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Know your scope

Know your scope

A revised Scope of practice registration standard for dental practitioners came into effect on 1 July 2020.

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.

On 1 July 2020, revised guidelines to support the revised standard also came into effect.

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. Two online Q&A sessions held in June were recorded and have been published so dental practitioners who couldn’t participate can see what was discussed.

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Stakeholder forums and Q&A sessions

The stakeholder forums in each state and territory are on hold. Two online Q&A sessions held in June were recorded.

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Resources to help you

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

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Page reviewed 13/12/2022