Effective infection prevention and control is central to providing high quality health care for patients and a safe working environment for those that work in healthcare settings.
The Board expects 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.
The Board has published Guidelines on infection control to describe the infection control obligations of dental practitioners.
The Guidelines list the key documents that a dental practitioner must act in accordance with as well as the behaviours that the Board expects of dental practitioners.
It is the responsibility of every registered dental practitioner to ensure that they meet their infection control obligations.
The Board has published additional information to help dental practitioners meet their obligations.
The Board has published a fact sheet on the infections control obligations of dental practitioners under the National Law. It provides information for practitioners and members of the public on what standards are expected and what to do if there are concerns about the infection control practice of a dental practitioner.
The Board has developed a tool that practitioners may choose to use to see how they comply with the Board’s Guidelines in their workplace.
The Dental Board of Australia and AHPRA have also developed 'Tips for dental patients' to help you make sure patients are getting safe care from their dental practitioner.