07 May 2018
Have you started your first year of dental studies? If the answer is yes, the Dental Board of Australia (the Board) has information on what you need to know about your regulatory obligations as a student.
Even though you have not yet qualified as a dental practitioner, and are very much at the start of your career, you already have responsibilities under the National Law1 that you need to be aware of and understand.
If you’re a dental student in Australia in a program of study approved by the Dental Board that qualifies you for registration in the dental profession; your education provider has already registered you with the Board. Many first year students are unaware of this fact.
Don’t worry. To help you out, the Board has published information on its website so you can you get your head around questions like, who are the Dental Board? What does being registered with the Board as a student mean?
Below are some of the basics you need to know:
The Board has produced a vodcast to explain further your obligations as a registered dental student. The vodcast will tell you about the Board, give you some information on the National Scheme3, what the Board does as a regulator and what you need to know and do as a registered dental student, both now and before you complete your studies.
‘We all can recall what it was like in the first few months of dental study as you try and settle into university life and find your feet when it comes to your academic work. It is impossible to know everything straightaway. Students receive a lot of information; however information about their legal responsibilities is really important. Dental practitioner regulation is going to be an important part of their career on an ongoing basis, no time like the present to find out what it’s all about.’ said Dr John Lockwood AM, Chair of the Dental Board of Australia.
Students should go to www.dentalboard.gov.au for more information.
1 Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law).
2 When we say “impairment” in relation to a student it means, according to the National Law, that this person has a physical or mental impairment, disability, condition or disorder, including substance abuse or dependence that detrimentally affects or is likely to detrimentally affect, a student’s capacity to undertake clinical training. It is important to note that if you do have impairment, the threshold for reporting is high.
3 National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme).