADA themselves refuse to accept as part of the dental labour workforce. The ADA’s claims are both misleading and deceiving, yet they conceal this fact and has long claimed (and published) to be the leading voice of the dental profession. This is blatantly false, they are not; they speak only for themselves and the best interests of their dentist members – but the ADA has consistently neglected to voluntarily mention this to the parliament, the media, or to the public.

Further, the ADA considers itself to be the ‘Public Protector’ in all matters dental. That is, they expect the public to trust them to act in the public’s best interests. This too is blatantly false, and exposes their previously mentioned, yet unseen, conflict of interest. Any conflict of interest – where powerful organisations secretly favour one minority group over the majority – is completely unacceptable and untenable in Australian society, especially where the public interest AND public health and safety is concerned. And this issue is only made worse because all voting members of the ADA and the executive are titled ‘doctor’.
How does all this work? How has the ADA’s unseen conflict of interest so badly affected the public’s health and the public’s best interests? Here are some irrefutable,
even frightening, examples.

1 -Tooth Whitening
You would not know because no dentist ever dare tell you – however, inside the dental profession there is no such thing as tooth ‘whitening’. The dental profession correctly knows this procedure as tooth bleaching – because the ingredient is bleach – that is, hydrogen peroxide (H202). The Australian Poisons Standard clearly states that the maximum strength of H202 considered ‘safe’ for oral use is 6%….yet dentists, in their surgery, routinely use 37%. That is more than 600% stronger than that stated in the Poisons Standard. This is administered without the patients’ prior knowledge, understanding or consent. Unsurprisingly, the ADA has failed to warn the dentists about the use of unsafe over-strength H202 because it is not in the best interests of their dentist members to do so. Also, and even worse, the ADA actively encourages the use of over-strength hydrogen peroxide to their members while consistently neglecting to warn the public about the dangers of any H202 – high or low strength.

Obviously, many people would not go ahead with that expensive procedure if they were informed of the Poisons Standard, and if they were informed of the potential health dangers of H202 prior to agreeing to that procedure. Further, there is no requirement within the laws of Informed Consent for any dentist to warn their patients about H202. Why? Because it is not in the dentists’ best interests to do so. This makes a mockery of Informed Consent because it is not protecting the public- it only protects the dentist.

The scientific fact is, any level of oxide from hydrogen peroxide that enters the blood stream is potentially extremely dangerous to systemic (overall) body health, and the public has a right to be informed of these dangers before they agree to it being introduced into their body. The result…. the ADA is negligent in their duty of care to the public – especially in light of their stance placing themselves to be the ‘Public Protector’.

The ADA’s conflict of interest placing the dentists’ interests to sell the procedure ahead of the public health and safety interest is inarguable and irrefutable.

2Offshore Dental Work (Outsourcing)
Outsourcing dental work occurs when dentists, practicing in Australia, send their patients’ work (crowns, bridges, veneers, implants, dentures etc) to offshore dental laboratories. Popular countries that dentists send work to are (but not limited to) China, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, as well as further afield, such as countries of the former Yugoslavia, Hungary, Turkey and North Africa – because they are so cheap. Dentists do not buy dental work from these countries based on higher quality than what is available in Australia (and thus for their patients’ benefit) – but do it for one reason, and one reason only – price gouging and profiteering of their patients for the dentists’ own hidden financial benefit.

Very few dentists, if any, lower their fees for their Australian patients when the dentist buys offshore dental work because their patients are, yet again, not informed prior that this is happening, nor does the dentist offer the patient a choice. Australian public is paying some of, if not the most expensive dentistry in the world while, unknowingly, often receiving the cheapest, and potentially most dangerous dental work. I, along with others in dentistry, have irrefutable proof of this, and we all are most willing to pass this proof to you.

A quick example – Australian dentists generally charge from $1,500 to $3,300 (the most expensive I am aware of) per crown, yet I have 2013 price lists (from Chinese laboratories) proving Australian dentists can buy the crown directly from China for $25 or even less. Again, we have irrefutable proof.

This brings us back to the current situation regarding NIB’s recent decision to send patients offshore, thus saving NIB a lot of money. This time, unsurprisingly, the ADA has been publicly very vocal in their condemnation of NIB, saying we should all BUY AUSTRALIAN MADE due to our superior quality and in fear of inferior quality from offshore; yet, the ADA remains steadfastly silent when many of their own dentist members send their dental work offshore without their patients’ prior knowledge or agreement.

This issue of the ADA’s silence becomes even more pertinent by the fact that Medibank Health Solutions – an Australian Government Business Enterprise that manages all of the Australian Defence Forces medical and dental needs – also now outsources some or all of their dental work. It is a shameful condemnation that the defence department of Australia, who should be giving the very best to those who give their very best to us, allows and/or condones Medibank Health Solutions to provide offshore dental work that is often of questionable and dubious quality.

Again, why has the ADA remained silent and why have not openly and publicly supported the provision of the best quality dentistry to all Australians, including those serving in the military?

3 – The Confusion Caused by Dental Laboratory Names
A dental laboratory popular with many American dentists is called ‘DentUSALab’ – indisputably a very American-sounding name. They have a PO box address in Los Angeles to which American dentists send their work (possibly thinking that the work will be done there) – except the work is actually done in Shanghai, China. In Australia, we have a similar situation; there exists a lab called Southern Cross Dental Laboratory (SCDL), and, to any reasonable person, that name certainly sounds, and infers, that the actual manufacturing lab is in Australia – however it is not, it is in Shenzen, China – where the lab employs somewhere between 3,000 to 5,000 staff. This
is causing much confusion in Australia as to where the dental work sent to SCDL is actually being made.

It is known that some Australian dentists use this confusion to actively lie, or get their reception staff to lie on their behalf, by claiming to their patients that they send the work to a genuine Australian laboratory –and this has happened to me (and others, including patients) upon my query as to where their patient’s work was done.
SCDL has existed for approximately twenty years (or slightly longer) and has many thousands of Australian dentists as clients – and during that time ALL dental work received was made in the Shenzhen laboratory because they did not have an Australian based laboratory – only, like the American example given above, a PO Box address in Sydney. Only very recently did SCDL establish a Sydney-based lab, however, that laboratory employs only one or two technicians whereby the Shenzhen lab employs thousands of people.

There are many Australian dentists who will claim they do not, or did not, know of this, and genuinely thought that all their work had always been made in Australia. This clearly reveals that a nation-wide state of confusion does, in fact, exist. It is clearly not in the best interests of the Australian public when there are so many dentists (i.e., doctors) who do not, or did not know for certain where their patients’ work was actually being made, or who was making it. All dentists hold total responsibility for everything placed into their patients’ mouths, yet very few will claim to know that their patient’s work was done offshore.

This confusion raises very serious questions as to the honesty, propriety and legality of the continued advertising, marketing and promotion done by SCDL Australia-wide. This is particularly noteworthy due to the fact that the ACCC, in March 2012 and after receiving complaints, recommended that SCDL remove their “Australian Made” representations and refer only to its Sydney laboratory. Approximately eighteen months ago SCDL was partially sold for a whopping $100,000,000.00 (one hundred million dollars) to a private equity firm, and that figure represents an inordinate amount of work previously done by SCDL for Australian dentists in Shenzhen over the last twenty or so years. SCDL remains very active, widely promoting their name and their Sydney-based lab, therefore potentially inferring that their dental work is now done in Sydney.

This raises yet another serious question in regard to how is it possible for only one or two technicians in Sydney to possibly do the enormous quantity of work continuing to be sent to SCDL by many thousands of dentists (and some universities, and also the military) from around Australia – thus making the Private Equity firm’s hundred million dollar investment viable into the future?

The fact is, they cannot; it is simply not humanly possible for one or two technicians in Sydney to complete that massive quantity of work. Therefore, in the public’s best interests, a FULL AND COMPREHENSIVE INQUIRY must now be conducted into all the operations of SCDL – including their advertising, marketing and promotion of SCDL Australia-wide. The entire Australian dental profession, including the ADA, knows about laboratories such as SCDL – yet the ADA continues to remain silent and has failed to inform the public of the confusion surrounding the manufacture of dental work done by SCDL, and other such labs.

And this situation is made even worse by the fact that genuine Australian dental laboratories (where ALL work is done in Australia by Australian technicians) are now completely worthless and are dismissing Australian staff and closing their doors in record numbers due to the tsunami of off shore dental work – all while only a part of SCDL is worth $100,000,000.00.

The ADA’s public stance of claiming that NIB’s decision is not in the best interests of the public due to health, safety and quality issues – while failing to publicly reveal the fact that many of their own dentist members are doing the exact same thing (sending work offshore) – stinks of hypocrisy. And what is worse is all those on the ADA executive are titled ‘Doctor’ – a title that automatically infers truth, honesty and unimpeachable integrity. If that is true, why don’t they swear the Hippocratic Oath (based on ‘Do No Harm’) like other medical practitioners? This is yet another hidden hypocrisy surrounding Australian dentists that the ADA has failed to mention and the public are unaware of….but should now be made aware.

The issue here is not globalization, because no one seems to be able to stop that. The issue is that many Australian dentists are outsourcing their work secretly, without informing the patient or labelling the returned product, or perhaps even knowing where that work is made. In society, generally, companies buy and clearly label offshore-manufactured products so the consumer has a choice of the nature, quality and price they pay for their purchases. However, this is not occurring in Australian dentistry. Dentists continue to charge the extremely high Australian fee, but fail to disclose the country of origin of the dental work – or offer their patients any discount at all on their fees for those very cheap imports.

Again, where is the ADA? Why aren’t they informing, and/or warning the public about this immensely contentious and nationally destructive issue, and therefore protecting the public from these obscene rip offs? I reiterate: it is because many (but not all) of their dentist members who are the culprits continuing to send dental work offshore so that they can profiteer from it. This is one reason why the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) has oft published their survey results showing dentists are the highest earning group in Australia – well above medical doctors, lawyers and vets. It’s due to the hidden and sly nature of dental work purchased offshore by dentists, and the silent conflict of interest held by the ADA who protects their dentist members so they can continue to profiteer so immensely at the expense of the uninformed public.

4 – Breaches of the ADAQ (Australian Dental Association Queensland) ‘Principles of Ethics’ and ‘Codes of Conduct’.
The ADAQ ‘Principles of Ethical Dental Practice’ (Revised October 2010) states in Tier 1, paragraph 2 (Obligation Towards Patients), subsection 2.1 that ‘The primary responsibility of dentists is the health, welfare and safety of their patients’. In addition, subsection 2.7 (paragraph 2) states that ‘Dentists should ensure that they provide patients with clear information about their dental condition and proposed treatment options so that patients are then able to make decisions that lead to informed consent for a particular option, without which it should not proceed’.

The fact is that offshore work is not guaranteed to meet Australian health and safety standards – therefore potentially endangering every patient who receives that work (subsection 2.1). Further, dentists who send dental work off shore without informing the patient beforehand are in clear breach of subsection 2.7 regarding Informed Consent. The ADAQ ‘Principles of Ethical Dental Practice’ is derived from the Australian Dental Board’s Code of Practice and the ADA may publish these codes for their members, but they have consistently failed to enforce them because they place their dentist members’ interests ahead of the public’s interest.

5 – Product Labelling
Australian law states that all products must clearly label country of manufacture and/or origin – even fruit is labelled. Yet there is no labelling of imported dental work. Sadly, the ADA has not instructed its dentist members to comply with this law – nor have they brought this issue to the attention of the parliament, media or the public. Why? Because it is not in their members’ best interests to do so. Yet again, the ADA’s conflict of interest placing their members’ best interests ahead of the publics’ best interests is obvious.

All dentists must be forced to fully comply with the labelling laws in the best interest of public health and safety. There is a known and proven case of lead poisoning that occurred due to unsafe and non-compliant materials used in dental work made in China – yet the ADA has routinely failed to inform, or warn, the public.

6 – Dental Fraud: Pontics
In dentistry there is a thing called a ‘Pontic’ – it is the middle tooth (or teeth) in a three (or more) teeth bridge. A dental bridge can be compared to a simple road bridge crossing a stream – there is a pylon at each end that supports the roadway in between. In dentistry, the teeth on either side of the gap (where a tooth or teeth are missing) are the ‘pylons’ that support the tooth (or teeth) in between. That tooth (or teeth) is known as a Pontic (or Pontics). Dentists actually do some work preparing the ‘pylon teeth’ for the bridge – and they rightly should charge for their time. However, they do no work at all in preparation
for the Pontic, it (or they) simply fill an already existing gap between teeth, so no work what-so-ever need be done.

Here is the fraud.

Dentists routinely charge their patients the same fee ($1,500 to $3,300 per tooth) for all teeth on a dental bridge – including the pontic (or pontics) – yet they only actually work on the ‘pylon’ teeth. In other words, they work on two teeth, but charge the full fee for three teeth (or more). Because there is no clinical work at all involved in preparation for the pontic, there are, apart from the laboratory fee (which may only be $25 per tooth if bought from China), absolutely no other costs incurred by the dentist. There is no additional work or time spent in preparing the pontic site, no additional materials used, and no additional time spent by the dentist or by the dentist’s staff. 

The result – dentists are charging the patient for time they do not spend with the patient – and the patient is completely unaware. The ADAQ Tier 2, Codes of Conduct 1, section 1, subsection i (Representation of Fees) (i), states that, ‘Dentists must not represent the fees being charged for providing care in a false or misleading manner’. In my opinion, it is clear that dentists who charge for pontics in the manner described here are in breach of this section of the Codes of Conduct.

To me, it is cheating…..it is fraud……and, in the best interests of the public, it must not be allowed to continue.

7 – Dentists Advertising
Australian law states “a dentist must not advertise in a way that is false, deceptive or misleading”. That means dentists must not change or alter images they show the public (such as websites, newspaper or magazine advertisements etc) by using Photoshop to ‘whiten’ teeth, making those teeth appear more ‘attractive’ than what they actually are in real life. Yet, I have proof that this nature of manipulated photo advertising by some dentists continues unabated – even after I informed, and gave proof to, the Australian Dental Board – who continues to do nothing to stop it.

Further, the law clearly states that a dentist must not make false promises, such as claiming that they can give a patient ‘the Perfect smile’. False advertising images, and promises of this nature, are used (by some) dentists to attract new patients, yet the patients are not informed of the false nature of that advertising – nor are they informed that there is no way that their new teeth will actually look like the manipulate images, or promises, that attracted that patient to that dentist. This means, the dentist attracted that patient (or patients) on a false premise. In other words, dentists (who all use the title ‘Doctor’) who advertise in this manner are misleading
their patients, and misleading the public at large. Yet it continues to this day.

Again I ask – why is the ADA remaining silent on this issue? Of course, you know the answer – it’s not in the best interests of their dentist members to insist to them that this unlawful practise be ceased.

8 – The ‘Name’ Australian Dental Association
The name ‘Australian Dental Association’ contravenes the law pertaining to dentists’ advertising (as described above). This occurs because the name Australian Dental Association is no longer a ‘name,’ but is actually an advertisement.

The ADA issues the ‘ADA Seal Of Approval’. The Seal Of Approval is used by some product manufactures (such as Colgate and others) to advertise, on certain products, that that product is, allegedly, special or better than other competing products – and thus is ‘approved’ or ‘recommended’ by the ADA. The Seal itself is printed on the outside of the product package, and is overwhelmingly dominated by the letters ‘ADA’…with the words ‘Seal Of Approval’ written in much smaller and harder to read letters below.

It is no secret, and has been openly acknowledged by the ADA, that products with the Seal sell more than those without the Seal. That is the sole reason some companies buy, and advertise, the Seal of Approval – to increase sales, and thus profits – therefore setting the precedent turning the words Australian Dental Association into an advertisement, no longer remaining merely a ‘name’.

As you know, the letters ADA means Australian Dental Association – but, as you also now know, the ADA does not represent the entire dental profession -it only represents dentists – a fraction of the dental profession. Therefore, the ADA’s claim, and name, of representing the dental profession is ‘false, deceptive and misleading’ under Australian law.

It is false because the ADA does not represent the profession, only dentists. It is deceptive because the ADA fails to inform, thus deceives, the public of this fact. And it is misleading because it fails to inform the public as to who are the others that comprise the full and complete Australian dental profession – most of whom the ADA does not represent, and even refuses to recognise as part of the Australian dental
labour workforce.

Yet the ADA has failed to reveal these facts to the federal parliament, the media, and the public.

9 – Part I. Fee Quoting – Discrimination against Solicitors
Solicitors (in Australia) are, by law, compelled to reveal their fees per hour as part of their ‘Agreement’ with clients. This occurred to make solicitors’ fees transparent, and was instituted in the publics’ best interest.

However, solicitors are discriminated against by the fact that dentists do not have to reveal their hourly fee…they only quote for a service without disclosing a fee per hour. The result is complete non-transparency that has lead to many dentists profiteering nd price gouging. This is not in the publics’ best interests. It is very apparent that dentists, due to this difference, are discriminating against solicitors – and surely that discrimination must be unlawful.

If the ADA’s inference that they are the ‘Public Protector’ in all matters dental is true, then all Australian dentists must be forced to follow the same rules as solicitors – because it is in public’s best interests. Of course, the ADA has failed to act on this matter too – because it is not in their dentist members’ best interests to do so.

Part II. ADA – Discrimination against the Dental Profession
The ADA proudly announces and advertises (but only to their members) the fact that they have been very successful in procuring discounts from numerous companies - such as credit card fees, car rental and purchases etc – for their dentist members. However, these discounts are not offered to all the other dental professionals (such as technicians etc), even though the ADA claims to be the leading voice of the dental profession.

Further, ADA dentist members (in Australia) pay less for their workers compensation insurance than others in the profession, even though dentists often face greater risk than others – such as ‘needle stick’ and cross contamination. Again, the ADA has not revealed discounts dentists receive to those others in the profession – nor have they included those others such that they too receive those benefits that their dentist members already receive. The ADA purports to represent the dental profession, but fails to act as they claim.

That is discriminatory, and any and all discrimination is illegal under Australian law.

10 – Breach of Copyright Law
Many dentists have websites, some of which show ‘before and after’ photos of dental work provided by that dentist. This, in itself, is not an issue. However, very few dentists mention (on their website or in their advertisements) that it was not them who actually made the dental work shown in their ‘after’ photo, it was a dental technician who made it. Making a new tooth from dental porcelain is an art – technicians must, amongst many other skills, use dental porcelain to create and manipulate light and colour, and also use very careful and intricate sculpturing …all done to imitate natural teeth as closely as possible.

Yet dentists rarely mention the technician on any part of their website (such as ‘Our team’) – nor do they acknowledge, or give credit to the technician (that is, the artist) who made the tooth (or teeth) shown on the dentists’ website. On the contrary, virtually all dentists infer that the work shown on their website is ‘their work’…without acknowledging that it is not, nor informing the patient that it is not. Even worse, often the technician who made the work isn’t asked permission, or even informed, by the dentist prior that he intends to put that technician’s work on public display. 

These issues are blatant breaches of artists’ copyright.

Yet again, the ADA has remained silent and has continually failed to instruct, and/or insist to their dentist members that they obey copyright law. The ADA remains silent because it is not in their members best interests to do so. Again, the conflict of interest held by the ADA is obvious.

11 – National Deregistration of Dental Technicians
In Australia, there used to be a requirement for all dental technicians to be educated, qualified, accredited and registered before being allowed to do any dental work that is put into people’s mouths – but not anymore. In direct contrast to educational standards and work quality and safety trends around the world, the former Australian government has repealed dental technicians’ registration – saying these are no longer necessary.

Why did the politicians change their mind, considering it was them who introduced registration in the first place, and that was done specifically in the best interest of the health and safety of the public? Who was it the-then government turned to for advice? The ADA was the driving force behind technicians’ national deregistration, and, even though it was very much against the wishes of Australian dental technicians, the ADA was successful and now dental technicians’ registration around Australia has disappeared.

This means that there is now no compulsory technical education, qualification, accreditation or registration for dental technicians in Australia!! NONE!! Anybody from anywhere, even with no technical dental knowledge, skills or experience at all, has the legal right to practice technical dentistry in Australia and for the Australian people without any acceptable, and enforceable, minimum standards of quality and/or care for the patient.
This point becomes especially pertinent due to the tens of thousands of dental crowns that were secretly made in China under the EPC and CDDS public dental schemes – all while the Australian government, the referring medical practitioner, or the patients were not informed prior.

Again, this is not in the nation’s or public’s best interests, but it is very much in the dentists’ best interests – and it has opened the door to the tsunami of offshore and often substandard dental work secretly being placed into the mouths of Australian people. Of course, and again, the ADA remains silent and has never brought this to the attention of the parliament, media or the public.

12 – University Dental Education
Sadly, it has now become normal business practise for Australian for-profit businesses to dismiss Australian-based staff in favour of offshore manufacturing. Those companies are required to display little regard to their former employees best interests, and are not required to display any regard what so ever to the public’s best interests.

However, Australian universities cannot be classed as simply for-profit corporations, and therefore they should not act in the same manner as for-profit corporations. Universities represent the very pinnacle of Australian education – and are assumed, in fact expected, to provide the very pinnacle of health care to their patients (where appropriate faculties exist). Comprehensive tertiary education and training of Australians is widely known, and accepted as indisputable, to be one of the most important functions for Australia to continue to grow and prosper as a First World Nation.

Therefore, very serious questions arise now that two university dental schools in Queensland (University of Queensland and James Cook University), and one in Sydney (Sydney University), have reduced, or even closed, their dental labs; dismissed some and/or all of their Australian trained and educated dental technicians, and now send most, or even all, their patients’ dental work offshore – without the patient’s prior knowledge, consent or choice.

Dentists (i.e., ‘doctors’) manage all university dental schools – and they do so, supposedly, in the best interests of their students, and of their patients. Offshore dental work has never been claimed by anyone (dentist or other) to be better quality than Australian made (clearly expressed by the ADA in regard to the NIB furore) – the only question asked about the quality of offshore work is ‘how bad is it?’

Therefore, it is clearly not in the best educational interests of dental students, nor is it in the best health and safety interests of university dental patients’ to have their dental work made offshore.

This now raises even more serious questions, such as – how can any ‘doctor’ permit this to happen to students under his/her supervision, and patients under his/her care? Also, precisely who proposed the switch from AUSTRALIAN MADE to offshore, and why? Also, who ultimately authorised the switch to happen, and why? Also, which offshore laboratory (or laboratories) is/are the beneficiary/s, and why was that/those particular lab/labs chosen? Also, in consideration of the fact that ‘rewards’ are offered by some offshore labs to dentist clients, it must be asked in whose interest was the switch made – the university, the students, the patients, or perhaps one or two individuals who began and/or oversaw the process? Imagine this scenario: if we have all our dental work done in China (and this situation is getting closer and closer every day), and we go to war with China…who on earth will be here to treat our dental casualties?

Therefore, in the public’s best interests (and also the students, who are our future dentists) – a FULL AND COMPREHENSIVE ENQUIRY must now be conducted into the actions of these three university dental schools, and into all the people involved in their lab/s switching from Australian made to offshore-made.

I ask again – where is the federal ADA? And, in this instance, where is the ADAQ? Why are they both remaining silent, and why has neither loudly and publicly supported both the dental students’ education and the publics’ best dental health and safety? Is there an unseen and/or undisclosed connection between these universities and the past or present ADA and/or ADAQ executive? Or, do both these associations remain silent because the dentists who are, or were, involved are members of the ADA and the ADAQ?

13 – Public Dental Health System – Constraint of Trade
There are now hundreds of thousands, possibly more than a million, Australians languishing years on public system dental waiting lists – and the situation is rapidly getting worse. However, there exists a real, viable and easily available solution that, again, the ADA has failed to reveal to the parliament, media, or public. That being, the ready and willing availability of highly trained and qualified Dental Therapists and Dental Hygienists working directly with the public – without the need for dentists to ‘supervise’. In Canada, and also soon to occur in the UK, dentists are now secondary – meaning they need only treat patients if referred to by a therapist or hygienist for treatment beyond their own training. Canada and the UK – both Commonwealth countries with the Westminster system of Parliament and the same ‘common law’ as Australia – no longer requires dentists to be an integral part of their basic oral healthcare system for their people. This originally occurred due to the fact that the Canadian Dental Hygienists brought Constraint of Trade issues to the notice of the Canadian Parliament. In essence, they asked why should they be the only university trained, educated, and qualified graduates in the world that are prevented, by law, from owning and operating Oral Care Clinics independently from dentists – just to do what they (hygienists and therapists) are already doing, and are very well trained and qualified to do so.

The Canadian Parliament sensibly and correctly realised and accepted the Constraint of Trade issues raised by the Hygienists, and acted accordingly. That was approximately three to four years ago. Now, Canada has one of the most advanced, cost effective, and easily accessible front line Oral Health Care systems in the world and soon the UK will get the same. But Australia won’t – because no one knows about it due to the continuing silence of the ADA that places their dentist members’ interests ahead of the public interests. The ADA is now petitioning their dentist members in a forlorn effort to prevent the modernisation of Australian dentistry dentists in favour of their own members financial opportunities.

14 – ADA and Corporate Alliances
Corporate alliances between two (or more) for-profit corporations are commonplace in today’s society, and, generally, the alliance is for both party’s mutual benefit while offering, or requiring, little to no regard for the public’s best interests. The ADA has also agreed to corporate alliances for mutual benefit – however, these alliances, although allegedly in the public’s best interests, have not publicly been fully disclosed.

The ADA has an alliance with the Wrigley Company, saying that they (the ADA) support the ‘chewing of sugar-free gum’. In return, the Wrigley Company offered a study grant to one dental student, but that student must first be a member of the ADA to qualify for that grant. The ADA has failed to publicly reveal that money is given for the benefit of only one student member in return for the ADA promoting the ‘chewing of sugar-free gum’ to the entire nation.

In addition, by this agreement, the ADA is publicly supporting the notion that chewing Wrigley’s sugar-free gum may be more beneficial to the public than chewing a competing company’s sugar-free gum. The fact is, chewing any sugar- free gum is no better for you than chewing any of the many other forms of rubber, such as a rubber band, (chewing gum is in the same chemical family as rubber), or chewing a sugarfree twig, or chewing a piece of sugar-free cloth, or your finger nails…or chewing virtually anything else that is sugar free. Yet again, the ADA has failed to publicly mention this important public health fact while accepting the undisclosed Wrigley study grant.

While it may be in the ADA’s best interest to offer one student a Wrigley- provided study grant, it is not in the public’s best interests to be told by the ADA that Wrigley’s is the ADA’s preferred gum – or that the chewing of gum is specifically more beneficial than chewing just about anything else.

Further, the ADA has failed to publicly reveal, or warn the public, that the constant chewing of any gum may have harmful side effects – that being the potential of developing peptic ulcers (stomach ulcers) due to the over-supply of stomach acid (Hydrochloric acid) produced while chewing.

The Solution
I have brought to your notice numerous unassailable and inarguable issues of national importance regarding the ADA and their actions. From years of careful research and investigation, it is my honest opinion that the ADA does, in fact, hide the most serious and destructive conflict of interest ever revealed in Australian Medicine – public and private.

It must be noted that this has occurred not by what the ADA has said and done – but by what the ADA has not said and has not done. It can well be considered to be a form of ‘conspiracy by silence’ – because they need not say or do anything when they are not asked.

NOW IS THE TIME TO ASK!

Therefore, A FULL JUDICIAL INQUIRY MUST BE CONDUCTED into all the workings and actions of the Australian Dental Association – and the ADA cannot continue to exist and must be deregistered. The issues raised here are the reasons why the Australian dental profession, and the public confidence in it, is at an all-time low, and just getting worse. And it is all due to the continuing existence of the ADA and its silent conflict of interest of placing their dentist members’ interests ahead of the
public interests.

Once the ADA is deregistered and permanently out of the way, Australia will create a new, fair and equitable governing dental body that I name DENTISTRY AUSTRALIA (DA). DA will represent all the people employed in dentistry equally and fairly. The DA executive board will comprise of elected representatives from all associations currently existing inside the dental profession so that everyone working in the Australian dental profession has an equal right to have their voices heard, unlike the current failed and flawed farce that currently exists where only dentists’ voices are heard.

THAT is the reason why dentists are so widely feared and hated, and why dentistry is failing so rapidly under the current discriminatory system. DA will, naturally, have an umbilical to government, and also open the door for public contribution from recognised and respected public health forums. After all, this is for, and all about, the publics’ best interests.

Above all and most importantly – DA will not follow the ADA’s established role of “acting in the members’ best interests”… because DA’s new constitution will not allow it. The new DA constitution must be centred on the public’s best interest.

Further, all associations, groups and individuals that fall under the umbrella of, and are members of, DA (and membership must be compulsory for license to practice in dentistry) must adhere to the principle that THE PUBLIC INTEREST IS PARAMOUNT, AND MUST ALWAYS COME FIRST.

Conclusion
This is a genuine quote from a Sydney specialist dentist in regard to the future of the Australian dental profession. He says that ‘if this situation continues as is, then, in ten years time, there will not be an Australian dental profession left’. Sadly, this specialist is correct. There are many honest, ethical and highly competent dental professionals in all areas of Australian dentistry that totally agree with this specialist’s sentiment.

In addition, there are some dentists that are members of the ADA, and who have tried to stand up and speak in opposition to the long-held philosophy of the ADA and its executive boards, but whom have been subjected to inferred threats and intimidation from the ADA, frightening those dentists into silence. Fear is an unacceptable and abusive weapon, but it is strong evidence of the actions of the ADA.

Also, I can supply you with all the proof you need in relation to all the points raised here. I can also provide you with people (patients) who are ready, willing and able to speak with you about the lies and deceit told to them by their dentists, and the destructive dental experiences that have resulted from those lies.

Final Statement
I have NOT exaggerated or embellished any point in this report. The points I reveal have been carefully researched and are to the very best of my knowledge the real honest truth. I can only plead with you to take a serious look at this, to speak to me, and NOT to just disregard this dental disaster simply because you were not aware of it– because there are millions of Australian ‘victims’……sorry, patients, who are.

All the decent, ethical and honest professionals inside Australian dentistry – including Dr. John Clark (dentist) and Mr. Paul Hade (dental technician) who have been instrumental in assisting me compile this report – look forward to your reply.

Thank you.
Tom Parker
© Thomas S Parker 2013

Here is the truth about the disaster of Australian dentistry in 2014.

I recently received this email (below) from Greg Appleby who I know to be a caring and high quality dental technician and prosthetist in Queensland, Australia. For those of you outside of Australia, a ‘prosthetist’ here is called a ‘denturist’ where ever you are. That is, they make dentures, mouthguards and bleach carrying trays direct to the public without the need for a dentist. I must tell you that what Greg says is the real and raw truth. As our economies go from bad to worse – and you’d be very foolish to believe anything to the contrary that our failed politicians may say – more and more dentists seek the same route of outright greed that the mega-conglomerates do. That is, they seek more and more profit with little to no care or regard for their victims…sorry…, in the case of dentistry, I mean patients.
You can blame the appalling Australian Dental Association (ADA) for that. Their decades of silence that continues to this day has allowed too many dentists to become nothing more than skilled rip off artists…and to see how dentists do it go back through the other posts here. You will be shocked to see why so many dentists only see the dollars they can scam from you. And all the while that disgraceful ADA says nothing to protect you and your best oral health interests so they can protect the dentists financial interests.
I wonder….do the letters A.D.A. actually mean Australian Dental Association…..or…..A Disgrace to Australia?

“I started back last Thursday. This is the first Christmas in our 35 years married life that we haven’t had a holiday at Christmas.
You can thank the greedy dentists for that.
I have noticed that as the economy tightens the dentists get worse. They still want to maintain the same profits that they have had for the last 10 years.
In this economy that is impossible at the moment.
I couldn’t care about profits at the moment. I am happy to survive this and to keep my Australian Employees employed. I have done this now and we are owed personally approx $250,000 by our business.
Becoming a Prosthetist is the best thing I have done. I have 4 surgeries that want me in their surgeries to make all their dentures. If I can keep the lab alive and everyone’s jobs whilst I make a living from my Prosthetist I will be ecstatic.
I worry more about my employees first who are my friends that pure profits.
Pity more PROFESSIONAL Dentists were like this. Worry about the whole economy and others before being so Bloody greedy all the time.
I have found that the dentists who aren’t good are the greedy ones. The better quality Dentists do care about quality and others and jobs.

Feel Free to publish this or sent it to who matters. I know those twits don’t really care but they really should. How many more industries in the country will disappear.
Also I am sick of negatives telling me how prosthetists will disappear soon because of cad cam technology in making dentures. There is no substitute for skill, experience and common sense which cad cams don’t have.”

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HERE IS ONE WAY YOU ARE BEING RIPPED OFF BY DENTISTS

Chinese Price list

You want to see how easily a greedy dentist can rip you off? Have a look at this 2013 price list from one Chinese lab (there are hundreds more just like this one), and you’ll see crowns from just $25. Thousands upon thousands of dentists (perhaps yours too) are secretly buying these crowns behind their patients’ backs…while charging their poor victims (I mean, patients) $2,000, and often even more.

This rampant profiteering greed is an absolute disgrace…and the fact that the Australian Dental Association (ADA) says nothing to dentists to stop doing it, or to the public to inform (or even better, warn) the public about it, goes to show you exactly who it is that the ADA really seems to care about. And it is definitely NOT you, that’s for sure.

Ring the ADA on +61 2 9906 4412 (don’t email because they’ll just delete it), be angry, and register your strongest possible complaint. Get your friends to ring too, because this appalling greed MUST be stopped. If it’s not, then it is YOU (and your kids) who will be paying the costs, and suffering the terrible consequences for a very long time to come.

The very best way to find a decent and honest dentist that will not secretly sell you these Chinese crowns is……talk to the technicians (in your area) and ask them to help you find one. You can also ring a group called OHPA (02 8006 1916) that is full of Aussie technicians – or, perhaps you may wish to visit dentalaware.com.au, where you will see a list of Aussie dentists you should consider contacting.

Like the Title says – Here is one way greed-driven dentists are ripping you off, but it’s far from the only way. More to come later about this, so stay tuned.

Good luck, and please email or blog for more information.