In a special meeting, Health Minister Roger Cook joined newly reclassified Dental Clinic Assistants, to celebrate their win.
It has been 10 years since Dental Clinic Assistants first started campaigning to get proper recognition of the valuable work they do through a reclassification of their role.
The great win of the first attempt was the $3000 Attraction and Retention Benefit (ARB) which DCAs and members across Dental Health Services have successfully maintained through bargaining and campaigning for over a decade.
After being diagnosed with a serious lung condition, Grace Angelatos ended her 27yrs with Dental Health Services with just 2 days notice. No access to her 9 weeks of personal leave. No offer of help or assistance in such a distressing time. No income to help her treat her condition. DHS have the power to pay out Grace's leave entitlements, but they are refusing. Together we are stronger - show your support for Grace.
The Barnett Government needs to invest more in the public dental system to overturn long waiting periods, with some clinics having had 50 days of cancellations and other paying up to $300 a day to employ short-term agency staff.
on Monday, 10 February 2014. Posted in Dental Health Services
The Dental Officers Agreement was registered on 15 January 2014 and the new changes to dentist work practices need to be taken up if they haven't already.
As part of the new agreement, dentists are required to work an extra 6 minutes per day and there are also changes for new dentist staff members which includes a longer long service leave accrual period and the removal of their PSH days in lieu.