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This is a great resource for graduating students, but it is also super handy for those in their second last year of study. Read up on what you need to do before you graduate, how to pay back your HECS-DEBT and some tips on finding a job!

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  • adsaAustralian Dental Students Association

    ADSA Graduation Booklet 2013

    www.adsa.org.au

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  • Welcome to the profession! Graduate members of Dental Protection receive a range of benefits and support preparing you for your future career. Class of 2013 graduates who sign up before 31 December 2013 will receive DPL membership and indemnity insurance until 30 June 2015 at no cost.

    Key benefits z Discounted rate for graduate members. z Dental Protection is the largest and strongest organisation of its kind in the world.

    z As a DPL member in Australia you have access to a $20 million dental indemnity policy underwritten by MDA National.

    z Over 40 years track record of protecting and supporting the dental profession in Australia.

    z Colleague-to-colleague focus and empathy: we understand dentistry and dental problems.

    z Advice and support from a specialist team with massive dental case knowledge and experience.

    z Your membership is transportable to over 70 countries worldwide.

    z Over 60 hours of free CPD available for our members.

    For more information about your membership contact Kara Stokes kara.stokes@dpla.com.au Freecall 1800 444 542 www.dentalprotection.org.au

    DPL Australia Pty Ltd (DPLA) ABN 24 092 695 933 CAR number 326134 is a Corporate Authorised Representative of MDA National Insurance Pty Ltd ABN 56 058 271 417 AFS license number 238073

    Be an early bird and receive a

    complimentary Class of 2013 Memento if you join DPL on or

    before 31/12/13

  • CONTENTS

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    ADVERTISING ENQUIRIESCathleen Dongsponsorship@adsa.org.au

    PUBLICATION SUBMISSIONS AND ENQUIRIESAmy Caopublications@adsa.org.au

    INTRODUCTIONCongratulationsTips for your first job

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    TO DORegistrationMedicareIndemnityRadiation licence

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    YOUR CAREERLooking for employmentPathwaysGraduate programsContinual Professional DevelopmentRoyal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons

    910111213

    FINANCEStudent loansSuperannuation

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    FINAL CHECKLISTADA membershipFinal checklist

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    2013 / 02

  • congratulations

    The last four or five years at dental school have prob-ably seen many ups and downs, excitement of being in sim clinic for the first time, freaking out when you finally see a real patient and then fitting a denture without having to do any modifications! So to think that you only have a few months left before you fi-nally graduate can be exciting and daunting at the same time.

    While you are probably focused on meeting require-ments and wondering if you'll get a job, we've put together this graduate booklet to help you figure out

    what steps you need to take so you can actually work once you graduate. You need to do things such as get a provider number from Medicare, apply for insurance and you have to register with the dental board. There are also some helpful hints that might help guide you in the right direction and assist you in getting your dream job.

    If you are in your final year of your studies, we hope you have an amazing couple of weeks in dental school and enjoy being a student while you can! Best of luck with your final exams and we hope you have an exciting and rewarding career.

    Best Wishes,

    Audrey IrishADSA President

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO KEEP UP WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING,

    FOLLOW US ONAusDSA

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    ADSAMedia

    2013 / 03

  • TIPS FOR YOUr FIRST JOB

    DON'T LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE

    Get your stokes in the fire. Pound the pavement, ask around and hand your CV out early on in the piece. Showing potential employers you're pro-active and keen is a great way to get your foot in the door. Potential employers may not have been thinking of taking on a new dentist, but that new fresh face coming through the front door might just convince them otherwise.

    GO PUBLIC

    Every first job has its good points. In the public system youll find great mentors, plenty of pa-tients and the chance to work at your own pace in a structured environment. Check out local area health websites throughout your final year or why not look into the VDGYP (see page 10)!

    LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

    There is no doubt that the more flexible you are with relocating, the better your chances of find-ing the right job. Whilst rural/remote locations tend to offer more opportunities to new grads, dont jump in and commit yourself without test-ing the waters. In any job there will be plenty of down time and its important to make sure you have things to fill those hours. Before you accept a job in a any location make sure you go and spend

    some time in the area to get a feel for where you could spend your first few years of working life.

    THE INTERVIEW

    There is no doubt everyone wants to impress in their interview and saying the right thing to your prospective employer will be first thing on your mind! Dont forget though this is a great chance for you to find out whether the practice will be a good fit for you and your practice ideals (not everyone will be trust me!)

    Some good questions are: What will my role be in the practice? What sort of mentorship will be available and are we able to structure some men-tor time into the working week? Could I see some examples of interesting recent cases youve treat-ed? (the last question is a great one to not only find out what sort of treatment interests your potential employer but also that they work to a standard your happy with).

    DON'T STRESS

    The increase in numbers of dental schools and their intakes (and therefore greater numbers of graduates looking for jobs) may be alarming but at the end of the day the right opportunity is waiting out there for everyone. Dont be dis-heartened, keep chipping away and things will work out for the best.

    After pushing through years of phantom heads and lining checks youve finally made it! As graduation approaches, the relief of jumping the final hurdles of university are quickly replaced with the first of your newfound profession Getting a job! Now this can be a daunting task for any new grad but here are some tips from past graduates who have been through it all before to help you on your way.

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  • registration

    To register with the board, you can apply through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). December is a very busy time of year with thousands of medicine and allied health graduates sending in their application forms.

    Luckily, you can start the registration process 4-6 weeks before completing your course. Once you complete all the requirements for your degree, your university will inform the AHPRA that you have officially completed your degree and your application will be processed.

    We recommend sending in your forms early so you can skip the queues and practice sooner rather than later.

    MORE DETAILS ONLINE

    www.ahpra.gov.au/Registra-tion/ Graduate-Applications.

    aspx

    YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THE DENTAL BOARD OF AUSTRALIA BEFORE YOU CAN PRACTICE

    2013 / 05

  • medicare

    After you register with the Dental Board of Australia you need to fill out the two forms below from Medicare and mail or fax your application form along with supporting documentation to the contact details found on the forms.

    DOWNLOAD FORMS ONLINE

    www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/pro-vider/pubs/medicare-forms/den-

    tists.jsp

    ALL DENTISTS NEED A MEDICARE PROVIDER AND PRESCRIBER NUMBER

    Application for approval to prescribe medications under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

    This is the application form to allow you to prescribe medi-cations under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

    Application for an initial Medicare provider/regis-tration number for a Dentist, Dental Specialist or Dental Prosthesist

    The provider number allows dentists to request certain diagnostic imaging services set out in the Medicare Ben-efits Schedule (MBS), available online on the Department of Health and Ageing website. It allows the dentist and the location from which a service is provided to be uniquely identified. You need to have a medicare provider number before you can start billing patients

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  • INDEMNITY INSURANCE

    This must cover all aspects of dental practice that you plan to carry out. There are a number of indemnity insurance providers that currently insure dentists, in-cluding:

    DPL (Dental Protection Limited) http://www.dentalprotection.org/australia/

    Guild http://www.guildinsurance.com.au/profession al-indemnity-insurance/dentists/

    MIPS (Medical Indemnity Protection Society) http://www.mips.com.au/

    Understand that providers differ in membership fees, level of cover and support beyond insurance needs. Also be aware that insurance requirements are also different for each state.

    When choosing a provider we suggest that you make an informed decision based on your needs as a recent graduate. Ask those around you whose opinions mat-ter and dont be afraid to quiz providers about their policies!

    DENTAL PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE

    REGISTRATION STANDARD

    http://www.dentalboard.gov.au/Regis-tration-Standards.aspx

    BEFORE YOU PRACTICE YOU MUST HAVE INDEMNITY INSURANCE

    2013 / 07

  • RADIATION LICENCE

    The requirements of a radiation licence will depend on the state in which you wishto practice in. Each state has different practising radiation regulations, e.g. dentistsin NSW only need registration to take OPGs and in WA radiation licences are notrequired. So before you take that first bitewing, make sure