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PLEASE BE ADVISED OUR NEW WEBSITE SINCE 2010 JANUARY IS

www.denthasa.co.za

 

 

THE OFFICIAL HOMEPAGE OF THE DENTAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA.

This site has been designed as a pilot communications system to improve interaction between all dental therapists both nationally and internationally as well as to facillitate better interaction between stakeholders and professional organs in Dentistry.

DENTHASA HAS A FACEBOOK SITE FOR AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE CONTACR DESIREE FOR ASSISTANCE WITH FREE FACEBOOK REGISTRATION :  desireejanice@gmail.com  - look for dental therapy association of sa on facebook www.facebook.com - a site dedicated only to dental therapists from all around the world. see you there...

Kindly forward this site address to your fellow collegues and professional partners to expand knowledge of the profession and this site.
Visit the site often to keep abreast with changes and developments in the profession

Kindly send memos / other important messages , concerns and suggestions to info@denticaresa.co.za

Kind regards and best of wishes for the year ahead - may you be blessed and prosper!

Lesley Naidoo

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 President : MR Lesley Sebastian Naidoo

EMAIL : lesley@denticaresa.co.za

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 Mcdonald = mcdvusi@yahoo.com    Vice- President

GENERAL SECRETARY : tmmethi@webmail.co.za

Mr Thabo Mmethi

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MARKETING AND PUBLICITY : MILLICENT SHAI

EMAIL: motsei@absamail.co.za

 

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Mr Mex Mopenyane    = ndimex@yahoo.com      HEAD Public Sector                        Gauteng

 

 

 

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE STRUCTURE OF DENTHASA

 

Lesley      lesley@denticaresa.co.za  National  president      KZN

 

Millicent Shai  motsei@absamail.co.za Marketing           NorthWest       

John    = john@novadental.co.za      General Secretary               Gauteng

 

Percy Ngwenya = ngwenyadent@webmail.co.za  Treasurer          North West


Muthuphei = muthuphei@telkomsa.net  HEAD Education and Development  North west

 

Nkanyani = langu@mweb.co.za            HEAD Private sector        Limpopo

 

William Matsomela =   0731622091   Vice-General Secretary        Gauteng

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Change is surely gaining momentum within DENTHASA. Our structures and leaders are beginning to realize their role in fulfilling organizational objectives. We are going through difficult macroeconomic times. Injustices and discrimination within the dental profession would certainly highlight these crises and many are beginning to realize that something urgent must be done to bring about freedoms and justice that the profession deserves. Dental therapists are becoming intolerant of the negative oppression and suppressive forces that undermine the profession. As the executive continues to strive in maintaining the organization, we are faced with many internal shortcomings, most of these stem from the most basic fundamental, you! Each dental therapist must bring their shoulders to the task and stand together in the struggle to gain our sovereignity in the dental profession. Many dental therapists have become complacent and some obliterated by professional wars with many casualties. Denthasa has heard your concerns and the unjust behavior of medical scheme administrators, benefit structures and professional discrimination in the work environment and is planning to take these issues to the next level.  We require every practitioner to support our initiatives in protecting the profession from bias and discrimination. It is truly unbelievable that we face this colonial monster in our democracy. It is time to put an end to fee inequality, remuneration inequity and besiege of the profession by certain entities. I urge you to take an active role within the association by joining as a member, participating in all activities designed to empower you as a dental therapist and above all holding high the banner of the dental therapy profession with pride and dignity.    

                                                                                             

Lesley      lesley@denticaresa.co.za  KZN / eastern cape

Mcdonald = mcdvusi@yahoo.com   Limpopo / free state

Millicent Shai  motsei@absamail.co.za           North West       

John    = john@novadental.co.za           Gauteng

Mex        = ndimex@yahoo.com                        Gauteng

Muthuphei = muthuphei@telkomsa.net  North west

Nkanyani = langu@mweb.co.za         Limpopo

You should receive an invite by post / email / cell

   

DENTHASA ON THE WEB

www.denthasa.zoomshare.com

Website in development … ensure you check this site for regular updates and stay abreast with development of the profession.

 

Denthasa is planning a cpd day, conference and AGM.

Denthasa appeals to those with leadership and management skills who are committed to bringing about a change in the profession to begin to rise to the challenges that face us all. Ensure that you attend all Denthasa activities in your province – you are the key to change!!!

 

 

SP NET

Denthasa holds a 5% share of SP net as part of our endeavors in creating strategic partnerships with identified role-players in meeting the overall objectives of the association.

       

INDEMNITY COVER

 

According to new legislation, all health practitioners; independent, private and public service dental therapists – self- employed or employed by another party would require by law professional indemnity cover.


Denthasa had approached DPL (dental protection limited) to directly provide this essential cover for all members however DPL continues to do business with SADA who receives a commission for every practitioner that joins DPL. Any South African dental therapist wanting DPL must go via SADA as they are the sole DPL designated facilitators for the dental profession in SA.

DENTHASA has sourced other reputable and competitive insurers providing identical cover. We have met with and negotiated cover for dental therapists for professional protection up to R5Million with a retrograde cover for the past three years at exceptionally competitive annual rates. These are underwritten by Lloyds of London and the executive is certain that members would be receiving valuable cover at competitive rates.

  

DENTHASA JOURNAL


PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE DENTHASA JOURNAL PUBLISHERS ARE CURRENTLY BEING CHANGED THUS A DELAY IN YOUR FINAL QUARTER COPY - THE NEXT ISSUE IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 2010 - ALL CPD ACTIVITIES CAN BE FAXED TO 0865170404 FOR YOUR CPD POINTS - CERTIFICATES CAN ONLY BE EMAILED FOR PREVIOUS JOURNAL ENTRIES ENSURE YOU INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ON YOUR CPD ANSWER SHEET.

 

The development of the journal has been a tremendous success for Denthasa. It is the epitome of our contribution to the dental fraternity. This however comes with a myriad of business and funding strains in making the journal a self sustainable endeavor. The total cost of the journal is borne by the publisher who derives income for the publications from advertisers. The dental market spends millions of rand in marketing and advertising; however there have been companies that explicitly avoid advertising or supporting our journal or our organization itself. These companies have intimate relationships with SADA and other associations and it appears that there may be negative influences that impact of marketing and professional support decision-making. Although I would like to gladly publish the names of these companies for your information, I would rather ask you to support those advertisers that support our profession.  Should you find that a company that you loyally support refuses to participate in our professional activities, Denthasa requests that you notify your branch or our head of marketing and publicity : Millicent Shai

  

DENTHASA RECOMMENDATIONS

 

The president on behalf of Denthasa has made recommendations to the HPCSA for the change of the current structure of the degree of dental therapy and the scope of the profession. This document has reached council and decisions are forthcoming.

  

PRESCRIPTIONS

 

Many practitioners have called regarding prescriptions – The HPCSA has authorized prescribing powers to all dental therapists. Should you experience any problems with this matter or require further clarity– kindly contact the board manager Mrs Alta Pieters on 012 3389380 or email : altap@hpcsa.co.za

Should you have any questions and issues that pertain to a professional matter contact the above person for assistance.

     

JOINING DENTHASA???   - HOW TO JOIN ... 

 

DENTHASA is in the process of updating our database – kindly ensure that you fill out the attached membership form with all your current details in order that we may contact you appropriately – kindly insert your email address. Three Peaks Management / Debitsure has been appointed to manage and administrate membership to DENTHASA as well as the reciept of membership fees and debit orders as well. All members must confrim with DEBITSURE that they are indeed paid up and registered members - Membership forms are also available from debitsure - Contact :

debitsure@debitsure.co.za  visit www.debitsure.co.za or

call : 0861 373 257     fax:  031 701 6537  or post to

PO Box 22491, Glenashley 4022
KwaZulu Natal,
South Africa

AS OF AUGUST 2009 all membership queries, payments and registrations must be forwarded to DEBITSURE

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Membership and member contributions are vital in order to continue the work that DENTHASA has begun. We need every dental therapist to play an active role and support the association by being a paid up member. Denthasa membership costs R650 per annum and your contributions are tax deductible – DENTHASA is a section 21 non profit company. Members would receive a free copy of the journal by post and many other value added benefits reserved for members only.

     SUMMARY OF DENTHASA NATIONAL CONGRESS  MARCH 2008 

It was held from the 6th up to the 8th of March 2008 at St Georges Hotel in Kempton Park, Gauteng Province. This Congress carried 8CPD points.

 

Organising Committee

 

Thabo Mmethi – the then General Secretary of Denthasa from North West Province

Millicent Shai  - Publicity Secretary of Denthasa from the North West Province

Mex Madimetja – Head of Public Sector from Gauteng

Nonhlanhla Ngobe – co-opted member of Denthasa from Gauteng

William Matsomela – co-opted then but now newly elected deputy General Secretary from Gauteng

Ken Roe – Dental Trader from DentoMed, Gauteng

 

Friday the 6th – Registration and Welcome in the evening (18H00 to 21H00)

Saturday the 7th – Registration continued from 08H00 to 08H45.

Thereafter had the Presidential Welcome by our president, Mr. Lesley Naidoo.

This was followed by the scientific session where we had 5 speakers up to 16H30, with breaks for teas and lunch. In the evening we had a Gala Dinner starting from 18H00 with Ms Vidia Amrit as the Master of Ceremonies. It was the first of its kind and very exciting where there was entertainment galore!

 

DENTHASA celebrated its 30th birthday with the cutting of a cake.

The following people received awards:

1. Honorary Life Membership Awards: Mr Timmy Msiza

                                                                Mr Conrad Modise

                                                                Mr Ken Roe

 

2. Distinguished Merit Award & Floating trophy for Exemplary Service by a female Dental Therapist to    the organization: Denthasa in 2007, 2008 (sponsored by Sirona): Millicent Shai

 

3. Distinguished Merit Award & Floating trophy for Exemplary Service by a male Dental Therapist to the organization: Denthasa in 2007, 2008 (sponsored by 3M): Mr Lesley Naidoo

 

4. Denthasa Merit Award & Floating trophy for Distinguished and Exemplary Service rendered to Denthasa in 2008 (sponsored by Nova Dental Suppliers): Mr Joseph Shai

 

The new quarterly journal was officially launched at this function by the Publishers, UPDATE : Mrs Maria Philippou and assistant Ms Wendy Odendaal. All the delegates present received a copy of the journal. Dinner and more entertainment followed until the early hours of the morning.

 

On Sunday we had 2 speakers on the scientific program followed by the AGM.

Issues pertaining to dental therapists in public and private sector were discussed.

Elections were held for a new EXCO and the following members were elected: 

 

President – Lesley Naidoo re-elected

Vice – President – Mcdonald Sibuyi

General Secretary – Thabo Mmethi re-elected / resigned /  new appointment Mr John Le Roux

Deputy Gen Sec – William Matsomela

Treasurer            -  Percy Ngwenya

Marketing & Publicity Secretary – Millicent Shai re-elected

Head of Public Sector – Mex Madimetja re-elected

Head of Private Sector – Emmanuel Nkanyani

Head of Education and Development – Watson Muthuphei

 

After the AGM there were two Hands-On Sessions for additional 4CPD points, namely:

 

1. Bonded Fibre Composite Resin Restorations by Dr Klaas Visser

2. Instrumentation, the Anatomy of Blade and Hand Sharpening Techniques by Ken Foulston.

 

The Congress was thereafter declared closed.

 

The event was recorded on DVD – should you wish to purchase a copy of the DVD set comprising of approx. 5 DVDs – contact Mr. Madimetja Maponyane   cell : 0760389367 / 0845509494  / email : ndimex@yahoo.com

Cost of the full DVD set R 400 – proceeds to Denthasa.

  

Contact information :

 

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE STRUCTURE OF DENTHASA

 

Lesley      lesley@denticaresa.co.za  NATIONAL president   KZN

Mcdonald = mcdvusi@yahoo.com    Vice- President                  Limpopo

Millicent Shai  motsei@absamail.co.za  marketing                 North West       

John    = john@novadental.co.za      General Secretary               GautengPercy Ngwenya = ngwenyadent@webmail.co.za  Treasurer          North West

Mex        = ndimex@yahoo.com      HEAD Public Sector                        Gauteng

Muthuphei = muthuphei@telkomsa.net  HEAD Education and Development  North west

Nkanyani = langu@mweb.co.za            HEAD Private sector        Limpopo

William Matsomela =   0731622091   Vice-General Secretary        Gauteng



PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS 2008 TARIFF - NHRPL LINK CLICK TO DOWNLOAD 2008 TARIFF GUIDE


STRATEGIC PLAN DOCUMENTS - CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS


1. ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT - A WAY FORWARD FOR DENTASA NATIONALLY -  2006

2. PROPOSAL 2 - SADTA - FOR EFFECTIVE CHANGE - PROFESSIONAL NAME AND IMAGE FOR DENTASA 2005

3. APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP - DENTASA-

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DENTASA BANKING DETAIL

DENTAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA

STANDARD BANK

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ACCOUNT NUMBER:

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ALTERNATIVELY : should you wish to join dentasa please forward your email address and you would recieve an application form by mail.

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 This year holds many promises for the profession of Dental Therapy in South Africa. The development, education and mobilization of the profession is the precedence in all our national activities. As part of steering an ailing association and redirecting efforts, energies, misconceptions and uncertainties is the express belief of every Dental Therapist to conceive hope and admiration in a profession that truly delivers first world preventative medicine in Dentistry.  

The World Health Organisation has embraced the principles of primary healthcare and preventative medicine throughout the world. Human resources for health in developing and developed countries are re-evaluating their prescribed doctrines of health, training and development. South Africa is no stranger to the overwhelming health crises that plagues nations. Where tertiary and advanced forms of medicine has been the historical focus of nations across the world, with great emphases on curative based health service delivery, preventative medicine and prevention has produced results that are cost effective and have greater health outcomes.

 

As part of this magnanimous effort in the world, dentistry shares a small but significant part of the effort to boost prevention of diseases.  The principle of prevention – Prevention being better than Cure – holds fast the fundamental belief that healthcare must concentrate on cause rather than effect.

 

The dubious reality in health is the vast disparity between public and private funded systems of healthcare. Both systems are indispensable components of service delivery in a multifarious society. The authentic reality however proves to prescribe various motives for healthcare and service delivery. One may find that the prominent feature of private healthcare is cost and moreover cost. In the public sector the bare essential form of care is afforded to society and efficiency takes precedence.

 

The cost factor of health is a bona fide and ever present nudge in every person’s lives.

Where public services focus on the optimisation of health budgets, the private sector would base most of their services on curative and costly outcomes where health expenditure relates to capitalistic profits. Although this may seem a crude statement in health – it relates to evident claim patterns that many medical scheme  administrators would declare.     

In Dentistry for example, the cost of restoring a tooth that has been fractured or decayed by means of a direct filling is less than the cost of restoring the same tooth with a crown or prefabricated onlay. A dentist may choose to prescribe a crown and may clinically justify this treatment – yet the cost factor is about 10 times more than a complex restoration.  In the public sector a practitioner would do the most to cost effectively resolve the tooth problem, yet in the private sector a practitioner often decides to perform that treatment that is most profitable. The cost to educate and thereby prevent such an occurrence in dentistry is much more cost effective.  

Managed health outcomes are increasingly pointing to preventative and minimal invasive forms of dentistry, such as provision of benefits for restorations and not covering specialised and advanced forms of dentistry. This again relates to focuses on preventative medicine and a shift away from curative, tertiary forms of healthcare.

Government must realise the value of Dental Therapy in South Africa both in the public and private sectors of dentistry. Dental Therapy undeniably fulfils the role of primary and secondary essential services in dentistry throughout the country cost effectively and efficiently and forms a 100% strategic fit with the basic minimum package of services in dentistry prescribed by the minister of health.

I would like to encourage every Dental Therapist to endeavour in the struggle to overcome political waves of doubt and despair poised by curative focused service providers and organisations that would obviate such opposition in the ultimate struggle between prevention and cure.

The South African Dental Therapy Association thus supports the South African government in its efforts to curb oral disease profiles amongst South Africans through prevention and primary healthcare.

  

Lesley Sebastian Naidoo

President

South African Dental Therapy Association

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CPD - CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT -  TRAINING IS NOW MANDATORY FOR ALL DENTAL THERAPISTS IN SOUTH AFRICA - HPCSA. 1/1/2007

Here are some pics of the recent courses held :

 

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Thanks to Mr Enver Archari of Private Wealth - Old Mutual for hosting the KZN training

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busy with the fibre reinforced lecture

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hands on training ...                                                       

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Dr Klaas Visser & Lesley

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UPDATE : 01/04/2006/

here are some pics of the AGM - KZN - thanks to Kim from 3M

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 Dr Jan Mogaldi - SAMDP joined us on this occaision

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DENTHASA OBJECTIVES
 
1.   TO CREATE A SUSTAINABLE AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION ADOPTING BEST BUSINESS PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT AT ALL LEVELS OF THE ASSOCIATION
 
2.   TO ATTAIN FULL MEMBERSHIP OF ALL REGISTERED DENTAL THERAPISTS IN SOUTH AFRICA BY OCTOBER 2006
 
 
3.   TO FACILLITATE THE DEVELOPMENT AND POGRESSION OF DENTAL THERAPY AND DENTAL THERAPISTS
 
4.  TO ELIMINATE PROFESSIONAL DISCRIMINATION AND FOSTER HEALTHIER RELATIONSHIPS IN THE DENTAL FRATERNITY .
 
 
5.  TO PROTECT THE INTRESTS OF DENTAL THERAPY AND DENTAL THERAPISTS IN SOUTH AFRICA
 
6.  TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH DENTAL COUNCILS ACROSS THE WORLD FOR THE RECOGNITION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN DENTAL THERAPY PROFESSION AS AN INTERNATIONALY ACCREDITED PROFESSION  - TO FACILLITATE INTERNATIONAL ACCREDTITION PROGRAMMES
 
 
7.   TO FACILLITATE THE PROGRESSION OF DENTAL THERAPY TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANDED FUNCTIONS OF THERAPISTS
 
8.  TO PROTECT DENTAL THERAPISTS FROM UNFAIR LABOUR PRACTICE AND DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORK ENVIRONMENT
 
 
9. TO PROMOTE DENTAL THERAPY TO ALL ORAL HEALTHCARE ROLEPLAYERS
 
10.  TO FACILLITATE THE INVOLVEMENT OF DENTAL THERAPISTS IN COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTHCARE PROGRAMMES
 
 
11.  TO FACILLITATE RECOGNITION OF THE PROFESSION TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND PROMOTE DENTAL THERAPISTS REQUIRING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OR START UP CAPITAL
 
12.   TO ATTAIN PPS ACCREDITION FOR ALL DENTAL THERAPISTS
 
 
13.   TO ENSURE EQUAL PAY FOR PROCEDURES AS RENDERED BY OTHER DENTAL PROFESSIONALS AND PREVENT DISCRIMINATION BY MEDICAL FUNDERS .
 
14.  TO BUILD A UNIFIED DENTAL ASSOCIATION IN SA WITH A GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL IN THE LONG TERM
 
15.  TO ENCOURAGE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES IN THE DENTAL THERAPY PROFESSION IN SOUTH AFRICA
 
16. TO ENCOURAGE THE RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING OF MORE DENTAL THERAPISTS AS PER THE WHITE PAPER ON THE TRANSFORMATION OF HEALTHCARE IN SOUTH AFRICA
 
 
17. TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT SUITABLE FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN MEMBERS AND THE EXECUTIVE OF DENTASA
 
18. TO EMPOWER DENTAL THERAPISTS AND ASSIST WHERE NECESSARY MAKING REPRESENTATIONS ON BEHALF OF MEMBERS AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNANACE , ETHICS AND BEST PRACTICE
 
19. TO ENGAGE ALL MEMBERS I N CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CPD . – AND STAY AHEAD WITH THE DEVELOPMENTS IN DENTAL TECHNOLOGY .
 
20. TO PROVIDE DENTAL SOLUTIONS TO ALL SOUTH AFRICANS BY CREATING UNIQUE BUSINESS RELATIONS WITH DENTAL PARTNERS AND MEMBERS IN MAKING DENTISTRY AFFORDABLE AND DENTAL TREATMENT ATTAINABLE . 
 

21. TO ESTABLISH THE SOVREIGNITY OF DENTAL THERAPY IN SOUTH AFRICA 

 

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