MIPS provides membership benefits to dental members that more than satisfies AHPRA's requirement for indemnity. MIPS offers a large range of membership categories spanning the spectrum of public and/or private practice covering each step of professional development.
The broad groups of membership categories are:
- Recent dental graduates
- Dental specialist
- Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon
- Dental and oral health hygienist
- Dental and oral health therapist
- Dental prosthetist
- Dental technician
Membership categories are available for practitioners who have employer indemnity (eg employed by a hospital) and don’t undertake private practice. There are also categories for practitioners with employer indemnity who do some private (non-employer indemnified) practice.
For detailed descriptions of each membership category see the Membership Benefits Handbook and view our article on how to select an appropriate category.
Case study: MIPS dental membership at work
A dentist who was a MIPS member removed a patient's periodontally involuted teeth, placed implants and constructed implant supported fixed bridges in both arches. Subsequently:
- there were issues with mechanical and biological failures
- the member admitted negligence
- a figure of over $80,000 was agreed as the cost of remedial treatment
- the patient claimed inability to work, due to anxiety and panic disorder causally linked to the issues he was having with his teeth
The case was settled for a total in excess of $400,000. This included some hundreds of thousands for past and future economic loss. The member was fully covered for the damages and legal costs by MIPS.