SYDNEY, Australia: The Dental Board of Australia recently released the country’s latest dental workforce statistics. The report shows that the number of registered dental practitioners rose only slightly in comparison to the 2013 figures. However, there has been a significant increase in oral health therapists.
The figures released for the quarter ending September 2014 show that there are currently 20,749 registered dental practitioners in Australia. This represents an increase of 3.3 per cent when compared with the statistics published in October 2013 (20,087).
The greatest increase was noticed in the number of oral health therapists. This number rose by more than 22 per cent from 804 to 985 therapists over the past year.
While the number of dental hygienists (1,309) and dental prosthetists (1,229) increased only slightly from 2013 to 2014 (1,276 and 1,201 respectively), the number of dental therapists declined marginally from 1,139 in 2013 to 1,094.
The Dental Board of Australia has been publishing quarterly data profiling Australia’s dental workforce since 2012, including dentists, students, dental specialists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, oral health therapists and dental prosthetists,. All data can be accessed on their website, www.dentalboard.gov.au