ADIA is the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. Our vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians...................... — ADIA Strategic Plan

Statistics — Practice business survey


To allow dentists to better understand understand sentiment on current business conditions and future expectations across dental practices in their state / territory and nation-wide, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) in conjunction with Bite Magazine compiles the ADIA Bite Magazine Dental Practice Business Conditions Survey. Undertaken on a quarterly basis, the survey’s results produce key indicators that assess the commercial environment in which dental practices across Australia operate.

The ADIA Bite Magazine Dental Practice Business Conditions Survey is produced using feedback from individual dental practices across Australia. It reviews current business conditions and future expectations on a quarterly basis across a number of key indicators including an increase / decrease in:

Current conditions and future expectations for —

The number of patients seen;
The number of (new) patients seen for the first time;
The number of patients funded by government programmes; and
Vacant chair time.

The survey methodology provides index figures for each of the above referenced categories, with an index level of 50 indicating that there is an exact balance of sentiment between those who responded that the variable is growing and those who replied that the variable had declined. Thus, any level below 50 can generally be interpreted as meaning that the variable is falling, and conversely, a reading above 50 indicates the variable is increasing. This approach is used to determine the business conditions index for the previous quarter and also the business expectations for the coming quarter.

FY2017-18 First Quarter Results —
ADIA Bite Magazine Dental Practice Business Conditions Survey

The current ADIA Bite Magazine Dental Practice Business Conditions Survey for the first quarter of FY2017-18 suggests that there is sentiment that the growth in patient numbers over recent quarters has come to an end. [Read More]

The ADIA Bite Magazine Dental Practice Business Conditions Survey is a national survey that aggregates data provided by dental practices across Australia. It covers practices of all sizes operating in every state / territory, and is Australia’s only survey targeted at dental professionals that's undertaken on a quarterly basis.

This initiative is just one of the many ways that ADIA works to provide members with the tools to plan for the growth and sustainability of their businesses, and to help create jobs in Australia’s dental industry.

Member Engagement —

Employees from across Australia's dental industry support the production of quality market research through their participation in the ADIA-MSPC Market Statistics Projects Committee and updates are provided at the quarterly ADIA Branch Briefings.

Further Information —

To be kept up to date with the latest dental industry statistics you can subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dental.industry. Alternatively, you can contact the Association via email at statistics@adia.org.au or by telephone on 1300 943 094.

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