How secure is your dental hygienist or oral health therapist employment?

All DHAA Members have access to our employment support services that include advice on industrial relations as well as the jobs board featuring available career opportunities.

The DHAA constantly receives requests for advice and support when its members face unfair or unreasonable challenges with their employers or colleagues at the work place.

Most of these are related to leave entitlements, redundancy, unfair dismissal, superannuation payment, bullying and harassment. These issues are well covered by various legislations and the National Employment Standards, regardless of whether the workforce is covered by an approved industrial award or enterprise agreement. The DHAA Industrial Relations service has been successful in helping members to address many of these workplace challenges as a member benefit.

Recently the DHAA Industrial Relations team has been working tirelessly at the Fair Work Commission to keep our members away from being included in the existing Health Professionals Award.

“While it is supposed to be the minimum rate that employers can offer, experience from other professions is that over time, the award rate becomes the standard rate of pay.”

At the first glance, it is a good idea to have the protection of an award to cover our members. However, the proposed award is a general award that covers a wide range of health professionals whose training, duties and employment settings vary significantly.

The common denominator for award hourly rate is of major concern as it is well below the current market rate for our members. While it is supposed to be the minimum rate that employers can offer, experience from other professions is that over time, the award rate becomes the standard rate of pay. In addition, it is very difficult for the award rate to increase other than occasional adjustments to rising cost of living. Once covered by an award, further adjustment of pay rates based on market demand and work value has been shown to be extremely difficult, particularly if the award covers a broad range of employee groups.

In terms of workplace protection, the proposed award does not offer a great deal more protection as most common employment issues are already covered by legislations without an award. On the balance, DHAA members have a great deal to lose and little to gain with the proposed award. This is why we are doing everything we can to protect your interest.

The DHAA would like to invite you to attend a CPD webinar (non-clinical) to:

  • Understand your employment rights;
  • Discuss ways to meet workplace challenges;
  • Find out how to access DHAA employment support services.

Webinar Details

Date:
Thursday, 6 June, 2019

Time:
• 6:00pm – WA
• 7:30pm – SA, & NT
• 8:00pm – Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, & Tas 
• 10:00pm – NZ

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