Membership categories

ASO membership categories - overview

Full membership of the ASO

You may apply to be a Full Member of the ASO if you:

  • are a Registered Orthodontist; and
  • are a Permanent Resident of Australia; and
  • successfully completed an ASO Accredited Orthodontic Course or an ASO Approved Orthodontic Course; and
  • produce a certificate of good standing from the Dental Board of Australia with whom you are registered as a specialist.

Student membership

You may apply to be a Student Member of the ASO if you:

  • are enrolled in full-time study in an ASO Accredited Orthodontic Course; or
  • are enrolled in full-time study in an ASO Approved Orthodontic Course outside of Australia and produce a certificate of good standing from the Dental Board of Australia.

Student membership is limited to a period of three years. You may apply to Council for an extension of Student Membership.

 

New Graduate (first year out) membership

You may apply for New Graduate (first year out) Membership if you:

  • previously were an ASO Student Member; and
  • have successfully completed an ASO Accredited Orthodontic Course or ASO Approved Orthodontic Course and provide a letter from your Head of Department stating that you have fulfilled all the requirements successfully or provide a copy of your conferred degree; or
  • provide a letter from the Head of Department of an ASO Accredited Orthodontic Course stating that you have fulfilled the clinical and didactic examination requirements successfully but have yet to complete the thesis component of the ASO Accredited Orthodontic Course.

The New Graduate (first year out) Membership Category is for a period of one year commencing from the date of the letter from the Head of Department, or from the date that the degree is conferred, whichever is the earliest.  

New Graduate (second year out) membership

You may apply to be a New Graduate (second year out) Member of the ASO if you:

  • have previously been a New Graduate (first year out) Member; and
  • are a Registered Orthodontist; and
  • are a Permanent Resident of Australia; and
  • produce a certificate of good standing from the Dental Board of Australia.

New Graduate (second year out) Membership Category is for one year. You may apply for Full Membership at any time during the one year period.  

Semi-retired membership

You may apply to be a Semi-Retired Member of the ASO if you:

  • are a Registered Orthodontist; and
  • are a Permanent Resident of Australia; and
  • successfully completed an ASO Accredited Orthodontic Course or an ASO Approved Orthodontic Course; and
  • produce a certificate of good standing from the Dental Board of Australia with whom you are registered as a specialist; and
  • practice orthodontics for no more than two days per week on average and/or are engaged in the teaching of orthodontics for a half day per week or less; and
  • are 55 years or more, or have been a full member for 10 years in total or more; and
  • intend to retire from practice within three years.

Semi-Retired membership is limited to a period of three years. You may reapply to Council for an extension of Semi-Retired Membership for a period of two years. The extension is at the absolute discretion of Council. You may apply for more than one extension.

Retired membership

If you have been a Full Member for ten years or more or you are a Semi-Retired Member you can apply to become a Retired Member provided you have permanently retired from active clinical orthodontic practice.

Practice as defined by the Dental Board of Australia Recency of Practice Registration Standard and means any role, whether remunerated or not, in which the individual uses their skills and knowledge as a health practitioner in their profession. For the purposes of this registration standard, practice is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care. It also includes using professional knowledge in a direct nonclinical relationship with clients, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles, and any other that impact on safe, effective delivery of services in the profession.

Academic membership

You may apply to be an Academic Member of the ASO if you:

  • hold a full time equivalent academic position in an ASO Accredited Australian Orthodontic Course; and
  • have a maximum of a 20% private practice allowance associated with the full time equivalent academic position; and
  • provide a certificate of good standing from a legal controlling body for dentists indicating your status as an orthodontist.

Honorary Life membership

A person may become an Honorary Life Member of the Society in recognition of long or outstanding service to the Society by a resolution of members.

Honorary membership

A person may become an Honorary Member of the Society in recognition of long or outstanding service to orthodontics by a resolution of members.

Overseas membership

You may apply to be an Overseas Member of the ASO if you:

  • are an orthodontist, and registered as such in the country in which your Principal Practice Location exists; and
  • successfully completed an ASO Accredited Orthodontic Course or an overseas course approved by the ASO; and
  • provide a certificate of good standing from a legal controlling body for dentists in the country of your Principal Practice Location, also indicating your status as an orthodontist; and
  • have your Principal Practice Location outside of Australia; and
  • provide evidence of membership of an approved specialist (or equivalent) association for orthodontists.

Corresponding membership

You may apply to be a Corresponding Member of the ASO if you:

  • do not conduct active clinical orthodontic practice in Australia; and
  • are not domiciled in Australia; and
  • are a member of the World Federation of Orthodontists; and
  • provide a certificate of good standing from a legal controlling body for dentists in the country of your Principal Practice Location, also indicating your status as an orthodontist.