Australian Dental Council
MAJOR ACTIVITIES OF THE AUSTRALIAN DENTAL COUNCIL
Assessment and Accreditation of Australian Dental Schools
The assessment process is governed by the ADC's Accreditation Committee. The Committee advises the Council on accreditation policy and procedures, and appoints the expert teams that conduct the assessments of the courses available in Australian Dental Schools.
For each assessment of a course, the Accreditation Committee
sets up an expert team. Teams comprise a balance of members from
dental science and clinical disciplines and from a range of dental
schools. The team conducts:
The assessment is conducted under the ADC's Guidelines for the Assessment and Accreditation of Dental Schools.
The ADC Accreditation Committee receives a detailed report and recommendations from the assessment team and then makes a recommendation to the Australian Dental Council on the period of accreditation (the maximum period is 7 years).
The policies and procedures of the ADC, while respecting the academic independence of universities, are designed to ensure that new dental graduates are competent to undertake independent dental practice, and to have an adequate basis for further vocational training.
The Accreditation Guidelines require that curricula are responsive to the health needs both of individual citizens and of communities. Dentists must be able to care for an individual patient in illness, to assist with dental health education of the community, to be judicious in the use of dental health resources, and to work with a wide range of dental health professionals and other agents.
Assessment and Accreditation of Postgraduate Courses for
The Assessment of Overseas Dental Qualifications
In 1996 the (then) Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DEETYA) entered into an agreement with the ADC. The ADC became the body to assess and examine overseas trained dentists for registration in Australia. The ADC assumed that function and has conducted the examinations since. Examination fees are paid by the overseas trained dentists to defray costs.
Aims and Objectives of the ADC Examination
The ADC examination is a screening examination to establish that dentists trained in dental schools which have not been formally reviewed and accredited by the ADC, other than graduates of NZ, UK and the Republic of Ireland dental schools, have the necessary knowledge and clinical competence to practise dentistry with safety in the Australian community.
Format, Timing and Venues of the ADC Examinations
The examination procedure comprises three parts:
· An Occupational English Test (OET) administered by Language Australia. For a satisfactory / overall pass result candidates are required to pass all four macro-English language skills the OET seeks to test (ie for the listening, reading, writing and speaking sub-tests). The ADC requires a pass at "A" or "B" level for each of the four sub-tests.
The OET is held twice each year, both within Australia and overseas, in March / April and September / October. It can be taken, overseas, at Australian Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates; in Australia in any of the State capital cities and some larger provincial centres. Unlimited attempts at this examination are permitted, but a new fee must be paid for each attempt.
· A Preliminary Examination - multiple-choice question (MCQ) and Short Answer Questions (SAQ), administered over two consecutive days. Examinations are conducted twice each year, in March and September . Unlimited attempts at this examination are permitted, but a new fee must be paid for each attempt. A pass is valid for a period of three years.
It is designed to test knowledge of the science and practice of dentistry and of clinical and technical procedures as they are practised in Australia.
· A Final (clinical) Examination, the general objective of which is to evaluate the clinical competence of the candidate in terms of dental knowledge, clinical skills and professional attitudes for the safe and effective clinical practice of dentistry in the Australian community.
The clinical examination can be taken only in Australia, and
is held over six days. It includes three blocks:
Aspects of all clinical disciplines such as Orthodontics, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Pharmacology are also included where appropriate (practical and / or theoretical and / or Vive Voce). Candidates are examined at the same level as that reached by graduates from Australian universities.
Clinical examinations are conducted twice each year, in July and November. Unlimited attempts at the examinations are permitted, but a new fee must be paid for each attempt. If a supplementary examination is granted, a separate fee is payable for this examination. The final examination must be undertaken within three years of passing the Preliminary Examination.
These examinations (OET, Preliminary and Final) must be taken sequentially. Each fee for the OET, ADC Preliminary and ADC Final Examination allows only one attempt at the examination. Withdrawal from any examination may result in a cancellation fee being charged.
The range of topics covered in the ADC examination is based on the clinical curricula of Australian dental schools with an emphasis on common conditions in the Australian community. The patients used in the clinical examinations are drawn from a similar pool of patients to those used to assess final year dental students.
The ADC has appointed a Committee of Examiners with broad expertise over the full range of disciplines covered in the ADC and dental school examinations to ensure that the format and content of the ADC examinations are consistent with the undergraduate dental courses and the standard of examinations in Australian dental schools.
The ADC will consider any concerns and grievances put to it in writing to the Chief Executive Officer. Initiatives include:
· Appeal Procedures
· Supplementary Examinations may be granted where a candidate has a marginal fail grade.
· Clinical Examination
Recognition of Overseas Trained
Approval for specialist dental practice in Australia is the province of the State and Territory Dental Boards.
The Dental Boards and Dental Practice Boards are the designated legal authorities under the relevant legislation to administer registration.
The ADC provides advice to the State and Territory Dental Boards in order to encourage uniform approaches to the registration of dental practitioners.
Mutual Recognition between
Australian Health Ministers'