Key Competencies

The Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia believes that all specialists wishing to obtain full registration with AHPRA in Oral Medicine should possess the specialist-specific competencies listed below.

The Academy believes that the Oral Medicine specialist should possess an accredited and recognised general dental qualification, a minimum of 2 years’ practice in general clinical dentistry, and have completed training of no less than 3 years’ full-time duration at an accredited, peer-reviewed training program in Oral Medicine in Australia or New Zealand which satisfies the competencies listed below.

The competencies outlined below are defined in terms of the scope of practice of Oral Medicine in Australia and New Zealand, and the current definition of Oral Medicine as prescribed by the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia which states that “Oral Medicine is that specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and predominantly non-surgical management of medically-related disorders and conditions affecting the oral and maxillofacial region, in particular oral mucosal disease and orofacial pain, as well as the oral health care of medically complex patients.”

The OMAA endorsed specialist-specific competencies.