Dental Workforce, Education and Training

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  • 3.1 Dental Workforce

    The government must address the oversupply of dental practitioners, training focus should move from restoration to prevention, and dentist-based systems of care and delivery must be accorded top priority.

  • 3.2 Dentists

    This policy outlines training requirements for dentists and specialists, the importance of dentist-based systems of oral healthcare, and the need to comply with ADA-mandated ethics and a programme of continuing professional development.

  • 3.3 Allied Dental Personnel

    This policy governs the training, registration, scope of duties & working arrangements of dental assistants, dental laboratory assistants, dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists, oral health therapists and dental prosthetists.

  • 3.4 Specialist Dentists

    This policy outlines the criteria for recognition of a dental specialty, the educational requirements, registration and obligations of specialist dentists and the list of recognized specialities. 

  • 3.5 Areas of Practice Adjunctive to Dentistry

    A dentist conducting activities such as acupuncture, conscious sedation for dental procedures and hypnosis must be compliant with the requirements of the Dental Board of Australia and Australian Dental Council.

  • 3.6 Higher Education for the Dental Workforce

    Government should adequately fund university dental schools, place a cap on future dental student numbers to curb oversupply and bring in programmes that promote training in regional and remote areas. 

  • 3.7 Vocational Education for the Dental Workforce

    Vocational training for allied dental personnel via TAFE and Registered Training Organisations should include clinical experience, funding assistance for indigenous, regional and remote students and active involvement by dentists.

  • 3.8 Overseas Qualified Dentists

    Australia should only train sufficient dentists to meet Australian requirements, and should limit the number of Overseas Qualified Dentists allowed in via government programmes such as Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement.

  • 3.9 Recency of Practice

    Dental Practitioners must comply with the Board's registration standard on recency of practice through active engagement with continuing professional development.

  • 3.10 Clinical Practice Placements

    Clinical practice placements are regarded as an essential element in the education and training of dentists and relevant allied dental personnel.