The Dental Board of Australia (the Board) has launched the “know your scope” information hub which has been developed to help dental practitioners understand their obligations under the revised Scope of practice registration standard which, together with the supporting guidelines, is in effect 1 July 2020.
The change to the standard follows a decision in November 2019 by Federal and State Health Ministers to change the way in which members of dental health care teams work together.
Officially, the revised Scope of practice standard involves the following for dental practitioners, according to the Board:
“All dental practitioners are members of the healthcare team and are expected to work with each other to provide the best possible care and outcome for their patients. An individual dental practitioner’s scope of practice depends on their education, qualifications, training, experience and competence. Dental practitioners are expected to know their scope of practice. Individuals who wish to broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence may do so by completing continuing professional development (CPD). However, completing CPD is not enough to move from one division of registration to another.”
The hub houses a range of resources developed by the Board in consultation with practitioners and dental associations including a reflective practice tool, new FAQs and a recorded webinar of the “know your scope” presentation.