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- 252311 Dental Specialist
1. Are there additional labour market factors, for which there are national datasets available (ideally aligned to 6-digit ANZSCO occupation level), that are relevant to future refinements to the Departmentʼs analysis and methodology?
What is the frequency of data release?
2. The Department is also seeking submissions on suitable datasets that are disaggregated by region. Please provide details if you are aware of such a dataset, including whether it is aligned to ANZSCO occupations and how often the dataset is updated.
3. Is there any other advice or evidence that the Department should consider in its review of the methodology?
There are 13 different recognised dental specialities in Australia. On the SMOL not all are listed and the13 dental specialities are treated as a homogenous group.
Viewing dental specialists as one homogenous group hinders the differentiation of dental specialist’s in terms of critical demand. There are a number of dental specialists which are not critical or in demand (such as orthodontists). There are others, such as , Special Needs Dentistry that are of concern in terms of criticality.
There are few registered specialists in special needs dentistry with no specialists currently registered in Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.
Currently, there are three accredited three-year Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Special Needs Dentistry programs in Australia, offered by the University of Adelaide, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Sydney. There is limited capacity in the training pathway, with a total capacity of up to five students in each year for special needs dentistry training. Additionally, the existing workforce is ageing, with an average age of over 50 years in 2012 – this will impact the ability of the workforce to meet demand in future.
The group of 13 dental specialists should not be viewed as a homogenous group of occupations. It is proposed that each of the 13 Dental Specialities be listed as separate occupations in their own right. This will enable the provision of individualised feedback on each of the specialists is so the intent of the SOL is met.
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