The Dental Board of Australia’s (the Board) revised scope of practice standard and guidelines are both now in effect.
The revised scope of practice registration standard no longer includes the regulatory requirement for a structured professional relationship between a dentist and other members of the dental team.
If an employer wishes to have a formal arrangement, that is a workplace matter between the two parties.
Under the revised standard, dental practitioners across all divisions of dentistry are responsible for the decisions, treatment and advice they provide and must only perform dental treatment for which they have been educated and trained, and in which they are competent.
Board chair, Dr Murray Thomas, said the revised standard continues the Board’s incremental approach to transitioning the dental profession away from prescriptive requirements for scope.
“The standard enables all dental practitioners to exercise their full scope of practice, so individuals are responsible for the decisions, treatment and advice they provide, hence the reference to a dentist as an ‘independent practitioner’ has also been removed as the standard applies to all dental practitioners,” Dr Thomas said.