Welcome to the website of the national Dental Assistants Professional Association (DAPA). The Dental Assistants Professional Association is a membership body actively representing dental assistants, receptionists and practice managers across Australia.
In Australia, the minimum wage is reviewed annually by the Fair Work Commission and the decision is then passed on to all national awards.
Most dental assistants in private practice will be covered by the HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND SUPPORT SERVICES AWARD 2010. Dental assistants are classified as Support Services according to Schedule B of the award as either Level 1 (new employee no prior experience), Level 2, Level 3, Level 4 (qualified), Level 5 or above.
The implementation date for the changes is 1 July 2016.
Specialist practice including Paediatrics, Endodontics and Oral Surgery requires experienced, certified dental assistant.
Register early for good accommodation and travel deals. A fantastic day of popular presenters and excellent topics to celebrate the dental assisting profession. In its 11th year, we have included in the program topics which will see you "Aiming High" - our theme for the event. We want to expand your hoizons, enthuse your motivation and recognise your skills and potential at this Conference.
A fantastic opportunity to join a progressive team in the beautiful northern beaches
The prestigious Vern-Barnett Awards for Dental Assisting Excellence are NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS!!!
These sought after awards are now in their sixth year and are attracting some fantasic applicants in the dental assisting profession. The Dental Assistants Professional Association knows how valuable you are to your employer, their practice and to the industry. We know how much you go above and beyond the call of your role and we want to acknowledge your commitment and dedication and reward your loyalty. Nominate your employees before Wednesday 27th July 2016, awards will be presented at the National Conference Cocktail hour 17th September.
This year your association has partnered with the Australian Health Industry Group to offer members access to Industrial Relations, Human Resources Management and Legal Services for support and advice.
Bite - sized learning makes it easy to complete! Have you thought about getting your Certificate III in Dental Assisting but put off the decision for reasons of cost, time, ease of study, work commitments, takes too long? Now is the time to take this new bite-size learning opportunity and enrol in our upcoming course.
We have combined the value of classroom learning with the ease of distance. You can attend a selection of dates at our training centre then complete assignments in the comfort of your home.
Training Session in Your Surgery customised for your protocols.
Following the recent Dental Council alerts concerning Infection Control compliance, the DAPA welcomes enquiries about correct procedures for instrument cleaning and reprocessing. We are positioned well to assist surgeries to implement and maintain compliant protocols through in-surgery training and we want to help you set up protocols which are manageable.. As a registered training organisation and industry body, our trainers are well qualified to provide you with accurate information and advice customised to your practice needs - all in the familiar surroundings of your clinic. Contact us for more information.
New membership opportunities available now! Keep updated with industrial changes and access to our new hotline IR and HR for advice about your wage and employment conditions through Platinum level membership.