DENTAL ASSISTANTS – UNIT GROUP 4232

General Description

DENTAL ASSISTANTS prepare patients for dental examination and assist Dental Practitioners, Hygienists and Therapists in providing care and treatment.

 

Indicative Skill Level

ANZSCO Skill Level: 4

In Australia the majority of occupations in this unit group have:

  • AQF Certificate II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand the majority of occupations in this unit group have:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

At least one year of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

 

Task Information

  • receiving and preparing patients
  • arranging and handing instruments, medication, and other dental requisites to Dental Practitioners
  • preparing dental materials and processing X-rays
  • using suction devices and water sprays
  • performing routine maintenance on equipment
  • sterilising and preventing cross infection of equipment
  • may advise patients on dental health education and post-operative care and procedures
  • may act as receptionist for Dental Practitioners
  • may perform billing and other clerical tasks

 

Occupation in this group:

423211 DENTAL ASSISTANT

Alternative Titles: Dental Chairside Assistant、Dental Nurse
Prepares patients for dental examination and assists Dental Practitioners, Hygienists and Therapists in providing care and treatment.

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