GET YOUR TEETH INTO THIS DEN­TAL AS­SIS­TANT COURSE GETS YOU IN THE CHAIR

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - UP SKILL - Re­becca Dargie

DEN­TAL as­sis­tants fill an im­por­tant healthcare role which re­quires both tech­ni­cal skills and a calm and level head for deal­ing with peo­ple at their most vul­ner­a­ble in a clin­i­cal sit­u­a­tion.

TAFE’s Cer­tifi­cate III in Den­tal As­sist­ing is a na­tion­ally recog­nised course for peo­ple who work or want to work in the field.

Vicki Fearn­ley, TAFE’s head teacher of den­tal stud­ies, said that in this line of work all team mem­bers must pay strict ad­her­ence to cer­tain obli­ga­tions and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to their pa­tients and must work in close tan­dem with a den­tist.

The course units cover ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­ce­dures, in­fec­tion con­trol, pro­cess­ing re­us­able in­stru­ments and equip­ment, safety pro­ce­dures, den­tal ra­dio­g­ra­phy, healthcare com­mu­ni­ca­tions and first aid.

Ms Fearn­ley said gradu- ates of the course are well­versed in the code of ethics de­vel­oped by the Den­tal As­sis­tants Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion (DAPA) to “set the stan­dards of be­hav­iour to main­tain and im­prove the sta­tus of den­tal as­sist­ing within the health care pro­fes­sion.”

“This course is an all­round prepa­ra­tion and qual­i­fi­ca­tion for a var­ied and in­ter­est­ing ca­reer,” she said.

“It suits thor­ough, me­thod­i­cal peo­ple who can show em­pa­thy for clients.”

Den­tal as­sis­tants play an im­por­tant role in den­tal surg­eries.

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