Statement of Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians on whose ancestral lands we provide dental services.

We acknowledge the deep feeling of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Country.

We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending our services.

We are committed to improving the oral health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

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Dental assistant traineeships

dental assistant trainee with patient

The next Dental Assistant Traineeship applications are opening on 26th July -18th August 2024, for the January 2025 intake.

What is the Dental Assistant Traineeship Program?

We offer multiple 12-month Dental Assistant Traineeships each year, they are a great opportunity to earn while you learn.

These traineeships play a major role in developing quality Dental Assistants for the future oral health workforce – please note, that these are not school-based traineeships.

  • The Traineeship program runs twice a year.
  • Applications open in July for a January commencement.
  • Applications open in January for a June commencement.

What to expect

On-the-job training in a SA Dental Clinic

Obtain a Certificate III in Dental Assisting through TAFE SA

Earn while you learn

No evening or weekend work

Ongoing support and mentorship

As a Dental Assistant trainee, you will learn and develop the skills to:

  • Provide chair-side dental assistance to dental practitioners.
  • Prepare dental materials and equipment.
  • Process, prepare and save radiographs.
  • Maintain and promote infection control and contribute to the reprocessing of reusable medical devices.
  • Assist with oral health education as directed by the dental practitioner.
  • Assist with routine administrative tasks including greeting clients, making appointments, answering telephone calls, and entering patient details into records.

The DA Traineeship involves working closely with dental operators and their clients therefore communication skills and a willingness to learn about and assist in the oral health management of clients are essential. After the 12-month training program, trainees will have developed skills to gain their Dental Assistant qualification to work in a diverse range of dental environments.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for a SA Dental Dental Assisting Traineeship, candidates must be:

  • Aged between 17 and 24 years of age or (up to 30 years of age if you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent).
  • Have completed Year 11 as a minimum.
  • A resident of South Australia.

No previous dental experience is required for an SA Dental Dental Assisting Traineeship.

Working as a Dental Assistant Trainee at SA Dental

Further information