Journal article

Patterns of Dental Therapists' Scope of Practice and Employment in Victoria, Australia

Julie Satur, Mark Gussy, Rodrigo Marino, Tamsin Martini

JOURNAL OF DENTAL EDUCATION | AMER DENTAL EDUCATION ASSOC | Published : 2009

Abstract

In Australia, dental therapists have practiced only within the state-operated School Dental Services (SDS) for around forty years providing preventive, diagnostic, restorative, and health promotion services to children and adolescents in a collaborative and referral relationship with dentists. Changes to legislation in 2000 have seen limits to dental therapists' employment removed, allowing private sector employment. This study examines the changes to dental therapists' employment since 2000 using a self-completed questionnaire with a response rate of 82 percent. Approximately one-third of responding dental therapists reported that they spent some time employed outside the SDS in community h..

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