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A dentist’s workday could soon be coming to an end after the Federal Government announced it was phasing out the use of dentists and dental assistants.
Key points:Dentists and dentists are the two biggest earners in the industryAccording to the Government, the move is to give people more time to see their dentistsIf you need help with your dental work, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.
Dr Michael Tannenbaum, the Minister for the Environment and Water, said the move was to help people find more time for themselves and their families.
“The Government is announcing a significant change to the dental industry to better support people and their communities in their dental care needs,” he said.
“It is about giving people more options in their care to meet their needs, and it will help our dentists, dentists assistants and dental hygienists better provide the best care possible for our patients.”
Dr Tannens said the change was in line with the Government’s new plan to improve access to dentistry for low income people.
“As we continue to work towards delivering a healthier, more prosperous and fairer Australia, I would like to be very clear that the Government is committed to ensuring people can access the dental care they need, no matter how much time they have available,” he told reporters in Canberra.
“We will continue to ensure dental work is affordable for people and the dental hygiene and dental care provided by our dental practitioners and dentist assistants will remain unchanged.”
A spokesperson for the Australian Dental Association (ADA) said people needed to be able to choose their own dentist.
“A lot of people choose a dental practitioner because they want the best dental services available,” she said.”[They] don’t have to worry about finding a dentist with a bad reputation, and don’t need to be reminded of their choices.”
Dental care in AustraliaThe average dental professional is paid $55,000, with an average annual salary of $60,000.
In 2018, there were 5.4 million people in the labour force, the most of any age group, according to the ABS.
The Federal Government has also introduced a $1,500 dental supplement for low-income people, which will help cover dental work in some circumstances.
“This will help provide people with access to dental services they can trust and rely on,” the Government said in a statement.
“These dental supplements are only available to low- to moderate-income earners.”
Dentist assistants and hygiensists are also being given a $300 rebate on dental care.
The ADA said the dental supplement and rebate would provide a further $100,000 for dental care for low and moderate income earners, as well as provide support to support those working on low incomes.
“In order to improve dental care, it’s important that we work with everyone in the community to get dental services to the most vulnerable and marginalised,” Dr Tannon said.
“The dental supplement will help with that, and help to make sure people who are eligible for dental services have the dental coverage they need.”‘
Dental work is not a luxury’Dentistry is not just a luxury for people with poor dental skills, according the ADA.
The group’s Senior Director for Dentistry, Dr David Nolen, said people with low incomes should not be left out of dental work.
“Dentis should be available for everyone, not just the wealthy, and that’s the goal,” he explained.
“Everyone should be able access dental care that’s accessible to everyone.”
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