The Dental Council is hosting a symposium on our recertification system later this month.
The objective of the symposium is to launch a national conversation about how we recertify our practitioners.
Recertification is how we ensure our practitioners are competent and fit to practise and therefore sits at the very heart of what the Dental Council does. The review of our recertification system is a hugely important piece of work for us.
While we began this comprehensive review some time ago, this symposium marks the beginning of what we hope to be a national discussion about recertification of oral health practitioners – what is working, what isn’t, how we can protect the health and safety of the public better and how a more efficient system would work for practitioners.
We have invited policy-makers and other parties with a role in health regulation, support and advocacy for oral health professions and with consumer perspectives to the symposium to start this discussion – we intend to work through an initial discussion document with them to test the logic of the research and thinking we have done so far. Once we have incorporated their feedback, we will circulate a discussion document to all practitioners and other stakeholders for consultation and comment.
We also intend to hold workshops and other forums for practitioners to attend and continue the discussion directly with Council members. We look forward to hearing your views and working together to build the best possible recertification framework we can.
The symposium will be held on 17 March. We expect to circulate a discussion document for wider consultation in June.