Australia May Soon Have Surplus of Dentists

Australia may have a good problem on its hands.

An influx of dentists has forced the Australian Dental Association to recommend to the government to begin to limit the number of dental students. If that is not done, there will be too many qualified dentists in the near future.

So far, the Australian Dental Association has requested a temporary freeze on international students getting dental degrees in Australia. The number of dental schools in the country has doubled in the last nine years. An increase in the number of international students, combined with a rise of skilled workers, has also exacerbated the problem.

The point of the cap is to make sure there aren’t eventually an abundance of unemployed dentists. The cap may even extend to dieticians, optometrists and veterinarians.

There may even be changes in the country in regards to job qualifications for immigrants, based on these caps.

Based on some figures, Australia needs about 510 new dentists each year but there are roughly 930 dental school graduates annually in recent years.