DBA decides on definition of a practice

The DBA has decided the definition of a practice is the same as it ever was.

The Dental Board of Australia (DBA) has announced it has decided not to change the definition of practice, and has instead issued guidance about when practitioners need to be registered.

In a statement released this week, the DBA said it had consulted widely with the profession and the community on possible changes to the definition of practice referred to in a number of the Board’s registration standards.

“The consultation process drew out significant discussion and wide variation about the issues generated by the current definition. However, there was no consensus about the need for a change in the definition and no change proposed that did not also have unintended or unacceptable consequences,” the statement said.

“Any change to the definition of practice would have required a change to each of the registration standards that currently reference the definition, which would in turn require the approval of all Australia’s health ministers. “

The National Board guidance advises the profession about when practitioners require registration and when it would be acceptable to the National Board for a practitioner to not be registered. The guidance will remain in place pending a wider review of all the registration standards, which is scheduled in 2013.


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