STANDARDS FOR ASSESSMENT 

OF 

OVERSEAS TRAINED DENTAL PRACTITIONERS

Introduction

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) is an independent, not for profit, company limited by guarantee. The ADC has been signed accreditation functions for the dental profession by the Dental Board of Australia (DBA).

One of the assigned functions of the ADC is to undertake assessment of overseas trained dental practitioners seeking to be registered and work in Australia.

The ADC’s assessment process facilitates the rigorous and responsive assessment of overseas trained dental practitioners. The ADC works to protect the public by ensuring that only dental practitioners who are suitably trained and qualified to practise in a competent and ethical manner are determined eligible to apply to commence the DBA process for registration.

The ADC undertakes assessment for two purposes and these are:

  1. The first step in the process towards Australian registration; and,
  2. For migration as outlined by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

 

Australian Registration

Practitioners who have trained in countries other than:

  • Dentists who are registered to practise in New Zealand under Trans-Tasman mutual recognition;
  • Dentists with eligible bachelor degrees from the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand (see website http://www.dentalboard.gov.au/ );
  • Dentists with eligible degrees from Canada and compliant with the ‘additional requirements’;
  • Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists who are registered to practise in New Zealand under Trans-Tasman mutual recognition;

must have completed an Australian approved program of study; or undertake the ADC assessment process.

Note: All dentists who wish to apply for specialist registration must have general registration and be on the Register of Dental Practitioners under the division of Dentists.

At this stage only dental prosthetists that are registered to practice in New Zealand are eligible to apply for General Registration under Trans-Tasman mutual recognition.

Migration

The ADC has been gazetted by the Minister for Immigration, pursuant to the Migration Act 1958, Migration Regulations amendment 1999, 2.26B, to perform the skills assessment function for migration purposes for the occupation of registered dentist.

Hygienists and therapists are required to be assessed by VETASSESS. Details may be found at the website http://www.vetassess.com.au/

ADC Assessment Process

The ADC has two types of assessment. These are:

  • Assessment of the applicant’s educational background, qualifications including testamur and transcripts, work experience and professional standing.
  • Assessment by written and practical examination of the applicant’s clinical knowledge, clinical judgment, clinical skills, attitudes and ethics.

Not all applicants are required to undertake both ADC assessments. Those entering the Public Sector Dental Workforce Scheme should refer to the Dental Board of Australia website at http://www.dentalboard.gov.au/

The ADC has standards that apply to assessments. The assessment process consists of:

  • Measurement of the applicants documents and skills against the ADC standards;
  • Notification to the applicant of the outcome of the assessment;
  • Information regarding review and appeals processes.

Further details relating to each standard are available on the ADC website. 

 

ASSESSMENT STANDARDS

Standard One


Identity confirmation and authority to act (if applicable)

Principle

The applicant is able to establish their identity in relation to the documents submitted and give the authority for another person to act on their behalf if desired e.g. migration agent.

The Standard is met when the applicant’s identity is established. 

Criteria

Assessment of Criteria

The applicant must supply one certified colour passport-size photograph that is not older than three months.

The photograph is certified according to the guidelines.

The applicant must supply a certified copy of a current passport, birth certificate and citizenship certificate where applicable.

Verification of name and photograph.

A declaration is completed stating that the person applying and all representation within documents are one and the same.

The declaration has been completed.

Documents bear the correct name and other identifying features

 

The names match the verified qualifications, or documentation has been supplied to support evidence of a name change e.g. marriage certificate.

 

Standard Two


Confirmation of education and training

Principle

The applicant is able to demonstrate via certified copies of original qualification and transcripts that they have undertaken the required education and training.

The Standard is met when the applicant has a minimum qualification(s) at the required level that is comparable in duration and content to the nationally agreed minimal education standard for the relevant dental practitioner in Australia. 

Criteria

Assessment of Criteria

A general dentist must hold a dental degree or diploma obtained following at least four years equivalent full-time academic study at a recognised higher education provider.

Certified copies of testamur and transcripts are in the name of the applicant.

Copies are legible and show all text, letterhead and signatories.

A dental hygienist and/or dental therapist must hold a dental hygiene and/or dental therapy qualification obtained following at least two years equivalent full-time study with a recognised provider.

Certified copies of testamur and transcripts are in the name of the applicant.

Copies are legible and show all text, letterhead and signatories.

Secondary education details must be outlined and indicate language in which the education was delivered.

The country, length of study, dates and language are identified.

 

Standard Three


Appropriate Work Experience and Registration History

Principle

The applicant is able to demonstrate evidence of registration and good conduct as a dental practitioner.

The Standard is met when the applicant is able to demonstrate that they have met registration/licensure requirements and have practiced in a professionally acceptable manner. 

Criteria

Assessment of Criteria

The applicant must supply evidence of the original and the current registration or licensure in the country from which they currently/last worked.

The registration/licensure shows certified evidence of the applicant’s name, date, and a signed statement regarding status e.g. conditions, disciplinary proceedings, other.

The applicant must declare their work history for the past five years to demonstrate recency of practice.

The work history enabled recency of practice to be assessed.

The applicant must list their work experience history and include professional references.

The type and breadth of work including duties and responsibilities is assessed and the professional references support claims.

The applicant arranges for a letter/certificate of good standing to be issued to the ADC.

The letter/certificate is sent directly to the ADC from the current registration authority.

  

Standard Four


Hold the requisite clinical knowledge, judgement, skills, competency and attributes

Principle

The applicant is able to demonstrate that they have the professional ability to perform safely in the role of a dental practitioner in Australia.

The Standard is met when the applicant has successfully completed and passed the written clinical knowledge, judgement, attitudes and ethics examination; and, the clinical practical examination. 

 Criteria

Assessment of Criteria

The applicant must pass the written examination.

The applicant has achieved the pass mark in the written examination and has continued to the clinical practical examination.

The applicant must pass the clinical practical examination.

The applicant has achieved a pass mark in each section of the clinical practical examination.

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