Dentist agrees to limit practice

A BENDIGO dentist has entered into an undertaking with the Dental Board of Australia to restrict her clinical practice.

Dr Cathy Pham has agreed not to engage in any work related to implants, only practice three days a week and engage a mentor to discuss issues of diagnosis, practice management and treatment.

Dr Pham will also cease engaging in new work related to crowns and bridges and must only complete existing work in those areas under guidance from her mentor.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency shows Dr Pham has entered the following undertakings:

1. To perform clinical work as a dentist for no more than three days per week;

2. On those three days each week, to restrict clinical practice in the following ways: 


a. not engage in any work related to implants – not insert any implants or finalise any existing treatment plans relating to implant work, and not take on any new patients in relation to implant work.


b. not engage in any new work related to crowns and bridges. In relation to existing clients treatment for crowns and bridges (eg. by taking impressions) has already commenced, to only complete treatment plans once obtaining guidance from a mentor about doing so.


3. Obtain a senior dentist as a mentor, to discuss issues with diagnosis, practice management, treatment planning and treatment methodology. 

Dental Board of Australia spokeswoman Nicole Newton said the role of the Dental Board of Australia was to protect the public.

“The board takes action to limit a practitioner's registration to keep the public safe - either while other processes are followed or at the end of an investigation,’’ she said.

“As a regulator, the board will not compromise its work by making public comments about ongoing investigations or by releasing information that can't be lawfully released.

“The board is not able to comment on individual matters.’’

Ms Newton said the registration status of any registered dentist was through the online register at www.ahpra.gov.au.

Anyone concerned about the professional conduct of a dentist should contact the board through AHPRA on 1300 419 495.

A spokesman for Bendigo Dentists yesterday said he was unable to comment on the matter.

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