The general scopes of practice for dental hygiene, dental therapy and orthodontic auxiliary were amended in 2011. In addition, the oral health therapy scope of practice was expanded on 1 November 2019 to include restorative activities to patients 18 years and older. This resulted in a number of practitioners having exclusions imposed on their scopes of practice, which prohibit them from undertaking the excluded activities. These practitioners' primary training did not include the full breath of the scope activities.
Some Council approved courses have been developed by providers, the completion of which will allow practitioners to have exclusions removed from their scopes of practice. These address exclusions such as pulpotomies, stainless steel crowns and local anaesthesia.
Providers that are interested in providing a course that would allow practitioners the ability to remove these exclusions, must meet the criteria stipulated in Council's Policy on the approval of courses to remove exclusions from their scope of practice.
Different application criteria apply for those providers who do provide training as part of a Council accredited qualification, and those providers who do not.
Current Council approved courses to remove exclusions from practitioners' scopes of practice.
The course application fees are available here.