To continue as a global leader in the provision of postgraduate education, professional development and educational qualifications in dentistry, thereby enhancing the oral health of the community. The RACDS will prioritise awareness of the specific oral health needs of Indigenous peoples.
Our qualifications are recognised internationally.
We have an active presence throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, North America, and the UK. Our Members and Fellows live and work in all corners of the globe.
We promote professional excellence in dentistry through the provision of evidence-based dental education, professional development and examination.
Promote dental health
We promote optimal dental health care and treatment in the community through advanced education.
We are accountable, through our Board of Directors which comprises of RACDS Fellows and Members, to the membership of the College.
RACDS was provided with a Royal Coat of Arms in 1972, which now sits at the top of these web pages and is an integral part of the identity of the College. Each coat of arms is unique to an organisation or individual. Historically, the heraldic design is on a shield and is used to cover, protect and identify the wearer. A coat of arms usually consists of a shield, supporters, a crest and a motto.
Significant features of the RACDS Coat of Arms include:
- The shield depicts a leather covered book, symbolising learning and is topped by a Royal crowned demi-lion holding a Dental Probe between its claws
- The shield is supported on one side by a unicorn holding a tilting spear flying a purple banner charged with five stars representing the southern cross constellation; and on the other side by a Dragon also holding a tilting spear flying a banner of the RACDS depicting the College crest
- The supports and shield stand on a grassy mount strewn with opium poppy (papever somniferum) symbolising the use of pain management
- The College’s crest comprises a seven point star overlaid by an ancient dental probe and a flaming torch
- The College’s motto is Vincat Scientia Morbos – let knowledge conquer disease