Introduction

About the ADC

We are assigned the accreditation functions for the dental professions by the Dental Board  of Australia (DBA) under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS).  

Through our role, we are responsible for:   

  • Accrediting education and training programs leading to registration as a dentist, dental specialist, dental hygienist, dental therapist, oral health therapist, and dental prosthetist.   
  • Developing accreditation standards, policies, and procedures for Australian-based dental practitioner programs.   
  • Developing standards, policies and procedures for the assessment of qualifications and skills of overseas trained dental practitioners, excluding dental specialists, seeking registration to practise in Australia.   
  • Assessing the professional qualifications, knowledge, judgement, and clinical skills of overseas trained dental practitioners, excluding dental specialists, for the purposes of eligibility to apply for registration to practise in Australia.   

A not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee, the ADC is a registered charity under the Corporations Act 2001 and holds charity status under the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. The organisation is also registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

The ADC is funded by a grant from the DBA and through fee for service activities.

Current members of the ADC include key professional bodies, academic bodies, and other individual members of the Australian dental professions.   

Message from the Chair

Over the past year, the ADC has conducted an unprecedented number of assessments and examinations, with an increase in interest from internationally qualified dental practitioners. Between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023, the ADC has undertaken 1385 number of practical examinations. Prior to the opening of the ADC examination centre in Melbourne, the maximum number of practical examination seats per calendar year was around 840.

The ADC has continued to focus attention on the role of accreditation in the provision of culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a health system free from racism. While the ADC does not have all the levers needed to progress this mission, we do have a part to play. The ADC has committed to reconciliation through its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). For the ADC, the Reflect RAP has been extremely valuable over the past 18 months, and the organisation is well positioned to move forward to an Innovate RAP in 2024.

The importance of ensuring Indigenous voices are represented in decision making has also been a focus for the past year. We are proud to say we now have two Aboriginal Directors on the ADC Board and four Aboriginal Committee members: two on the Assessments Committee and two on the Accreditation Committee. The contribution of these members is recognised, and the organisation will benefit from their participation.

The Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner came into effect on 1 July 2023. These incorporate a significant focus on populations at greater risk of poorer oral health outcomes, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, people with disabilities, and members of rural and remote communities. The significance of taking into account the provisions of the National Law, which mandate accreditation authorities to consider access to services, has become increasingly apparent in the past year. This is particularly relevant as governments at both the Commonwealth and state and territory levels grapple with severe shortages in the healthcare workforce. The ADC has contributed formally and informally to discussions and consultations with governments in relation to the broader workforce agendas as well as the dental workforce and will continue to provide contemporaneous data to inform planning.

In 2021 the ADC signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Commission for Academic Accreditation, a government higher education regulator, to accredit dental practitioner programs in the UAE. This was our first formal international accreditation engagement, and I am pleased to confirm that the ADC has now undertaken two accreditation site visits and the Accreditation Teams have been impressed by the quality of the programs. A commitment by the UAE to benchmark its programs against Australian standards is something we can all be proud of. It serves as an acknowledgement of the quality of dental education in Australia.

I would like to thank the ADC Board of Directors for their input and commitment to the organisation over the past 12 months, and to me as Chair of the Board. The Board has worked closely with management on several strategic initiatives over the year and their depth of experience has contributed to key strategic decisions. I would like to acknowledge the contributions made by Associate Professor Deborah Cockrell AM and Lucy Vincent to the ADC over the past several years. Deb and Lucy are stepping down from their role on the ADC Board. Deb is well-known in the dental industry for her generosity and leadership. Deb is a former President of the ADC and has also Chaired the ADC Accreditation Committee. She remains a member of the Accreditation Committee as Leah Hobbs takes over as Chair.

Lucy is a non-practitioner member of the ADC Board with a strong background in risk management. Lucy has been instrumental in strengthening our risk management framework and more recently, our cyber policies. She has been a member of the ADC Finance, Audit and Risk Monitoring Committee for the past three years.

On behalf of the Board, I thank Associate Professor Cockrell and Ms Vincent for their contributions to the ADC.

I would also like to thank Dr Janet Preuss for her support of me as Deputy Chair of the Board. Janet has been a sounding board over the past year, and I look forward to continuing our work over the next 12 months.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to express our appreciation to the ADC team for their commitment and hard work. I would like to especially thank ADC Chief Executive Officer Narelle Mills for her leadership during a challenging year. This year marks seven years of service by Narelle to the ADC, and the most recent accolade for her leadership and effort occurred when the ADC was reappointed as the accreditation authority for the dental profession for five years commencing 1 July 2024. I understand that we were the first accreditation authority to receive this notice from a National Board!

Congratulations to Narelle and the ADC team for this very pleasing result.   

Dr Chris Bourke
Chair, ADC

Message from the CEO

The 2022/2023 financial year ushered in the era of health workforce reform. Several government-initiated reviews of the health workforce commenced, with seemingly bold goals and short time horizons for achievement of outcomes. The review of the regulatory settings relating to registration and qualification recognition for overseas health practitioners, known as the Kruk Review, focused on identifying efficiencies in the processes of assessing overseas qualified practitioners seeking registration in Australia. In preparing our submission to the review, the ADC compared its processes, cost, availability, and timeliness against other regulators internationally. The ADC faired well on all metrics. The ability to scale our practical examination availability to accommodate more candidates in our examination centre has been key to being able to meet increasing demand from internationally qualified dental practitioners. Applications for our assessment process have increased exponentially and this is not restricted to the dental professions. Our colleagues in pharmacy, nursing and medicine are also reporting increased demand for assessments. While we continue to monitor trends, we do not expect the demand to reduce in the near future. 

The past year has been focused on development and implementation of foundational strategies to support our growing organisation. The ADC developed a People Strategy to ensure we are supporting our people to love what they do and grow with the business. The Accreditation and Assessments Roadmaps and Quality Improvement Strategies have also been a focus area for the ADC. We know that we cannot stand still. Continuously reviewing and enhancing our accreditation and assessment services is key to achieving our vision of continuing to strengthen our leadership in accreditation and assessments nationally and internationally. We refreshed our Research Strategy, focusing on questions which will enhance our understanding of the role of accreditation in effecting change, and improve our ability to provide quality accreditation services. 

The ADC embarked on its first international accreditation visit in 2023. This was a momentous occasion for the ADC, with preparations several years in the making. The ADC is grateful to the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) United Arab Emirates (UAE) for their collaboration and partnership over the past few years to the point we are now jointly accrediting dental programs in the UAE. 

Cyber security and risk management were top of mind for all businesses in 2022/2023.  In its role as an accreditation authority, the ADC holds personal data on candidates and education providers for the purposes of making assessments, and we understand that we have a responsibility in relation to that data. We have invested in systems and focused on procedures to support the protection of all ADC data and will continue to invest in this area of the business. 

This year I continued in my role as Chair of the Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum (the Forum). As I commented in last year’s CEO message, it is always a privilege to have the support and confidence of your colleagues to represent accreditation in discussions at all levels within and external to the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). The role of the Chair of the Forum includes appointment to the Ahpra Board Accreditation Committee and the Forum of NRAS Chairs, both highly visible committees and integral to ensuring accreditation is understood and its value within the Scheme is promoted. 

The ADC is supported by an amazing team of experts in their own right. We have expanded the number of employees at the ADC to 42 in 2023, including 8 new permanent roles over the past 12 months. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Senior Leadership Team, Veronica Vele, Philippa Davis, Laura Malone and Rachel Knight for their unwavering support of me in my role as the CEO, and for their leadership across the organisation. As a result of the amazing teams they lead, we have been able to achieve our success. I want to thank all staff at the ADC for a wonderful year and for their commitment to the ADC. 

To all the examiners, item writers, convenors, assessors and committee members, I would like to acknowledge and thank you for your commitment and contribution to the rigour of ADC decision-making. 

I would also like to thank Dr Chris Bourke, Chair and the ADC Board of Directors for their contribution to the ADC over the past year. We have had some exciting discussions over this year which have resulted in robust debate. This is the value of a skills-based Board of Directors, and I am grateful for their diverse experience in guiding me as CEO. 

Narelle Mills
Chief Executive Officer, ADC

Our Strategic Plan 2022–2024

Vision

To strengthen our leadership in accreditation and assessment nationally and internationally.

Key Result Areas

Leadership

We pursue and engage in activities and initiatives that demonstrate and confirm our leadership

Quality

We pursue and initiate activities that continuously improve the quality of our services

Innovation

We are curious and harness innovation to create new opportunities

Social responsibility

We make decisions that are ethical, safe, sustainable

Values

Ethical

Respectful

Fair

Transparent

Independent

Supportive

Collaborative

Innovative

Leadership

Board of Directors

Dr Chris Bourke

Chair and Director

Dr Janet Preuss

Deputy Chair and Director

Associate Professor Deborah Cockrell AM

Director

Dr Felicia Valianatos

Director

Jamie Williamson

Director

Dr Kate Amos

Director

Leah Hobbs

Director

Lucy Vincent

Director

Dr Naser Albarbari

Director

Dr Rohan Krishnan

Director

Senior Leadership Team

Narelle Mills

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Knight

interim Director, Corporate Services

Veronica Vele

Director, Assessments and Examinations

Philippa Davis

Director, Accreditation, Policy and Research

Laura Malone

Director, People and Culture

Key projects

ADC Assessor, Examiner and Writer Conference

On 24 and 25 February 2023, the Australian Dental Council hosted its Assessor, Examiner and Item Writer Conference with more than 110 delegates. 

Attendees had the opportunity to engage with a stimulating program of sessions across the two-day event, with keynote presentations given by Professor Maree O’Keefe on outcomes-based accreditation and Professor Mark Gierl on automatic item generation for content development. Other sessions focused on understanding and evaluating the impact of dental program accreditation, management of incidents in standardised examination delivery and the revised Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner. All sessions promoted robust discussion and it was great to see such strong engagement from delegates throughout the event.

A highlight of the program was the keynote address for all attendees given by Ms Donna Murray, CEO of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), who spoke on the impacts of racism and cultural safety in healthcare and the critical need for provision of culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

For several years, meetings and conferences took place online due to the pandemic. However, 2023 marked the first year the ADC assessors, examiners, and item writers were able to convene in person. The conference provided attendees with great opportunities to establish new professional connections and discuss important topics relevant to our work and the dental profession more broadly.

Associate Professor Deborah Cockrell AM, Chair of the Accreditation Committee, described how “the highlight was the so many dedicated, expert and respected colleagues committed to enhancing everything the ADC does.” Dr Felicia Valianatos, Chair of the Assessment Committee also reflected on “the incredible energy and participation in the conference rooms and the hallways that connected dental professionals and allowed for important discussions about the ADC’s pathways to safe and quality dental care home and away”.

Their feedback was echoed by the reflections and comments of many other delegates. 

Implementation of the Professional Competencies of the Newly Qualified Dental Practitioner

The ADC continued its engagement with key stakeholders to support the implementation of the revised Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner (the Competencies). The Competencies were reviewed in 2021 to ensure they remain contemporary benchmarks of what is expected of a newly qualified dental practitioner in Australia. From 1 July 2023 all accreditation activities will be assessed against the revised Competencies and from 1 September 2023 the examinations for overseas trained practitioners will be mapped against the revised Competencies.

To support the implementation for education providers, the ADC held a webinar on 7 December 2022 to provide an overview of the review process, what had changed and the plan for implementation. The webinar, accessible on the ADC’s website, has been viewed by more than 1000 people including approximately 100 participants who attended the live event.

The ADC also developed and published a set of guidance notes to support education providers with implementation and provide examples of ways providers can prepare students to be able to demonstrate the revised competencies. The guidance notes cover six focus areas:  

  • interprofessional collaborative practice 
  • cultural safety 
  • domestic and family violence 
  • rural and remote populations 
  • social responsibility 
  • at-risk populations 

Candidates undertaking the ADC Assessment for overseas qualified practitioners were kept updated about the implementation of the Competencies via the ADC candidate newsletter The Candidate Lounge. The guidance notes for education providers were also adapted into resources for candidates, as well as examiners and item writers.

The ADC has continued its engagement more broadly with the profession and has published articles in several stakeholders’ newsletters including the Australian Dental Association (ADA), Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association (ADOHTA), Australian Dental Prosthetists Association (ADPA), Australasian Dentist, and the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA).  

 

Reconciliation Action Plan – a year in review

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) remains steadfast on its journey towards reconciliation and is committed to progressing its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This commitment reflects the ADC’s ongoing dedication to learning and growth, marked by numerous significant milestones achieved along the way. As the ADC approaches the final stages of the Reflect RAP and continues to diligently work towards fulfilling the objectives outlined within it, it does so with enthusiasm. The transition to the next step, the commencement of an Innovate RAP, signifies a pivotal moment in the ADC’s reconciliation journey, demonstrating the ADC’s dedication to driving positive change and nurturing meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and stakeholders.

In November 2022, the ADC received the results from the Workplace RAP Barometer (WRB) survey, which were notably positive. These results indicate staff willingness to actively participate in the reconciliation journey. The insights gleaned from the survey have played a crucial role in shaping future plans, particularly in the areas of training and cultural activities aimed at enhancing cultural knowledge and understanding.

The ADC Board, Committee, and staff members all completed cultural safety training, and assessors, examiners and item writers are scheduled to undergo the same training over the next 18 months. The training, conducted by Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), reinforces the organisation’s commitment to Indigenous engagement and cultural competence.

Notably, key representatives from the ADC, including the Chair, CEO, Director of Accreditation, Policy and Research, and Director of Examinations and Assessment, actively participated in significant conferences. In late November 2022, they attended the Indigenous Dentists Association of Australia (IDAA) conference, where Dr Chris Bourke spoke about ADC’s reconciliation journey. Additionally, Dr Bourke and Narelle Mills co-presented the ADC sponsored award ‘Commitment to Indigenous Health’ at the IAHA Conference. 

Accreditation

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programs this year

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accredited programs in Australia

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dental education providers in Australia

The role of accreditation in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes

As part of its commitment to enhancing health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the ADC published a subsequent report entitled ‘The role of accreditation in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.’ The Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum (HPACF) released the initial report in 2019.

Since 2019, the ADC / Dental Council (New Zealand) (DC(NZ)) accreditation standards for dental practitioner programs (the Standards) were reviewed and approved in 2020 with a dedicated standard about cultural safety which was developed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders. Following the review of the Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental practitioner 2021, new statements were introduced to outline what a practitioner must do to ensure culturally safe and respectful practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  

The role of accreditation in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes report outlines the progress education providers delivering accredited health practitioner programs in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) have made towards meeting Standard 6 – Cultural safety through data collected from 2021 and 2022 ADC annual reports.

Overall, the results are promising, with responses demonstrating a clear commitment from education providers to continue to review and develop programs that prepare graduates to be able to practise in a culturally safe way. 

Examples of approaches that dental programs have considered include:  

  • Engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health associations for advice and support regarding how to ensure dental practitioner programs attract, support and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and ensure a culturally safe training environment.  
  • Establishing partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop curricula, including representation on program committees.  
  • Inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander views as compulsory course content, and ensuring cultural safety is integrated across the entire curriculum course.  
  • Engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to deliver cultural awareness training modules for staff delivering program content. 
  • Identifying and, where possible, providing opportunities for culturally safe and responsive clinical placements. 

The ADC will continue to monitor these trends over time, to assess the impact of accreditation in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

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Dental academic workforce roundtable

The ADC initiated a roundtable discussion to identify the ongoing challenges and barriers to attract a sustainable dental academic workforce, with a focus on potential areas for change to support high quality dental education in Australia. The roundtable discussion considered the results of a survey conducted by the ADC in 2022 of Australian Dental School staff which showed that leaders of dental schools across Australia had concerns about the lack of qualified dental academics, registration barriers, work/life balance and flexibility, succession planning and remuneration and reputation. 

More than 30 representatives from across the Australian dental sector including the the Australian Dental Association (Federal and State/Territory Branches), Dental Board Australia, Indigenous Dental Association Australia, dental colleges and dental specialty societies and academies from across Australia participated in the discussion. Expert speakers presented on the state of funding for research, a global perspective on the dental academic workforce, and the results of the survey of current dental program academic and professional staff and dental school leaders highlighting issues with recruitment and retention of academic staff, job security, workload and dental academic career pathways.  

 Delegates considered short- and long-term actions to the following questions: 

  • What are the best ways to encourage students and graduates to pursue academic careers? How can we generate our own dental academic workforce? Is it more appropriate to actively recruit from overseas? Is it a combination of both?    
  • What strategies could be implemented to improve opportunities for career progression within dental academia? How can a career in dental academia be better promoted and supported? Are current KPIs appropriate? 
  • How can Australian dental schools strike the balance between the school’s research capability and its capacity to educate dentists suited to the future workforce? What could be done to optimise the education/research mix of dental schools?  
  • What are the barriers to universities working more cooperatively, for example joint programs, shared curricula etc.? What could we gain if collaboration did occur? What are the barriers to cooperation and how could they be addressed? 

All participants at the roundtable agreed that the key action was to identify opportunities to collaborate and work together to secure a dental academic workforce for the future. Participants agreed that this is a joint priority given the importance of educating future dental practitioners and ensuring that the oral health needs of the Australian public can be met. The ADC continues to work together with the Australasian Council of Dental schools, the Australian Dental Association and the Dental Board of Australia to progress actions identified at the roundtable.  

 

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Accreditation Committee

Name Role
Associate Professor Deborah Cockrell AM Chair
Associate Professor Leah Hobbs  Oral Health Therapist 
Dr Chris Bourke Dentist, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative (until 11 November 2023) 
Associate Professor Werner Bischof AM  Dental practitioner (periodontist, academic) (until 4 March 2023) 
Dr Kate Amos  Dental practitioner (dentist) 
Kellie Gleeson   Oral Health Therapist, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative  (from 27 March 2023) 
Kelly Clemente  Dental practitioner (dental hygienist) 
Jan Connolly  Community representative (until 4 March 2023) 
Tony Evans  Community representative 
Kate Thomas  Community representative 
Joanne Ling  Student representative (Until 1 Jan 2023) 
John Do  Student representative (From 1 Jan 2023) 

Assessments and examinations

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initial assessments

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candidates at more than 45 venues across 24 countries

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candidates at the ADC Examination Centre in Melbourne

Establishment of our new Candidate Reference Group

As part of the ADCs commitment to improving the experience of candidates undertaking the ADC dental practitioner assessment process, a Candidate Reference Group was established in December 2022.  

The ADC appointed Dr Aida Midred Ortz Solarte as the inaugural chair of the Candidate Reference Group. Dr Solarte is a recent ADC candidate and a member of the Assessment Committee. The other Candidate Reference Group members were selected from over 100 applicants to represent the whole ADC candidate cohort, and included practitioners who trained in Brazil, Chile, India and Nepal, and who are currently located in Australia and overseas: India, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates. 

 The Candidate Reference Group provides another avenue for candidates to engage with ADC, give feedback, identify opportunities for improvement, and provide advice regarding any proposed changes to policies and processes. 

In the years ahead, the ADC Candidate Reference Group is committed to dynamically enhancing the process, ensuring it’s not only fair but also consistently valid and reliable. 

Exploring new ways of generating examination content

The ADC commenced a pilot project in partnership with Professor Mark Gierl from the University of Alberta to trial automatic item generation (AIG) as an alternative method to traditional item development processes. AIG involves the development of cognitive models to generate content using computer technology, which enables the creation of large item banks in an efficient and reliable way.

As part of the pilot, a small group of expert ADC item writers received introductory training in item modelling and worked on creating cognitive models to produce clinical scenarios and exam questions that mirror those used in the current ADC examinations.  

The next step is to review the content generated through AIG to determine whether it aligns with the ADC examination blueprints and meets the same standards of the content produced through traditional item development processes. This will assist the ADC in determining whether future training in item modelling can be extended to a larger group of item writers with a view to include AIG as an additional way of generating content for the ADC examinations.  

Ultimately, embedding AIG in the item development process has the potential to generate a large number of high-quality examination questions in a cost-effective way. This will allow the ADC to maintain the integrity of its item bank and provide greater access to sample questions to candidates undertaking the ADC Assessment process. 

Assessments and examinations statistics

Initial assessments

The number of new initial assessments received and processed from July 2022 to June 2023 increased by 50% compared to the previous financial year. 

Amount of initial assessment applications (all professions)

Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total
FY2020 54 68 67 84 63 34 64 98 79 13 10 23 657
FY2021 42 32 29 43 79 52 62 68 76 57 54 42 636
FY2022 69 68 71 70 91 81 33 130 274 120 133 116 1256
FY2023 130 149 163 157 132 121 125 145 221 289 120 122 1874

*Initial assessment processing was postponed for periods in the 2020 and 2021 financial years due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions introduced by the Victorian Government.

Where our applications came from

Written examinations

Two written examination sessions were held in the 2023 financial year and candidates were able to complete the computer-based examination at more than 45 venues across 24 countries. 

Written examination locations

Written examination results FY2020-FY2023

FY2020 FY2021 FY2022 FY2023
Candidates 686 1169 1284 2246
Pass 343 516 307 536
Fail 344 653 977 1710
% Pass 50 44 24 24
% Fail 50 56 76 76

*Only one written examination was held in the 2020 financial year due to the postponement of the March 2020 examination due to evolving COVID-19 situation.

Practical examinations

Sixty practical examination sessions were held in the 2023 financial year for general dentistry practical examinations. Strict COVID-safe protocols continued throughout the year at the ADC Examination Centre in Melbourne for the practical examination. The practical examination pass rate in FY2023 was 19%. Two additional practical examination sessions were held in November 2022 and June 2023 for 1 dental therapy and 10 dental hygiene candidates. 

Practical examination session and attendance FY2020-FY2023

FY2020 FY2021 FY2022 FY2023
Candidates 940 580 990 1385
Number of sessions held 40 27 54 60
Attendance rate 98% 90% 76% 96%
Pass 180 209 266 257
Fail 760 371 724 1128
% Pass 19% 36% 27% 19%
% Fail 81% 64% 73% 81%

*Select practical examinations scheduled in 2020 and 2021 were postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions

Practical examination results FY2020-FY2023

Practical examination results by cluster FY2020-FY2023

Assessment Committee

Name Role
Dr Felicia Valianatos Chair (from November 2021)
Associate Professor Cathy Snelling Dental practitioner
Associate Professor John Boucher AM Dental practitioner
Associate Professor James Dudley Dental practitioner (specialist)
James Farrugia Community representative (until February 2023)
Paul Geyer Community representative
Kirrily Phillips Community representative (from February 2023)
Dr Mildred Ortiz-Solarte Dental practitioner, recent ADC examination candidate
Dr Mark Rowe Community representative
Dr Tom Tseng Dental practitioner

Operations

A focus on cyber and risk

The ADC works to protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring dental practitioners meet the stringent standards required of the dental profession in Australia. Upholding the integrity of its digital ecosystem is among ADC’s foundational values. Behind the scenes, the ADC works to safeguard the critical data that it possesses. Cybersecurity risks are present for every organisation, including the ADC.

As a crucial element of its Risk Management Framework, the ADC has proactively been addressing threats by offering extensive cybersecurity training to all its staff, establishing a network of Cyber Wardens and continually refining and enhancing the cybersecurity policies and procedures. In the face of a potential cybersecurity incident, the ADC Cyber Security and Privacy Incident Response Plan has been prepared and devised to ensure a prompt and efficient reaction. This strategy functions within an overarching framework that aligns with external benchmarks, including ISO 27001: Information Security Management System. 

People Strategy

The inaugural People Strategy lays the foundations of ADC’s commitment to cultivating a workforce that embraces the contributions, sense of belonging, and growth of every individual. This strategic initiative has been designed to reflect ADC’s values, articulate its philosophy, and outline the actionable steps for attracting, developing, retaining, and inspiring its workforce. The vision is to foster a talented, innovative, and dedicated workforce that collaboratively strives to achieve shared goals.

At its core, the People Strategy focuses on enhancing employee engagement, productivity, and retention. It provides a roadmap for nurturing both high-performing and high-potential employees. Serving as a guiding framework, it ensures that critical people-related issues are diligently addressed across the entire organisation.

Diversity and inclusion are most important for the ADC, and the organisation is committed to reinforcing and enriching its existing culture and values through these principles. This commitment extends to establishing culturally safe recruitment processes with a focus on increasing engagement and attraction of First Nations people to significant roles.

The ADC’s approach to flexible working is another key feature of the People Strategy and aims to support employees maintain a harmonious balance between their professional and personal lives.

Our dedication to creating a workplace that is supportive, flexible, embraces cultural diversity and welcomes individuals of all genders and people with disabilities, is woven into every facet of our operations and will ensure the ADC continues to be an employer of choice.

 

Technology changing the way of human resources

In January 2023, the ADC introduced ELMO, a new state-of-the-art Human Resources Information System (HRIS) bringing positive changes to ADC HR capabilities.

ELMO has been designed to provide an integrated and user-friendly platform for all HR functions and allows staff to efficiently manage critical HR tasks, from recruitment and onboarding to learning and development, performance, and analytics.

ELMO also provides access to an employee benefits program, Flare, directly through the platform, making it even more convenient for staff to use.

The implementation of all components of the new HRIS has been staged and will be completed by December 2023. 

People and Culture Committee

Name Role
Dr Chris Bourke  Chair (from November 2022) 
Professor Chris Peck  Chair (until November 2022)
Associate Professor Deborah Cockrell AM Chair Accreditation Committee
Peter Gibson Independent member
Dr Janet Preuss Deputy Chair and Finance Audit and Risk Monitoring Committee, non-dental practitioner 
Dr Felicia Valianatos Chair Assessment Committee  

Finance Audit and Risk Monitoring Committee

Name Role
Dr Janet Preuss  Chair (from November 2022) 
Mr Tony Evans  Chair (until November 2022) 
Wayne Stokes  Independent member 
Lucy Vincent  Board Director 

Financial summary

Statement of income and expenditure

2023
$’m
2022
$’m
Revenue         13.61         8.98
Employee costs (4.40) (4.02)
Examination costs (4.87) (3.34)
Accreditation costs (0.29) (0.34)
Depreciation expense (0.33) (0.43)
Rent and tenancy expenses (0.30) (0.24)
Meeting expenses (0.27) (0.14)
Other expenses (0.84) (0.63)
Right-of-use amortisation (0.42) (0.47)
Lease interest expense (0.09) (0.05)
Surplus/(deficit) for the year 1.80 (0.68)

Extracted from 30 June 2023 financial statements

Statement of financial position

2023
$’m
2022
$’m
Current assets
Cash at bank and term deposits       18.77       12.70
Debtors and prepayments         0.55         0.20
Total current assets       19.32       12.90
Non-current assets
Fixed assets (plant and equipment)         0.58         0.79
Other assets         1.63         0.24
Total non-current assets         2.21         1.03
Total assets 21.53 13.93
Current liabilities
Lease liabilities and make good provision         0.29         0.44
Creditors and other liabilities         7.79         3.49
Employee benefit provisions         0.34         0.23
Total current liabilities         8.42        4.16
Non-current liabilities
Lease liabilities and make good provision            1.58         –
Employee benefit provisions         0.02         0.06
Total non-current liabilities         1.60         0.06
Total liabilities 10.02 4.22
Net assets 11.51 9.71
Equity
Accumulated surpluses         11.51       9.71
Total equity 11.51 9.71

Extracted from 30 June 2023 financial statements

For full financial reports, please refer to the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission website.

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