Excellence, Education and Review
The Australian Orthodontic Board (AOB) was established by the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) at the 14th Australian Orthodontic Congress General Meeting in Adelaide on 21 September 1993. In 2006 the AOB was renamed the Australasian Orthodontic Board.
The AOB is central to the long-term development of educational and treatment standards within the discipline of orthodontics. In general terms, the Board wishes to encourage wide participation.
- To provide the incentive and means for full members of the ASO/NZAO to improve and develop their expertise during the period of active professional practice.
- To provide a cooperative environment of review which encourages participation of all members.
- To cooperate with the ASO/NZAO in promoting excellence in orthodontics.
- To encourage excellence in the performance of postgraduate students in Australasian University Dental Schools with suitable performance awards.
- To liaise with the Australasian University Dental Schools in developing teaching and research opportunities for teachers in orthodontics.
The Board emphasises continuing education. The rate of increase in knowledge in orthodontics suggests that practitioners must make a lifetime commitment to improvement, knowledge acquisition and practice modification.
The AOB offers an opportunity for Members to accept this responsibility with the help and recognition of their peers.
Participation will also provide clear evidence of that commitment to external agencies including registration boards, consumer groups and regulation bodies.
Continuing Professional Development credits and the AOB:
- 10 hours CPD credit can be claimed for AOB Stage 1 (submission of treatment plans)
- 15 hours CPD credit can be claimed for AOB Stage 2 (submission of completed cases)
Intending applicants should note the following points in relation to the AOB:
- The AOB is primarily a mechanism which provides a pathway for continuing education for members of the ASO/NZAO.
- The conditions for membership of the ASO/NZAO are not related to the activities of the AOB.
- Specialist registration is not related to the activities of the AOB.
- Participation in the activities of the AOB is a voluntary, self-initiated process aimed at continuing improvement of the standards of treatment by means of anonymous peer review.
- Assessment of the records of all applicants is made anonymously and on a non-graded basis.