Australian Dental Practitioners Experience a Significant Burden of Mental Health Conditions


A new survey of approximately 1500 Australian dental practitioners has found that one in six practitioners have had thoughts of suicide in the past year.

The study was published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology and surveyed many dental professionals between October and December 2021, including dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and more.

The lead researcher on the study, University of Melbourne Associate Professor Matt Hopcraft, said, “The rate of suicidal ideation among this group of dental practitioners is much higher than we would expect to see in the Australian population, and certainly higher than that reported in the Beyond Blue study of Australian doctors.”

Find out more about the study from The University of Melbourne.