Know your scope

Know your scope

In November 2019, Health Ministers approved a revised Scope of practice registration standard for dental practitioners which is in effect on 1 July 2020.

The Dental Board of Australia’s current registration standard has been in place since 2014 and a scheduled review of the standard began in late 2017. More information see the background to developing the revised registration standard.

What does the revised standard mean for individual dental practitioners?

All dental practitioners are members of the healthcare team and are expected to work with each other to provide the best possible care and outcome for their patients. An individual dental practitioner’s scope of practice depends on their education, qualifications, training, experience and competence. Dental practitioners are expected to know their scope of practice. Individuals who wish to broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence may do so by completing continuing professional development (CPD). However, completing CPD is not enough to move from one division of registration to another.

We have published advance copies of the revised registration standard and revised guidelines so dental practitioners can become familiar with both documents before 1 July 2020.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our planned face-to-face engagement, we have continued our work developing resources for practitioners and stakeholders. Resources include a reflective practice tool and a recorded webinar presentation outlining the new scope of practice requirements. Online Q&A sessions will be held soon so we can answer questions you may still have after watching the recorded webinar and reading the FAQs.

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Stakeholder forums and Q&A sessions

The stakeholder forums in each state and territory are on hold. Register for one of the online Q&A sessions being held in June.

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Resources to help you

Resources to help you understand your obligations under the revised standard include a reflective practice tool, recorded webinar and FAQs.

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