Know Your Numbers: How to avoid audits and stay out of trouble by knowing the schedule.

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Dr Patrick Meaney
Facilitator, Member Schedule & 3rd Party Committee

Dr Patrick Meaney is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, a Fellow of the International College of Dentistry and the immediate Past-President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Region 8 (Australasia).  He has been in private practice since 1983 as well as actively participating in the development of continuing education and leadership at the ADA  federal and branch level.  He is an ADA Federal Councillor for NSW.

Dr David Curnow
Chair - Schedule & 3rd Party Committee

Dr David Curnow has a private general practice in Dandenong, Victoria. He has a long involvement in ADA activities at both state and federal level. Dr Curnow is a past President of the ADA Victorian Branch and a Branch Councillor. He has been involved in the Schedule and Third Party Committee for more than 10 years, and currently serves as its chair.

Dr Martin Webb
Vice-Chair - Schedule & 3rd Party Committee

A past ADAQ President, and current member of the ADAQ Council and Peer Review panel, Martin has served on the ADA’s Schedule and Third-Party Committee for 14 years, and 4 years on the ICC. In 2016, Martin was awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the ADAQ. He is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and is a panellist with Australian Government Professional Services Review. He was elected to ADA Federal Council in 2014 and to Federal Executive in 2018. He provides CPD webinars for DHAA, ADAQ and ADA.

Dr Amit Gurbuxani
Member Schedule & 3rd Party Committee

A former Senior Clinical Lecturer at UWA School of Dentistry, Dr Dr Amit Gurbuxani is President of the Australian Dental Association WA Branch.  He has also completed postgraduate studies in Dental Public Health and Primary Health.  Clinically, he has a special interest in laser applications in dentistry, utilization of Piezoelectric energy in dentistry and extended applications of Minimally Invasive techniques to provide healthy and long-lasting smiles to his patients.


The 13 th Schedule of Dental Services and Glossary was released in 2022 and contains all you need to know to invoice your patients in a clear and consistent manner—or does it? The Schedule and Third-Party Committee regularly receives queries about aspects of the Schedule that have stumped our members, or prompted questions from private health insurance companies. If you’ve ever wanted to know the correct number for a procedure you haven’t done before, or how to bill an unexpected outcome in your clinic, join us as we demystify the item number puzzle.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding how the structure of the Schedule can guide you to select the correct item number
  • Exploring different treatments and procedures for accurate itemisation
  • Avoiding common errors and behaviours that are red flags for PHIs