Dentist Registrations Remain Stable According To Statistics

Published on : 1/11/2015

The Dental Board of Australia (DBA) has released the latest set of dental workforce statistics, which shows that the number of registered dental practitioners compared to the March 2015 figures have remained largely the same. The biggest change was in the number of registered dentists, which increased by thirty-five

Key Issues For The Dental Industry 

The national registration and accreditation scheme for health practitioners requires that information about every registered health practitioner in Australia is recorded on a single national register of practitioners. According to latest data released by the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) for the quarter ending June 2015, the overall number of dental practitioners in Australia is currently sitting at 21,209 – a small increase from the March 2015 number of 21,149. Members of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) can access the full reports via the links to the ADIA website below:

DBA Dental Workforce Statistics – June 2015    DBA Dental Workforce Statistics – ADIA Online Library listing

While rather minor, the only noticeable changes this quarter was a rise of thirty-five in the number of registered dentists and the number of registered dental hygienists rose by seventeen. The biggest change at a jurisdictional level (i.e. what state or territory a practitioner will list as their principal place of practice), the bulk of the increase came from practitioners reporting no principal place of practice, which rose by sixty-two against the March 2015 figures. The summary table of latest data is replicated below:

 Divisions

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

N/A

Total

Dental Hygienist

44

393

12

142

251

20

201

283

27

1,373

Dental Hygienist & Dental Prosthetist

2

1

 3

Dental Hyg. & Dental Pros. & Dental  Therap.

1

1

 2

Dental Hygienist & Dental Therapist

9

55

8

161

64

2

128

53

3

483

Dental Hygienist & Dentist

1

1

2

Dental Hyg. & Oral Health Therapist

3

3

6

Dental Prosthetist

15

418

4

255

67

49

349

85

3

1,245

Dental Prosthetist & Dental Therapist

1

 1

Dental Prosthetist & Dentist

1

 1

Dental Therapist

18

223

13

188

90

50

166

305

10

1,063

Dental Therap. & Oral Health Therap.

 2

 2

Dentist

294

5,056

100

3,091

1,160

233

3,727

1,672

555

15,888

Dental & Oral Health Therapist

1

1

Oral Health Therapist

 19

296

10

341

137

12

252

69

3

1,139

TOTAL

399

 6,449

147

4,179

 1,769

 366

 4,827

 2,472

 601

 21,209

 

The DBA is responsible for registering dentists, dental students and dental and oral health professionals in Australia. They also help guide the profession by developing standards, codes and guidelines for the dental profession, handling notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings, assessing overseas trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia and approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study. The DBA regularly analyses its registration data to produce a number of statistical breakdowns about registrants to share with the profession and community on a regular basis. In 2012, the DBA began publishing quarterly data profiling Australia’s dental workforce, including a number of statistical breakdowns about registrants. These are compiled in the ADIA member library and available to download. The statistics published in this data set are a useful tool in allowing ADIA member businesses to make informed decisions about the direction of their business, allowing them to plan for the future with confidence.

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Source: Australian Dental Industry Association

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