A guide to dental practice in Australia


Course overview

There is a need to ensure that dental practitioners from all jurisdictions are supported to be successful in their dental practice in Australia. Technical skills are essential and reviewed by Australian universities and the Australian Dental Council (ADC) for dental practitioners who have trained in other countries and wish to register in Australia. Emphasis is placed on “hard skills” in all dental courses and ADC exams, with limited content assigned to teaching “soft skills” regarding regulatory processes, ethics and communication for ensure a successful transition from university or overseas educational experience, into the ‘real world’ of dental practice in Australia.

This course aims to bridge this gap and includes an overview of the barriers to successful dental practice in Australia, provides an understanding of regulatory processes and the system that protects the public in Australia, discusses ethics and professionalism in dental practice in Australia and highlights the communication skills needed to be successful in managing dental practice staff and patients in Australia.


  1. Introduction to the course, your journey ahead
  2. Barriers to successful dental practice in Australia
  3. Working within the regulatory system that governs dental practice in Australia
  4. Ethics, professionalism and dental practice in Australia
  5. Communication skills and techniques to help you succeed in your dental practice in Australia

Learning outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify barriers to successful dental practice in Australia
  • Understand the regulatory processes governing dental practitioners in Australia
  • Understand the ethics and professionalism required to succeed in dental practice in Australia
  • Understand the appropriate communication skills required to manage staff and patients in the dental environment in Australia.

Course delivery

The course lasts 8 hours in total, with 3 hours of pre-reading that must be completed before listening to the first of five lecture presentations. Each lecture will be recorded and will have an associated assessment task that must be completed at the end of each individual lecture. Participants will be required to submit assessment tasks at the end of each course, before they can move on to the next course. All assessment tasks for the five individual presentations must be submitted. Assessment tasks will be a combination of MCQs and case study scenarios relevant to the specifics of each course presentation. Participants will be able to listen to the lectures as many times as they wish, until the assessment task for that particular lecture is completed and submitted. Zoom sessions will be recorded and available for viewing.


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