Posted on 4th November 2019
On Friday, health ministers approved the proposed Dental Board of Australia’s Scope of Practice Standard. The new Standard will take effect from July 2020 and will remove the requirements for dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists to work in a structured professional relationship (SPR) with a dentist.
The ADA constantly campaigned on this issue throughout the period of consideration and ADA Branches also undertook significant activity to raise issues with state health ministers.
As part of the effort to retain the SPR, the ADA:
The ADA has argued against the change in the absence of clearly defined scope of practice statements for each professional division and will continue to request that these statements are developed to ensure both practitioners and consumers can make informed choices.