The ADC marks its 25th anniversary
26 November 2018
On 19 March 1993, representatives from the Dental Board of the States and Territories of Australia, the Australian Dental Association, and the Committee of Deans of Dental Schools came together for the inaugural meeting of the Australian Dental Council (ADC).
Formed to provide a national body for the accreditation of education courses offered by Australian dental schools leading to registration as a dentist in Australia, the ADC carried out this role on behalf of the state Boards.
Moving forward 25 years, today the ADC is the independent accreditation authority assigned the accreditation functions for the dental professions by the Dental Board of Australia (DBA).
To mark this significant milestone in the organisation’s history, the ADC celebrated with an anniversary dinner held on 15 November 2018.
Attended by past presidents, directors, ADC Members, industry partners, and staff, the event provided an opportunity for guests to reflect on the role the organisation has played in the dental and health sectors.
Commemorating 25 years of achievements, a highlight of the evening were speeches from former Presidents Dr Lloyd O’Brien AO and Dr Ralph Neller AM.
As the inaugural President of the ADC, Dr O’Brien looked back on the status of the Australian dental landscape and the motivations leading to the initial the establishment of the ADC in 1993.
Highlighting another significant milestone in the organisation’s history, Dr Neller reflected on the challenges the ADC faced during implementation of the National Scheme in 2010. A Director during the Scheme’s introduction and ADC President from 2011 to 2012, Dr Neller spoke on how this period shaped the organisation into what it is today.
For ADC Chief Executive Officer, Ms Narelle Mills, the night was an opportunity to thank those who have worked throughout the organisation’s history to ensure its long-term success.
“The longevity and success of the ADC has been made possible thanks to the dedication of a number of people across the professions. Their commitment to the organisation has ensured the ADC has the capabilities to meet the evolving landscape of the sector during the past 25 years.”
“This milestone is not only an opportunity for us to reflect on past achievements. It is also a chance for us to turn our thoughts towards the future of the ADC and its role in the sector. It is an exciting time for the organisation,” said Ms Mills.
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