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Dental Assistant

Department of Health - Darwin, NT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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Job description

Agency Department of Health Work unit Oral Health Services

Job title Dental Assistant Designation Technical 2

Job type Full time Duration Fixed to 28/01/2022

Salary $63,408 - $71,885 Location Darwin

Position number 2188 RTF 206172 Closing 07/03/2021

Contact Catriona Johnstone on catriona.johnstone@nt.gov.au

About the agency http://www.health.nt.gov.au/

Apply online https://jobs.nt.gov.au/Home/JobDetails?rtfId=206172

Information for applicants

Applications must be limited to a one-page summary sheet and detailed resume.

The NTPS values diversity and aims for a workforce that represents the community. The NTPS encourages people from all

diversity groups to apply for vacancies. For more information about applying for this position and the merit process, go to the

OCPE website.

Under the agency’s Special Measures Recruitment Plan eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) applicants will be

granted priority consideration for this vacancy. For more information on Special Measures, go to the OCPE website.

Primary objective

Provide dental assistance in a professional manner, which will contribute to the improved oral health and wellbeing of clients,

families and communities.

Context statement

The applicant is required to undertake duties in a variety of locations within the region, assisting members of the dental health care


Key duties and responsibilities

1. Provide chair-side assistance for dental professionals providing services to adults and children in a variety of locations and

settings throughout the region.

2. Maintain, prepare and set up of dental equipment, instruments, medicaments and materials.

3. Comply with infection control measures to Australian standards, and departmental procedures to ensure patient and

employee safety.

4. Follow defined service quality standards, work health and safety policies and procedures relating to the work being

undertaken in order to ensure high quality, safe services and workplace.

5. Maintain order and store stock, instruments, equipment, materials and medicaments, according to relevant Standards,

manufacturer’s specifications and organisational procedures.

6. Assist with the management of appointment schedules including booking, cancellation, rebooking and confirming

appointments using paper and electronic schedules.

7. Actively participate in quality improvement activities and staff development programs.

Selection criteria


1. Certificate III in Dental Assisting or Accredited Qualification awarded by an Australian Institution and relevant experience in

dental assisting.

2. Northern Territory driver’s licence or commitment to obtain during probation period.

3. Demonstrated self-motivation, initiative, and ability to work effectively as a pro-active team member in a multidisciplinary


4. Well-developed time management skills and the ability to prioritise competing requirements and work effectively under

pressure with frequently changing priorities.

5. Good verbal and written communication skills, with a high standard of both conflict resolution and interpersonal skills

demonstrating the ability to communicate effectively with a culturally diverse range of clients and co-workers.

6. Flexibility to adapt work practices in a variety of clinic locations and environments, including Correctional Centres, Special

Needs and schools.

7. Ability and willingness to travel to remote communities by light aircraft or 4WD vehicle for periods of up to five days.


1. Previous experience in rural/remote service delivery.

Further information

Department of Health has a Smoke Free Policy. Staff are not permitted to smoke anywhere on Departmental premises, facilities

or vehicles, nor whilst working off-site. Positions may be subject to pre-employment checks such as immunisation requirements,

working with children clearance notice and criminal history checks. A criminal history will not exclude an applicant from this position

unless it is a relevant criminal history. More information on pre-employment checks specific to this role can be sourced through

the vacancy contact.