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  • 27 Feb 2020 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Stakeholder,

    The National Boards and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) have launched a new education campaign called ‘be safe first’ to advise consumers of the risks associated with cosmetic procedures particularly those offered by unregistered practitioners. The ‘be safe first’ campaign includes resources to help consumers to know what kinds of questions to ask before going ahead with a cosmetic procedure.

    The campaign encourages consumers to think seriously about who is undertaking the procedure, where it is performed, and the product being used before going through with any cosmetic procedure.

    About the ‘be safe first’ resources

    The ‘be safe first’ resources include a new ‘cosmetic surgery and procedures’ section on the Ahpra website at, with dedicated pages for specific audiences including:

    • information to help consumers know what questions to ask and what to look out for
    • information about who to contact with a concern and the roles and responsibilities of organisations involved in regulating cosmetic procedures and surgery
    • a new fact sheet on cosmetic injectables
    • information resources for practitioners about cosmetic procedures, including links to guidance developed earlier by the Dental, Medical and Nursing and Midwifery Boards of Australia.

    The ‘be safe first’ resources are being supported with a social media campaign.

    Key messages from the ‘be safe first’ resources

    • All cosmetic procedures have risks.
    • When having a cosmetic procedure, consider whether the person who is going to carry out the procedure is appropriately qualified, knowledgeable, skilled and experienced.
    • Cosmetic procedures should be provided in a clean and safe environment with products that have been prescribed appropriately.
    • If a member of the public is considering a cosmetic procedure, they should ‘be safe first’ and make an informed decision.
    • Consumers can ‘be safe first’ by checking out information on the Ahpra website, visit:

    We are asking for your help

    We are seeking your help to share and promote the ‘be safe first’ key messages and resources to consumers, registered health practitioners and other stakeholders.

    We encourage you to share these key messages and the new resources on your website, online platforms or in your publications. You do not need to seek permission to do this. We only ask that you let us know when you do, so we can track how far and wide they go. You can do this by emailing

    To support the ‘be safe first’ social media campaign please follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and remember to use the hashtag #besafefirst and tag @Ahpra to be part of the conversation. If you want to use any of the social media graphics used in the campaign just email

    More information

    If you have any feedback and / or questions, please let me know. Thank you for supporting this important initiative by Ahpra and National Boards.

  • 12 Dec 2019 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    Associate Professor Wallace is behind the residential aged-care preventative oral health program Senior Smiles, which put dental hygienists into aged-care facilities in Newcastle, the Central Coast and the full article by the Sydney Morning Herald 10 Dec on the link above.

  • 1 Nov 2019 6:48 PM | Anonymous

    Approved Scope of Practice Standard

    COAG Health Council Communique:

    Health Ministers from the Commonwealth, each state and territory and New Zealand met in Perth today and yesterday at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues. 

    At their March 2019 meeting, Health Ministers received a briefing from the Chair of the Dental Board of Australia about the Board’s proposal to revise the scope of practice registration standard removing the requirement for a structured professional relationship between a dentist and dental therapists, dental hygienists or oral health therapists. Health Ministers had requested that the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) independently assess the patient safety implications and the consumer benefit of the revised scope.

    Health Ministers noted the outcomes of ACSQHC’s review which found that there is no evidence that the proposed revised Scope of Practice Registration Standard will have an adverse effect on patient safety and quality. The review also indicated the changes may increase the capacity of the dental workforce and may provide greater access to services and reduced wait times for services for rural and remote communities.

    In light of this independent report, Health Ministers approved the revised Scope of Practice Registration Standard.

    These changes will be implemented in mid-2020 and members should continue to practice following current Dental Board of Australia Scope of Practice and CPD standards. ADOHTA will continue to communicate with members on how these changes will affect practice and training. 

    For more information please refer to:

    COAG Health Council Communiques

    Dental Board of Australia Registration Standards

  • 28 Oct 2019 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    191024 ADOHTA_DHAA Media release 24 October 2019.pdf
    ADOHTA & DHAA reaffirm a strong desire for a unified voice.

  • 21 Oct 2019 9:38 AM | Anonymous

    Introducing the new ADOHTA National Executive for 2019-2020. 

    President: Leticia Masters
    Vice-President: Nicole Stormon
    Secretary: Michelle Davidson
    Treasurer: William Carlson-Jones
    Immediate Past President: Hellene Platell
    QLD Representative: Shireen Smith
    VIC Representative: Liz Cobbledick
    ACT Representative: Jelena Pavlovic
    TAS Representative: Jessica Pennay
    Education & Research Councillor: Dr Denise Higgins
    ANZJDOHT Councillor: Professor Julie Satur (absent)

  • 7 Oct 2019 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    The 110th meeting of the DBA was held on Friday 30th August 2019 in Melbourne.  This meeting included a tour of the ADC's examination facilities as well as joint discussions about accreditation and policy issues.

    Read more here: 190918 Dental Board Communique Meeting-of-the-Dental-Board-30-August.PDF

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