An online summary describing data on oral health, oral health behaviour, oral health-related hospitalisations, cost of dental care and the dental workforce.
Dental workforce: There were about 3 oral health therapists and 5 dental prosthetists per 100,000 people
2 in 3 people aged 5 and older visited a dentist in the past year
About 1 in 2 Australians aged 5 and older had some private dental cover
3 in 10 adults aged 25–44 had untreated tooth decay
In 2013 there were 15,479 registered dentists, of whom 88% where employed in their field. There were 1,195 dental prosthetists, 1,759 dental hygienists, 943 oral health therapists and 1,093 dental therapists registered. In each of the professions 85% or over were employed in their field.
In 2013 there were about 56 dentists, 5 dental hygienists, 5 dental prosthetists, 3 dental therapists and 3 oral health therapists employed per 100,000 people.
The majority of employed dentists and prosthetists were men (62% and 86% respectively) while the majority of dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists were women (94%, 98% and 86% respectively).
Also in 2013, 23% of dentists were aged 55 or older. This compares to 34% of prosthetists and 28% of dental therapists. Dental hygienists and oral health therapists tended to be younger with just 7% and 3% aged 55 or older.
Most dentists were employed in Major cities (80.0% of all employed dentists), while only 0.9% were in Remote/Very remote areas. Major cities had the highest rates of all dental practitioners with the exception of dental therapists, where the highest rates were in Remote/Very remote areas.
The largest group of dentists with specialist qualifications was orthodontists (535 or 38.0%). The majority of dental specialists were employed in Major cities (90.2%).
Source: AIHW NHWDS 2013.
The jurisdiction with the highest FTE rate per 100,000 population for dental specialists was the Australian Capital Territory (11.0), and the lowest was the Northern Territory with an FTE rate of 2.8.
Source: AIHW NHWDS:2013.
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