The ADC has embarked on a project to develop an online web portal (Item Portal) allowing:
• secured access to the system by Contributors using managed credentials (e.g. User ID and password),
• presentation of work to be completed by Contributors using a Dashboard / Work-tray approach,
• workflow of data (e.g. the progression of reviewed Items or new Items from Contributor to Contributor on that completion of their work) using a set of pre-defined rules,
• the ability to add/edit/delete Images to items,
• provision of a Forum facility allowing Contributors to discuss the specifics of Items being worked on,
• the inclusion of a super-user with an ability to oversee all projects, an interface with the current item bank.
In 2014, the ADC engaged with many of the specialist academies and societies to identify how the duplication of effort could be reduced and the two processes aligned. A revised ADC accreditation process for specialist dental programs was developed that required a specialist assessor to be included in the ADC SET for each specialist program being reviewed. Each of the relevant academies or societies were invited to nominate members to the pool of ADC Accreditation Assessors to fill these roles.
In 2014 the ADC agreed on a gradual shift to more risk-based accreditation processes. In this case, risk was defined as the risk of a program failing to meet one or more of the ADC Accreditation Standards. The desired end goal of such a shift is that programs deemed to be at low risk of not meeting the Accreditation Standards can be subject to a more focussed and ‘right touch’ accreditation process, while those deemed to be at higher risk of not meeting the accreditation standards can be subject to a more rigorous accreditation process. As a first step on this journey the ADC revised its annual reporting process to focus on the collection of ‘risk data’ for each accredited program.
At the beginning of 2014 the ADC, in partnership with the DC(NZ), undertook to fundamentally review and revise its accreditation standards. A Program Accreditation Standards Steering Committee was formed to oversee the review process and as well as including representatives from the dental profession it also included representatives from the Australian and NZ Podiatry Accreditation Council, Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia and Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
With the introduction of ADC’s new Accreditation Standards for Dental Practitioner Programs (the Accreditation Standards) at the beginning of 2016 the ADC accreditation process has moved to a much stronger focus on program outcomes. To this end, from 2016 the ADC is offering a free annual written examination for dental students to be conducted part way through the students’ final year. This will be a standardised examination provided by the ADC to all dental program providers that wish to participate in this benchmarking exercise. Participation is not mandated.
The ADC Accreditation Monitoring Framework was introduced in 2014 and updated in 2016. Distributed to all providers of ADC accredited programs and available on the ADC website the Framework provides clarity on the key accreditation monitoring activities undertaken by the ADC to ensure that accredited programs continue to meet the ADC Accreditation Standards for Dental Practitioner Programs (the Accreditation Standards).