The Importance of Professional Associations for Dental Assistants

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* 1. The Association of Alberta Dental Assistants (AADA) was established in October 2012 to serve as the advocate for all of the RDAs in our province. With the College of Alberta Dental Assistants (CADA) legislated to protect the public, it was a necessary balance to have an organization dedicated to protecting, serving and advocating for our profession and all of those working as dental assisting professionals.

Are you a member of the AADA?

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* 2. The Association of Alberta Dental Assistants obtains its funds to operate from our Society Partners. At this time there are only 3 societies in Alberta with only 2 that have chosen to participate in sharing resources, benefits, services and supports through the AADA. Calgary Dental Assistants Association and Edmonton Dental Assistants Association are currently Society Partners in AADA. Central Alberta Dental Assistants Association was invited to the 2012 organizational meetings however chose not to participate at that time. The AADA has offered to provide start-up funds to previous Locals in Alberta who wish to re-establish or establish current society status and join as a Society Partner of the AADA.

Are you currently a member of a Local professional association?

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* 3. If you answered NO to the previous question, what is the reason that you have chosen to not be a member of a Local Professional Association? (check all that apply)

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* 4. Local professional associations in Alberta have historically maintained low annual membership fees due to the majority of RDAs in the province choosing to voluntarily support the work of these organizations. Until CADA stopped collecting association fees in 2014, virtually all RDAs in the province had chosen to financially support associations with their membership. Since that time several regions of the province ceased any connection with other professional associations for RDAs and their members were affected by a lack of information and contact with RDAs in the rest of the province.

Do you believe that Alberta RDAs can benefit professionally from a strong connection with and to organizations that have the progress, success and advocacy of the RDA as the focus of their mandate?

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* 5. The  College of Alberta Dental Assistants CADA is mandated by the government to regulate, discipline and ensure competency of RDAs in Alberta. Their main focus is the protection of the public and concerns of the public interest. In that role they cannot represent the professional in matters of workplace issues or employment and cannot advocate for or address similar concerns of RDAs. That work is the mandate of our professional associations locally, provincially and nationally.

Do you believe that RDAs deserve to have organizations that put their interests and needs at the forefront of their work and advocate exclusively for them?

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* 6. Who should support and fund the work of the dental assisting  professional associations?

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* 7. The AADA is recognized by the Government of Alberta as the provincial voice for RDAs. The AADA has approached government on a variety of issues since our society was established in 2012. The AADA has become a provisional organizational member of the Canadian Dental Assistants Association on June 1, 2017 with a representative sitting on the CDN DAA Board of Directors. This affiliation provides AADA and Alberta RDAs with access to relevant research, a voice on projects and initiatives at a national level and the opportunity to influence public policy in oral healthcare. The AADA is also in a position to advocate for RDAs in meetings with the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C).

Which of the following issues do you feel should be a priority for the AADA to pursue on behalf of Alberta RDAs? (check as many as you wish)

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* 8. Please leave any general comments that you would like to convey to the AADA about any of the previous topics or any new initiatives you would like the AADA to pursue on behalf of Alberta RDAs.

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