Launch of the 2020 Australian Oral Health Workforce Report

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The Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association (ADOHTA) and the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) have jointly released the 2020 Australian Oral Health Workforce Report.  

The report provides comprehensive information on the demographic, geographic and employment characteristics of dental hygienists, dental therapists, and oral health therapists in Australia. It also provides a comparative analysis on the impact of the pandemic dental restrictions to employment characteristics of the workforce.

Author and ADOHTA president Dr Nicole Stormon said that the report is a peer reviewed, evidence-based publication that provides important insight into the current oral health workforce.

“It contains reliable data to allow the profession, governments and management to better utilise existing capacity and forward plan oral health services across the country,” Dr Stormon said.

DHAA national vice-president (and co-author of the report) A/Prof Carol Tran noted: “This report contains important information of current market remuneration rates in various demographic and practice settings.”

She added that with the enforcement of the Health Professionals and Support Services Award for dental hygienists and oral health therapists on 1 July 2021 to “provide a fair and relevant minimum safety net” as stated by the full bench of the Fair Work Commission, this report is a timely and useful benchmark to guide appropriate remuneration decisions for oral health practitioners in various settings.

The report is now available in the public domain via the University of Queensland’s open access eSpace library. It is the intention of the authors to periodically update the report to ensure its accuracy and currency.

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