ACODS works closely with a number of stakeholders including Federal, State and Territory Governments and regulatory bodies, accreditation councils, dental associations and societies, NGOs, and the community.

ACODS members have had representation in areas such as the National Oral Health Plan; workforce projections and needs; academic standards; clinical placements; rural and remote dental access; health care delivery systems; speciality training and national registration and accreditation. ACODS meet with key government and industry stakeholders such as the Australian Dental Council; Australian Dental Industry Association; Australian Dental Association and Dental Board of Australia on a regular basis to discuss how best to reach our common goals of provision of excellence in health care to our populations.

Paul Brunton UOtago

The Australasian Council of Dental Schools (ACODS) was first established in 2007 with the aim to collaborate with stakeholders and to enable informed decision-making in the area of dental education and research in Australia and New Zealand.

ACODS members include Australian and New Zealand Deans and Heads of Dental and Oral Health education providers in the areas of dentistry, dental hygiene, dental therapy, oral health therapy, dental prosthetics, and dental technology.

ACODS is committed to the continuous improvement of dental, oral health, and dental technology education and research that will benefit communities in Australia and New Zealand. Our focus is to train graduates who are both competent and dedicated not only to provide outstanding dental services, but also to lead intellectual discovery to improve the health and well-being of the broader community.

ACODS welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with dental, health, education and industry stakeholders to achieve common goals and to improve dental education and research in Australia and New Zealand.


Chair Australasian Council of Dental Schools