10 Nov 2016
The Dental Board of Australia intensified its focus on infection prevention and control requirements for registered dental practitioners during 2015/16, according to information released by AHPRA today in its 2015/16 annual report.
The 2015/16 annual report by AHPRA and the national health practitioner boards is a comprehensive record of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the 12 months ending 30 June 2016.
‘Protecting the public is everyone’s responsibility,’ said Dr John Lockwood AM, Chair of the Dental Board of Australia. ‘Effective infection prevention and control should underpin professional practice across all health sectors, including dental practice.’
The renewed focus on infection prevention and control came after a serious breach of the National Law by a Victorian man who pretended to be a dentist and treated patients in his home.
‘The case was the first in a series of investigations that highlighted the risk patients who see unregistered practitioners take,’ said Dr Lockwood. ‘Our number-one priority is patient safety.’
Dr Lockwood is proud of the initiatives implemented by the Dental Board of Australia over the past 12 months, which include an awareness campaign targeting all dental practitioners to remind them of the Board’s Guidelines of infection control, which included a mail-out, fact sheet and self-assessment tool. These guidelines will be reviewed in 2016/17.
A Tips for patients fact sheet was also published by AHPRA and the Board, and a forum was held in October 2015 to bring various organisations together to strengthen partnerships and gain a better understanding of how to support dental practitioners to practise effective infection prevention and control.
More highlights of the past year include:
For more data and information relating to the Dental Board of Australia in 2015/16, please see 2015/16 annual report. The report provides a nationwide snapshot of the work of AHPRA and the Boards and highlights a multi profession approach to risk-based regulation with a clear focus on ensuring that Australians have a safe and competent health workforce.
‘The regulation of over 660,000 registered health practitioners across 14 health professions and eight states and territories is an important task,’ said AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher. ‘There are many things to consider in regulation – but there is only one main focus, and that is public safety.’
Supplementary tables that break down data across categories such as registrations, notifications, statutory offences, tribunals and appeals, and monitoring and compliance can also be found on the annual report website.
In the coming months, AHPRA and the National Boards will also publish summaries of our work regulating health practitioners in every state and territory, which will be released in late 2016. Expanded, profession-specific summaries will also be released and progressively published from early 2017.
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