Terms of Use of Website

1. RACDS Website

The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (‘RACDS’, ‘College’, ‘we’, ‘our’ or ‘us’) website, with the domain name www.racds.org, is offered to you conditional upon your acceptance of these Terms of Use and the associated Privacy Policy.

Please read carefully these Terms of Use which follow. Your use of and access to the website constitutes your acceptance of these Terms of Use. If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms of Use, you must not access the website.
We may change the Terms of Use from time to time at our discretion and without notice.

2. Website Content, Material and Information

RACDS makes all reasonable effort to ensure that the content, material or information on this website is as accurate as possible. RACDS does not guarantee nor warrant the accuracy, completeness, currency and adequacy of any content, material or information made available on this website.

This website is provided on an ‘as is’, ‘as available’ basis without warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to, those of title, quality, accuracy, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement or any warranty arising from a course of dealing, usage or trade practice. No oral advice or written information provided shall create a warranty nor shall members or visitors to the website rely on any such information or advice.

This publication is not intended to be a contract, explicit or implied and RACDS reserves the right to make changes in the information contained. You should make your own enquiries before entering any transaction based on the content on the website.

Information on this website is factual information or general advice only. The information posted here should not be considered as healthcare advice and is not intended to replace a consultation with a qualified healthcare professional. We do not answer specific healthcare-related questions.

RACDS reserves the right to change any content, material or information on this website from time to time without notifying users that this has occurred.

3. Website Links, Advertisements and Third-Party Content

RACDS’ website may contain links to other non-RACDS websites maintained by other organization over which it has no control. RACDS does not necessarily sponsor, endorse or approve any material or advertising on external websites or the operations of these external websites. You access these external sites and use their information, products and services solely at your own risk.

RACDS does not make any warranties or representations regarding the title, quality, accuracy, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement of any material or advertising on external websites to which the College website is linked. You should refer to the relevant external website or advertiser for information on its products or services.

RACDS is a distributor (not publisher) of the content supplied by visitors and other third parties. Accordingly, we have no more editorial control over this content than does a public library. Any opinion, advice, statements, services, offer or other information or content made available by members, visitors and other third parties are those of the respective author(s) and we are not responsible for any material posted by third parties. We cannot and do not endorse it in any way nor do they vouch for its accuracy or usefulness. Furthermore, we expressly disclaim any liability associated with material posted by third parties.

4. Limitations of Liability

The user assumes all responsibility and risk for the use of this website and the internet generally. Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall anyone involved in creating or maintaining this website be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages or lost profits that result from the use or inability to use the website and/or any other websites which are linked to this website.

We accept no liability or responsibility to any person as a consequence of any reliance upon the information contained in this website nor shall they be liable for any such damages including, but not limited to, reliance by a member or visitor on any information obtained via the website; or that results from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, viruses, errors, defects or any failure of performance, communications failure, theft, destruction or unauthorised access.

For states/territories or countries that do not allow some or all of the above limitations of liability, liability shall be limited to the greatest extent allowed by law.

5. Copyright

Copyright on all aspects of this website, including, but not limited to data, documents, graphics, web pages and logos rests with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, unless otherwise stated.

Other than for the purposes of and subject to the conditions prescribed under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), or any other applicable legislation throughout the world, or as otherwise provided for in this copyright notice, no part of any content on this website may in any form or by any means (including electronic, mechanical, micro copying, photocopying or recording) be reproduced, adapted, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted or reproduced on any other internet website without the prior written permission of the copyright owner.

Without limiting the foregoing, you must not reproduce, frame, transmit (including broadcast), adapt, link to, or otherwise use any of the content on this website including audio and video excerpts without the prior written approval of the College as relevant.

RACDS makes no warranties or representations that third party material on the website or material on other websites to which the College website is linked, does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any person anywhere in the world. RACDS must not be taken to be authorizing infringement if any intellectual property rights contained in material on other sites by linking the College website to such material on other websites.

6. Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless RACDS, its officers and employees, from any loss, liability, claim, demand, damage or expenses (including reasonable solicitor’s fees) asserted by any third party due to or arising from or in connection with your use of the content or your conduct on this website, or messages posted or transmitted by you on or through this website. RACDS reserves the right at its own expense to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, which shall not excuse your indemnification obligations.

7. Online Conduct

Forum includes without limitation: blog or wiki function, discussion forums or email function offered as part of this website. If you participate in any forum within the website, you agree to follow the terms set out below.

You agree to use the website only for lawful purposes and are prohibited from posting on the website any unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, insulting, bigoted, hateful, racially offensive, vulgar, sexually explicit (languages or images) or obscene material of any kind, including, but not limited to, any material which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state/territory, national or international law.

Furthermore, you agree not to: advertise or sell any products, services or otherwise (whether or not for profit), or solicit others or use any forum for commercial purposes of any kind; impersonate any person or entity or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person or entity; engage in antisocial, disruptive or destructive acts including ‘flaming’, ‘spamming’, ‘flooding’, ‘trolling’ and ‘griefing’ as those terms are commonly understood and used on the internet.

RACDS is not responsible for the content or opinions posted or sent by users in any forum. You acknowledge that:

  • you take responsibility for postings under your username;
  • you use the information provided in the forums at your own risk;
  • anything you submit on the College website by way of any forum is routed through its servers and/or the internet and therefore, you have no expectation of privacy with regard to any such submission;
  • the College does not guarantee and is under no obligation to take action in response to any suggestions or requests placed by any person within the forum; and
  • the forums and features on this website are forums for public and not private communications.

Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information online, for example, via message boards or blogs, that information can be collected and used by people you don’t know. RACDS cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online and as such, you make such disclosures at your own risk.

When participating in a forum, never assume that people are who they say they are, know what they say they know or are affiliated with whom they say they are affiliated with.

Although in the absence of a specific complaint, the postings are monitored for compliance with this provision in an effort to discourage such conduct. Please note that all postings in the forum area will list the author’s name. No anonymous postings are permitted.

RACDS reserves the right to: remove any material and if deemed appropriate, turn over to law enforcement officials any material, including messages, emails or postings that is in violation of these Terms of Use; remove messages, emails or postings that do not pertain to the designated topic or theme of the forum; comply with any order or otherwise cooperate with law enforcement officials regarding the identification of any user alleged to be using this website in violation of the law; initiate any discussion based on feedback from members; remove or edit content from any forum at any time and for any reason although it has no duty to do so.

8. Anti-spam Notice

Publication of electronic email addresses on the website is for purposes of professional communications only and must not be used to infer consent by RACDS as relevant email addresses to the receipt of unsolicited commercial electronic messages.

9. Account Creation and Password

Whether you are a Fellow, Member, Associate, Affiliate, or a Subscribed Candidate, you need to create an account in order to enrol or purchase products and services. Access to certain areas of the College website may also be restricted to Fellows, Members, Associates, Affiliates only and/or Subscribed Candidates. RACDS may refuse to issue a password in its sole discretion until such time as it has satisfied itself about the identity of the user and the ability of the user to perform its obligations under these Terms of Use.

You must keep your password confidential and secured at all times. You must inform us as soon as possible if you become aware of misuse of your password or loss or theft or a record of the password, or if you suspect that the password has become known to anyone. If you delay unreasonable in notifying us, you will be liable for your losses.

10. Cookies

RACDS uses cookies. A cookie is a small summary file containing a unique ID number that a website transfers to your browser for identification purposes.

This enables us to recognize your computer and greet you each time you visit our website without bothering you with a request to register. It also enables us to keep track of products or services you view so that, if your consent, we can send you news about those products or services. We also use cookies to measure traffic patterns, to determine which areas of our website have been visited and to measure transaction patterns in the aggregate. We use this to research our users’ habits so that we can improve our online products and services. We may log IP addresses (i.e. the electronic addresses of computers connected to the internet) to analyse trends, administer the website, track user movements and gather broad demographic information.

Depending on the surrounding circumstances, the cookies used by the College may or may not identify user who log into the website. If they do reveal your identity, they constitute personal information and thus are subject to the Privacy Act.

Most internet browsers are set to accept cookies. If you prefer not to receive them, you can adjust your internet browser to reject cookies or to notify you when they are being used.

There are also software products available that can manage cookies for you. Rejecting cookies can, however, limit the functionality of our website (such as preventing users from logging on and making purchases).

RACDS sometimes uses cookies to deliver third party partner or sponsor advertising on various websites you may visit. RACDS also uses online behavioural advertising as part of optimizing email campaigns based on audience behaviour – for example reaction or no reaction to a campaign.

11. Website Unavailability

RACDS does not accept responsibility in the event that its website is unavailable to you due to any downtime, malfunction or such other events outside its control.

12. Invalid Terms and Conditions

In the event that any or any part of the terms contained in these Terms of Use are determined by a court to be invalid, unlawful or unenforceable, then such terms shall be severed from the remaining terms.

13. Variations of Terms of Use

RACDS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify, add or delete portions of these Terms of Use at any time and you should therefore periodically review this page.

Last Modified: 05/03/2019 © Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. All rights reserved.