The RACDS Board has 8 elected and 2 appointed members:

The RACDS has a skills-based Board consisting of 8 elected members and 2 appointed members. Office holders include the President and Vice-President.

Board Members 2022-2024

  • Dr Susan Wise – President
  • Dr Erin Mahoney – Vice-President
  • Prof Momen Atieh
  • A/Prof John Boucher AM
  • Dr Dale Gerke
  • Dr Dimitra Mersinia
  • Dr Hugh Trengrove MNZM
  • Dr Robin Whyman
  • Dr Barbara Woodhouse
  • Mr Tony Evans

The Board of Directors is responsible for:

  • Determining the RACDS mission, purpose and strategic priorities
  • Ensuring effective planning and performance against plans
  • Monitoring and strengthening programs and services
  • Ensuring effective communication with members
  • Selecting, determining remuneration, supporting and evaluating the Chief Executive Officer
  • Ensuring adequate resources
  • Protecting assets and providing proper financial oversight
  • Ensuring legal and ethical integrity
  • Assessing its own performance
  • Enhancing the College’s public standing
  • Appointing committees.

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Her Excellency The Rt Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro

The Governor-General of New Zealand

“on the first day of October 1972 the said Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons Incorporated is desirous of having Armorial Ensigns duly assigned with lawful authority and having received the Royal Approbation for the inclusion within such Armorial Ensigns of a representation of the Royal Crown”

Anthony R Wagner – Garter Principal King of Arms
John R B Walker – Clarenceux King of Arms
Walter J Verco – Commander Royal Victorian Order of Norry and Ulster

Education governance and policy is provided through the Education Policy Board (EPB):

One Board Member
Registrar Representative (Nominated by Registrars)
Internal Subject Matter Expert (Fellow/Member)
Internal Subject Matter Expert (Fellow/Member)

The Education Board is supported by the Director of Education and includes two external subject matter experts.

Education Policy Board responsibilities:

  • to maintain quality assurance of all educational and examination activities
  • to monitor, evaluate and advise on outcomes of educational and examination activities
  • to develop educational standards and policy which guide the delivery and examination of Membership and Fellowship programs
  • to provide oversight of the overall assessment and examination approach
  • to maintain best practice in education standards
  • to advise the Board on partnership arrangements and Memoranda of Understanding with other education providers, associations and societies

Each Specialist Dental Practice discipline is governed by a Board of Studies.
Membership of the Boards includes members of the society or academy of that speciality and of the College, including the Registrar:

The Board and the EPB oversee the education and training that directly contribute to improved clinical outcomes delivered by its Fellows and Members. The Education Programs offered by the RACDS are benchmarked against Australasian and International Standards, allowing candidates an opportunity to excel in contemporary and predictable clinical practice.

The framework adopted by the RACDS to improve the quality of its education services and promote high standards of care via its education, training and examination for Membership or Fellowship, is based on:

These standards ensure that the clinical programs developed and delivered by the College are clinically safe and appropriate to patient care, enable participants to use the skills and knowledge acquired, are continuously monitored and improved, are patient focussed and fit for purpose.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Training Program is accredited by the Medical and Dental Councils of Australia and New Zealand.