Dentists and oral health

Information on this page is provided for dentists, and dental and oral health therapists about Oral Health Services Northern Territory (OHS-NT).

For information about free public dental treatment in the Northern Territory, go to the dental services pages on the NT Government website.

About Oral Health Services Northern Territory (OHS-NT)

OHS-NT provides quality oral health services to Territorians including:

  • children’s dentistry
  • oral health promotion
  • preventative dental examinations and cleans
  • dental emergency, pain and trauma management
  • endodontics and root canal therapy
  • dental extractions
  • dental fillings
  • denture services
  • Specialist services: orthodontics, oral surgery and treatment in hospital under general anaesthetic.

Dentistry recruitment

The challenges and opportunities in oral health care in the NT are like no other in Australia. You will work in modern community clinics in urban centres and travel to remote Aboriginal communities.

OHS-NT is accredited with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and collaborates with the Menzies School of Health Research and the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health in multi-centre clinical research programs.

Dentists, dental and oral health therapists may be eligible for the following benefits:

  • six weeks annual recreational leave
  • cumulative sick leave
  • annual retention allowance
  • annual professional development allowance
  • private practice allowance
  • remote living subsidies in some areas
  • work life balance initiatives
  • relocation assistance.

Read the NTPS Dental Officers 2014 - 2018 Enterprise Agreement.


Dental and oral health therapists

Therapists are employed in the professional stream, and generally commence at the P2 level.

  • You must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency. For more information go to the AHPRA website.
  • Dental/oral health therapists qualified in Australia and New Zealand - go to the Dental Board of Australia website.
  • Dental/oral health therapists who are trained and experienced in providing dental care to adults can apply for registration that includes authorisation to practise in a restricted practice area.

How to apply

Oral health promotion resources and publications

These NT Health resources are provided for health practitioners in the Northern Territory promoting good oral health.

Target group      


Early Childhood

These resource tell the story of how to care for children's teeth and mouth from birth to 5 years:

School Aged Kids

Resources available for use with ‘school aged kids’ to encourage good Oral Health:

Healthy Smile Training Participants

The training package HLTOHC 006 Apply Fluoride Varnish provides non-oral health professionals with oral health background information, knowledge about early childhood decay as well as prevention and management of oral health.


OHS Top End, Big Rivers and East Arnhem Region – Darwin NT
Phone: (08) 8922 6466
Fax: (08) 8922 6404

OHS Central Australia and Barkly Region – Alice Springs NT
Phone: (08) 8951 6713
Fax: (08) 8951 6768

Last updated: 08 September 2021

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