Last Friday (8 May), national cabinet approved a move to Level 1 restrictions for dentistry.
The decision is the product of ongoing advocacy by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and a close collaborative working relationship with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), the aim of which was to get the profession back to work quickly and safely.
While the move represents a significant step toward normality, it does not yet mean dentistry is back to business as usual.
Level 1 means that dental professionals must continue to screen patients and only treat those who do not meet the epidemiological and clinical risk factors for COVID-19. It is critical that the profession remains vigilant in its application of Level 1 restrictions and ensure the safety of dental teams and patients alike.
To provide further guidance beyond the framework of restrictions, the ADA’s Infection Control Committee has developed a decision tree for Level 1 restrictions.
While level 1 restrictions will take effect once the Dental Board of Australia communicates this advice to registrants, individual states and territories may still have—or choose—to apply restrictions higher than the Level 1 minimum to address local conditions or future outbreaks.
This article was sourced from the ADA website.