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The Dental Board has released the most recent registration data.
The Dental Board has released the most recent registration data.

The Dental Board of Australia has released its most recent practitioner registrant data, giving a snapshot of the dental profession across the country as of June this year.

As usual, the eastern states dominated the profession in percentage terms, with New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland accounting for 74 per cent of registered practitioners. Of those three states, the majority are in New South Wales (31.16 per cent of the total, and the lowest number of practitioners is in the Northern Territory (with 0.69 per cent).

A demographic blip has begun passing through the profession, with nearly a third of all registered practitioners between the ages of 25 and 35, which may reflect recent graduates from the country’s new dental schools.

The number of registered dentists far outweighs all other dental professionals. There are 15,020 dentists, as opposed to 1,276 dental hygienists; 1,137 dental therapists; 1,195 prosthetists; and 784 oral health therapists.

More details is available from the Dental Board’s website.

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