Department of Health and Human Services
Statement of Duties
Title: Dental Technician
Number: Generic Date: March 2010
Group: Statewide and Mental Health
Organisational Unit: Health and Well-being Services
Section :Oral Health Services Location: South, North and Northwest
Award: Health and Human Services
(Tasmanian State Service)
Job Status: Permanent/Fixed Term, Full Time/Part
Level: Band 4 Time/Casual (hours as and when required) Day
Reports to: Senior Prosthetist Number of Subordinates: Nil
Focus of Duties:
To work within a dental team to provide an efficient and effective, high quality dental
prosthetic service within the framework of Oral Health Services Tasmania.
1. Provide dental prosthetic technical expertise and construction in the
recognised fields of:-
Removable dental prostheses,
Fixed dental prostheses,
Repairs, additions, relines and remodels,
Simple orthodontic appliances,
Bleaching and fluoride trays
Other prosthetic appliances which OHST may include within its core
business for eligible clients of the service.
2. Evaluate, analyse and research options needed to resolve complex dental
prosthetic technical problems without direct supervision.
3. Maintain a collaborative relationship with dental clinicians and ancillary staff
to ensure conformity in the production of quality dental prostheses.
4. Undertake dental technical laboratory duties and assist in the training of
5. Work collaboratively with other members of the dental team to ensure that
dental undergraduates and less experienced staff understand the processes
of dental technical construction.
6. The incumbent can expect to be allocated duties, not specifically mentioned
in this document, that are within the capacity, qualifications and experience
normally expected from persons occupying jobs at this classification level.
Scope of Work Performed:
Responsible for the construction of high quality dental prostheses.
Responsible for the provision of labour consistent with the Departmental
policies and protocols contained within the State Service Act 2000
The incumbent works within an integrated team, but must also assume
responsibility to work without direct supervision, demonstrating independent
judgement and initiative consistent with their training and experience.
Evidence of the following must be provided prior to appointment to the job:
Diploma of Dental Technology or recognised equivalent.
1. Demonstrated knowledge of dental technology with the capacity to analyse and
research options to carry out technical procedures for complex dental
2. The ability and commitment to work effectively as a member of a
3. High level communication and interpersonal skills.
4. Demonstrated commitment to maintaining a high level of technical skill and a
comprehensive understanding of contemporary and emerging trends in Dental
5. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Oral Health Services Tasmania
(OHST) policy and guidelines or the ability to quickly acquire that knowledge,
including an understanding and working knowledge of OHST’s information
Management program (Titanium) and other computer based programs used by
Travel requirements where applicable.
Required to wear protective clothing and eyewear (provided by the Agency) in
accordance with OH&S guidelines.
The Department of Health and Human Services is committed to providing the highest
levels of healthcare and services, and values equity, diversity, initiative, flexibility,
creativity, teamwork, conduct, occupational health and safety and the capacity to
make a difference.
The minimum responsibilities required of officers and employees of the State Service
are contained in sections 7(1), 8 and 9 of the State Service Act 2000.
The State Service Act 2000 and the Commissioner’s Directions (employment directives)
can be found on the State Service Commissioner’s website at
This job may exercise delegations in accordance with a range of Acts, Regulations,
Awards, administrative authorities and functional arrangements mandated by Statutory
office holders including the Secretary of the Department. The relevant Organisational
Unit Manager can provide details to the occupant of delegations applicable to this job.
DHHS is a smoke free work environment. Smoking is prohibited in all State
Government workplaces including vehicles and vessels.
Health Care Workers with the Department of Health and Human Services are
expected to comply with the Agency’s Hepatitis B Policy and the Tasmanian Code of
Practice for Health Care Workers.
The Agency’s policy classifies the levels of risk to employees, who have a risk of
exposure to Hepatitis B higher than the normal population, as either:
Category 2. Employees whose employment arrangements and duties place them
at a higher than normal population risk of exposure to blood or body
Category 3. Employees who are, or potentially will be, directly involved in the
conduct of exposure prone procedures.
For employees who occupy jobs classified as Category 2 level of risk it is strongly
recommended that the occupant either demonstrate current immunity or previous
seroconversion to Hepatitis B or demonstrate immunity following vaccination.
For employees who occupy jobs classified as Category 3 level of risk the occupant
will be required to either demonstrate current immunity or previous seroconversion
to Hepatitis B or demonstrate immunity following vaccination.
Approved: __________________________________ Date: __________________