Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)
The Drill on Female Dentists; It's Not a Healthy Picture
Women make up
97% of dental therapists
95% of dental hygienists
85% of oral health therapists
37% of dentists
15% of dental prosthetists
Female doctors rose from 11% in 1961 to 36.5% in 2006
THE number of women in health care may be increasing, however higher roles remain out of reach with only a third of doctors and dentists being female.
Data on Australia's dental workforce released last week revealed women make up 37% of dentists, compared to 95% of dental hygienists.
Similar numbers were reported back in 2006, when women made up 36% of all medical practitioners compared with 99% of midwives.
Institute of Health and Welfare spokesman Dr Adrian Webster said the gradual breakdown in gender stereotypes is repeated across a range of industries.
"It's something we're seeing across the board in different health professions, GP, specialists, and more broadly across other professions outside health care system where they were traditionally male dominated," he said. …