Review of Dentist Act 1972 and Dental Technicians Act 1972, December 1997
Department of Health and Community Services, Victoria
Soft card cover bound document published by Victorian Government Department of Human Services, December1997. A discussion paper highlighting key regulatory issues in dentistry and inviting members of the public or parties to make submissions to the review of the Dentist Act 1972 and Dental Technicians Act 1972.
In 1998 the restrictions on Dental Therapists were being reviewed by The Victorian Government as part of an overall review of the Dentists Act of 1972, with a committee reporting to the Victorian Minister for Health Mr Rob Knowles.
Julie Satur as President of VDTA, presented the submission “Oral Health: A Right Not A Luxury” to the review committee.
The Dental Practice Act 1999 (The Act) foreshadowed profound changes for the practice of dentistry by dental therapists in Victoria. The result of the review was positive with the removal of the public sector employment restrictions on dental therapists allowing them to also work in the private sector being Recommendation 15. Additionally Recommendation 5 stated that “Other board members should be one dental prosthetist, one dental auxiliary (dental therapist or dental hygienist) and four dentists. The first Dental Therapist to sit on the Dental Board of Victoria was Julie Satur, later followed by Pam Leong (who was also a past president of the VDTA).
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