Dentistry by the numbers

Three quarters of Australia's dentists practice on the east coast.
Three quarters of Australia’s dentists practice on the east coast.

The Dental Board has released quarterly data about the number of dental practitioners in the country. In the introduction to its report, the Board said it has analysed its registration data in order to determine where the dental practitioners are, how old they are, and what gender they are.

As of March 2013, there was 19,769 registered dental practitioners, including 14,890 dentists (the rest were prosthetists, hygienists, therapists and or oral health therapists.

The vast majority—nearly three quarters of all dental practitioners—are based on the country’s east coast, with nearly a third (30.93 per cent) in NSW, just under a quarter (22.89 per cent) in Victoria, and a fifth (19.46 per cent) in Queensland.

A key and notable difference exists between the states in endorsed conscious sedation practitioners—of the 96 in the country, 56 are in New South Wales, three and a half times more than in Queensland, and ten times more than in Victoria.

For more data go to the Dental Board’s website.


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  1. Out of curiosity do WA, SA and Tasmania not come into the equation?
    Some comparative figures do look more equitable when publishing or reporting even though the populations are smaller they are still pertinent in the bigger picture.

    • Hi Margie,
      They absolutely do come into the equation – but in this short article, we just wanted to emphasise the large concentration on the east coast, particularly in New South Wales. It will be interesting to see if the new dental graduates from the new rural and regional schools will change that as they filter out into the workforce.


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