1220.0 - ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, 2013, Version 1.2  
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    DENTAL ASSISTANTS prepare patients for dental examination and assist Dental Practitioners, Hygienists and Therapists in providing care and treatment.

    Indicative Skill Level:
    Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

    In Australia:

      AQF Certificate II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

    In New Zealand:
      NZ Register 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.

    Tasks Include:

    • 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

      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.

    Skill Level: 4

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