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Letter to the Editor
Editor, – Associate Professor Michael McCullough says that Therapeutic Guidelines: Oral and Dental is now available to every member of the Australian Dental Association and dental students (Aust Prescr 2010;33:167-70). Does this also apply to the foreign trained dentists who are now practising in Australia? Many of them are working in rural and remote areas with very little peer support and do not appear to be receiving education on accepted Australian therapeutic practices.
As a pharmacist involved in remote and rural and indigenous health issues, I have had many discussions with dentists who have been trained in different treatment protocols from what is accepted as best therapeutic practice in Australia. What is the Australian Dental Association doing to assist this growing number of foreign trained dentists? The professional isolation for these practitioners is of concern to both them and the pharmacists who dispense their prescriptions.
Karalyn J Huxhagen
Professional programs manager
AFS Friendly Care Pharmacy