Two streams of dentistry co-exist in Australia, private practice and government funded dental services, the former, offer all clinical treatment to patients of all age groups who pay for the full cost of service provision, or who are privately insured and recoup part of the costs. Private practitioners in general would treat 10-20 patients per 8 hour day.
Only a select few have access to Government funded dental treatment and long waiting lists usually apply. New initiatives have been introduced since 2008 to provide access to dental care to more Australians and our dental system continues to evolve with more changes on the way.
- Australia is a country of extremes – from the arid centre to the lush rainforests of Northern Queensland.
- The Continent is vast in area (the entire area of the UK fits three times into one of the smaller States, Victoria) but with a population of only 20 million people spread mainly along the coastal perimeter.
- Most Australians are English speaking but very cosmopolitan in culture and custom as a result of European and Asian migration.
- Australia boasts superb sandy beaches, coastal hugging, modern vibrant cities, rainforests, wetlands, spectacular waterfalls, snow covered mountains and tropical islands in the North.
- Climatically in Southern Australia four seasons are experienced. The far north of Australia is tropical with hot, wet summers (32-35 degree Celsius) and warm dry winters.
- Australians, love their sport and recreation. With it's vast coastline, surfing, windsurfing and all water sports are enjoyed.
- Traditional sports such as cricket, tennis, rugby, soccer and uniquely Australian Rules football. Hockey and basketball are enjoyed as well as snow skiing and boarding, paragliding, rafting and more extreme sports.