The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-09-21T01:48:36Z ADIA’s Respected Chief Executive Officer To Move On 2018-09-21T01:48:36Z adia-s-respected-chief-executive-officer-to-move-on The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of innovative dental products, has announced that after more than eight years in the role, Troy Williams will leave as Chief Executive Officer at the end of the year. According to ADIA National President, Mr Phil Jolly, both ADIA and the dental industry are better for Mr Williams' service. “Troy’s contribution has been significant and his legacy will be enduring. Today ADIA is stronger and more effective in supporting our members than at any time in its history,” Mr Jolly said. Mr Williams championed the transformation of ADIA’s legal structure to a company limited by guarantee, putting in place the governance arrangements to properly manage ADIA’s sustained growth. ADIA’s strong financial position stems from Mr Williams’ formidable budgeting skills and support to the Board in developing long-term financial plans. This included the sale of ADIA’s old building and purchase of new office space in a transaction that achieved a substantial financial windfall and delivered better meeting spaces for members. ADIA’s strong balance sheet, and the returns it generates, results in member services being delivered at a lower cost than would otherwise be the case. It is perhaps in the policy advocacy area that Mr Williams’ contributions will be remembered over time. “Many will see Mr Williams’ most significant contribution as having positioned ADIA as a respected leader in the national policy debate, particularly concerning matters of medical device regulation. That ADIA is now called upon frequently by parliamentarians and departmental stakeholders to contribute to policy formulation is an outcome that Mr Williams can rightly claim credit for,” Mr Jolly said. During Mr Williams’ tenure ADIA has taken a lead role in securing reforms to how dental products are regulated in Australia. Legislative amendments to improve market approval for innovative new dental products were secured in addition to enhancing the way illegal imports are dealt with by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Since Mr Williams’ appointment the ADX Sydney dental exhibition secured its status as Australia’s premier dental event. It’s Australia’s largest healthcare trade show and under Mr Williams’ guidance the exhibition grew by around 20% in size and 50% more dentists now attend. Significantly, ADX Sydney has been augmented by a continuing professional development program offered by professional associations representing dentists and allied oral healthcare professional, something thought impossible a decade ago. Under Mr Williams’ guidance regional trade shows in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth were inaugurated. ADIA was named 2017 Association Of The Year under Mr Williams' leadership, recognised for its demonstrated ability to influence government decision making, deliver world-class exhibitions and publish meaningful market intelligence. “On behalf of the ADIA Board and members I can say we’re sad that Troy is leaving and that we’re extremely thankful for his contribution. He leaves with our best wishes as he takes on a new role that’s a significant step in his career,” Mr Jolly said. ADIA has engaged recruitment firm Salt and Shein to begin a national search for a replacement. Ends. Image — ■. Troy Williams - ADIA Chief Executive Officer [.JPG] $566,000 Grant For Innovative Dental Product Inventor 2018-08-17T01:01:34Z 566-000-grant-for-innovative-dental-product-inventor The Australian Government has awarded an Accelerating Commercialisation Grant worth over $566,000 to HyGenie Australia Pty Ltd, an innovative small business dental product manufacturer and member of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). The grant was awarded to support the commercialisation of a world-first innovative device that cleans, stores, and protects removable oral appliances such as dentures relied upon by millions in Australia and overseas. “ADIA congratulates HyGenie Australia on being awarded this substantial grant from the Australian Government in recognition of the innovation and global export potential of this small business,” said Mr Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. The grant is part of the Accelerating Commercialisation component of the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme which is designed to help small-medium businesses, entrepreneurs, and researchers to access expert guidance and find the right solutions for novel products, processes, and services. “Australia has a reputation for developing innovative products that deliver enhanced dental and oral healthcare and supporting this sector is a high priority for ADIA. It’s in this context that we couldn’t be more pleased that the Australian Government is backing this product to ensure that it’s available to patients across Australia and overseas,” Mr Williams said. The device’s inventor, Dr Mark Wotherspoon, and the business' Managing Director, Steve Plakotaris, said the grant will support the advancement of consumer and clinical trials for the innovative device that will begin in September 2018. This will facilitate a national and, eventually, an international launch of the device in 2019. “There is still a lot of work to do and no doubt some challenges lie ahead, however we have made a good start to becoming a worldwide brand,” Mr Plakotaris said. ADIA will continue to support HyGenie Australia, and other local dental product manufacturers through policy advocacy efforts to cut the red-tape associated with dental product development, manufacturing and commercialisation. Support for export activities is also provided through ADIA’s pavilions at key international trade shows. “ADIA’s commitment to supporting local dental product manufacturers is strong and it’s great when businesses such as Hygenie Australia are recognised for their innovation and receive assistance from the Australian Government to tackle international markets,” Mr Williams said. Ends. .Image —■ Hygenie Australia Product Graphic [.JPG] .Media Contact — Brittany ButterworthADIA Communications Officert: 1300 943 094.....e: media@adia.org.au 2018 ADIA Research Grant Tackles Periodontitis 2018-08-09T05:30:23Z unisyd-paper-on-gifts-and-the-dental-profession-misses-the-mark Pioneering research to address chronic periodontitis has been awarded the Australian Dental Industry Association Research Grant bestowed by the Australian Dental Research Foundation (ADRF), the nation’s leading funding body for early-career researchers into dental and oral health issues. The grant is funded by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing innovative dental product manufacturers and suppliers. The most recent award was provided to Associate Professor Neil O’Brien-Simpson from the University of Melbourne Dental School into research associated with antimicrobial peptides that target periodontal pathogens. He’s a project manager for the Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre. The research project will be supported by Dr Jason Lenzo and Dr James Holden, both from the Melbourne Dental School. The research seeks to address chronic periodontitis, an inflammatory disease associated with a pathogenic subgingival bacteria leading to the destruction of the tooth’s supporting tissues and ultimately tooth loss. It is a major public health problem in all societies and is estimated to affect at least 30% of the adult population, including 5% to 6% who experience severe forms of the disease. The prevention of chronic periodontitis relies on removing the bacterial burden by effective tooth cleaning, sometimes in combination with antibiotics and / or antiseptics; however, long-term use of antibiotics is undesirable due to the emergence of resistant bacteria. Indeed, several reports have highlighted an increasing trend towards antibiotic resistance in oral bacteria. The increasing reports of multi-drug and antibiotic resistant bacteria and the limits on the use of antiseptics, such as chlorhexidine, have resulted in extensive research to discover and develop new and novel classes of antimicrobials that are effective and safe for human use. “The objectives of the research align with the conditions of the Australian Dental Industry Association Research Grant that provides funding for projects that may, following commercialisation, support the development of new and / or innovative dental and oral healthcare treatment pathways or products,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. The Australian Dental Industry Association Research Grant provides funding to explore the potential of a novel class of antibiotics called antimicrobial peptides (AMP). The research team have already identified several AMPs by altering their sequence and adding chemical moieties that reduce toxicity to mammalian cells while targeting and enhancing antibacterial activity towards periodontal pathogens. “ADIA has a long track-record of supporting the development of innovative patient diagnostic and treatment options and it's in this context that we’re committed to the long-term funding of the Australian Dental Industry Association Research Grant is funded,” Mr Williams said. Ends. Photograph & Images — ■. Neil O'Brien Simpson - University of Melbourne [.JPG] Media Contact —ADIA Communications Officert: 1300 943 094.....m: 0450 013 446.....e: media@adia.org.au ADIA Background Information — Founded in 1925, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) is the peak business organisation representing innovative manufacturers and suppliers of dental products.  Active in each mainland state and with a strong presence in Canberra, ADIA is a strong advocate for policy reforms that allow member businesses to grow, create jobs and operate sustainably.  ADIA's vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and well-being of all Australians.  The services offered by ADIA that support member businesses include industry statistics, training programmes and trade shows including ADX Sydney, the nation's largest healthcare exhibition that attracts some 10,000 stakeholders from across the oral healthcare community. For further information on ADIA visit the website at:www.adia.org.au  ADIA New Exporters’ Grant Launched 2018-06-13T02:00:47Z adia-new-exporters-grant-launched Local dental product manufacturers will find it easier to find new overseas distributors thanks to a grant program established by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of innovative dental products. The ADIA New Exporters' Grant provides financial support to emerging local dental product manufacturers to attend the worlds’ largest dental exhibition, IDS Cologne. “ADIA couldn't be more pleased to support Australia’s dental product manufacturing sector in this way. This initiative will help them reach out and develop the contacts necessary to develop overseas distribution networks,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. The ADIA New Exporters' Grant is all about assisting first-time manufacturers better understand the global market for dental products. The grant provides financial assistance for a business to attend the IDS Colognedental exhibition for the first time. “Internationally, there is no better platform to meet potential distributors than the IDS Cologne dental exhibition when, every two years, more than 2,000 exhibitors from more than fifty countries gather along with more than 150,000 stakeholders from across the dental community,” Mr Williams said. With a focus on supporting first-time exporters, the ADIA New Exporters' Grant will be of great assistance to those businesses with market-ready products. “Networking is one of the biggest benefits of attending the IDS Cologne exhibition. The ADIA New Exporters' Grant will help businesses meet in-person representatives of overseas distribution agents. Sure, email communication is a great tool but face-to-face discussions are important when negotiating commercial arrangements,” Mr Williams said. Applications for this year's ADIA New Exporters' Grant close on 31 July 2018 and the recipient will be named on 15 August 2018. The grant will be awarded every two years when IDS Cologne is convened. The ADIA New Exporters' Grant is one of a number of initiatives to support the research, development, manufacturing commercialisation and export of dental products in Australia. “This year ADIA will provide more than $100,000 in grants and financial assistance to researchers involved in product development and to exhibitors at overseas trade shows. It’s great to be able to support Australia’s dental product manufacturing sector in this way,” Mr Williams said. Information on the ADIA New Exporters' Grantapplication process can be found online at:www.adia.org.au/for-suppliers/export.grant Ends. Senate Backs Review Of Healthcare Digital Imaging Rules 2018-05-15T19:47:38Z senate-backs-review-of-healthcare-digital-imaging-rules The need for nationally-consistent regulations for the ownership and use of digital imaging equipment used in healthcare has been recognised by an Australian Senate inquiry reviewing red-tape in the healthcare system. Following representations by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of innovative dental products, the Senate’s red-tape committee recommended that the Australian Government place licensing requirements for the supply, ownership and operation of diagnostic imaging equipment on the agenda for consideration by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). “ADIA has been a long-term proponent for the introduction of nationally consistent legislation in this regard. We advised Senators inconsistencies between state and territory legislation make it difficult for the dental industry to furnish dental and oral healthcare professionals across the country with the latest innovations,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. The ADIA Chief Executive Officer gave evidence to the senate committee when it held public hearings during February 2018 in Parliament House, Canberra. As a consequence the Senate Committee acknowledged that, with respect to diagnostic imaging equipment, there is a significant and ongoing concern for dental practitioners. The committee agreed that there is clear scope to reduce red-tape in the licensing of this equipment. “It’s great that the Senate’s red tape committee recognised that the regulatory variations between states and territories increases the compliance burden on business. These costs are passed on to patients and governments in the form of increased diagnostic imaging costs, something that ultimately restricts access to this important diagnostic tool,” Mr Williams said. In response to ADIA’s representations, the Senate Committee acknowledged that, with respect to diagnostic imaging equipment, there is a significant and ongoing concern for dental practitioners. The committee agreed with ADIA's view that there is clear scope to reduce red-tape in the licensing of this equipment. The Senate Committee therefore recommended that the Australian Government place licensing requirements for the supply, ownership and operation of diagnostic imaging equipment on the agenda for consideration by COAG. ADIA has written to the Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, and his state / territory counterparts asking that COAG consider the matter with urgency. This most recent Senate Committee report follows an inquiry undertaken in late 2017 by the Senate that reviewed the availability and accessibility of diagnostic imaging equipment around Australia. Ends. Photograph & Images — ■. Troy Williams - ADIA Chief Executive Officer [.JPG] Media Contact — ADIA Communications Officer t: 1300 943 094.....m: 0450 013 446.....e: media@adia.org.au ADIA Background Information — Founded in 1925, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) is the peak business organisation representing innovative manufacturers and suppliers of dental products.  Active in each mainland state and with a strong presence in Canberra, ADIA is a strong advocate for policy reforms that allow member businesses to grow, create jobs and operate sustainably.  ADIA's vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and well-being of all Australians.  The services offered by ADIA that support member businesses include industry statistics, training programmes and trade shows including ADX Sydney, the nation's largest healthcare exhibition that attracts some 10,000 stakeholders from across the oral healthcare community. For further information on ADIA visit the website at:www.adia.org.au . Small Business Asks For Delay In New Medical Devices Tax 2018-04-23T03:05:14Z small-business-asks-for-delay-in-new-medical-devices-tax The nation’s regulator of dental products and other medical devices, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has been asked to delay the introduction of a proposal that will see businesses pay a new tax to lawfully supply new and innovative products. According to the peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), small businesses will be hit particularly hard by this measure. “Small businesses across the dental industry are concerned about the proposed $530 medical devices tax that the TGA wants to charge businesses placing new products on the register of medical devices that can be lawfully supplied in Australia. For many of these businesses it will affect the commercial viability of making available new and innovative dental products,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. Although the TGA first flagged the proposal to introduce a new tax for placing low-risk (Class 1) medical devices on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) some twelve months ago, it was only in February 2018 that the TGA formally documented that the tax would go from $0 to $530. “The TGA’s commitment to engaging with industry on amendments to the quantum of funds it currently extracts from business has, and continues to be, first-rate; however, with respect to this new tax there has been no formal process of public consultation to assess the impact on small business,” Mr Williams said. The proposal to introduce the new medical devices tax has been placed before the Health Minister for consideration. ADIA has formally asked the TGA to withdraw its recommendation so that an appropriate level of public consultation can take place. Acknowledging the technical debate as to whether the TGA’s proposal constitutes a fee or a tax, ADIA suggests that the proposal needs to be looked at in its entirety. “The increased funds that the TGA will be extracting from small businesses will be partially funding what any reasonable person would argue are the ordinary functions of government. These include public awareness campaigns, regulatory reform, departmental finance and audit activities plus enforcing sanctions and penalties. When business is being forced to pay for these functions describing the revenues as a new tax is not without merit,” Mr Williams said. Ends. TGA Fee Proposal Formally Rejected By Dental Industry 2018-04-17T20:17:15Z tga-fee-proposal-formally-rejected-by-dental-industry Proposals to levy a new fee on suppliers of medical devices have been formally rejected by the peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). The new fee has been proposed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for businesses applying to place new low-risk medical devices on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), the list of therapeutic products that can be lawfully supplied in Australia. “Australia’s dental industry is primarily composed of small businesses with less than ten employees. Like all small businesses they are already under pressure and the TGA’s new fee just makes things harder,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. Whereas business previously could place low-risk medical devices on the ARTG without paying an application fee, the TGA has proposed that from 1 July 2018 there will be a cost of $530 for each new entry. It is estimated that for these small businesses the cost will be between $4,240 and $13,250 per year. The ADIA membership supplies around ninety-five percent of the medical devices used in dental practices nation-wide and the advice from these suppliers is the new fee will make it commercially unsustainably to introduce new specialised products that are likely to be sold in low-volumes. “SMEs across the dental industry have made it clear this new $530 fee creates a new barrier to the entry of new and innovative products into the Australian marketplace. The losers will be dental professionals and their patients that won’t be able to access these new advances,” Mr Williams said. For small businesses in the dental industry the TGA’s new fee is likely to negate the benefits flowing from a comprehensive reform of medicines and medical device regulation resulting from amendments to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth) passed by the parliament in 2017 and 2018. “When it comes to reducing the compliance burden on small businesses in the dental industry, and the medical technology sector more broadly, it’s looking like a case of one step forward and two steps back,” Mr Williams said. In response to stakeholder consultations ADIA has formally written to the TGA and the Minister for Health rejecting the proposed new fee. Ends. Media Contact --ADIA Communications Officert: 1300 943 094.....e: media@adia.org.au Senate Support For Medical Device Reforms Welcomed 2018-02-02T22:06:07Z senate-support-for-medical-device-reforms-welcomed A senate committee report recommending the passage of legislation that changes the way the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulates medicines and medical devices has been welcomed by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers. “This Bill contains important reforms that will cut the red tape associated with introducing into the Australian market new and innovative patient treatment and diagnostic options,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee handed down its report (dated 2 February 2018) on the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017 which provides the legislative amendments that will allow the TGA to utilise the work of comparable overseas regulators in the course of making assessments of dental products and other medical devices. “ADIA has been a long-standing proponent for this reform that will shorten the timeframe associated with gaining domestic market approval from the TGA for not only dental products, but most types of medical devices. In a practical sense, this is what a cut to red-tape looks like,” Mr Williams said. This Bill also makes changes that supports amendments to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth) made in 2017. These reforms allows the TGA to authorise Australian companies to undertake conformity assessments, a significant departure from past practice where only the TGA could do this. “This legislation, combined with the legislative changes made last year that ADIA also secured, creates a far more efficient system for dental product manufacturers to introduce new product to the Australian market. Whereas previously the TGA was the sole source of authority, the increasing use of overseas regulators and third-party Australian conformity assessment bodies will provide alternatives without compromising patient safety,” Mr Williams said. ADIA is confident that the legislation will pass the Senate soon and, having been passed by the House of Representatives in December 2017, will soon become law. It delivers a long-standing legislative reform priority that ADIA, over nearly a decade, has been lobbying politicians of all political persuasions to deliver. “ADIA has been pushing for these changes as it creates a regulatory framework for dental products that is based on a risk management approach designed to ensure public health and safety, while at the same time freeing industry from any unnecessary regulatory burden,” Mr Williams concluded. Ends. Determining The Size Of Australia’s Dental Product Market 2018-01-29T01:13:19Z determining-the-size-of-australia-s-dental-product-market A new edition of the Australian Dental Industry Intelligence Report is to be published, providing dental product manufacturers and suppliers with an important tool that will allow them to benchmark their business’ performance and plan for growth. The report is published by the sector’s peak body, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). “Providing high quality data on the market for dental product has been a long-standing priority for ADIA. The investment in this research delivers on the commitment made to ADIA members set out in our latest strategic plan,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. The Australian Dental Industry Intelligence Report is unique and based upon data from a range of government and non-government sources which is used to construct a model of Australia’s dental industry. This report estimates the value of products and services provided by the dental industry to dentists and allied oral healthcare professionals. “It is a useful and accurate benchmarking tool for ADIA’s member businesses. The report is also a valuable reference for ADIA’s future consultations with government,” Mr Williams said. The sales data in the Australian Dental Industry Intelligence Report will be updated on an annual basis. This allows ADIA member businesses to understand changes to not only the entire sector, but also individual product categories, in both dollar and percentage terms. Deloitte Access Economics, a leading economic consulting firm, has been engaged by ADIA to prepare the report. The engagement followed an exhaustive selection process, with the decision confirmed by the ADIA Board in late 2017. “As Australia’s dental industry will be using the report as the basis for their business decisions, ADIA needed to have absolute confidence in the ability of the consultants to apply the latest research and modelling techniques to produce a robust report,” Mr Williams said. It has been three years since ADIA last published the Australian Dental Industry Intelligence Report, making this next edition anticipated with considerable interest. It will be presented to the industry at the 2018 ADIA Industry Growth Conference to be held on the Gold Coast from 26-28 October 2018. Ends. Dental Industry Welcomes New Jobs & Innovation Ministers 2017-12-19T23:14:58Z dental-industry-welcomes-new-jobs-amp-innovation-ministers The peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), has welcomed the new Ministerial line-up that focusses on the creation of jobs and innovation by small businesses. “Australia’s dental product manufacturing sector has a reputation for developing innovative patient diagnostic and treatment pathways. ADIA looks forward to working with the new Ministers as they set about the task of creating a framework in which these businesses can invest in new product development,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. In a key move Senator Michaelia Cash will become Minister for Jobs and Innovation, a key portfolio for the dental industry with its innovation focus. “Innovative businesses are also twice as likely to increase their productivity and employment and the leadership of Senator Cash in this area will be vital to secure the long-term sustainability of Australia’s dental manufacturing sector,” Mr Williams said. ADIA has welcomed Senator Zed Seselja as the new Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation. “I’ve known Senator Seselja for more than a decade and ADIA is confident of his ability to develop the policies that will allow the dental industry to recruit people with the skills necessary to develop new dental products,” Mr Williams said. The ADIA membership supplies more than ninety-five percent of dental products used nation-wide and around half of these business turn over less than $10 million per year. It is in this context that ADIA welcomes the appointment of Craig Laundy MP as Minister for Small and Family Business, Workplaces and Deregulation. “Cutting red-rape is such an important issue for small businesses in the dental industry and a major advocacy priority for ADIA. We look forward to working with the new Minister to address the issues important to dental product manufacturers and suppliers – many of which we have raised with him in the past,” Mr Williams said. ADIA will meet with the Ministers in the New Year. Ends. 3D Printed Dental Products - Industry Leads Regulatory Reform 2017-12-11T21:57:07Z 3d-printed-dental-products-industry-leads-regulatory-reform The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) is leading the charge in supporting the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) develop new regulatory standards for 3D printed medical devices. “Australia’s dental industry has proven itself to be an early adopter of 3D printed medical devices which has lead the TGA to engage extensively with ADIA this matter. We have a shared objective of ensuring that new regulations do not unnecessarily constrain this evolving technology,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. As discussions between ADIA, the peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, and the TGA have continued, a shared understanding has developed that the current medical device regulatory framework may not adequately mitigate risks to patients. “This isn’t surprising as the current medical device regulatory framework was developed in an era when 3D healthcare products – especially implantable medical devices – was not on the horizon of anyone back then,” Mr Williams said. In working with the TGA, the position of ADIA has been to ensure that the new regulatory framework is agnostic as to the technology, thus allowing various 3D printing processes including material jetting, binder jetting, powder bed fusion, directed energy disposition, sheet lamination and vat photopolymerisation. ADIA is also with working with the TGA to ensure that the new regulatory framework is suited to existing technologies such as milling. “The dental industry has proven itself, both within Australia and globally, to be an early adopter of pioneering patient diagnostic and patient treatment options. It’s in this context we’re working with the TGA to ensure that new regulations do not constrain use of new technologies,” Mr Williams said. The ADIA membership is working on the dental industry’s response to a TGA consultation paper outlining regulatory reform options, with the two organisations meeting frequently to discuss the matter. "In our engagement with the TGA the dental industry's objective is to develop a regulatory framework for 3D printed medical devices that is based on a risk management approach designed to ensure public health and safety, while at the same time freeing industry from any unnecessary regulatory burden," Mr Williams concluded. Ends. .Photographs & Images —■. Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive [.JPG FILE] 2017 ADIA Queensland Dental Show 2017-10-10T00:04:35Z 2017-adia-queensland-dental-show Excitement is building in the lead-up to the 2017 ADIA Queensland Dental Show to be held over 13-14 October 2017 at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane. This is the largest state-based event in the dental community’s calendar and allows dental and oral health professionals from all over Queensland the opportunity to meet leading local suppliers. The 2017 ADIA Queensland Dental Show is convened by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. It’s the third instalment of this biennial event that’s going from strength to strength. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the level of interest from dentists and oral healthcare professionals from all over Queensland. It’s clear that not only are they coming to meet with leading local suppliers, the event serves as a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues across the dental community,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. According to ADIA, one of the great things about the event is the supporting continuing professional development program that provides dentists and allied oral healthcare professionals the opportunity to keep up to date with the latest patient treatment options. “For dental professionals in Queensland this is a perfect event that allows them to see how innovative new products are transforming dental care, then attend a seminar that builds upon their knowledge. Coupled with the chance to meet former university class mates and professional colleagues, it’s no wonder this event continues to grow,” Mr Williams said. The 2017 ADIA Queensland Dental Show is being held on Friday, 13 October 2017 (12pm to 8pm) and Saturday, 14 October 2017 (9am to 4pm). There is no cost to attend the trade show and visitors can register online at: www.qlds.org.au Ends. TGA Reform Bill Hits House Of Representatives 2017-09-19T06:01:49Z tga-reform-bill-hits-house-of-representatives The peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), has welcomed the introduction of legislation into the parliament that will cut the red-tape associated with bringing new products to the Australian market. The measures are contained in the Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill (2017 Measures No 1) Bill (Cth) 2017 that was presented to the House of Representatives by the Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, on 14 September 2017. “ADIA has been a strong proponent for reforms that will reduce the time and costs associated with getting TGA market approval for new and innovative patient treatment options. This legislation is a significant step-forward in this area,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. The Bill provides a pathway that is likely to see medical devices reach the Australian market sooner through the greater use of overseas regulators. Under the amendments, the work of comparable overseas regulators will be accepted as evidence when determining whether a medical device should be included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Provision of an additional pathway for seeking approval for inclusion in the register provides the potential for faster access to market for industry and therefore earlier access of innovative devices to address specific needs of patients. ADIA has been a long-standing proponent for these reforms that will deliver a regulatory framework for dental products that is based on a risk management approach designed to ensure public health and safety, while at the same time freeing industry from an unnecessary regulatory burden. “The TGA is responsible for administering more than one thousand pages of legislation that impacts small businesses in the dental industry. Much of this legislation is unnecessary as it creates an additional compliance burden without demonstrably enhancing patient safety. The reforms introduced into the parliament yesterday will help reduce compliance costs for business and I commend the efforts of the team within the TGA who worked with us to bring about this outcome” Mr Williams concluded. Aussie Dental Product Exporters To Meet In Canberra 2017-09-11T20:18:30Z aussie-dental-product-exporters-to-meet-in-canberra — 31 August 2017For Immediate Release . Building collaborative networks amongst the Australian businesses involved in dental product manufacturing and export is the focus of the Australian Dental Products Exporters’ Forum to be held in Canberra on 14 September 2017. The event is convened by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers. “The research being undertaken within Australia on new and innovative patient treatment options is world-class; however, given the relatively small size of the domestic market to successfully commercial this research businesses need to export. It's in this context that ADIA is so pleased to be hosting this forum that provides a vehicle for business to explore collaboration opportunities that will help them reach new overseas markets,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. Australia’s dental product manufacturers are exporting merchandise that ranges from medical suction equipment, teeth whitening products, tooth restorative materials to hospital-grade disinfectants. Pioneering new technologies such as 3D printing are being harnessed to add to the products local manufacturers are taking to the world. “Whereas other sectors of Australia’s manufacturing sector are in decline, Australia’s medtech manufacturing sector is growing thanks to overseas exports. The exiting thing is it is the adoption of pioneering technology such as computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing that’s driving this,” Mr Williams said. Participants at the Australian Dental Products Exporters’ Forum will hear from key stakeholders including Austrade, MTP Connect, the Australian Made campaign in addition to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “A major priority of ADIA is to foster the development of Australia’s dental product manufacturing sector. This event is just one small component of an overall strategy that we’ll be launching at the forum,” Mr Williams concluded. For more information on the Australian Dental Products Exporters’ Forum visit:www.exportforum.com.au Ends. .Media Contact — ADIA Communications Officert: 1300 943 094     e: media@adia.org.au ADX18 Sydney Launch Party Attracts Industry Leaders 2017-09-06T02:12:57Z adx18-sydney-launch-party-attracts-industry-leaders At a glittering event held at the new International Convention Centre (ICC) and attended by key stakeholders from across Australia's dental community, the official count-down to the nation’s largest healthcare tradeshow, ADX18 Sydney officially began. ADX18 Sydney will be sold-out with over five hundred exhibition booths and is expected to attract in excess of eight thousand visitors over its duration from 23-25 March, 2018. ADX18 Sydney, the nation's largest healthcare tradeshow is convened by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers. "The official launch for ADX18 Sydney was an occasion to introduce the many new innovative features of Australia's premier dental event. Not only will dentists and allied oral healthcare professionals have the opportunity to see more, buy more and learn more, this event is being transformed into the dental community's foremost networking event," said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. An important priority for ADIA is to allow stakeholders from across the dental community to utilise ADX18 Sydney as a platform to reach their members. Universities nation-wide will be hosting alumni functions which, when coupled with events held by key associations representing dental professionals, will provide dentists and allied oral healthcare professionals unrivalled networking opportunities. "What we celebrated at the ADX18 Sydney launch party was the ability for this event to bring together Australia's entire dental community — everyone from dentists, prosthetists to manufacturers and suppliers have taken ownership of the event and this is truly pleasing”, Mr Williams said. The ADX18 Sydney launch party was held on 28 August 2017 and allowed ADIA and its events partners including the International Convention Centre, InfoSalons and Moreton Hire to showcase some exciting new initiatives to Australia's premier dental event. Ends. Photographs — Available upon request