15 Nov 2017
The dental health workforce grew by 3% over the past year, to 22,383 total registrants, according to data released today in the 2016/17 annual report published by AHPRA and the National Boards.
The annual report is a comprehensive record of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) for the 12 months to 30 June 2017.
Dental practitioners now constitute 3.3% of the 678,983 registrants currently in the National Scheme, despite the number of registered dental students decreasing marginally (by 1.5%) during the year, from 4,810 at 30 June 2016 to 4,736 at 30 June 2017.
The Dental Board of Australia took a proactive approach to raising awareness about the obligations of registered dental practitioners during the year, communicating with both the profession and the public on rights and responsibilities.
‘This year, we also took a new, multimedia approach to the way we communicate with both the profession and the public,’ said Dr John Lockwood AM, Chair of the Dental Board of Australia. ‘To ensure everyone knows what to expect from good dental care, we launched two awareness-raising videos – Tips for patients and Overview of your obligations as a registered dental practitioner.’
Targeted campaigns such as these have seen increased engagement for the Board. More information will be available in a Board-specific summary report is released in the coming weeks.
The 2016/17 annual report provides a nationwide snapshot of the work of AHPRA and the National Boards and highlights a multi-profession approach to risk-based regulation, with a clear focus on ensuring that the public are protected.
‘There are now almost 680,000 registered health practitioners across Australia,’ said AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher. ‘This Annual Report highlights our strong and shared commitment with the Board to ensure the public has access to a competent, qualified registered health workforce and to take decisive action when required to keep the community safe.’
To view the 2016/17 annual report, along with supplementary tables that segment data across categories such as registrations, notifications, statutory offences, tribunals and appeals, and monitoring and compliance, visit the Annual Report microsite.
In the coming weeks, AHPRA and the National Boards will also publish summaries of our work regulating health practitioners in each of the 14 registered health professions. Jurisdictional reports, which present data on registered health practitioners in each state and territory will be published in December.