The Saskatchewan Dental Assistants ’ Association provides public protection through the regulation of competent practitioners, promotes excellence in oral health care and advocates for the health and safety of dental assistants. Insert content here.
Respected, Responsible, Competent Oral Health Professionals
The Saskatchewan Dental Assistants ’ Association provides public protection through the regulation of competent practitioners, promotes excellence in oral health care and advocates for the health and safety of dental assistants. Insert content here
- Ensure regulatory standards by adhering to the Regulatory Bylaws and requiring CDAC accreditation, mandatory NDAEB examinations and standardized curriculum.
- Initiate activities to ensure there are sufficient Registered Dental Assistants to meet and protect the needs of the oral health profession and public.
Oral Health Initiatives
- Elevate oral health awareness through:
- interaction with first nations and immigrant populations. (actions include Diabetes Association, Indian/Metis Association involvement, Dental Day, Northern Health & Wellness Day, oral health supplies)
- public education regarding the sugar content in soft drinks, juice, energy drinks, vitamin water, baby foods etc. (actions include Diabetes Association, Indian/Metis Association involvement, Dental Day)
- raise member awareness of cannabis, cannabinoids, alcohol, opiate, fentanyl usage to include the administration of naloxone.
- Provide all dental assistants in Saskatchewan access to educational programs and courses that include the development of interpersonal and negotiation skills to facilitate professional and personal growth.
- Initiate a mental health initiative. (actions include: mental health first aid training, funding counselling support, providing helpline contact information).
- Team Assistance Program: Investigating a formal process for funding counselling and referring members to PAR Consulting.
- Offering wellness programming in addictions, stress, fitness
- Creating an incentive for fitness programs
- Accessing resources available through the Canadian Mental Health Association
Competencies & Ethical Practice
- Ensure safe and ethical practice through licensure and encouragement to report scope of practice infractions. (actions include the circulation of the Competency Document whenever competencies change).
- Expand workplace opportunities including long term care, public health initiatives and expanded function.
- Investigate a local anesthetic course for Registered Dental Assistants. (actions include the identification of science pre-requisites and may include preparing a proposal to amend the Dental Disciplines Act)
- To create educational pathways for RDAs to meet the CDSS requirements for sedation training.
- Strengthen the relationship with the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan.
- Develop a strategy to promote oral cancer screening with particular focus on public events.
- To advise the dental aide of the educational opportunities available as well as the limitations of their scope.
- To create awareness of the mental health of patients by encouraging training such as Mental Health First Aid.
- SDAA is fiscally accountable.
- SDAA manages through policy governance.
- SDAA assess council for demographic balance and work towards appropriate succession planning.
- SDAA assess future office location and space
- SDAA assess future staffing needs.