The Dental Board of Australia (the Board) has published new resources for dental practitioners before it retires the Guidelines on dental records in October.
The Board is retiring the guidelines on 1 October 2020 as the Code of conduct contains adequate guidance to dental practitioners about health-record management.
The Code of conduct is a crucial part of the Board’s regulatory framework for setting minimum standards and regulatory guidance for the profession to protect the public and support the objectives of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
As one of the Board’s regulatory tools, the Code of conduct will therefore be positioned as the main point of guidance for dental practitioners.
The Board has developed a fact sheet and a self-reflective tool to help practitioners comply with their obligations under the Code of conduct.
The fact sheet highlights sections of the code relevant to maintaining good patient records. The self-reflective tool can be downloaded and used by practitioners to regularly reflect on their record-keeping practices.