Consultation on proposed changes to the working relationship requirements for oral health practitioners with dentists, and the practising conditions for dental hygiene activities

Consultation on proposed changes to the working relationship requirements for oral health practitioners with dentists, and the practising conditions for dental hygiene activities

The Dental Council has prepared a consultation document following its review of:

  • whether the current scope of practice requirement for a working/consultative professional relationship for dental therapy, dental hygiene, orthodontic auxiliary, and oral health therapy should remain, and the associated working/professional relationship practice standards
  • the current practising conditions (clinical guidance and direct clinical supervision) for the dental hygiene scope of practice.

The consultation document outlines the preliminary conclusions reached by the Council and seeks your feedback on proposed changes and draft guidance.

Documents

Consultation document

Appendices:

A. Guidance for the consultative professional relationship between an oral health therapist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, or orthodontic auxiliary and dentist/dental specialist

B. Guidance for the professional relationship between a dental technician or clinical dental technician and other health practitioners

C. Dental hygiene scope of practice

D. Dental therapy scope of practice

E. Orthodontic auxiliary scope of practice

F. Dental technology scope of practice

G. Clinical dental technology scope of practice.

 

Submissions

Your submissions must reach us by 5pm on 18 December 2020.

You can submit your responses using our online survey.

We welcome and value all feedback, but multiple, identical submissions do not carry any more weight than a single submission. All feedback we receive will be considered and will inform our final decision.

Submissions received will be published on our website and will record the submitter’s name and profession (for registered health practitioners). All other contact details will be removed. We will not publish any submissions containing derogatory or inflammatory content.

Submissions received to date