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FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

Posted by Stella Pascale on Friday, 2 March 2018 02:55

It is indeed a great honour to be elected as President of our Association and what makes it even more special is the fact that 2018 is OHASA’s 40th anniversary!

With all the opportunities and challenges that come with my role as president, I am of the belief that this journey will not be a smooth one if I am to walk it alone, however, we thank our leaders for drafting a constitution that recognizes the importance of the Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Immediate Past President as it is through this synergism that we are going to make sure that our theme of Better Oral health for All, One people, One OHASA is going to be achieved.

Let me take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous effort that were undertaken by the previous crop of leaders. Indeed you are an inspiration, a challenge and an avenue for us to continue doing these great works that you began.

To our members belonging to our association, I want to say that, this journey we cannot make alone as leaders, but it is through your support, critique and encouragement that we shall have something to do together because together we shall continue to reach greater heights.

For a more detailed message about my goals for OHASA read the “From the President’s desk” in our OHASAJ 1st edition, to be released soon….

“THE HIGHEST REWARD FOR YOUR WORK IS NOT WHAT YOU GET FOR IT, BUT WHAT YOU BECOME BY IT” – JOHN MAXWELL

My e-mail address is: ohasanational@gmail.com

                                                                                      

 


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OHASA 40th Anniversary

Posted by Stella Pascale on Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:28

Whoop whoop!!!

Heres to many more years of providing excellent info and to bringing Oral Hygienists together and to communicate under 1 umbrella.

And to the individuals who tirelessly devote their time so we can reap the benefits.

It is much appreciated.

Regards,

Anisa 

 

Happy 40th birthday OHASA! May we grow from strength to strength.

Best wishes

Keshree Naicker

 

Happy 40th anniversary Ohasa,work well done over the yrs . Looking forward to many more fabulous years.

Lots of love Natalie Taft.

 

Congratulations on the 40th Birthday OHASA! Well done for what you have accomplished in these years.

May we go from strength to strength.

Sanet

 

Happy 40th Birthday OHASA! Colgate wish you the happiest ever year!

Happy 40th Anniversary!

Regards

Lynette Jacobs

 

 

 


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University of the Western Cape - Expanded Functions (2013) Government Notice No R 800

Posted by Stella Pascale on Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:58

The University of the Western Cape invites Oral Hygienists for a Course in the Expanded Scope of Practice (2013) which includes procedures such as sealant restorations (PRR), periodontal splinting, tooth whitening techniques and procedures, fabrication of vacuum formed mouth guards and the Oral Hygiene Process of Care.

Date: 18-22 June 2018.

Applications are currently open.

Application forms are attached and are also available through the University of the Western Cape, Oral Hygiene Department and OHASA.

Cost - R5000.

Note that seats are limited.

Deadline for application indicating your interest is 6 April 2018.

Upon receipt of your application, a registration form with details of payment will follow.

Contact person: Ms Kelly Stuurman 021-9373162 kstuurman@uwc.ac.za


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February 2018 eNews - IFDH

Posted by Stella Pascale on Saturday, 10 February 2018 14:36

IFDH Newsletter
February 2018
 
 
 Board of Directors
 

President
Robyn Watson, RDH, MPA
Rhodes, New S. Wales
AUSTRALIA

President Elect
Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, RDH
THE NETHERLANDS

Vice President
Wanda Fedora, RDH
Sydney, Nova Scotia
CANADA

Treasurer
Mary Rose Pincelli Boglione
Florence, ITALY

Secretary
Michaela ONeill
Belfast
UNITED KINGDOM

 
 
 House of Delegates
IrelandIndia
PhilippinesPhilippines
 Staff

Executive Director
Peter Anas
director@IFDH.org

Membership Director
Laikisha Jeffries
membership@IFDH.org

Membership Coordinator
Clare Karpinski
coordinator@IFDH.org

Join IFDH as an Individual Member
 
Contents:
 
The IFDH President
Robyn Watson
Robyn Watson
RDH, BSc, MPA

A Review of IFDH Halfway Through Our Term

It seems another year has flown by and the IFDH Board of Directors looks forward to another eventful year. Let's look at what we've been doing and what's coming up.

Read the latest message from our President Robyn Watson, including:

  • Our Members' Social Responsibility Programs
  • World Dental Hygienist Awards Program
  • 2019 ISDH
  • A Review of IFDH Goals

Read the full message.

IDFH News

2019 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)

Brisbane Australia

2019 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)
2019 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)
2019 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)

The DHAA, in coordination with the IFDH Board of Directors and Scientific Committee are working furiously behind the scenes planning what looks to be the biggest and best International Symposium on Dental Hygiene yet!

Lock the dates in your diary now (15-17 August 2019) and start planning your trip to balmy Brisbane, Australia!

The Symposium will offer three days of world-class speakers, engaging exhibition and memorable social activities. While you are here don't miss the opportunity to cuddle a koala, visit the iconic Australia Zoo or take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef - or even visit some other amazing parts of our country!

We look forward to welcoming you 'down under'!

Watch the video on Brisbane!

Register your interest and to receive updates at www.isdh2019.com.

Call for Abstracts: Oral Session and Poster

Submissions Open: February 19th
Submissions Close: April 30th
Go to www.ISDH2019.com for more details.

2016 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)
2016 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)
2016 IFDH International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH)

Make Your Travel Plans Now

Remember to add ISDH to your calendar and make travel plans to attend the 2019 ISDH in Brisbane, Australia:

  • August 13-14: IFDH House of Delegate Business Meeting
  • August 15-17: International Symposium on Dental Hygiene

Not Sure What to Expect at the ISDH?

Read the article and see photos of:


Congratulations to our 2017 Research Grant Recipients!

Janelle Cobb

A Qualitative Study: An Evaluation of the Perception of Ohio Dental Hygienists that Work in Nursing Home Facilities with the Elderly Population and Use the Oral Health Access Supervision Act Permit
by Janelle Cobb
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, USA

Tari Devaney

Oral Health Care Training of Caregivers for the Developmentally Disabled
by Tari Devaney
Eastern Washington University
Cheney, Washington USA

Lindsay Doerschuk

Exploring Student-Led Interprofessional Education through a Community Service Project
by Lindsay Doerschuk
Eastern Washington University
Cheney, Washington, USA

 
dentsply sirona preventive

Remember that this IFDH Webinar
Is Available for Online Viewing & CE for 3 Years!

IFDH Education Academy
colgate oral health network

Increasing Health Literacy to Reduce Dental Caries. Are you and your Practice Health Literate?

Thank you to Alice Horowitz, PhD, MA, RDH the presenter for the IFDH Education Academy's first-ever webinar in December 2016. The webinar will remain accessible from our website with one hour of content (1 CE), which includes background and update on oral health literacy and its potential impact on decreasing dental caries, especially among pregnant women and their children.

promote this to your members

Participants will learn:

• 

What health literacy is & why it is important

• 

How to incorporate important communication skills to increase health literacy among their patients


Have Any of Your Members Volunteered?

Every Child has a Toothbrush
Crest+OralB
promote this to your members

For those inspired to improve the oral health of children, the IFDH "Every Child has a Toothbrush" campaign is designed to teach children how to use a toothbrush effectively so they can better control biofilm and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Grant money is still available! To participate in the program: dental hygienists must create a community-based event that involves providing oral health education to children, teaching tooth-brushing techniques and conducting an oral examination to determine other needs. More details »


IFDH Enters into the World of Twitter!

Twitter

Come and follow us

@IFDHygienists


IFDH Research Resources Exchange

International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH)

The IFDH is committed to continually pursuing professional development and academic expansion for the profession of dental hygiene around the world. Resources are provided to further support practitioners, educators, associations and researchers who seek to enrich their career pathways. 

IFDH eNews November 2017

Posted by Stella Pascale on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 06:25

IFDH Newsletter
November 2017
 
 
 Board of Directors
 

President
Robyn Watson, RDH, MPA
Rhodes, New S. Wales
AUSTRALIA

President Elect
Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, RDH
THE NETHERLANDS

Vice President
Wanda Fedora, RDH
Sydney, Nova Scotia
CANADA

Treasurer
Mary Rose Pincelli Boglione
Florence, ITALY

Secretary
Michaela ONeill
Belfast
UNITED KINGDOM

 
 
 House of Delegates
IrelandIndia
PhilippinesPhilippines
 Staff

Executive Director
Peter Anas
director@IFDH.org

Membership Director
Laikisha Jeffries
membership@IFDH.org

Membership Coordinator
Clare Karpinski
coordinator@IFDH.org

Join IFDH as an Individual Member
 
Contents:
 
The IFDH President
Robyn Watson
Robyn Watson
RDH, BSc, MPA

Lots Happening in the Dental Hygiene World

Read the latest message from our President Robyn Watson, including:

  • 2019 ISDH changing location
  • Her recent travels
  • ACFF World Cavity Free Day
  • Member milestones

We wish Robyn improved health as she was in an accident in Russia and had to cancel several visits to dental hygiene events in the past month.

Read the full message.

IDFH News

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
IFDH Announces Change of Venue for 2019 International Symposium (ISDH)

2019 ISDH Location & Dates to be Announced Soon

The IFDH and Korean Dental Hygienist Association have mutually agreed on postponing plans to hold the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) in Korea until 2024, initially scheduled to be held in Seoul in 2019. The IFDH Board of Directors advised the KDHA of a change of venue due to the current political tensions in the area.

Many concerns have been raised in relation to the 2019 ISDH and the heightened political situation involving North Korea. Many of the House of Delegates are apprehensive in relation to the safety for its members and are concerned that many international participants will choose not to commit to attending the ISDH in South Korea in 2019 due to the tensions in North Korea and the possible outcomes.

We have had indications from potential speakers and participants that they would not participate in a conference in S. Korea because of this situation.

We have been watching the situation evolve for several months and it has not been an easy decision to make, but unfortunately the increase in tension with the ongoing nuclear testing and build-up of strategic weapons in the area makes the situation too volatile and we feel that it is perceived as unsafe for participants to travel to the region. This situation could improve or devolve, but we do not know which way it will go and with a short time to prepare a new venue, we have been investigating the possibilities.

The IFDH Board has been in contact with the runners-up from previous ISDH bids in 2013 and 2016 and is in negotiation with an alternate IFDH House of Delegate member country. This country will be announced when the details are finalised.

In spite of the current political tension around the Korean Peninsula, South Korea is stable both socially and economically, which is reflected through some social indicators such as the KOSPI (Korea Stock Market Index) and has been steadily rising despite these global issues.

This decision has not been made lightly and is very regrettable. We are very mindful of, and deeply regret that the environment has caused such a disappointment to the KDHA. The Board is most appreciative of the hard work they have done up to this stage to develop the ISDH and look forward to going to Seoul in 2024.

Signed,

Robyn Watson             Kyung Sook Moon
President IFDH            President KDHA


IFDH Welcomes its 31st Country House of Delegate Member:Federation of Indian Dental Hygienists Association (FIDHA)

Ramakant Pandey receiving IFDH membership certificate

A new national association of dental hygienists was formed in India early in 2017 - the Federation of Indian Dental Hygienist Association (FIDHA). This Federation comprises all state dental hygienist associations and individual dental hygienists from different parts of India. Its office is in New Delhi, India, with Ramakant Pandey as President, who, in photo at right, is shown receiving their IFDH membership certificate from IFDH Treasurer Mary Rose Pincelli Boglione, at the IFDH seminar in Dubai (see article below).

The IFDH Membership Committee and Board of Directors have approved all elements of their application and welcome them to the IFDH as its 31st country! We look forward to welcoming the following to our House of Delegates - Surendra Shukla and Shrikant Borade.


IFDH Teams with CAPP for Dubai Seminar

IFDH Teams with CAPP for Dubai Seminar

A Periodontal Instrumentation and Sharpening Hands-on Course by the IFDH, taught attendees to learn practical principles for confronting clinical complications with dexterity, skill and confidence. It focused on innovative instrument designs and solutions driven approaches to meet the inevitable challenges of mechanically treating "invisible" root surfaces and examine the design characteristics of a variety of hand instruments and are listed for appropriate skill levels. It was held on 4th Nov 2017 at the Dental Hygienist Seminar (part of 9th DFCIC) in Dubai by the Centre for Advanced Professional Practices (CAPP). See pictures in the UAE section of Member News below.


IFDH Research Grants Update

 Magandhree Naidoo of South Africa

Congratulations to Recipient Magandhree Naidoo of South Africa

Dental care has been acknowledged as one of the leading unmet health care need among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Individuals with ASD have distinctive characteristics and behaviors that impact on their oral care, thereby creating challenges for parents, caregivers and dental professionals. The communication impairment frequently noted in this population has impacted oral care at home, school and the dental office. Transparent pictorial cues in the form of a dental communication board will be beneficial for facilitating a dental visit for this population. Read more.

promote this to your members
dentsply sirona preventive

December 15th Deadline for 2017 Applications

The IFDH has research grants for dental hygiene students available, so please check the website for details. The purpose of this program is to promote experience in the research process and dissemination of findings contributing to the dental hygiene body of knowledge. This grant program provides small grants for students enrolled in dental hygiene graduate programs conducting thesis research. Deadline is December 15th.


Remember that this IFDH Webinar
Is Available for Online Viewing & CE for 3 Years!

IFDH Education Academy
colgate oral health network

Increasing Health Literacy to Reduce Dental Caries. Are you and your Practice Health Literate?

Thank you to Alice Horowitz, PhD, MA, RDH the presenter for the IFDH Education Academy's first-ever webinar in December 2016. The webinar will remain accessible from our website with one hour of content (1 CE), which includes background and update on oral health literacy and its potential impact on decreasing dental caries, especially among pregnant women and their children.

promote this to your members

Participants will learn:

• 

What health literacy is & why it is important

• 

How to incorporate important communication skills to increase health literacy among their patients


Have Any of Your Members Volunteered?

Every Child has a Toothbrush
Crest+OralB
promote this to your members

For those inspired to improve the oral health of children, the IFDH "Every Child has a Toothbrush" campaign is designed to teach children how to use a toothbrush effectively so they can better control biofilm and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Grant money is still available! To participate in the program: dental hygienists must create a community-based event that involves providing oral health education to children, teaching tooth-brushing techniques and conducting an oral examination to determine other needs. More details »


Stay Involved with Your Committee

The committees below met in Lucerne, Switzerland and the Minutes for those meetings are included in HOD section of the website. Stay involved, or get involved. Committee Chair emails are included below.


IFDH Enters into the World of Twitter!

Twitter

Come and follow us

@IFDHygienists


IFDH Social Responsibility Conference Adopts Resolution

The International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH) held A Global Oral Health Strategy Session, Social Responsibility Conference in Florence, Italy, July

IFDH 2019 ISDH Press Release

Posted by Stella Pascale on Friday, 10 November 2017 03:43

IFDH Announces Change of Venue for ISDH 2019

The IFDH and Korean Dental Hygienist Association have mutually agreed on postponing plans to hold the ISDH symposium in Korea until 2024, initially scheduled to be held in Seoul in 2019. The IFDH Board of Directors advised the KDHA of a change of venue due to the current political tensions in the area.

Many concerns have been raised in relation to the 2019 ISDH and the heightened political situation involving North Korea. Many of the House of Delegates are apprehensive in relation to the safety for its members and are concerned that many international participants will choose not to commit to attending the ISDH in South Korea in 2019 due to the tensions in North Korea and the possible outcomes.

We have had indications from potential speakers and participants that they would not participate in a conference in S. Korea because of this situation.

We have been watching the situation evolve for several months and it has not been an easy decision to make, but unfortunately the increase in tension with the ongoing nuclear testing and build-up of strategic weapons in the area makes the situation too volatile and we feel that it is perceived as unsafe for participants to travel to the region. This situation could improve or devolve, but we do not know which way it will go and with a short time to prepare a new venue, we have been investigating the possibilities.

The IFDH Board has been in contact with the runners-up from previous ISDH bids in 2013 and 2016 and is in negotiation with an alternate IFDH House of Delegate member country. This country will be announced when the details are finalised.

In spite of the current political tension around the Korean Peninsula, South Korea is stable both socially and economically, which is reflected through some social indicators such as the KOSPI (Korea Stock Market Index) and has been steadily rising despite these global issues.

This decision has not been made lightly and is very regrettable. We are very mindful of, and deeply regret that the environment has caused such a disappointment to the KDHA. The Board is most appreciative of the hard work they have done up to this stage to develop the ISDH and look forward to going to Seoul in 2024.

Signed,

 

Robyn Watson                   Kyung Sook Moon

President IFDH                  President KDHA

 

For more information, contact IFDH Executive Director Peter Anas (director@IFDH.org).

 

Robyn Watson RDH MPA

President 


 


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Dental Assistants Registrations

Posted by Stella Pascale on Thursday, 14 September 2017 02:47

 

 

 


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Registration of unqualified but experienced detail assistants

Posted by Stella Pascale on Thursday, 3 August 2017 06:43

Dear Practitioner 

TO: ALL ORAL HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONERS
(Dental Specialists, Dentists, Dental Therapists, Oral Hygienists and  Dental Assistants)

REGISTRATION OF UNQUALIFIED BUT EXPERIENCED DENTAL ASSISTANTS

The Professional Board for Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene made recommendations to the Minister of Health that would allow for unqualified dental assistants, who have experience, to register with the HPCSA. The Minister of Health subsequently promulgated these Regulations on the 07 April 2017.

In terms of these regulations an experienced but unqualified dental assistant may apply to the HPCSA to be registered for a period of two years. The period of registration will be from the date of promulgation of the regulations and close six months later (07 April 2017 – 07 October 2017). Thereafter no new applications will be accepted, and any unqualified dental assistant will be required to complete a qualification via an accredited University of Technology.

It should be noted that this registration is limited to a period of two years, from date of initial registration. During this time the registered dental assistant will be expected to pay an annual fee, and to comply with CPD requirements. A requirement of such registration is that the dental assistant must, within a period of two years from date of registration, successfully complete a board exam. Failure to complete this exam will result in the registration of the dental assistant lapsing.  Dental assistants registered in this category will be afforded four opportunities to complete the exam. The Board has arranged that there will be four examinations a year, and that these examinations will be made available in all nine provinces.

An appeal is made to you to please share the information with all dental assistants, in light of the limited remaining three-month period.

The procedure for registration, and examination, is as follows:

STEP 1

Applicant applies to the 
HPCSA for registration.

Applicant to complete Form 24 DA Limited Registration available here -

http://www.hpcsa.co.za/Uploads/editor/UserFiles/downloads/dental/Form_24_DA%20-%20Dental%20Assistant_LIMITED_REGISTRATION%20(3).pdf

STEP 2

Fee payments

 

 

Applicant to pay the prescribed fees -  for banking details see:
www.hpcsa.co.za/registrations/BankingDetails

ABSA, Arcadia Branch, 
Branch code: 632005
Account Name: HPCSA
Account Type: Cheque
Account number: 061 00 00 169
Swift code: ABSAZAJJ

Use your ID number as a reference.

FEES PAYABLE

If registration occurs in the month of:

Month

Registration fee

Pro-rata annual fee

Total

July 2017

R697.00

R564.03

R 1261.03

August 2017

R697.00

R501.36

R 1198.36

September 2017

R697.00

R438.69

R 1035.69

1-7  October 2017

R697.00

R376.02

R 1073.02

STEP 3

Document submission

Submit documentation to HPCSA and obtain registration.

Required documents
  • Certified copy of ID,
  • Certified copy of marriage certificate (if applicable),
  • Proof of payment of the prescribed fees,
  • Form 24DA- Application for Registration as a Dental Assistant (Limited Registration)

STEP 4

Registration

Receive proof of registration.

STEP 5

Apply to undertake Board 
Examination

Applicant applies to sit the Board Exam by submitting Form 324 (available at http://hpcsa.co.za/uploads/editor/UserFiles/downloads/dental/form_324_dental_ass_exam.pdf ) 
by fax (012 – 3389352) or email to simangelek@hpcsa.co.za.

Fee of R700 payable. (See bank details above, use DA number as a reference).

Note: there will be four exam sittings a year, and examinations will be available in all 9 provinces).

The closing date for applications to write the examination is 6 weeks prior to date of the examination.

STEP 6

Exam preparation

 

Visit http://www.hpcsa.co.za/PBDentalTherapy/Examinations

You will find:

The HPCSA does not have any prescribed books or preferred book sellers.  The recommended textbooks are:

  • Torres and Ehrlich Modern Dental Assisting by DL Bird & DS Robinson
  • Delmars Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach by DJ Phinney & JH Halstead

Books may be obtainable from local libraries, purchased second-hand or new.

BOOKSELLERS:

The applicant is welcome to use the services of any bookseller. Some of the booksellers available are:

  1. www.takealot.com
  2. www.sherwoodbooks.co.za
  3. www.loot.co.za
  4. www.beyondbooks.co.za
  5. Adams Book Stores
  6. Van Schaik

STEP 7

Undertake the exam

PUBLICATION OF THE EXAMINATION RESULTS

The results of the examination will be available 6 weeks after date of the examination and will be communicated to candidates in writing.

RE-EXAMINATIONS

Candidates who are unsuccessful in the examination will be allowed to sit for 3 redo examinations. The candidates are required to advise the Board in writing 6 weeks prior to date of the examination of their intention to re-write the examination. Proof of payment of the examination fee (R700) must be submitted together with the written application.

STEP 8A

Passed the exam? 
-  Register as a Dental Assistant

Upon successful completion of the Board Exam you MUST re-register as a Dental Assistant (New registration as the Limited Registration falls away) by paying the registration fee and applicable annual fee. NOTE: The exam results are valid for a limited period and if you do not register as a Dental Assistant you will have to redo the examination.

STEP 8B

Not attempted/Failed the exam?   

If you have not attempted the exam with the prescribed two year period, or you have failed the exam then after two years of your initial registration then you will be have to complete a formal qualification in dental assisting at a University of Technology. Your registration as a Dental Assistant in the category “Limited Registration” will no longer be valid, and you will not be able to practice legally as a dental assistant in South Africa.

Regards

Dr TA Muslim

Notice of Change of Name for the Professional Board for Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene

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Oral Hygiene Scope Regulations - 2017

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