Table 2.3.8: Dental practitioners: Ratio per 100,000 population by state/territory and Remoteness Area, 2005

Table 2.3.8 presents information from the Dental Labour Force Survey 2005 on dental practitioners, both dentists and dental specialists. This shows a relatively even distribution of dental practitioners across 'major cities' in all jurisdictions, with the exception of very high rates with the Australian Capital Territory. The supply, however, decreases dramatically with remoteness.

Major Cities

Inner Regional

Outer Regional

Remote

Total

NSW

59.0 35.822.321.251.3

VIC

54.326.722.5-46.7

QLD

59.240.737.817.749.1

WA

58.132.130.424.649.7

SA

65.928.122.619.454.3

TAS

-42.511.7-31.2

ACT

75.4---75.4

NT

--42.920.836.3

National

58.634.628.519.849.5

Source: AIHW, Dentist Labour Force Survey, 2005.

Table 2.3.9: Dental workers: Ration per 100,000 population by state/territory and Remoteness Area, 2006

Table 2.3.9 summarises information on all dental workers collected through the ABS 2006 Census. This includes dentists, dental specialists and the allied dental workforce (dental therapists, hygienists and prothetists, as well as dental assistants). The table shows that the number of dental workers overall in proportion to the population also drop dramatically outside 'major cities'.

Major Cities

Inner Regional

Outer Regional

Remote

Very Remote

NSW

16210574620

VIC

15794540n.a.

QLD

1871281273237

WA

195107678114

SA

20112088310

TAS

n.a.11875300

ACT

1460n.a.n.a.n.a.

NT

n.a.n.a.1504212

National

174107975322

Source: ABS 2006 Census of Population and Housing,

A dentist shortage exists in rural and remote areas of Australia. This maldistribution negatively affects the delivery of service in areas of need.

(Australian Dental Association submission)