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Job Type:
Permanent
Posted By: Healthcarelink On Demand
Posted Date:
15-Jan-2018
No weekends or Evenings Work! Job title: Dentist Hours: Flexible Hours Salary: 40% on billing Location: West Side of the Gulf of Eyre...
Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula SA
Job Type:
Full Time
Posted By: The Point Dental
Posted Date:
12-Jan-2018
At The Point Dental, we understand the importance of having a great team to compliment the high-quality dentistry and extraordinary services we provid...
Point Cook VIC
Job Type:
Full Time
Posted By: Family Dental Grafton
Posted Date:
11-Jan-2018
Work in a new, technologically advanced practice. - Enjoy a close team relationship, knowing everyone will pitch in to help out. - Certificate 3...
Grafton NSW 2460
Job Type:
Full Time
Posted By: North Terrace Dental
Posted Date:
14-Dec-2017
Long established dental practice seeks a dentist with at least 5 years experience to work alongside the principal dentist. The position is initially f...
Adelaide SA 5000
Referral Reward : $500.00 AUD
Job Type:
Full Time
Posted By: Healthcarelink Support
Posted Date:
13-Dec-2017
Busy practice, No weekend, No Evening work, Good work life balance
Geelong & Great Ocean Road VIC
Job Type:
Full Time
Posted By: Solas Orthodontics
Posted Date:
02-Dec-2017
Solas Orthodontics is a specialist orthodontic practice conveniently located in Wembley. We aim to provide the most contemporary orthodontic treatment...
Wembley, WA
Job Type:
Full Time
Posted By: Fairy Meadow Family Dental
Posted Date:
31-Oct-2017
DENTAL ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST Full time/Part time position available for a busy practice at FairyMeadow Immediate start Experience essential...
Fairy Meadow NSW 2519
Job Type:
Permanent
Posted By: Country Care Dental
Posted Date:
27-Oct-2017
This welcoming, friendly practice in the heart of Camperdown, Victoria is looking for an experienced Oral Health Therapist to work in...
Camperdown VIC 3260
Job Type:
Full Time
Posted By: Dental Hygienist or Oral Health
Posted Date:
25-Oct-2017
Would you like to work 2 1/2 days a week. We currently have Wednesday Thursday and 1/2 day Friday Then we would love to hear from you. ...
South Melbourne VIC 3205
About Oral health jobs in Australia

Find oral health jobs including dental assistants, dental technicians and more jobs in Australia. Permanent, part-time, casual and locum jobs available.


Purpose and Mission

Oral health is an important part of general health and it means much more than having healthy teeth. It means preventing chronic mouth and facial pain, oral sores and lesions, and treating birth defects such as cleft palate and cleft lip, oral and throat cancer, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay/loss and other diseases and disorders that affect the oral, dental and craniofacial cavities.

Oral healthcare professionals provide preventive, restorative, cosmetic and emergency services. Oral health professionals make up a team that undertakes routine dental care such as dental examinations, diagnosis, cleaning, scaling and polishing teeth, extracting teeth, filling cavities and root canals. They also treat gum disease and take X-rays, apply sealants and take impressions of teeth. An important part of being a part of the oral health practitioner is to motivate and educate people on good practices in oral healthcare.

Careers in oral health include:

  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Specialists
  • Dental Therapists
  • Dental Assistants

Supervisory Responsibilities

More educated and experienced oral health professionals may have some supervisory responsibilities in terms of managing less-experienced members of the team.

Qualifications

The qualifications to become an oral health professional vary by position. It might take five or six years to become a dentist, whereas you can learn to become a dental assistant in less than a year.

Registration

All types of oral health specialists must be registered with the Dental Board of Australia before they can practise in Australia.

Responsibilities of Oral Health Professionals

Oral health practitioners work in clinics or dentist offices dental services to the public, in both the private sector, and the public sector such as schools, community dental services, hospitals, disability and residential care settings. Government dental services are the major employers of oral health therapists (although they may also own their own practices). Opportunities for career progression include positions in research and teaching, and senior clinical and administrative positions coordinating health promotion activities in dental health services state or territory-wide.

If you are considering a career in dentistry and oral health, you should:

  • have an interest in health and well being
  • have good hand-eye coordination
  • be able to do precise and detailed work
  • have good communication skills
  • be able to establish rapport with children and adults
  • be able to work effectively as part of a team.

Oral health professionals also teach healthy food choices and oral health care to children and families. They can play a critical role in positively influencing the oral health of future generations.

Key Facts

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), in 2012:

  • Nearly 19,6000 dental practitioners were employed at the time;
  • Approximately 57 dentists, 4 dental therapists, 5 dental hygienists, 3 oral health therapists and 5 dental prosthetists were employed per 100,000 people;
  • Of the dentists employed, 79.7% were working in major cities while only 0.9% were in remote/very remote areas;
  • The highest rates of dentists and dental hygienists were employed in major cities, while remote/very remote areas had the lowest rates of all dental practitioners, except dental therapists.

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