Dentists give regulator an ‘F’

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The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has issued a report card on the performance of the professional regulator for dental practitioners—the Dental Board of Australia (the Board)—which shows it is failing in its role of protecting the public.

ADA chief executive officer Damian Mitsch said the issuing of the report card was not something the Association had done lightly. 

“The ADA has always been supportive of the move to a national regulation scheme and there have certainly been many benefits for practitioners and the public following the introduction of a national scheme,” Mitsch said.

“However, what we have lost with the move from state-based boards is the connection between regulation and the reality of dental practice. The Dental Board has become disconnected from the profession and dentists are concerned about the safety of patients.”

A recent poll of ADA members, who work across all areas of dental practice, revealed that 93 per cent of more than 6000 respondents had lost faith in the ability of the Board.

“As the peak body representing dentists in Australia, we can’t ignore the views of our members,” Mitsch said, adding the ADA had issued this report card to show some of the areas in which the Board is perceived to be failing in their role of protecting the public.  

He concluded: “The profession is committed to working with the Board to address these concerns, but engagement must be genuine if the Board is to restore the faith of the dental profession.” 

Based on information sourced from an ADA press release.


  1. Dentists continue to have the highest AHPRA complaint rates of all the registered professions, largely about their performance. Previous anecdotal claims about vexatious complaints and advertising forming the bulk of those complaints have been disputed. Isn’t the Board’s Revalidation and Professional Assurance requirement a good move for consumers??

    “The Board has looked at their current data about notifications (complaints) made about dental practitioners. This data indicates that the Board should consider seeking additional assurance about dental practitioner performance and professional development.”


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