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Dental board annual report showcases profession's growth

Dental board annual report showcases profession's growth

23rd Nov 16

Summary —

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 2015-16 annual report has revealed the growth of the dental profession in 2015-16 and its intensified focus on infection prevention and control requirements for registered dental practitioners.

Key Issues For Consideration —

This year's annual report reviews the work of the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) in protecting the public by ensuring that only suitably trained and qualified dental practitioners are registered. It also facilitates workforce mobility across Australia, the provision of high-quality education and training of health practitioners, and rigorous assessment of overseas-trained practitioners.  A copy of the report can be downloaded from the link below:


AHPRA Download —

2015-16 AHPRA Annual Report [PDF]

The growth of the dental profession, with 20,000 more registrants during 2015-16 (for a total of 657,621 health practitioners nationally) illustrates the importance of the partnership between industry and profession as fundamental to good oral health across Australia. Other highlights of the report included:



Student registrations increased by more than 11,000 registrants year-on-year, totalling 153,710.



Online registration renewals reached a new high across all professions – with over 98% of all registrants renewing online and on time, making it easier for health practitioners to renew their registration each year.



Over the past twelve months, the Board worked to improve registration pathways for each of the 13 approved dental specialties, and began developing an assessment model for overseas-trained dental specialists.



As of 30 June 2016, there were 21,741 registered dental practitioners across Australia, an increase of 2.51% from the previous year. Dental practitioners made up 3.3% of all registered health practitioners across the National Scheme.



Noting that there is a range of specialist dental registration categories, 89.5% of registered dental practitioners held general registration, 7.5% held general and specialist registration, which shows a slight increase from the previous year, and 0.1% held specialist-only registration to practise a dental specialty, a rise of 15.4% year on year.



There were 10,082 notifications received during the year, an increase of 19.7% nationally (representing 1.5% of the registration base). The top three notifier complaints related to clinical care (41.8%), medication issues (11.5%) and health impairment (10.7%). Just under half of all notifications were made by a patient, relative or member of the public. AHPRA closed 5,227 matters in the year.



In 2015-16 there were 1,025 notifications received nationally about dental practitioners including data from the Health Professional Councils Authority in NSW (HCPA). This represents an annual increase of 33.8%. AHPRA received and managed 497 of these matters, excluding HPCA, which manages regulatory matters in NSW.



AHPRA actively monitored 141 dental practitioners in 2015-16 (excluding HPCA): This represents 2.8% of all cases being monitored in relation to conditions on registration across all professions.



There were 196 new complaints about possible dental-related statutory offences: These complaints constitute 14.5% of all statutory offence matters in 2015/16. Almost all new matters related to the use of protected titles or advertising concerns.



A focus on improving transparency and accountability across all national health practitioner boards saw the introduction of quarterly performance reporting in April 2016. These reports are accessible via the AHPRA website.

As set out in the 2016-20 ADIA Strategic Plan, ADIA's vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians.  This underpins our engagement with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) which is conducted within the architecture of the ADIA External Stakeholder Engagement Strategy.

Currency of Information —

This update was issued on 23 November 2016 and please note that changes in circumstances after the publication of material or information may impact upon its accuracy and also change regulatory compliance obligations.

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