The dentistry gender gap
Did you know that while the number of female dentists in Australia is increasing every year, the latest statistics show a significant gap still exists between the numbers of men and women regarding who occupies the highest roles?
Statistics show that only a third of dentists in Australia are female, compared to a whopping 95 per cent of dental hygienists. Figures from the medical profession are similar, with females comprising 36 per cent of doctors and 99 per cent of midwives.
It’s clear that a gender gap across many industries exists and many areas of healthcare are still dominated by males.
Perhaps the gender gap seen in healthcare reflects attitudes in wider society? Is it a case of “women just aren’t as good at math or sciences as men”? Or is it because women’s and men’s interests vary?
Whatever the case, OzTREKK sees dozens of young women applying to Australian Dental Schools and Australian Medical Schools. For the 2014 intake, half the cohort OzTREKK sent was female!
The trend is changing. Are you a part of the trend? What are your interests? How can you make a difference?
Just a little something for you to sink your teeth into.