In 2019, the Australian Dental Council is undertaking a review of the Australian Dental Council (ADC)/Dental Council (New Zealand) (DC(NZ)) Accreditation standards for dental practitioner programs (the Standards).
Used to assess and accredit programs of study leading to registration as a dental practitioner in Australia, the Standards underpin the accreditation process. This process aims to protect the public by ensuring education and training programs ensure graduates demonstrate the skills, knowledge and professional competencies needed to register as a dental practitioner in Australia.
Endorsed by the ADC and approved by the DC(NZ) and the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (National Law), the Standards can be viewed here.
Commencing in the second half of 2019, the Accreditation standards review (the Review) will ensure the Standards are in-line with contemporary benchmarks and expectations, while focusing on public safety. To assist with the process, a working party will be established to help consider changes to the existing Standards. Consultation on any proposed changes to the Standards will take place in early 2020.
The ADC is committed to keeping you up-to-date on our progress throughout the Review. As we progress, we will provide updates via the website and through our newsletter.
Summary of feedback about the Standards
In June 2019, the Australian Dental Council (ADC) and Dental Council (New Zealand) (DC(NZ)) asked for feedback on the existing ADC/DC(NZ) accreditation standards for dental practitioner programs. A summary of this feedback is available here.
This feedback is now being used to help inform the working party through the accreditation standards review.