26,038 dental practitioners
0.6% identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
54.3% female; 45.7% male
725 notifications lodged with Ahpra about
592 dental practitioners
17 immediate actions taken
22 mandatory notification received
193 practitioners monitored for health, performance and/or conduct during the year
149 cases being monitored at 30 June:
24 criminal offence complaints made
3 matters decided by a tribunal
1 matter decided by a panel
2 appeals lodged
The Dental Board of Australia achieves its role
of protecting the public by setting standards to
enter and remain in the dental profession, and by
supporting practitioners to practise professionally.
We focused on achieving these goals by working
collaboratively and consultatively with the profession,
our stakeholders and the public.
The Board held its fifth biennial national conference,
hearing from several presenters on the theme of
Trust and confidence through better understanding.
Engagement with stakeholders continued through
regular meetings of the Dental Stakeholder Liaison
Group. The Board’s reviews and evaluations were
highly consultative, incorporating the feedback of
practitioners, stakeholders and the public. In May,
the Board held its first face-to-face meeting since
Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and support
for practitioners to comply with their regulatory
obligations in a rapidly changing environment
continued. This included publishing information
to help practitioners understand the impact of
COVID-19 on continuing professional development
requirements for maintaining an endorsement to
practise conscious sedation.
This year marks the second year of operation of the
Dental Practitioner Support Service, the first 24/7,
free, confidential, nationwide telephone and online
service for all dental practitioners and students.
The Board continued to work closely with its
accreditation authority, the Australian Dental Council
(ADC), to oversee accredited programs of study that,
when approved by the Board, lead to registration
as a dental practitioner. The Board contributed to
the ADC’s review of the Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner, which will come into
effect for the ADC’s accreditation processes in 2023.
The Board evaluated the implementation of its
revised Scope of practice registration standard and
Guidelines for scope of practice. The evaluation,
which considered the views of stakeholders and
practitioners, found no adverse impacts on patient
safety or the quality of care provided by practitioners
following the introduction of the revised standard.
Following consultation with other regulators, industry
groups and professional associations, the Board
released an updated fact sheet on teeth whitening.
The Board released the cross-profession
Supervised practice framework.
The Board completed its review of the Guidelines on
infection control, following public consultation. The
outcome of the review was to replace the guidelines
with supporting resources for practitioners, which
were refined through dental practitioner user testing.
The Board’s review of its Specialist registration
standard is in its early stages.
The Board released a revised Code of conduct
in partnership with several other Boards.
The Board welcomed two new members, Mrs
Julia Christensen (community member) and Dr
Simon Shanahan (practitioner member). We thank
outgoing members Winthrop Professor Paul Abbott
(practitioner member) and Ms Alison Faigniez
(community member) for their commitment and
contribution to the work of the Board.
Dr Murray Thomas