The ADSA advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students by advocating on behalf of the associations 3,500 dentistry and oral health therapy students. The President leads ADSA’s policy development process in consultation with the Liaison officers from each Dental Student Society and from feedback from students and key stakeholders. These policies are then adopted by ADSAs executive committee and used in campaigns, media statements and in relevant meetings.
We work with organisations with similar goals to advance ADSA’s advocacy such as:
- Australian Dental Association
- National Rural Health Students’ Network
- Australian Medical Students’ Association
- Australasian council of Dental Schools
ADSA’s formal position is that the Federal Governments base funding to dental programs should increase to alleviate the huge financial pressures dental schools and students face. Dental education costs need to be addressed by the Federal Government to ensure that dental students receive quality training.
ADSA believes that with an increase in the number of graduating dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and oral health therapists, there should be no new dental courses established in Australia, and that Universities and the Federal Government should regulate dental student intakes so that they are at a sustainable level. The Federal Government should remove dentistry practitioners from the Skilled Occupation List and should increase demand of dental services through increased funding for dental programs.
ADSA believes Universities should take an active role in promoting rural dentistry to its students by providing positive rural clinical placements and by increasing its intake of students from rural backgrounds. The federal government should provide incentives to students and new graduates to work in rural areas through scholarships and reimbursement schemes.