Consultation issued 30 October 2020

The Dental Council has reviewed:
  • whether the current scope of practice requirement for a working/consultative professional relationship for dental therapy, dental hygiene, orthodontic auxiliary, and oral health therapy should remain, and the associated working/professional relationship practice standards
  • the current practising conditions (clinical guidance and direct clinical supervision) for the the dental hygiene scope of practice.
The key proposals in the consultation document are:
  • to retain the scope of practice requirement for a 'working relationship' between a dental therapist, dental hygienist, orthodontic auxiliary or oral health therapist and dentist, and re-define it as a 'consultative professional relationship', but remove the need for a signed agreement
  • to remove the working relationship practice standards, and replace them with guidance documents
  • changes to the dental hygiene scope of practice
More specific details about these proposed changes are contained in the consultation document available on our website.

Have your say
Council invites all practitioners and other individuals or organisations with an interest in this proposal to comment.
We welcome and value all submissions, but multiple, identical submissions do not carry any more weight than a single submission.  All feedback received will be considered and will inform our final decision.

Your submission must reach us before 5pm on 18 December 2020.

Submissions are publicly available
All submissions received and the name of the submitter will be published on our website and will remain publicly available. Published submissions from individuals will include your name, and your profession if you are a registered health practitioner. All other personal and contact details will be removed.

As this is a public consultation, “in confidence” information will only be accepted under special circumstances. Please contact us before submitting material in confidence.

We will not publish any submissions we consider derogatory or inflammatory.