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.

Skip to main content

Dental assistants

Dental Assistant

Working at SA Dental as a Dental Assistant

As a Dental assistant with SA Dental, you will

  • 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 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 client details into records.

Dental Assistants are classified under the SA Health “Operational Services” (OPS) stream.

The classification levels for Dental Assistant positions are at the OPS1, OPS2 and OPS3 levels. Within each classification level, there are a number of salary increments.

  • OPS 1 and 2 level positions are general Dental Assistant positions (more responsibility is involved at the OPS 2 level position).

OPS Level 3 positions are Senior Dental Assistant roles which have further responsibility for staff supervision and running of clinics in the organisation in addition to general responsibilities.

Further information