RACDS Governance

 "  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


Her Excellency The Rt Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy
The Governor-General of New Zealand 


Corporate Governance

The RACDS Council has 12 elected members:

The President, the President Elect, Past President, Censor-in-Chief, Honorary Treasurer, Executive Officer and six Members or Fellows.  At least one of the 12 Councillors must be a Member or Fellow from each of the New Zealand and Asian regions.


As a Board of Directors, the Council 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.

View or download information for:
Councillors Bios
The College Constitution
The College By Laws
2017 - 2020 Strategic Plan
Organisation Chart
Commitments and Responsibilities as a Councillor

Education Governance

The Education Board is supported by the Director of Education.

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

Dr Patrick Russo - President
Dr Warren Shnider - Chair, Censor-in-Chief
Prof Liz Martin - Registrar (FRACDS GDP)
Dr Catherine Prineas - Registrar (MRACDS GDP)
A/Prof Neil Peppitt - Registrar (SDP)
Dr Julia Dando - Registrar (OMS)
Dr Chris Callahan
Dr Francis Chau
Dr Hugh Trengrove
Dr David Sykes

Education Board responsibilities:

  • Advise the Council on the College’s educational activities
  • Be responsible to Council for establishing priorities for the College’s Strategic Plan for education and developing, coordinating and monitoring its implementation
  • Oversee all College educational activities with a focus on coordination, integration, accreditation, achievement of goals and risk management
  • Carry out other activities as requested from time to time by Council

Speciality Boards of Studies

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:

Clinical Governance

The Council and the EB oversee the education and training that directly contribute to improved clinical outcomes delivered by its Members and Fellows.  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.