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released: 24 Jan 2013 author: AIHW media release

The number of dental practitioners registered in Australia in 2011 was 18,803, of whom 14,179 were dentists. The supply of employed dentists increased from 50.9 to 56.1 full-time equivalent practitioners per 100,000 population between 2006 and 2011, which reflected a 22.4% increase in dentists. The gender balance continued to shift, with women making up 35.6% of dentists in 2011 compared with 29.0% in 2006. The average hours worked each week by dentists decreased slightly from 38.5 to 37.4.

ISSN 1446 9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-397-8; Cat. no. HWL 50; 135pp.; $22

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary pages
    • Title & verso title
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Technical notes
    • Summary
      • Size of dental workforce
      • Demography
      • Working arrangements
  • Body content
    • 1 Introduction
      • Dental practitioners in Australia
      • National registration of dental practitioners
      • Dental Workforce Survey
      • Additional information
    • 2 Composition of the dental workforce
    • 3 Dentists
      • Registered dentists
        • At a glance
        • Workforce status
      • Dentists employed in dentistry in Australia
        • Age and sex
        • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dentists
        • Field of dentistry
        • Dental specialists
        • Country of first dental qualification
        • Work setting
        • Working hours
      • Geographic profile of employed dentists
        • Remoteness areas of Australia
        • States and territories of Australia
      • Supply of employed dentists
        • Overall supply
        • Supply of clinicians
    • 4 Dental hygienists
      • Registered dental hygienists
      • Dental hygienists employed in dental hygiene in Australia
        • Age and sex
        • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dental hygienists
        • Field of dental hygiene
        • Work setting
        • Working hours
      • Remoteness areas
      • Employment sector
      • Geographic profile of employed dental hygienists
      • Supply of dental hygienists
      • Supply of employed dental hygienists
    • 5 Dental therapists
      • Registered dental therapists
      • Dental therapists employed in dental therapy in Australia
      • Area of dentistry
      • Work setting
      • States and territories
      • Remoteness areas
      • Employment sector
      • Geographic profile of employed dental therapists
      • Supply of dental therapists
    • 6 Dental prosthetists
      • Registered dental prosthetists
      • Dental prosthetists employed in dental prosthetics in Australia
      • Area of dentistry
      • Work setting
      • States and territories
      • Remoteness areas
      • Employment sector
      • Geographic profile of employed dental prosthetists
      • Supply of dental prosthetists
    • 7 Oral health therapists
      • Registered oral health therapists
      • Oral health therapists employed in oral health therapy in Australia
      • Area of dentistry
      • Work setting
      • States and territories
      • Remoteness areas
      • Employment sector
      • Geographic profile of employed oral health therapists
      • Supply of oral health therapists
    • 8 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the dental workforce
      • Dental practitioner training
      • Dental practitioners not employed in dental health
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Explanatory notes on Dental Workforce 2011 data sources
      • A.1 National Health Workforce Data Set: dental practitioners
      • A.2 National Registration and Accreditation Scheme registration data
      • A.3 Dental Workforce Survey
      • A.4 Data inconsistencies between survey and registration data
      • A.5 Comparison with previous Dental Labour Force Survey data
      • A.6 Comparison with ABS Census data
    • Appendix B: 2011 dental registration numbers from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
    • Appendix C: Additional information available from the AIHW website
    • Appendix D: Population estimates
    • Appendix E: Data Quality Statement: National Health Workforce Data Set: dental practitioners 2011
  • Glossary
  • References
  • List of tables
  • List of figures
  • List of boxes

Notes and corrections 

The current version of the publication is presented above. Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. (19 Feb 2013) Supplementary tables added to 'additional material' tab.
  2. (15 Apr 2013) Changes are to text (p 5), table 2.2 (p 6), table 2.3 (p 7) and text relating to table 2.3 (p7), glossary (p 119).
    Previous version: Dental workforce 2011 (5MB PDF)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Dental workforce 2011. National health workforce series no. 4. Cat. no. HWL 50. Canberra: AIHW.