Updated March 15, 2018 07:52:51 In Australia, the biggest driver of the ageing population is boredom, according to new research.
Key points:Research by Dentists Association of Australia (DAA) found that the number of Australians aged 50 and over who said they were “not too busy” in the workplace fell from 42 per cent to 26 per cent between 2016 and 2017The DAA says the trend was most pronounced in the dental professionIt found dentists were more likely to be bored when they worked overtime and were less likely to have their patients stay with them when they were not busy.
Key Points:The number of dental professionals who said the number one reason they were bored fell from 43 per cent in 2016 to 26% in 2017The research was based on surveys of more than 5,000 dental professionals across the countryThe findings are consistent with findings from a number of studies on the effect of being bored on the health and wellbeing of Australians.
The research also found dentist productivity was the most important factor when it came to reducing the likelihood of dental patients staying with them.
The survey also found that while the dental workforce was expected to grow, more Australians were leaving the profession in 2017 than entering it.
In fact, the DAA’s chief executive, Wayne McBride, said dentists’ workloads had been “severely curtailed” in recent years and they were now seeing their workloads “tend to fall”.
“The trend is that the most prevalent reason for people being bored in the workforce is not really getting the satisfaction of a dentist,” he said.
“It’s not just boredom but boredom because of the fact that we have to be doing things to stay in the profession.”
And we’ve seen that it’s the dentists that are the ones who are having a much greater reduction in productivity, in the dentistry workforce.
“That’s not to say there’s no value in having a dentist that is bored, but the number that are bored and the time that they’re working on the patients, the dentist is the one that’s having the greatest reduction in the quality of their practice.”
Mr McBride said dentistry had long been viewed as a highly professional profession.
But in recent decades, the profession had become increasingly fragmented and dentists increasingly relied on technology to work in less efficient ways.
“Dentistry has been seen as being the pinnacle of professionalism,” he told the ABC.
“The profession has always been a very professional profession, and that’s really changed.”
We’ve had to change a lot of things.
“The dentists in my profession are very much doing it on a very low-tech basis, and they’re not the dentarians of old.”
Mr MacBride said there were a number ways dentists could address boredom and reduce its impact on their practice.
“What I would do is start with making dentistry more efficient, which is to make dentistry accessible to everybody and then you can make dentists more productive,” he added.
“If you make dentist’s work easier, you make the dentoress more productive.””
Dr MacBride warned that dentists needed to get their teeth cleaned properly and be more aware of their patients’ dental health.””
If you make dentist’s work easier, you make the dentoress more productive.”
Dr MacBride warned that dentists needed to get their teeth cleaned properly and be more aware of their patients’ dental health.
“You can’t have a dental clinic where you’re constantly taking care of people who aren’t healthy, and then suddenly you can’t take care of them when their dental health deteriorates,” he advised.