RAHC's minimum credentialing criteria: Oral Health Professionals

The Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) is a Commonwealth-funded program and the craft group requirements are set by the Department of Health. The emphasis is on Registered Nurses (RNs), General Practitioners (GPs), Audiologists and Oral Health Professionals (HPs). As a RAHC Oral HP, you will work with a supportive team to deliver healthcare in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the NT. You don't have to give up your regular job to work with RAHC, as RAHC placements work around your other responsibilities.

To be considered for a placement with RAHC, our Oral HPs must meet a minimum level of criteria, as outlined below.

Dentists

  1. Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent qualification, recognised by the Australian Dental Council (ACD).
  2. Current unrestricted registration as a Dentist with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA).
  3. Minimum of 2 years full-time post-graduate experience in a relevant clinical setting.
  4. Minimum of 250 hours of relevant clinical experience in the past 12 months.
  5. Current user licence for radiation.
  6. Evidence of current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) with proof of a practical component.
  7. Evidence of 20 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) complaint with ADC requirements within the past 12 months.
  8. Evidence of current professional indemnity insurance.
  9. Two professional referees who can attest to the applicant's recent clinical experience, including one reference from a Dentist.

Dental Therapists

  1. Bachelor of Oral Health or equivalent recognised by ACD.
  2. Current unrestricted registration as a Dental Therapist with AHPRA.
  3. Minimum of 2 years full-time post-graduate experience in a relevant clinical setting.
  4. Minimum of 250 hours of relevant clinical experience in the past 12 months.
  5. Current user licence for radiation.
  6. Evidence of current CPR certificate with proof of a practical component.
  7. Evidence of 20 hours of CPD within the past 12 months complaint with ADC requirements.
  8. Evidence of current professional indemnity insurance.
  9. Two professional referees who can attest to the applicant's recent clinical experience including one reference from a Dentist.

Dental Assistants

  1. Certificate III in Dental Assisting, or equivalent.
  2. Minimum of 6 months full-time relevant experience working as a Clinical Dental Assistant in the past two years.
  3. Evidence of current CPR certificate.
  4. Evidence of recent CPD in Infection Control and Sterilisation Practice.
  5. Two Professional References who can attest to the applicant's recent clinical experience and abilities. One must be from a Dentist or Dental Therapist who has worked with the assistant.

Remote, emergency or Indigenous health experience are not required to work with RAHC.

If you are an urban-based Health Professional who meets the eligibility requirements, who would like to get involved, now is the time to start. 

To express your interest, click here, or to apply to the programme click here.

Click on the links below to learn more about RAHC placements within the craft group:

Please note - applying with RAHC does not mean you will be credentialed nor offered placements. Your application allows RAHC to credential you, so when successful we can contact health services and identify appropriate placements that suit your skills, experience and availability.

Friday, 22 October 2021