The Dental Board of Australia (the Board) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) work to keep the public safe by making sure only safe and qualified dental practitioners work in Australia.
To practise as a dental practitioner in Australia, the practitioner must be registered with the Board. Being registered means the practitioner meets the requirements to practise competently and safely.
An important part of practising safely is infection prevention and control. If you’re a dental patient and would like to know more about infection prevention and control and what this means for your safe care, this information is for you.
Infection prevention and control involves preventing or minimising the spread of infection to patients, practitioners and the community.
You can ask your dental practitioner any questions at any stage about your care including about infection prevention and control.
You might like to consider the following questions:
If you’re not happy with the care you received it’s often best to speak with your dental practitioner in the first instance if you can. This includes if you have any concerns about your dental practitioner’s infection prevention and control practices.
If you still have concerns, you can make a notification/complaint to:
You can learn more about raising a concern about a practitioner on Ahpra’s Concerns about practitioners webpage.