What are the DBA and Ahpra?

The Dental Board of Australia (DBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) work in partnership to regulate Australian dental practitioners and students to protect the public.

If you are concerned about your own health or the health of another dental practitioner or student, call the Dental Practitioner Support confidential 24/7 support line on 1800 377 700.
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The DBA and Ahpra work closely together to regulate Australia’s registered dental practitioners and students as part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

The functions of the Dental Board of Australia include:

  • registering students, dentists, dental specialists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, oral health therapists and dental prosthetists 
  • developing standards, codes and guidelines for the dental profession
  • handling notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings
  • assessing overseas-trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia, and  
  • approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.

Ahpra supports the DBA in its role of protecting the public, including by managing the registration and notification processes, and by maintaining the national register of practitioners.

For further information about the roles, responsibilities and functions of the DBA and Ahpra you can access the DBA website, the Ahpra website or call Ahpra on 1300 419 495.

What can I do next?

Our service provides free and confidential support, to dental professionals and students Australia- wide. If you would like to speak to someone call us 24/7 on 1800 377 700 or you can request support via email.

If you would like to know a bit more about the service before getting in contact — take a look through accessing support.

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