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ADOHTA Membership Fees

 
ADOHTA Membership Fees are annual from 1 July to 30 June
 

Full Membership – $330 (Inc. GST)

Currently registered as a Dental or Oral Health Therapist and/or Hygienist
 

Associate Membership – $275 (Inc. GST)

Not currently registered as a Dental Therapist or Oral Health Therapist and/or Hygienist but wish to retain associate membership; or are engaged in the industry of dental and oral health but not working as a Dental or Oral Health Therapist or Hygienist.

Graduate Membership - $165 (Inc. GST)

For students who graduated in the last 6 months, this is an introductory membership offer valid for one year only.

Student Membership – Free

Free for the duration of their undergraduate degree [Bachelor of Oral Health or equivalent] and including up to 6 months following graduation up until the renewal period following their graduation. Students are required to enter their Student ID number and the Name of the University they are studying at for verification of eligibility.

Pro Rata Membership – after 1 October calculated at;

$33 (Inc. gst) per month for remaining months of financial year
Pro Rata Membership is only available to 1) new members for the first year of membership only or 2) those with lapsed membership of more than 2 years for the first year of re-joining only. Currently registered as a Dental or Oral Health Therapist and/or Hygienist.
 

Life Membership – Free

Only available to members nominated by their State or Territory Branch for outstanding contribution to the profession and/or the association.
Free for the life of the member or until member resigns from the association.
 

Honorary Membership – Free

Only available to members nominated by their State or Territory Branch and supported by ADOHTA Council for special contribution to the profession and/or the association.
Free for the duration determined by the ADOHTA Council or until member resigns from the association.


 

What is an Oral Health Therapist?

Oral Health Therapists are oral health professionals registered with the Dental Board of Australia, who provide dental and oral health care within a preventative philosophy and their scope of practice is limited to their formal education and competency. Oral Health Therapy includes the practice of both dental therapy and dental hygiene.  They provide in consultation with the patient, and/or their legal guardian;

  • Oral examinations
  • Oral disease diagnosis
  • Treatment planning
  • X-rays and other diagnostic tests
  • Dental fillings or restorations
  • Extractions
  • Cleaning, polishing and scaling
  • Preventative treatments such as fissure sealants and fluoride applications
  • Oral health care advice for individual patients, their families and oral health promotion for the wider community
  • Services for special needs patients

Oral Health Therapists work with people of all ages to improve and or maintain their oral health by promoting good oral health practices and treating gum and periodontal diseases. They also work with dentists and specialists providing orthodontic treatment, specialist periodontal, paediatric treatment and dental care for other high needs clients.
 
Oral Health Therapists are educated in universities often in schools of dentistry and work in a collaborative and consultative relationship with dental and other health professionals to enable holistic oral health care.

 
What is a Dental Therapist?

A dental therapist is an oral health practitioner registered with the Dental Board of Australia, who provides dental care to children and young adults generally up to and including those aged 25 years old within a preventative philosophy. They provide preventative and general dental care and their scope of practice is limited to their formal education and competency. Dental therapists have worked in Australia for almost 50 years (often in the State based School Dental Services) and more recently in community, hospital and private dental and specialist practices.

 
They provide general dental and oral health care in consultation with the patient, and/or their legal guardian which includes;

  • Oral examinations
  • Oral disease diagnosis
  • Treatment planning
  • X-rays and other diagnostic tests
  • Dental fillings or restorations
  • Extractions
  • Cleaning, polishing and scaling
  • Preventative treatments such as fissure sealants and fluoride applications
  • Oral health care advice for individual patients, their families and oral health promotion for the wider community
  • Services for special needs patients
  • Orthodontic procedures in conjunction with dentists and dental specialists such as orthodontists
  • Specialist children’s dental services  

All dental therapists work in a collaborative and consultative relationship with dental and other health professionals to enable the provision of holistic oral health care.

 
 What is a Dental Hygienist?

Dental hygienists are oral health professionals registered with the Dental Board of Australia, who provide preventative, educational and therapeutic methods for controlling oral diseases to help individual patients and groups achieve and maintain oral health. Their scope of practice is limited to their formal education and competency.
 
Dental hygienists promote good oral health and treat gum and periodontal conditions using the following skills:

  • Preventative and general dental care which includes oral examinations, oral disease diagnosis and treatment planning,
  • X-rays and other diagnostic tests
  • Educating and counselling on dental health, plaque control, oral hygiene and nutrition
  • Scaling and debridement to remove deposits and stains from teeth
  • Preventative and therapeutic treatment such as fissure sealants and fluoride therapies
  • Take impressions of patients' mouths
  • Stabilise teeth affected by gum disease
  • Oral health care advice to individual patients and health promotion for the wider community
  • Apply and remove periodontal packs
  • Remove dental sutures (stitches) and instruct patients on how to look after their teeth and mouth after operations.

All dental hygienists work in a collaborative and consultative relationship with dental and other health professionals to enable the provision of holistic oral health care and when required, referral of patients for care.

   

The tasks performed are subject to the scope that each professional has been trained in.
 
Click on this link to see additional skills that an OHT, DT or DH can learn to enhance their scope of practice

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