Overseas dentists Guide
The Australian Dental Council (ADC) is the organisation in charge for assessing abroad qualified dentists to enable them to obtain registration in Australia. ADC additionally accredits Australian dental colleges. The Dental Boards, the dental colleges, the Royal Australasian Association are represented on the ADC.
Overseas dentists Eligibility standards
Abroad certified dentists are eligible to undertake the ADC examination process if they have fulfilled and passed a dental degree which included at least 4 years' full-time academic study at a university recognised by the ADC and are eligible for registration as a dentist in their country of preparation.
Overseas dentists Qualifications Immediately Acceptable to Registration Boards
Dentists with a Bachelor diploma acquired from the United Kingdom or Ireland can have qualifications which may be acceptable to Dental
Registration Boards for immediate registration.
Under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992, subject to certain circumstances, if a individual is registered to practise an occupation in one State or Territory they can carry out an correspondent profession in any other State or Territory. Under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA) individuals registered or licensed to practise an occupation New Zealand are permitted to practise the equivalent occupation in any Australian State and Territory and visa versa. The TTMRA handles all occupations except for medicine for that some form of registration, certification, licensing or other form of authorisation is required to practise legally. The Mutual Recognition Act and the TTMRA apply irrespective of where training was undertaken.
To find out if you can obtain registration under the provisions of the Mutual Recognition Act or the TTMRA you may want to contact the relevant registration authority in the Australian State or Territory in which you intend to practise.
As the acceptability of any dental qualification may change from time to time, you should seek up-to-date information from the Registration Boards.
Qualifications Not Immediately Acceptable to Registration Boards
If your qualifications do not promptly meet Australian requisites, there are two solutions. The first is to complete an Australian dental graduation course by one of the Australian Universities listed at the end of this document. The next option is to undertake the examination procedure conducted through the ADC described below.
Overseas dentists Examination Procedures
The ADC examination programs have been developed particularly to investigate the skills of offshore qualified dentists whose qualifications are not accepted as a basis for registration by Australian Dental Boards. The examination procedure is composed of 3 steps an Occupational English Test (OET); a Preliminary Examination (Multiple Choice Questions and Short Answer questions); and a Final Examination(clinical). These must be taken in sequence.
Occupational English Test (OET)
A complete knowledge of English is mandatory to the practice of dentistry in Australia. The OET is organised by Language Australia. The OET assesses reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and requires nearly three and a half hours to conclude. If your first language is not English or your dental training was not carried out in English, you must achieve a pass in all four sections of this test. At present, the OET is held twice each year both within Australia and overseas, in March/April and September/October.
If you want extra information about the OET, you can contact Language Australia as the following address:
Language Australia Ltd GPO Box 372, Melbourne, Victoria 3001. Tel +61 3 9652 0800 Web-site: http://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/
To Become Overseas dentists you must pass this test, if applicable, or gain an exemption, before you continue to the Preliminary Examination.
Overseas dentists Preliminary Examination
The Preliminary Examination is a written examination in multiple alternative as well as short written answer format. It is intended to check your knowledge of the practice of dentistry and of clinical and technical procedures as they are practised in Australia. Previous examination documents are not accessible, but sample multiple alternative questions are made available to enrolled applicants.
Overseas dentists Final Examination - Clinical
In order to be eligible to sit for the Final Examination you must pass the Preliminary Examination.
The clinical exam is held over three to 6 days and includes the following three blocks:
Conservative Dentistry - Operative Dentistry and Paedodontics;
Treatment Planning -including consideration of Periodontics and Removable Prosthodontics;
Oral Surgery, Oral Diagnosis and Radiology.
Aspects of all clinical disciplines such as Orthodontics, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Pharmacology will be included where appropriate (practical and/or theoretical and/or viva voce). You will be examined at the same level as that reached by recent graduates from Australian universities.
Examination Venues and Training
If you live overseas, you may take the OET and the ADC Preliminary Examination at an overseas venue. If you are in Australia, you can sit both these examinations in any of the State capital cities and some larger provincial centres.
The Preliminary Examination is usually held in the first week of March and in the first week of September each year. You are allowed unlimited attempts at this examination, but a new fee must be paid for each attempt.
The Final Examination is held only in Australia, usually twice a year in July and November. Candidates resident outside Australia may be able to obtain a temporary entry visa to cover a their own expense, the trip to Australia to attend the examination. The venue is currently in Melbourne. You are allowed two attempts ONLY at this Examination.
An ADC Certificate is issued upon successful completion of the ADC examination procedure. The ADC Certificate entitles you to apply for registration to any of the Australian Dental Boards.
This is a general information for further upto date details Please contact ADC