Dentists give regulator an ‘F’ for Fail for effective regulation

5 March 2019

The peak body for dentists in Australia, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) today issued a report card on the performance of the professional regulator for dental practitioners – the Dental Board of Australia (the Board) which shows it is failing in its role of protecting the public.

Chief Executive Officer of the ADA, Mr Damian Mitsch, says the issuing of the report card was not something the Association had done lightly. “The ADA has always been supportive of the move to a national regulation scheme and there have certainly been many benefits for practitioners and the public following the introduction of a national scheme.  However, what we have lost with the move from state based boards is the connection between regulation and the reality of dental practice.  The Dental Board has become disconnected from the profession and dentists are concerned about the safety of patients.

A recent poll of ADA members, who work across all areas of dental practice, revealed that 93% of more than 6000 respondents had lost faith in the ability of the Board.

“As the peak body representing dentists in Australia, we can’t ignore the views of our members”, Mr Mitsch added.

The ADA has issued this report card to show some of the areas in which the Board is perceived to be failing in their role of protecting the public.  

“The profession is committed to working with the Board to address these concerns, but engagement must be genuine if the Board is to restore the faith of the dental profession.”

The report card is available at DBA Report Card
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