Dental Board of Australia - Infection prevention and control

Infection prevention and control

Effective infection prevention and control is central to providing high quality health care for patients and a safe working environment for those that work in healthcare settings.

The Board expects dental practitioners to practise in a way that maintains and enhances public health and safety by ensuring that the risk of the spread of infection is prevented or minimised.

Guidelines

In 2010, the Board first published Guidelines on infection control to describe the infection control obligations of dental practitioners.

Following a period of public consultation, the Board decided to replace the guidelines with other supporting resources for practitioners. As of 1 July 2022, the guidelines will no longer be in effect.

The Board has developed FAQs to help practitioners understand the changes. You can read an advance copy of the FAQs below.

Additional resources

The Board has published additional information to help dental practitioners meet their obligations.

Fact sheet

The Board has published a fact sheet on the infection control obligations of dental practitioners under the National Law. It provides information for practitioners and members of the public on what standards are expected and what to do if there are concerns about the infection control practice of a dental practitioner.

On 1 July 2022, a new fact sheet for practitioners will come into effect. You can read an advance copy of the fact sheet, “Guidance for registered dental practitioners: infection prevention and control”, below.

Self-audit tool

The Board has developed a tool that practitioners may choose to use to see how they comply with the Board’s Guidelines in their workplace.

On 1 July 2022, the self-audit tool will be replaced with a self-reflective tool to help practitioners think about and improve their infection prevention and control practices. You can read an advance copy of the self-reflective tool, below.

Tips for patients

The Dental Board of Australia and AHPRA have also developed 'Tips for dental patients' to help patients make sure they are getting safe care from their dental practitioner.

Documents

Document name PDF Accessible version Document date
Dental guidelines on infection control PDF (400KB)   1 July 2010
Advance copy - FAQ - effective 1 July 2022 PDF (159KB) Word version 
(132 KB,DOCX)
1 July 2022 
Fact sheet: Infection control obligations under the National Law PDF (166KB) Web page July 2015
Advance copy - Fact sheet: Guidance for registered dental practitioners: infection prevention and control  - effective 1 July 2022 PDF (246 KB)   Word version 
(134 KB,DOCX)
 
1 July 2022 
Self-audit checklist PDF (141KB) Word version
(360 KB,DOCX)
August 2015
Advance copy - Self-reflective tool - effective 1 July 2022 PDF (268 KB)
Word version 
(138 KB,DOCX)

1 July 2022 
Letter - Your infection control obligations under the National Law PDF (111KB) Word version 
(356KB,DOCX)
16 July 2015
 
 
Page reviewed 16/06/2022