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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin November 2011
8 NOVEMBER 2011 latest news ACCREDITATION STANDARDS: EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR DENTAL PROSTHETISTS The Dental Board of Australia (DBA) requested the Australian Dental Council (ADC) develop an accreditation standard and process for Dental Prosthetist programs of study. On 14 October 2011 the DBA approved the Accreditation Standard: Education Programs for Dental Prosthetists. Please see the following document. ACCREDITATION STANDARDS: EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR DENTAL PROSTHETISTS PREAMBLE For the accreditation of the education programs for the dental professions, common Accreditation Standards are routinely developed by the Australian Dental Council (ADC)/Dental Council of New Zealand (DCNZ) Accreditation Committee for approval by the respective Councils. These accreditation standards for education programs for dental prosthetists have been developed by the Australian Dental Council at the request of the Dental Board of Australia, specifically for use in Australia. Hence, they have been adopted by the Australian Dental Council only at this time. The Australian Dental Council and the Dental Council of New Zealand will continue to monitor the situation with a view to establishing joint standards when appropriate. 1 OVERVIEW 1.1 PURPOSE OF ACCREDITATION The primary purpose of accreditation of education programs for dental prosthetists is to assure the quality of educational providers and their programs, and to promote improvements in quality. The accreditation process developed by the ADC involves assessment of the quality of programs offered by education providers against agreed-upon standards (criteria). Accreditation of a program signifies that the program offered by the education provider has been found to meet the standards, and that the program provides graduating students with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary to be registered to practise as a dental prosthetist in Australia. For this purpose ADC Accreditation Standards have been developed by the Accreditation Committee and endorsed by the Board of Directors of the Australian Dental Council (ADC Board). In Australia, under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 the ADC is required to submit the Accreditation Standards to the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) for approval. The ADC Accreditation Standards: Education Programs for Dental Prosthetists are the criteria against which education and training programs for dental prosthetists will be assessed for accreditation purposes. The Standards are made available to the education provider prior to the accreditation process and are published on the ADC website. The Accreditation Standards are regularly monitored and modified based on experience and feedback from participants, and are periodically reviewed and updated with wide consultation and appropriate external assistance. 1.2 STRUCTURE The ADC Accreditation Standards address the requirements for delivery of high quality education and training programs for dental prosthetists. The Standards are organised around the following broad structure: • The context/overview of the program; • Actions taken since the last accreditation review; • Administration and educational resources; • Students; • Staff; • Curriculum and assessment; • Delivery of the program; • Research; • External relationships; • Program evaluation. For each Accreditation Standard, Evidence Requirements are listed to assist Schools in their self-assessment and preparation of their Accreditation Submission responses. The accreditation process recognises that following graduation, dental prosthetists are expected to be competent to practise within their prescribed scope of practice and to be understanding of, and responsive to the oral health needs of Australian communities and individual citizens. 1.3 PROCESS The individual accreditation standards for dental prosthetist programs along with the evidence requirements are detailed in the following pages. Particular attention should be paid to the wording of the standards and the evidence requirements. The wording used signifies the importance of the accreditation standard or requirement as follows: must -- compliance is considered to be essential or mandatory should -- compliance is highly desirable The ADC provides a separate publication to assist education providers in their use of these Accreditation Standards. This companion document ADC/DCNZ Accreditation Guidelines and Explanatory Notes contains explanatory notes and guidelines for interpretation of the standards and compilation of relevant information and data for inclusion in submissions in relation to the evidence requirements for particular standards. Education providers and other interested parties should contact the ADC for further information or clarification: Accreditation Officer, Australian Dental Council, Ground Floor, 120 Jolimont Road, East Melbourne Vic 3002 Ph: 03 9657 1777 Fax: 03 9657 1766 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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