Scope of Practice and Code of Practice updates for dental hygiene and orthodontic auxiliary

Dear practitioners,

Please find attached the outcomes letter on the Scope of Practice and Code of Practice updates for dental hygiene and orthodontic auxiliary.

The Dental Council has recently made a number of decisions that have resulted in changes to the dental hygiene scope of practice and to the prescribed qualifications for orthodontic auxiliaries. In addition, the changes to the dental hygiene scope of practice were reflected in the working relationship document between dental hygienists and dentists/dental specialists, by amending that agreement.

The purpose of this communication is to advise practitioners on the changes to:

· the prescribed qualifications for the dental hygiene and orthodontic auxiliary scopes of practice; and
· the working relationship between dental hygienists and dentists/dental specialists;
and to issue the final documents.

The updated prescribed qualifications for the dental hygiene and orthodontic auxiliary scopes of practice are scheduled to be gazetted on 15 March 2012.

Yours sincerely,
Mark Rodgers
Acting Chief Executive

Outcome letter