0391 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

Are you an Australian assessing authority for migration purposes?
No
Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Health Care and Social Assistance
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
National
Regional / Rural

Responses

1. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

No

2. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

Yes

What occupations do you recommend should be added to the STSOL?

Please also include occupations that you propose should be moved be moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.

411214 Dental Therapist

Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being added to the STSOL.

ADOHTA has previously consulted with the government departments regarding the issues of appropriate use of datasets to inform the supply and demand for the occupations of ‘dental hygienist’ (DH) and ‘dental therapist’ (DT). This is because most course programs nationally graduate the ‘oral health therapist’ (OHT) that includes the skill sets of both the DH and DT since 2010. Therefore, the demand for DH and DT skills is masked by the OHT workforce, which currently does not have an occupation code. OHT education is conducted in the tertiary sector with a 3-year bachelor degree whereas training for dental technology and dental hygiene is conducted in the VET sector with a 2-year Diploma or Advanced Diploma.
There is now an opportunity to establish an occupation code for OHT. This has arisen give New Zealand now recognise the OHT as a protected health professional title from November 2017. ADOHTA requests the Department of Employment consider alternative methodologies to inform their decision to include the DH and DT on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), including consultation with the professional associations and other stakeholders. ADOHTA has attached an Environmental Scan on Oral Health that highlights the current and projected growth in the oral health workforce, with a specific identified Australian community demand for OHT.

3. Do you consider that occupations need to be removed from the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSSL) or the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

No
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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