The Australian Dental Council presents at CLEAR Regional Symposium

The Australian Dental Council presents at CLEAR Regional Symposium

6 December 2018
Narelle Mills presents at CLEAR Regional Symposium

Committed to keeping up to date on work occurring in the regional regulation and accreditation sector, the Australian Dental Council (ADC) attended the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) Asia Pacific Regional Symposium in Wellington, New Zealand on 29 and 30 November. 

Focusing on the varying approaches to professional regulation in the Asia Pacific region, the two-day symposium provided a platform for regulators operating to share information and better understand the influence of regulation on the wider community. 

As part of the ADC’s attendance at the symposium, on 30 November, Chief Executive Officer, Ms Narelle Mills, presented on the contribution of accreditation to cultural safety.

Presenting on behalf of the Health Professions Collaborative Forum (the Forum), Ms Mills highlighted the role accreditation can play in improving the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Peoples and ensure the delivery of a culturally safe health workforce. 

Drawing on data collected through Role of accreditation in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes project (the Project), Ms Mills outlined the existing treatment of cultural safety in the Australian accreditation landscape.

Going beyond the present state of cultural safety within the sector, the presentation outlined the intended application of the dataset to inform projects and policy changes aiming to improve the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

“The work being undertaken by the Forum through the Project feeds into a larger shared commitment by the Australian health accreditation sector to work towards the equity in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other Australians by 2031.”

“Presenting at conferences such as the CLEAR Regional Symposium, give the ADC and the Forum a chance to raise the profile of the Project, share our learnings and learn from what others have done in the sector,” said Ms Mills.

More information about the Forum is available via with more information on Closing the Gap available here.

For information about CLEAR and its work, visit

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Australian Dental Council, Chief Executive Officer, Narelle Mills and Karl Briscoe, Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association present during the CLEAR Asia Pacific Regional Symposium
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