Report Reveals Good News For Dentistry In Australia

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A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare will be welcomed by patients and the government; the report shows improvements in the numbers of dentists working in rural areas and an increase in the number of female dentists.

According to the report, the number of dentists working in remote or very remote areas has increased by 49 per cent since 2006, while the national average increase in dentist numbers is 22.4 per cent. The number of dentists per capita has increased at a rate of 19 per cent in urban areas, with 64.1 full-time dentists to every 100,000 patients.

The report also reveals that more female dentists are working in the country than ever before; there has been a significant increase in the number of female dentists and they now represent more than one third of the workforce. The numbers have increased from 7 per cent of the workforce in 2006 to 35.6 per cent in 2011.

The report also showed that dentists are working around one hour less per week than they were in 2006 with the average dentist working 37.4 hours in 2011 compared to 38.5 hours in 2006.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare was set up by the government to provide information and statistics about health services and standards of health and relevant information about welfare and wellbeing.

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