CBCT Ownership Rules Set To Change In The West
9th Nov 17
After more than five years of sustained advocacy on the issue, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) is pleased that cuts are likely to the red tape associated with owning and operating cone-beam computed tomography equipment in Western Australia.
Key Issues For The Dental Industry —
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) digital imaging is changing the way dental practitioners view the oral and maxillofacial complex as well as teeth and the surrounding tissues. This leading-edge technology offers many benefits for patients. However, its use in Western Australia is currently constrained as a result of outdated and unnecessarily restrictive licensing policy that means virtually no dentist in Western Australia can use this technology.
For many years, ADIA has argued for reforms to the regulatory framework of the Radiological Council of Western Australia (RCWA). It’s in this context that ADIA has welcomed news that the RCWA looks set to remove the restrictions on CBCT ownership in that state.
The proposed changes will allow dentists registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), who have successfully completed a recognised CBCT course, to be eligible for a licence to own and operate CBCT equipment. It is understood that the courses to be approved are offered by the School of Dentistry at the University of Queensland, the Adelaide Dental School within the University of Adelaide and one further course by a private provider.
This outcome is entirely consistent with what ADIA has argued for over many years. It’s five years ago this month that ADIA met with the then Minister for Health to progress this reform and the Association has naturally discussed it in the past with the current Minister, the Hon. Roger Cook MLA. ADIA's policy advocacy secured a commitment from the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon Mark McGowan MLA, to undertake a review of the registration and licensing conditions associated with the use of CBCT digital imaging equipment.
The commitment of ADIA to securing reform in this area is highlighted by its work with the Senate Community Affairs References Committee that’s currently conducting an inquiry reviewing availability and accessibility of diagnostic imaging equipment around Australia.
In the West, current regulations state that to own and operate CBCT equipment, a dentist must have registration with AHPRA in the specialty of dento-maxillofacial radiology. Almost none of Western Australia’s 1,780 or so dentists satisfy this requirement.
Although each state and territory takes a different regulatory approach to owning CBCT equipment, it can be sensibly argued that in terms of outcomes, there is broad alignment across all states and territories – with the exception of Western Australia.
An upcoming meeting of the ADIA Reference Group – WA Digital Imaging will provide the opportunity for members to discuss the proposed reforms and ADIA’s ongoing work in this area.
Member engagement —
ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results. With respect to matters associated with the regulatory framework for the ownership of CBCT digitial imaging equipment the ADIA national office receive advice and guidance from members serving on the ADIA Reference Group - WA Digital Imaging with updates provided to members at the quarterly series of ADIA State Branch Briefings.
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