Dental Board of Australia
Dental Board of Australia
 

Specialist competencies

The Board in partnership with the Dental Council (New Zealand) (the Council) have developed Entry-level competencies for dental specialties.

These competencies describe the level of competence expected of applicants for registration with the Board and the Council.

The Board has published a consultation report (see below) to provide a summary of the consultation process undertaken to develop these competencies. This report:

  • identifies key themes from the submissions received 
  • provides a brief summary of responses to each of the questions posed in the consultation paper 
  • gives a summary of changes in the final approved version, and 
  • sets out the proposed next steps.

While the competencies have been developed with the Council, there are two Australian specialties not recognized in New Zealand: dento-maxillofacial radiology and forensic odontology.

How are the competencies being used in Australia?

The competencies are used to support a number of regulatory functions by the Board. These functions include accreditation, registration and notification.

  1. Accreditation

    The competencies are used to determine if approved specialist programs of study in Australia:
  • are at the expected qualification level, and
  • produce graduates at the expected level of competence for specialist registration.
  1. Registration

    The competencies are used to assess overseas qualified applicants for specialist registration by:
  • assessing qualifications for equivalence to a specialist qualification approved by the Board, and 
  • developing assessments or examinations.

    The competencies are also used to assess applications from dental specialists wishing to return to practice and who do not meet the Board’s recency of practice requirements. 
  1. Notification

    The competencies can also be used as part of the management of a notification against a registered dental specialist.
Document name PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Consultation report PDF (265KB) Word version 
(373KB,DOCX)
June 2016
Entry level competencies for all dental specialties PDF (406KB) Word version 
(604KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016
Entry level competencies for dento-maxillofacial radiology PDF (85.5KB) Word version 
(333KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016 
Entry level competencies for endodontics PDF (107KB) Word version 
(356KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016
Entry level competencies for oral and maxillofacial surgery PDF (108KB) Word version 
(347KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016
Entry level competencies for oral medicine PDF (106KB) Word version 
(356KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016
Entry level competencies for oral pathology PDF (107KB) Word version 
(357KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016
Entry level competencies for oral surgery PDF (106KB) Word version 
(219KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016
Entry level competencies for orthodontics PDF (107KB) Word version 
(350KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016
Entry level competencies for paediatric dentistry PDF (107KB) Word version 
(353KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016
Entry level competencies for periodontics PDF (105KB) Word version 
(355KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016
Entry level competencies for prosthodontics PDF (106KB) Word version 
(356KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016
Entry level competencies for public health dentistry (community dentistry) PDF (108KB) Word version 
(355KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016
Entry level competencies for special needs dentistry PDF (108KB) Word version 
(350KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016
Entry level competencies for forensic odontology PDF (86.1KB) Word version 
(342KB,DOCX)
1 July 2016
 
 
 
Page reviewed 1/07/2016