Review of Dentist Act 1972 and Dental Technicians Act 1972 Final Report July 1998
Department of Health and Community Services, Victoria
Soft card cover bound document published by Victorian Government Department of Human Services, Aged, Community and Mental Health Division, July 1998. A final report following submissions to the review of the Dentist Act 1972 and Dental Technicians Act 1972. The report was prepared by a panel for the Minister of Health who commissioned the review.
The Dental Practice Act 1999 (The Act) foreshadowed profound changes for the practice of dentistry by dental therapists in Victoria. Two overriding objectives of The Act were to minimise the community’s exposure to health risks in dental care, and to promote the community’s access to dental care.
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).
To implement The Act, the Dental Practice Board of Victoria (DPBV]) was formed in July, 2000 with 11 members comprising five dentists, two dental prosthetists, two lay members, one lawyer, and most notably, one dental auxiliary.
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