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
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..View full abstract
This study was Supported by a grant received from the Australian Dental Research Foundation and the School of Dental Science, University of Melbourne. The authors would like to acknowledge the cooperation of the participants in the Study.