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released: 15 Jan 2014 author: AIHW media release

The number of dental practitioners registered in Australia in 2012 was 19,462, of whom 14,687 (75.5%) were dentists. The supply of employed dentists increased slightly from 55.4 to 56.9 full-time equivalent practitioners per 100,000 population between 2011 and 2012, which reflected a 5.3% increase in dentists. The gender balance continued to shift, with women making up 36.5% of dentists in 2012 compared with 35.2% in 2011. The average hours worked each week by dentists decreased slightly from 37.3 to 37.0; and those working part time increased from 30.8% to 31.7%.

ISSN 1446 9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-533-0; Cat. no. HWL 53; 114pp.; $16

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Notes
    • Summary
  • Body section
  1. Introduction
  2. Composition of the dental workforce
  3. Dentist workforce
  4. Dental hygienist workforce
  5. Dental therapist workforce
  6. Dental prosthetist workforce
  7. Oral health therapist workforce
  8. Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the dental workforce
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A Data Quality Statement-National Health Workforce Data Set: dental practitioners 2012
      • Appendix B Recognised dental specialties
      • Appendix C Dental specialties tables
      • Appendix D Number of dental practitioners registered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
      • Appendix E Population estimates
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes
    • Related publications

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  1. (4 Mar 2014) Supplementary tables added.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2014. Dental workforce 2012. National health workforce series no.7. Cat. no. HWL 53. Canberra: AIHW.

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