|Message from the President.
With the beginning of a new year for our Academy it is encouraging that the membership continues to grow. Since the last newsletter we have started to receive applications from Denmark and our first enquiries from Italy, Norway and Israel. We must continue to grow however and encourage our colleagues, practicing in the specialty, to join.
It will be important for us to increase our membership as we work towards the establishment of Paediatric Dentistry as a specialty throughout Europe. If we are going to have a strong voice within Dentistry, and the various government agencies of Europe, we must be a big enough group of dentists to be heard, and listened to. Our concerns that children receive the highest possible quality of dental care can only be brought about when our views on the specialty are taken note of by the necessary government agencies throughout Europe.
Our target for membership continues to be 200 members by the end of this year. At present we are just over a 140 members and so Ι ask all members to continue their support and to help recruit the other Paediatric Dentists in the countries of Europe.
Our Council is very active in the recruitment of members and in particular the committee on Credentials. If you know of paediatric dentists that you think might join please send their names to your counselor or write directly to me. Applications are forwarded to the Credentials committee who review them and then make a recommendation to Council for confirmation of membership.Martin Curzon
The finances of the Academy are sound. Our expenses have not been at all great, because for the period 1991-92 the operating costs of the organisation were borne by the Congress held in The Netherlands.
Subscriptions for 1993 are due with this newsletter. The payment remains the same at ECU 50 and the method of payment is for each member to pay the Counselor in your own currency. Subscriptions for each country will then be sent en bloc to the Treasurer. We have decided on this system so as to reduce bank charges which on individual drafts of ECU 50 can be quite high. Members in the UK and Ireland can send their payment direct to the Treasurer: Dr J. Roberts, 33 Weymouth Street, London, W1N 3FL.
Deadline for material for the next issue of the EAPD Newsletter will be March 15th ready for the Apri1 issue. Items on courses, training programs and conferences are all welcome
If a newsletter is to be issued four times a year material is needed to fill it. Items of interest to members, announcements of meetings or details of training programs and postgraduate courses will be welcome. Any such material should be sent to Martin Curzon, at the address on the bottom of this newsletter. There is no official Editor although if anybody wished to take over the task they would be very welcome! The next issue will be sent in April 1993, therefore we would like to receive publication material by March 15th.
On February 1st there were 105 Active, 12 Associate and 25 Student members of Τhe Academy. A further 6 Paediatric dentists have applied for membership and their applications will be considered by the Credentials Committee at its next meeting in June. Application forms for membership are now available from Counselors or the Secretary our target is to have at least 200 Active members by the end of 1993.
The provisional constitution has been revised by Prof. Hoskuldsson and is now being reviewed. The final constitution will be presented to the membership at the next Congress in 1994.
The full committee has not met yet, but a small steering committee will start the process of collecting information on guidelines.
A subcommittee met in October in Paris and approved a number of applications for membership. The next meeting of the committee will meet in June in London.
A steering committee has been organized under the Chairmanship of Luc Martens (Belgium) to start the process of developing guidelines for postgraduate training in Paediatric Dentistry. A small ERASMUS grant has been obtained from the European Community to finance a preliminary meeting of the committee. This meeting will take place in Gent later in the year and will review the extent of existing programs. The committee will seek opinions and information from all directors of courses in the specialty. A draft outline will be prepared for consideration at a Workshop on Training to be held at the EAPD Congress in Athens in June 1994. Other members of the committee are Goran Koch (Sweden), Constantine Oulis (Greece) and Martin Cuτzon (England).
Hellenic (Greece) Group
The Hellenic organisation of the Academy consists of approximately 40 members with more applications for membership still to be approved. Most of the members have completed a full speciality program of at least two years. Their Counsellor, Assistant Professor Constantine Oulis was elected by the members and the Hellenic group was the first to have such an election. Under Dr Oulis’s direction regular meetings are being held where Academy matters are discussed and suggestions proposed for presentation to the membership at large.
In order to increase efficiency as a local organization of the Academy a filing system of membership, with details of credentials and qualifications has been set up. This will help to keep track of members, correspondence and for financial control .
Although Paediatric Dentistry has been known in Greece for more than two decades, it is only recently, 1980, that it started to be accepted as a speciality. It now serves to set the standards for the care of children. One of the main points of focus in the Hellenic meetings has therefore been to promote the speciality and achieve official recognition in Greece. Working groups within the organization have undertaken the task of addressing issues such as ethics, dental care fees and methods to increase the awareness of the dental profession and the public concerning Paediatric Dentistry. These working groups will provide information and education for the public and initiate a preventive care program to start early in children’ lives. Furthermore the group will seek to increase the awareness of the need for the speciality amongst general dentists throughout Greece, and the potential benefits both to themselves and their patients of referring children for specialist care.
Finally the group is very busy preparing for the 1994 Congress to take place in Athens. An organizing committee has been formed which includes Dr C.J. Oulis (President), Dr G Vadiakas (Secretary), Dr L Papagiannoulis, Dr N. Kouvelas, Dr A Vassilopoulou, Dr S. Geki , Dr E. Hotuman and Dr N. Lygidakis.
The British Group now has 24 members and the membership continues to grow. It has had one meeting to confirm Dr John Roberts as Counsellor and further business meetings are planned.
For several decades children’ dentistry (Pedodontics) in Sweden been very effective and administered within the Public Dental Service. It provides free dental care for all children up to the age of 19 years including all necessary specialist treatment. Specialist dental care for children has developed rapidly during the past twenty years and today all counties have clinics for special dental care which work in close cooperation with genera dentists and the Public Dental Services. Due changes in the political situation in Sweden there is a growing emphasis on private enterprise. This has meant that in some areas the Country Council have sold the childrens’s dentistry services to private dental practitioners or the Public Dental Services, which have been converted themselves to private enterprises of dental cooperatives working on a capitation basis. At the moment we do not know how fast this change will take place or what it will me in terms of taking care of the oral health of children. We will be carefully following the: developments and provide further reports.
At the Institute of Dentistry (University of Helsinki) a clinic for children with special dental care needs has now beer opened. This is to demonstrate to the authorities the need for such special care and that are the staff and facilities to start speciality training in Paediatric Dentistry. The most likely form of training in Finland will be called “clinical speciality” which will mean most of the training will be in pedodontics but with adjuvant training in other aspects of rest dentistry, periodontology etc. The group actively seeking to enlarge the number of teaching staff positions.
Published by the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry.
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