Staying healthy

Dental practitioners and students are in a respected and vital position, providing care to individuals and their families within a diverse range of settings across Australia. As with any member of the community, they are not immune to experiencing health issues.

If you would like to chat to someone call our confidential 24/7 support line on 1800 377 700.

Workplace issues and/or personal situations may put you at risk of developing health issues and illnesses. If left untreated, health issues can progress and impair your ability to practise safely, competently and professionally, putting the public and yourself at risk of harm. 

By taking the time to look after your own physical, emotional and psychological needs, you can improve your own health and better equip yourself to look after those in your care.

Australian health report

The Australian Bureau of Statistics national health survey 2017-18 shows that 67 percent of the adult population are either overweight or obese. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reported in 2015 about half the population has a chronic disease with around 20 percent having two or more diagnosed chronic health conditions such as arthritis, asthma, back problems, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or mental health conditions. The statistics also indicate that mental health and dementia related health issues are on the rise.

In this section you will find tips and strategies for maintaining health and wellbeing including exercise, mindfulness and sleep. If you would like to suggest additional topics you can contact us.


Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2018. National health survey: key findings, 2017–18. ABS cat. no. 4364.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2015. 1 in 5 Australians affected by multiple chronic diseases, media release, 12 August, Canberra.