For most of the 20th century, dentistry was a relatively protected profession. Only dentists could own dental practices, the number of dentists graduating from the five dental schools in Australia barely covered the rate of attrition from retirement and there was a reasonable level of quid pro quo on the migration front. Dentists enjoyed a position of respect in the community, were granted the privileged title doctor and inevitably accumulated a reasonable level of personal wealth for all their hard work. New graduates aspired to own their own practice, were in demand with a selection of avenues for employment and expected to spend their entire career “on the tools”.
Fast forward to 2012 however, and how times have changed… and changed fast!
1210 Special Report – Dental Corporates