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Dental requirements to practice

Dentists, dental therapists, oral health therapists, dental hygienists and dental prosthetists are required to register with the Dental Board of Australia.

To be eligible for employment in Queensland, dental technicians will continue to require the possession of a qualification in Dental Technology.

Note, if you are a dentist and were trained overseas in the United Kingdom, Ireland or New Zealand, your qualifications may be acceptable for immediate registration with the Dental Board of Australia. For more information please refer to the Dental Board of Australia.

Dental professionals who are qualified to take radiographs must also apply for a Queensland Radiation Use Licence. For further information refer to the Queensland Health Radiation Health Unit.

Our services

Queensland Health’s oral health work environments include clinics, hospitals and laboratories. Our dentists work in large and small adult facilities, various school-based locations and mobile dental vans. Outreach services are also provided to correctional centres, aged care facilities and hospitals.

As a Queensland Health dentist you will be part of an oral health team. A team can include oral health and dental therapists, dental technicians, dental prosthetists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

Read more about our dental services and programs, and activities currently available in Queensland.

Credentialing and scope of clinical practice

Certain medical practitioners and dentists working in Queensland Health are required to go through a process to verify their credentials and to have a defined scope of clinical practice.

Read the guide to best practice (PDF, 2.32MB) which provides examples of which medical practitioners and dentists require credentialing and scope of clinical practice, and a framework for local processes.

You can also refer to:

For more information about the credentialing process (for medical officers and dentists) contact OPMO_Credentialing@health.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 12 June 2014