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Dental Board of Australia to commence audits

Dental Board of Australia to commence audits

We advise every practitioner to take the opportunity to review your CPD log now in case you receive an audit. Because the audit will have a response date, getting your CPD evidence in order is the most time consuming of the audit possibilities. The Dental Board of Australia (the ‘DBA’) will soon commence their annual round of auditing of dental practitioners. The audits will revolve around a number of key components, including one or more of a criminal history check, evidence of your CPD activities or evidence of your professional indemnity insurance policy arrangements.

Each November when you renew your registration with AHPRA, you make certain declarations around whether or not you have met the registration standards required of dentistry. The DBA conduct audits on a random basis to ensure that you can provide information or evidence that what you have declared can be supported by evidence. If you are selected for audit, you will receive an audit notice in the mail from AHPRA. It includes a checklist that outlines what supporting documentation is required to demonstrate that you meet the standard(s) being audited.

The following is information extracted directly from the DBA website: www.dentalboard.gov.au/Registration/Audit.aspx

What is being audited and what it means for you
 
  • Criminal history registration standard: AHPRA uses an independent service provider to check your domestic criminal history, which will happen automatically at no cost to you. You do not have to do anything further unless you are asked to provide more information.
  • Continuing professional development standard: You must provide evidence of the CPD activities you have undertaken to meet the requirements of the Board’s standard.
  • Professional indemnity insurance registration standard: You must provide evidence of PII arrangements which meet the requirements of the Board’s PII registration standard.
A critical component is your ability to provide evidence of your CPD hours over the last three years (remember, it must total at least 60 hours and there must be evidence). We advise every practitioner to take the opportunity to review your CPD log now in case you receive an audit. Because the audit will have a response date, getting your CPD evidence in order is the most time consuming of the audit possibilities.

A common oversight by practitioners providing evidence are submissions for CPD that add up to less than 60 hours over the last three years. It is in your interest that your records and log accurately reflect your CPD activities.

Your Professional Indemnity insurer can provide a Certificate of Currency for you in respect of the evidence needed to respond to the final potential audit category.

Remember it will be a random sample of registered practitioners but it certainly pays to be prepared.

As always, Advisory Services is available to assist you during your audit if you have any questions. Please contact us on (02) 8436 9944 or email your audit letter to us at advisory@adansw.com.au. Advisory Services is a member only benefit service designed to assist all members on any matter so please feel free to contact us.