28 Mar 2020
On March 27, The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) released new advice to dental practitioners about managing COVID-19.
Their advice reads: "AHPPC recommends adopting the ‘Managing COVID-19 Guidelines’ by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and implementing a triage system for dental practice. AHPPC recommends that all dental practices implement level 3 restrictions as outlined in the ADA’s guidance. That is, dentists* [sic] should only perform dental treatments that do not generate aerosols, or where treatment generating aerosols is limited. All routine examinations and treatments should be deferred."
*This applies to all dental practitioners.
The Board will publish more information about this shortly, but in the interim, some useful resources to help you manage COVID-19 include:
If this information doesn’t tell you what you need to know, you can send your questions directly to Ahpra by email: COVID19@ahpra.gov.au.
Please keep abreast of these updates and respond accordingly to support ongoing access to safe dental services, including for those who are most vulnerable.
We also urge you to take care of your own health during this pandemic. These are unprecedented times, and it is important that dental practitioners look after themselves and each other.
Information about general support services is available on the Ahpra website.
Chair, Dental Board of Australia