17 Oct 2016
Today, the Dental Board of Australia (the Board) has launched its first ever video for patients to help make sure they are getting safe care from their dental practitioners.
Launched during International Infection Control Week (16 – 22 October), the video aims to:
The Board considers investing in information for patients a powerful additional check on the infection control standards of dental practitioners in Australia.
The Board strongly encourages dental patients to view the video produced for dental patients. The video gives dental patients seven easy to remember tips to consider whether their dental practitioner is following the correct infection control protocols.
The Board’s tips encourage patients to ask:
It is important to note that the video was filmed in a simulated environment with actors and should not be used as a training material for professionals. The video is a resource intended for general public information.
It is usually best to resolve any problems with your dental practitioner if you can. If you still have serious concerns you can make a complaint to:
The Board expects all 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.
Dental practitioners are reminded to practise in accordance with the Board’s Guidelines on infection control and to refer to resources developed by the Board to ensure that they meet the infection control obligations.
The Board’s Guidelines and additional resources are available on the Infection control obligations of dental practitioners page.
Download a PDF of this Media release - Tips for dental patients - 17 October 2016 (188 KB,PDF)