Dental Practitioner Support was launched in July 2020 and is a national health and wellbeing support service for dental practitioners.
Dental Practitioner Support is the first national 24/7 telephone and online service for all dental practitioners. Anyone calling the service does not have to give their name and can seek support anonymously.
Callers will have access to an experienced team who can provide confidential advice and referral on a wide range of issues, including mental and physical health and general wellbeing.
Access Dental Practitioner Support:
The service offers support to all dental practitioners, which includes dentists, dental prosthetists, oral health therapists, dental hygienists and dental therapists. It is also available to dental students, educators, employers, Australian Dental Council exam candidates and concerned family members and friends.
While funded by the Dental Board of Australia, the service is run independently by Turning Point so dental practitioners can have complete confidence in reaching out for confidential support. Turning Point is a leading addiction treatment, research and education organisation based in Victoria.
Hear from Dental Board of Australia Chair, Dr Murray Thomas, and Turning Point Program Director Anthony Denham in a recorded podcast interview by the New South Wales branch of the Australian Dental Association.
Dr Thomas outlines why the Board sought to establish a support service that is easily accessed by all dental practitioners. Mr Denham explains the importance of reaching out early and how all dental practitioners, no matter where they are based, can access the same support services.
Listen to the 13 minute podcast now.