Research

Overview

Research plays a role in driving improvement, informing decision making, and facilitating engagement. By establishing an evidence base, research helps anticipate future needs and bridge gaps by addressing important issues.

At the Australian Dental Council (ADC), research supports the organisation’s vision and strategic aims as highlighted in the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan. A foundation for continuous improvement, research improves the role the organisation plays as an accreditation authority and assesses its effectiveness under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS).

Research completed by the ADC helps inform the core sections of the organisation, the accreditation of programs leading to registration as a dental practitioner in Australia and the assessment of overseas trained dental professionals. Findings will contribute to work across the organisation, including the development and review of policies, standards and processes. 
 

Current projects

Consumer involvement in the design and delivery of professional competency examinations and assessments

As end users of the services performed by dental practitioners, consumers have a stake in the delivery of assessments and examinations. For accreditation authorities, such as the ADC, there is a growing focus on the benefits consumer and community groups can bring to organisational practices. This includes potentially involving consumers in decision making processes around the design and delivery of dental examinations and assessments. 

Delivered by the University of Sydney, this literature review will help the ADC understand how other organisations, nationally and internationally, involve consumers and the community in the design and delivery of similar examination and assessment processes. 

How prepared are newly qualified dental practitioners for practice in Australia?

The accreditation of education and training programs leading to registration as a dental professional is a core role of the ADC. To strengthen our understanding of the outcomes from this process, the ADC is undertaking research to explore the extent individuals completing an accredited program are prepared to practice. 

This body of work will address the outcomes the organisation seeks to achieve through the undertaking of its accreditation activities. The research will also gather data to help assess the organisation’s effectiveness in achieving its objectives under the NRAS. 

Findings from this research may go on to inform other areas of the organisation, including the future review and development of accreditation standards, policies and the professional competencies for newly qualified practitioners.