Melbourne Dental Practice

General Dental Council Standards

All staff at the practice adhere to the General Dental Council (GDC) standards. There are nine principles registered dental professionals must keep to at all times.

As a GDC registrant you must:

  1. Put patients' interests first
  2. Communicate effectively with patients
  3. Obtain valid consent
  4. Maintain and protect patients' information
  5. Have a clear and effective complaints procedure
  6. Work with colleagues in a way that is in patients' best interests
  7. Maintain, develop and work within your professional knowledge and skills
  8. Raise concerns if patients are at risk
  9. Make sure your personal behaviour maintains patients' confidence in you and the dental profession

Standards for the Dental Team applies to:

  • Dentists
  • Dental Nurses
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Therapists
  • Orthodontic Therapists
  • Dental Technicians
  • Clinical Dental Technicians

The principles are all equally important and are not listed in order of priority. They are supplemented by additional guidance documents which can be found on the General Dental Council website at