More than one-third of Australian dentists say they are currently experiencing significant disruption to their supply chain due to the global recession.
Photo: Kate Geraghty, AAPABS analysis of industry-wide data from the dental supply and supply chain company, Dental Supply Australia, shows that more than 40 per cent of dentists reported some form of disruption in their supply chains, with most of the disruption occurring in the supply chain for the products they sell.
More than one in four dentists said they experienced a major disruption to supply chain operations in their industry.
“The major impact has been on dental supply chains that provide essential services to Australians,” said the research report.
Dental supply chain disruption in the past 12 monthsThe supply chain was the biggest area of disruption identified by the study, which identified a variety of issues including supply chain logistics, the cost of supplies, and quality control.
Dentists’ overall experiences with supply chain disruptions varied, but dentists in NSW had the highest number of problems.
The report found that supply chain turnover was one of the biggest issues facing dentists across Australia.
“We have seen turnover of more than $100 million per year in recent years, and we believe that’s driven by a combination of the global economic downturn, and our own business challenges,” said Dr Peter D’Este, CEO of DentalSupplyAustralia.
“It is the supply chains which are the most at risk, as we need to keep our business afloat in a competitive environment.”
While there was a reduction in the number of dentistry businesses closing in recent months, the supply of goods is still expected to remain a challenge for dentists.
Dr D’Esse said that supply chains were in many ways “in the dark ages” and that it was essential to work with suppliers to identify and address issues.
“If you can’t identify a problem, you can only hope to make it worse,” he said.
“I think the challenge of supply chain issues is, there is so much that we don’t know.”
At this stage, we need some new solutions and I think this is an area where we need all of the supply sector stakeholders to come together.
“The report also highlights how the supply and demand of dental products is changing.”
When we have that much demand, it means there are always some supply constraints that dentists need to work around.””
In a way, online retailers are supplying the dentists with a much higher standard of care.”
When we have that much demand, it means there are always some supply constraints that dentists need to work around.
“The survey also found that many dentists were concerned about the impact of the economic downturn on their ability to supply supplies and that the supply-chain disruptions were a major issue affecting dentists’ workforces.
Dr Peter D. D’Escato, Director of Denture Management at Dental SupplyAustralia, said: “The dentists that are out of work are the ones who are paying the price, as well as the consumer.”
It’s the dentistry industry, like all other sectors, that is impacted the most by the downturn.”
While the dentist shortage may not be the greatest, dentists will have to take a lot more of the burden on their backs, and their families, and they will have less time to spend with their families.
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