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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.

ADOHTA SA NT History

The history of the training and utilisation of dental auxiliaries dates back to the early 20th century when in 1913 the then President of the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA), Dr Norman K Cox acknowledged the need for a series of school dental clinics operated by what he termed 'oral hygienists' to address the extraordinarily high dental caries rates amongst children (Satur 2003). A comprehensive account of this history; The Development of the Dental Therapy Profession, by Julie Satur, can be found on the National ADOHTA homepage.

 
 

After observing the success of the New Zealand dental therapy program and its School Dental Service, the role of the dental therapist was quickly adopted by various countries around the world to provide primary and varying degrees of restorative dental care to a range of populations. In South Australia, careers for a small group of new dental therapist graduates began in 1969. They participated in a full time two year intensive training program and employed by the South Australian Department of Health in school dental clinics scattered throughout the state. Their primary role was to provide a range of oral health care services to primary school age children.

 
The practice of dental therapy has evolved over time and dental therapists in South Australia are celebrating over 40 years of serving South Australian school children and young adults from the ages of 0 – 17years. The profession now provides a range of opportunities for those involved and education in this field is provided by the University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Oral Health. Participants now graduate with a dual qualification of both dental therapy and dental hygiene and practice as an Oral Health Therapist in both the public and private oral health care sectors.  
 

 

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