Dental assistants are currently being recruited to fill vacancies in Sydney.
The National Council for the Blind and the Disability Advocacy Centre are calling for an end to the practice.
“The practice of dental assistants in NSW is a highly skilled and highly rewarding profession,” NCDAC chairman Dr Daniel Bader said.
“It’s important that the profession remain at the forefront of the Australian dental profession.”
Dentists are generally paid $150,000-150,500 per annum, with some dentists earning more.
It is also not uncommon for a dentist to be paid more than $200,000.
Dr Bader told the ABC the dental profession needed to look at what’s happening in the industry.
“What are we going to do about the lack of diversity?” he said.
Dr Bruce Lee, a former dental surgeon who is now director of the Disability Rights Network NSW, said the practice was becoming less attractive.
“I’ve been a dentist for many years, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Dr Lee said.
“It is a growing profession.
People are starting to get frustrated with the fact that they can’t get the job they want.””
And I’m concerned about the increasing number of people that are not even registered.”
People are starting to get frustrated with the fact that they can’t get the job they want.
“I think the real problem is the practice itself.”
If we’re really going to have a dentistry that’s welcoming, we need to look into the issues around the practice and how the profession is being managed.
“There are many areas that need to be improved.”
Dr Lee is also calling for the state to legislate to make dental assistants more accessible to people with disabilities.
“People are struggling to get into the practice,” he said, “and the state is not doing a very good job of promoting people with a disability.”