Membership information 1800 444 542
Dentolegal advice 1800 444 542

We understand the challenges you face as you study hard to become the best dental practitioner you can be. That’s why we have a range of services to suit you, giving you the protection you need. 

Wherever you are in your studies, we can help give you the tools and skills to hit the ground running with your career.

What’s included in your student membership?

Once you’ve graduated and are registered to practice, you become responsible for your own clinical decision making, quality of treatment, communication with patients and colleagues, as well as professional development.

Occasionally patients don’t agree with your advice, and very occasionally patients are unhappy with their treatment outcomes. Some patients will just move to another dental practitioner and take their unhappiness with them. Other patients may be motivated to complain or even litigate. That’s when you need the support of an experienced dentolegal team with the expertise to understand the issues you face. We can help you with:


Complaints support

Help responding to and resolving patient complaints

Advice and support

Guidance on ethical issues, patient safety and consent

Dentolegal advice

Dentolegal advice phone line including out of hours emergency support 24/7

Expert legal team

Access to a dedicated legal team, which may include clinical negligence lawyers, dentolegal consultants and professional claims managers

Advice and legal representation

You can request advice and representation for Dental Board of Australia investigations, disciplinary and regulatory proceedings and criminal investigations related to your professional practice

Help with unwanted media attention

Specialist support including preparing statements and responding to the media on your behalf

Good Samaritan acts

You are covered for your provision of emergency medical treatment where you are in attendance as a bystander and there is no expectation of payment or reward


Download your guide to member benefits

Understanding your membership

Please take the time to read the guide to your responsibilities as a member.


Have a question regarding your membership? Browse our frequently asked questions.

Contact us if you need to update your details.

Tel: 1800 444 542

Email: [email protected]

It is important to keep your details up to date, as any missing or inaccurate information could affect your right to request assistance and, in some circumstances, can result in your membership being cancelled.


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DPL Australia Pty Ltd (“DPLA”) is registered in Australia with ABN 24 092 695 933. Dental Protection Limited (“DPL”) is registered in England (No. 2374160) and along with DPLA is part of the Medical Protection Society Limited (“MPS”) group of companies. MPS is registered in England (No. 36142). Both DPL and MPS have their registered office at Level 19, The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG. DPL serves and supports the dental members of MPS. All the benefits of MPS membership are discretionary, as set out in MPS’s Memorandum and Articles of Association.
“Dental Protection member” in Australia means a non-indemnity dental member of MPS. Dental Protection members may hold membership independently or in conjunction with membership of the Australian Dental Association (W.A. Branch) Inc. (“ADAWA”).
Dental Protection members who hold membership independently need to apply for, and where applicable maintain, an individual Dental Indemnity Policy underwritten by MDA National Insurance Pty Ltd (“MDANI”), ABN 56 058 271 417, AFS Licence No. 238073. MDANI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MDA National Limited, ABN 67 055 801 771. DPLA is a Corporate Authorised Representative of MDANI with CAR No. 326134. For such Dental Protection members, by agreement with MDANI, DPLA provides point-of-contact member services, case management and colleague-to-colleague support.
Dental Protection members who are also ADAWA members need to apply for, and where applicable maintain, an individual Dental Indemnity Policy underwritten by MDANI, which is available in accordance with the provisions of ADAWA membership.
None of ADAWA, DPL, DPLA and MPS are insurance companies. Dental Protection® is a registered trademark of MPS.

Before making a decision to buy or hold any products issued by MDANI, please consider your personal circumstances and the Important Information, Policy Wording and any supplementary documentation available by contacting the DPL membership team on 1800 444 542 or via email.