What We Do

Communication - with you and stakeholders

  • Interactive SADA website – www.sada.co.za
  • Access to a wealth of information
  • Free subscription to the weekly careers and job classified advertisements
  • Keep yourself up to date with dental functions, meetings, seminars and courses
  • Members are able to load their own advertisements and calendar events

“Intellectual” - Input

  • Assisting and preparing the profession to be NHI-ready
  • Monitoring statutory gazettes and circulars
  • Briefing sessions
  • Submitting SADA input
  • Arguing the cases of dentists in industry debates and discussions

Private & Public Practice

  • DENTAL FEES:
    • Advisory opinion: specifically to allow publication of practice cost study
    • Legal and consultant opinions
    • Submission to HPCSA: exemption from consumer protection act
  • DENTAL CODING:
    • Procedure coding: numbering and terminology, interpretation, guidelines, and usage rules vs funder’s rules
    • Icd-10 coding
    • Future coding systems
  • INDEMNITY COVER (not to be confused with insurance):
    • Misconception that public service dentists don’t need indemnity cover
    • Many institutions provide limited indemnity which is often insufficient and inadequate to protect YOU
    • SADA = agent for Dental Protection (DP)

Advocacy & Representation

  • Presents a united voice in influencing public policy, in the formulation and promotion of sound National Oral Health Policy and State dental programmes and policies
  • We promote the profession’s perspective in a unified, clear and timely manner with government agencies, business sectors and other role players
  • SADA puts the profession’s democratically reached views to national administrations and many other influential bodies

Legal and Ethical advice and guidance

  • Know and understand the laws and regulations that impact the Dental professison and can inform the way you practice
  • SADA offers you access to information on health related legislation, regulation guidelines and policy documents
  • Members can also obtain individual and specific legal and ethical advice relating to dental practice in South Africa
  • Access to the Dental Mediator to deal with patient complaints and conflict resolution

Public Awareness

  • Campaigns to maintain the recognition of the dentist as the oral health care expert and the leader of the dental team. SADA policy seeks to maintain the highest professional standards.

Education

  • Gain that superior advantage with access to the dental professions’ most prestigious professional development
  • SA Dental Journal (keeps you abreast of the latest developments in dentistry) The only fully accredited scientific dental journal in South Africa for publication of Scientific papers, Clinical articles, Current dento-political information and opinion and Trade information. Members are also able to attain their CDP points by completing the online questionnaires.
  • Continuing education workshops and lectures at branches (excellent ways to increase your knowledge and to obtain the CPD points you need)
  • Congresses (featuring local and international speakers, and providing excellent networking opportunities)
  • Educational Grants (ensuring research and development in the profession)
    • DDF enables suitable applicants to access funds for education and research projects
    • Award grants and prizes to encourage and further research
    • Part sponsorship with IADR (International Association for Dental Research) for support to members attending IADR Congresses
    • Financial assistance provided to members travelling overseas to present papers or posters
    • Donations are made each year to all the dental faculty libraries through DDFT
    • Assistance to members and their family who may have fallen on hard times, via the Benevolent Fund