Journal article

Attitudes of the Victorian oral health workforce to the employment and scope of practice of dental hygienists

M Hopcraft, C McNally, C Ng, L Pek, TA Pham, WL Phoon, P Poursoltan, W Yu

AUSTRALIAN DENTAL JOURNAL | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Increasing the number of dental hygienists and expanding their scope of practice are two policy directions that are currently being explored to increase the supply of dental services in the context of projected oral health workforce shortages in Australia. Understanding factors relating to the employment of hygienists and the attitudes of the oral health workforce to dental hygiene practice are important in this policy debate. METHODS: A postal survey of a random sample of Victorian dentists, periodontists, orthodontists and hygienists was undertaken in 2006. Dentists and specialists were grouped into those whose practice employed or did not employ a hygienist. Data on the attitu..

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