Oral Health – Australia’s Future Health Workforce reports

These reports provide the results of the oral health workforce planning projections. They are part of our series on Australia’s Future Health Workforce.


Overview report

Detailed report

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This report presents the first workforce projections published on the oral health profession. We present the report in 2 parts: 

Overview report – presents workforce planning projections for the total oral health workforce, along with a brief description of Australia’s oral health services and demand for those services, particularly among specific population groups: 

  • Children 

  • older people 

  • low income and socially disadvantaged people 

  • people with special needs 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 

  • people living in rural and remote areas. 

Detailed report – supports the overview and provides: 

  • Information on the methodology used to generate the workforce projections for individual oral health workforces. 

  • Workforce planning projection results for dentists, oral health practitioners (comprised of dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists) and dental prosthetists. 

  • Workforce profiles for each oral health workforce, including: a brief overview of their role and training pathway, presentation of information describing the number and characteristics of the existing workforce, a summary of issues expected to impact supply and/or demand for the workforce, and an assessment of existing workforce position (whether workforce supply matches demand for services or not). 

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