|About General Dentistry
General Dentists are primary dental care providers who hold a registrable qualification. They provide oral health care for patients in all age groups. The General Dentist is responsible for the diagnosis, management and overall coordination of services related to patients' oral health needs and their ongoing maintenance.
General Dentists are well educated in all facets of oral health care. They have the ability to diagnose oral health conditions but are not necessarily skilled at the specialist level in performing all treatment requirements in dentistry. General Dentists undertake regular continuing professional development in order to maintain and develop their skill levels.
RACDS Membership and Fellowship Programs in General Dental Practice
The Membership Program in General Dental Practice (MRACDS(GDP)) is a pathway to the acquisition of further knowledge in general dentistry.
The Fellowship Program in General Dental Practice (FRACDS(GDP)) is a process of peer review and assessment of higher level competency.
Both the Membership and Fellowship programs in General Dental Practice provide structured education and learning for qualified General Dental Practitioners (GDPs), with the following aims:
- To enhance knowledge and skills
- To enable GDPs to provide a high standard of patient management, diagnosis and treatment for the benefit of the community
- To support and recognise involvement in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses currently available
- To provide a structured approach to CPD
- To provide GDPs with an opportunity to obtain a recognised postgraduate qualification in general dental practice
The MRACDS(GDP) and FRACDS(GDP) on their own are not a registrable qualification to practice dentistry in Australia or New Zealand.