The Dental Board of Australia has released registration data giving a snapshot of the dental profession as at the end of last year. The data includes information about types of registration held, principal place of practice, endorsements, registrant age and gender.
The statistics show the majority of the 17,498 practitioners registered with the Dental Board practice in New South Wales (6,111 or 31 per cent), with a further 23 per cent in Victoria and nearly 20 per cent in Queensland. Victoria also boasts the largest number of non-practising dentists (104).
Although there is a reasonable spread of ages in the profession, the largest number of dental specialists (nearly 15 per cent) are aged between 31 and 35—thereafter, the numbers dwindle.
The gender divide remains relatively constant, with slightly more male than female practitioners (52.8 per cent, versus 45.85 per cent), although in the ACT, South Australia and WA there are more female GPs than male.
For more information on dental registration, please see the Board’s website: http://www.dentalboard.gov.au/Registration.aspx
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