08 September 2021

Vaccination workforce and changes in regional Victoria

The ADAVB is continuing to work with the Victorian Government to advocate for the restrictions on dental practice to be removed.

Dental practices have remained safe throughout the pandemic, with very few cases of transmission in the dental practice setting. Dental practices have adopted COVIDSafe settings and have a range of risk mitigation measures, including screening of patients, rubber dam isolation, high volume evacuation and pre-procedural mouthrinse and most dental practice staff will be fully vaccinated. We have submitted an extensive evidence brief to the Department of Health to support removing the current restrictions following our initial request last week to review the restrictions.

Regional Victoria

Lockdown restrictions will be lifted in regional Victoria (with the exception of Greater Shepparton) from 11.59pm on Thursday 9 September. The five reasons to leave the home will be removed and there will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home – other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne. The Authorised Worker list will no longer apply in the regions, meaning most businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits. This means that dental practices can return to pre-lockdown settings with no restrictions on patient access to care. It is important to continue with COVIDSafe protocols to minimise the risk in your practice.

Vaccination emergency surge workforce

Last week we advised that the Victorian Government has authorised a number of additional emergency surge workforces to support the expanded Victoria’s COVID-19 vaccination program via Public Health Emergency Orders. This surge workforce includes dentists, oral health therapists, dental hygienists and dental therapists, and some dentist and oral health therapy students.

The Victorian COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines have now been updated and provide detailed information about the newly authorised workforces including training and supervision requirements. The workforces includes dentists, oral health therapists, dental hygienists and dental therapists, and some dentist and oral health therapy students.

Regional Victoria - Lockdown restrictions will be lifted in regional Victoria (with the exception of Greater Shepparton) from 11.59pm on Thursday 9 September.

ADAVB members please refer to the detailed member communication emailed today (8 September 2021).

Find out more: adavb.org/resources/for-dental-professionals/covid-19/recent-updates