Following representations by the Australian Dental Industry Association, the Australian Senate inquiry reviewing red tape in the healthcare system has recognised the need for nationally consistent regulations for the ownership and use of digital imaging equipment used in healthcare.
The Senate’s red tape committee has 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,” ADIA CEO Troy Williams said. “We advised Senators that inconsistencies between the legislation in the states and territories make it difficult for the dental industry to furnish oral healthcare professionals across the country with the latest innovations in digital imaging.
Williams 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 with ADIA 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,” Williams said. “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.”
In response to ADIA’s representations, the Senate Committee accepted advice from ADIA 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.
Based on a media release sourced from the ADIA website.