MIPS provides membership benefits to dental members that exceeds 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.
Eligible professionals include:
Recent dental graduates, within five years of graduation (eg BDsc graduates)
Recent oral health practitioner graduates (eg BOralH graduates)
Dentist in training
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
Oral health therapists
If you are an employee of a practice and undertake no, or limited private practice your membership can reflect this so you pay a lower fee than members in private practice. This accounts for the fact that your employer is providing you with indemnity cover. For detailed descriptions of each membership category see the Member Handbook and view our article on how to select the right category.
Case study: MIPS dental membership at work
A dentist who was a MIPS member (with dental indemnity cover) 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.