The Australian Dental & Oral Health Therapist Association Inc Victorian Branch (ADOHTA Vic) is a non-profit organisation originally formed in the 1970’s by and for dental therapists, offering professional advice and support in Victoria.
By 1986 the Victorian Dental Therapists Group (VDTG) as it was known then, was a well organised group with a structure that represented dental therapists from across the Departmental of Health regions of Victoria, providing professional development and working closely with members, the VPSU and the Department of Health for better wages and conditions.
In October 2008, VDTG, with a majority vote by members, was changed to the Victorian Dental & Oral Health Therapist Association Inc. This move was to acknowledge and provide support for the now dual degree graduating oral health therapists from the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, Bendigo, whose qualification incorporates dental therapy and dental hygiene thus being termed Oral Health Therapists.
In July 2013, the associations name again changed, by majority vote, to become the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association Inc. Victorian Branch. The change supports both the standardisation of dental and oral health therapists’ scope of practice in all states of Australia as well as a display of strength that dental and oral health therapists in all states are overarchingly one profession and one voice.
The colours of ADOHTA Victorian Branch are purple, white and green. They stem from the original suffragette movement and its colours exemplify strong women. Originally as only women were selected to train as dental therapist, the colours were chosen to encourage dental therapists to develop into strong practitioners that gave direction to their own profession.
Purple is the royal colour. It stands for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every woman, the instinct of freedom and dignity; white stands for purity in private and public life; green is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring.