Dental Health Workforce Regulation - How Amendments to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act May Shape the Future of the Dental Profession

Gillian Jean, Alexander Holden, Marc Tennant

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Recent amendments to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act adopt a number of recommendations published in the final report of the Independent review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. The adopted recommendations are of interest because of their potential effect on the regulation of the dental profession and how they demonstrate the potential attenuation of the influence of the health professions in general in the arena of healthcare regulation. The wide-reaching effects of these changes and the impact they may have on the future direction of the dental profession in Australia are still uncertain, but are sure to be significant. This article will consider the changing role of the Dental Board in regulation and health workforce reform and show that the Dental Board is no longer the driver of dental workforce policy but plays a subordinate role to facilitate and implement health policy on direction from the AHWMC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-139
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Law and Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

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