0052 Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association

General information

Submitterʼs name
Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association
Submitted on behalf of
Professional body or industry association

About the submission

Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Health Care and Social Assistance
Please identify which occupations your submission relates to:
Certain categories of occupations (eg professionals, managers or tradespeople)
What occupation categories does your submission apply to?
Community and Personal Service Workers


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?

ADOHTA is not aware of any other national labour market data sets for consideration when reviewing the occupations for dental hygienists and dental therapists. It should be important to highlight the skill set of the dental hygienist and dental therapist has now professionalised as qualified oral health therapists since 2010 when the national registration for health professionals came into effect. Oral health therapists currently are not recognised with a designated ANZSCO occupation. In addition, only 1 higher education institution deliver the diploma based dental hygienist program, while 7 higher education intuitions now provide bachelor qualified oral health therapists in Australia.

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.

ADOHTA would like to emphasise the oral health workforce data relevant to dental hygienists, dental and oral health therapists can be source from the Dental Board of Australia, which provides quarterly registration data. Because the oral health therapist is a newly established profession, workforce data for this professional group are not captured by any national dataset. The work undertaken by Health Workforce Australia (2014) reviewing the oral health workforce sector has done some modelling on demand/supply, however, the conclusions made were based on unfounded reliability and validity in its methodology.

3. Is there any other advice or evidence that the Department should consider in its review of the methodology?

ADOHTA is supportive of the Department’s need to consult with stakeholder views on changes to the skilled migration occupation lists. We can provide numerous government and research based publications that highlights the significant demand for the oral health therapists in Australia, including a recent detailed evaluation undertaken by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. These considerations have previously largely been ignored by the Department of Education and Training. Furthermore, ADOHTA is aware from November 2017, the oral health therapist will soon become a protected health professional title in New Zealand, which highlights the immediate actions to generate an ANZSCO occupation code for oral health therapists. ADOHTA looks forward to working with the Department to strengthen the oral health workforce capability to deliver better oral health outcomes for the community through appropriate contextual supporting evidence.
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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