Call for applications: Board of Directors – identified role - The Australian Dental Council

Call for applications: Board of Directors – identified role

Call for applications: Board of Directors – identified role
2 June 2022 samara.williams


The Australian Dental Council (ADC) is inviting applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a passion for improving Australian health outcomes to join our Board of Directors.

We have three upcoming vacancies on our Board of Directors. These vacancies are due to the expiring tenure of our existing members. Two positions will become vacant in November 2022 with an additional vacancy to open in February 2023. The ADC is committed to at least one of these positions being filled by a person who identifies as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

About the Australian Dental Council

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) is a values-driven independent, ‘for purpose’ company. Our vision is a healthcare system that is free of racism. Through our roles in accreditation and assessment, we want our work to contribute culturally safe healthcare, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures are respected, and where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges are embedded in the education and assessment of dental practitioners in Australia.

The ADC is appointed by the Dental Board of Australia to accredit Australian dental programs and assess the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of overseas trained dental practitioners seeking registration to practice in Australia.

We strive to maintain our position as a leader in accreditation and assessment across Australia, and internationally. One way we will achieve this is by actively contributing to reconciliation and by embedding cultural safety in everything we do – as an employer, and in our roles in assessment and accreditation.

Our Board Director information pack has more information about the ADC and the Board Director vacancies.

Information pack: ADC Board of Directors (PDF, 712KB)

About the vacancy

To achieve our vision of a healthcare system free of racism, we need your expertise.

As a Board Director of one of Australia’s accreditation authorities you will be instrumental in making a real and meaningful difference to the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. By being part of the ADC, you will be working with us to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices are embedded in our decision making. You will contribute to ensuring cultural safety is a cornerstone of Australian dental health programs and that dental practitioners in Australia have the capability and awareness required to practice in a culturally safe way.

Selection criteria

A commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety will be essential to be successful in this role, ideally coupled with an understanding of the critical role of cultural safety in improving public health outcomes.

Applicants will be assessed for their governance and leadership capability, and values alignment to the ADC.

Essential selection criteria are:

  1. Thorough understanding of governance and fiduciary duties associated with Board Directorship.
  2. Ability to contribute strategic thinking to organisational priorities, risk management and business development and growth.
  3. Well-developed communication and influencing skills, including the ability to build strong networks and professional relationships.
  4. Commitment to the values and strategic priorities of the ADC, including a commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety.
  5. GAICD or equivalent, or a willingness to complete.

In addition to the mandatory criteria, experience in one more of following specific skills will be favourably considered.

  1. Academic experience.
  2. International accreditation experience.
  3. Business development, particularly in international markets.
  4. Finance, risk management and strategic investment portfolio experience.

Application process

To find out more about the vacancies, or to express your interest in being considered for a Board Director position with the ADC, please contact Deputy Chair, proud Gamillaroi man and the first Indigenous dentist in Australia, Dr Chris Bourke, via [email protected]

Should you decide to apply after speaking with Dr. Bourke, your application will include providing a CV, completing a skills matrix survey, and attending an interview.

Suitable applicants will be invited to attend an interview in mid-July 2022.

In line with special measure provisions in Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act (2010) the ADC will only be accepting applications for this position from people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

We welcome applications from people of all ages, abilities, religious and linguistic backgrounds and identities, genders, sexes and sexual orientations.

The ADC will provide reasonable adjustments for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Other ways to work with us

The ADC are always looking for talented people to work with us as assessors, examiners and/or committee members. If you are enthusiastic about helping the ADC achieve its vision, you are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Chris Bourke to discuss other opportunities to be part of our journey.