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  • Dental Specialists

    A Specialist Dentist is one who practises a recognised speciality, possesses a higher qualification relevant to this area of dentistry and has fulfilled any other statutory requirements within the State or Territory of practising.

    A person seeking recognition as a specialist in a chosen area needs to have:

    • Successfully completed an acceptable undergraduate course in dentistry.
    • Attained the legal status to practise dentistry.
    • Completed a mandatory period in the general practice of dentistry in private practice,hospital or other institutional practice, a public health service or the Armed Services.
    • Completed a course of graduate education accredited by the dental education accrediting authority leading to an acceptable higher qualification relevant to the area of specialisation.

    Education Requirements

    • The minimum period of postgraduate education, including training/experience for any speciality, is generally three years full time, but longer clinical training may be deemed to be appropriate for some specialities.
    • Only those courses of specialist education which have been accredited by the Australian Dental Council or courses deemed equivalent by Boards are generally recognised as acceptable qualifications for specialisation.

    Current recognised dental specialities

    Dento-maxillofacial Radiologist
    That part of dental practice which deals with diagnostic imaging procedures applicable to the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region and to other structures which are relevant for the proper assessment of oral conditions.

    Endodontist
    That part of dental practice which deals with the morphology, physiology, and pathology of the human tooth and, in particular, the dental pulp, root and peri-radicular tissues. It includes the biology of the normal pulp, crown, root and peri-radicular tissues and the aetiology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries that affect these tissues.

    Forensic Dentist
    That part of dental practice which deals with the examination and evaluation of dental evidence, which may then be presented in the interests of justice. It includes identification of unknown human remains, identification of unknown deceased individuals following mass disasters, examination and assessment of bite mark injuries, child abuse injuries
    and facial injuries following assault or trauma, age assessment of both living and deceased persons and civil cases involving malpractice and fraud allegations.

    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

    That part of dental practice which deals with the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects of the human jaws and associated structures.

    Oral Surgeon
    That part of dental practice which deals with the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases and injuries limited to the dento-alveolar complex.

    Oral Physician
    That part of dental practice which deals with the clinical diagnosis, assessment and principally non-surgical,  pharmacological management of anatomical variants, pathological conditions, diseases and pain of the dental, oral and adjacent anatomical structures and the dental/oral manifestations and complications of systemic diseases, pathology and conditions and their treatment.
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    Oral Pathologist
    That part of dental practice which deals with diseases of the teeth, jaws, oral soft tissues and associated structures, studies their causes, pathogenesis and effects, and by use of clinical, radiographic, microscopic and other laboratory procedures establishes differential diagnoses and provides forensic evaluations.

    Orthodontist
    That part of dental practice which deals with the study and supervision of the growth and development of the dentition and its related anatomical structures, including preventive and corrective procedures of dentofacial irregularities requiring the re-positioning of teeth, jaws, and/or soft tissues by functional or mechanical means.

    Paediatric Dentist (Paedodontist)
    That part of dental practice which deals with the prevention and the treatment of dental diseases and abnormalities in children and their associated developmental and behavioural problems.

    Periodontist
    That part of dental practice which deals with the prevention, recognition, diagnosis and treatment of the diseases and disorders of the investing and supporting tissues of natural teeth or their substitutes.

    Prosthodontics
    That part of dental practice which deals with the restoration and maintenance of oral health, function and appearance by coronal alteration or reconstruction of natural teeth, or the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with substitutes.

    Public Health Dentistist
    That part of dental practice which deals with the community as the patient rather than the individual, being concerned with oral health education of the public, applied dental research and administration of dental care programmes including prevention and control of oral diseases on a community basis.

    Special Needs Dentist
    That part of dental practice which deals with patients where intellectual disability, medical, physical or psychiatric conditions require special methods or techniques to prevent or treat oral health problems, or where such conditions necessitate special dental treatment plans.
     

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  • Approved Programs of Study for Health Practitioners

    For the first time Australians now have immediate access to a comprehensive, easily searchable national list of approved programs of study for health practitioners. This is accessible through the AHPRA website www.ahpra.gov.au/Education/Approved-Programs-of-Study